iPhone has forced cellphone makers to launch toucscreen phones with capacitive display. Samsung has good range of capacitive touch phones but they belong to high end category. For the first time Samsung has managed to offer the cheapest capacitive touchscreen Corby S3650. Samsung Corby is an entry level touch phone which replicates user interface of Samsung Jet . Nokia 5230 also falls in the same price range but with different set of features.
Samsung Corby S3650
Lets compare the 2 to know which is more suitable for you -
Appearance – Both 5230 and corby are quite attractive, the former has a candybar form factor whereas the latter belong to block form factor with wider body.
Size and Weight – Samsung Corby is more slimmer and lighter than Nokia 5230. Its 12 mm thick with 90 g body weight. Nokia 5230 is 15.5 mm thick and it weighs 115 g.
Display – As i already told you the USP of Samsung Corby is its capacitive touchscreen with multitouch same as iPhone. Its Screen size is 2.8 inch with resolution of 240×320 pixels. Nokia 5230 has a resistive touchscreen bigger in size (3.2 inch) as well as resolution(360×640 p).
Memory - Nokia 5230 has 70 MB internal memory with Micro SD card support up to 16 GB. Samsung Corby has 90 MB phone memory with card support up to 8 GB.
Software – Nokia 5230 is a smartphone based on Symbian Operating System (S60v5). It has new improved UI with support for kinetic scrolling and access to popular social networking sites such as Facebook and Myspace directly from homescreen. Ovi service from Nokia offers image and files uploads directly from phone. As 5230 is a smartphone it has multitasking and support for 3rd party applications.
Samsung Corby is a non smartphone based on Samsung’s Touch Wiz UI. It has a widgetized user interface for creating shorcuts in the form of widgets on homescreen. It has Samsung’s unique smart unlock feature through which you can launch applications, games etc by drawing a letter on the touchscreen.
Hardware – Nokia 5230 has 434 MHz processor and 128 MB RAM. As Corby is a non smartphone so these figures are unknown.
Connectivity – In terms of connectivity 5230 has GPRS, Bluetooth, EDGE, USB, 3G and GPS. Samsung Corby lacks high speed connectivity options. It neither has 3G nor Wifi. It also lacks GPS.
Multimedia – Nokia 5230 offers excellent sound quality through earphones. Thanks to the standard 3.5 mm Audio jack. It lacks stereo speakers so audio through speakers is of average quality. Bigger and higher resolution display is a plus for watching movies and videos on the go. As 523o is a smartphone it supports 3rd party apps.You can watch DVD Rip movies in avi format through 3rd party applications such as smartmovie player.
Samsung corby lacks 3.5 mm audio jack. It offers good output through stereo speakers. It has adequate size display for videos but the screen resolution is quite inferior to 5230. Movies can be played only in Mp4 and 3GP format only after conversion as it lacks 3rd party application support.
Camera – Both 5230 and Corby has 2MP fixed focus camera without flash. However, 5230 camera offers top notch video recording at 30 fps and 640×480 pixels. Samung Corby has smile detection feature.
Additional Features – Both the phones have accelerometer sensor, but in case of Corby you cannot use it for automatic screen rotation. Nokia 5230 has proximity sensor for screen auto turnoff during calls.
Battery – Nokia 5230 has a more powerful 1320 mAh battery. Corby has 960 mAh battery.
Price – Unlocked Nokia 5230 and Samsung Corby S3650 are both priced at $199.
Conclusion - Samsung Corby is a basic touchscreen phone with the USP being capapcitive touch display. Nokia 5230 offers more value for money as its a Symbian smartphone, has got higher resolution display, 3G, GPS and 30 fps video recording. Both Corby and 5230 are cool budget phones. You can decide between the two based on your personal needs.