We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Smartphones Reviews
15,670 Reviews

Samsung CorbyPRO B5310 review

Around £200 inc VAT SIM free

Manufacturer: Samsung

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Samsung CorbyPRO B5310 is a reasonably priced touchscreen phone with a slide-out keyboard. It as an excellent purchase.

The Samsung CorbyPRO B5310 is a reasonably priced touchscreen phone with a slide-out keyboard. It as an excellent purchase.

Samsung CorbyPRO B5310: features

The Samsung CorbyPRO B5310 uses Samsung's proprietary TouchWiz interface and it's almost the same as the one used by other Samsung phones such as the OmniaHD, and the S8300 UltraTouch. The CorbyPRO gives you the option of three home screens customizable with widgets and shortcuts.

Some of these widgets which caught our attention included social-networking widgets for Facebook, Twitter and MySpace; a widget for YouTube and others for news from Bloomberg and CNN. Other applications that came pre-loaded with the Samsung included a music-recognition tool, a voice recorder and organizing and scheduling tools.

Overall, the CorbyPRO is quite packed with applications. However, its online repository of applications seems quite small and in fact, when we tried to download games using the "Get More Games" menu, it took us to a page listing Samsung phones that didn't even mention the Samsung CorbyPRO B5310.

The phone has a 3.15Mp camera that also records QVGA videos at 30fps but no flash. Like the HTC Tattoo, the Samsung CorbyPRO B5310 also has a complete set of connectivity features that includes Wi-Fi, GPS and 3G support. Also, to top things off, Samsung has helpfully provided the ubiquitous microUSB port and a 3.5mm jack. The phone also has a 2.8in resistive touchscreen that displays a resolution of 240x320 and is capable of an impressive 16M colours output. The CorbyPRO also has an internal storage of 150MB expandable to 16GB through microSD.

Samsung CorbyPRO B5310: Design & Usability

The Samsung CorbyPRO B5310's main draw is its slide-out keypad and let me state right at the outset that the keyboard adds a lot to the phone. It is well-built and although the keys aren't spaced apart, they are large enough to type with two thumbs. The phone is also solidly built and the keypad slides out smoothly without any unwanted movement. However, although the phone looks petite, it is quite bulky but fortunately, not very heavy.

The phone's resistive touchscreen is quite good looking and colours look vibrant on it. The hardware buttons on the phone are also easy to access and use and a nifty addition is a button to lock the phone.

The Samsung CorbyPRO B5310's touch-input is responsive although not as much as the HTC Tattoo's. Also, the interface is noticeably sluggish while you are swiping through home screens or menus. The phone also throws up an alpha-numeric keypad when the QWERTY keyboard isn't out and the virtual replacement is efficient. The CorbyPRO's browser is as good as the one on the Tattoo and it rendered pages well along with responding nicely to my touch input.

Samsung CorbyPRO B5310: Multimedia

In terms of multimedia performance, the Samsung CorbyPRO B5310's performance looked like one from a phone that costs a lot more more. We were thoroughly surprised by its 3.15Mp camera which reproduced noise-free, good looking photos (albeit a little dull outdoors). Its video-recording was also passable. The Samsung's audio playback is very good and almost as good as some of the more expensive phones we have reviewed. Plus, the phone outputs loud, clear audio and also offers a number of EQ options for you to choose from. The external speaker mirrors this performance and is also quite loud.

NEXT: our expert verdict >>

NEW! Explore PC Advisor's virtual BlackBerry smartphone


Samsung CorbyPRO B5310 Expert Verdict »

Wavebands: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
Phone Performance: Talk Time: 12 hours, Standby Time: 540 Hours
Internal Display: Colour, 240x320 Pixels, 2.8in, TFT Touchscreen
3Mp camera
4x digital zoom
Video Recording/Playback
MP3 Ringtones
Built in Radio, FM Radio
3D Games
Alarm Clock
Currency Converter
Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
Dolphine 1.5 web browser
128MB memory
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Samsung B5310 CorbyPRO is a very good purchase. Not only does it offer a well-built QWERTY keypad, but also impresses with its feature-set and multimedia performance.

  • Samsung CorbyTXT B3210 review

    Samsung CorbyTXT B3210

    Samsung's Corby line-up of phones offer good looks and decent UI all linked together by affordable price-tags. The Samsung CorbyTXT B3210 with its full qwerty keyboard is a Corby phone aimed at users who are more into messaging and don't want to spend too much.

  • Samsung S3653 Corby review

    Samsung S3653 Corby

    Targeted at young people interested in social networking while on the move, the Samsung S3653 Corby is an entry-level touchscreen mobile phone.

  • HTC Tattoo review

    HTC Tattoo

    A more affordable version of HTC's Hero, the company's flagship Android smartphone, the HTC Tattoo includes most of the functionality of its bigger brother but has a lower resolution screen.

  • Samsung GenoA C3510 review

    Samsung GenoA C3510

    The Samsung GenoA C3510 mobile phone is inexpensive for a touchscreen handset.

  • LG GW525 review

    LG GW525

    The LG GW525 is a mobile phone with a great keyboard, decent music playback and a responsive touchscreen.

IDG UK Sites

How to get free Office 2016 today: Download the new Microsoft Office 2016 Public Preview - how to...

IDG UK Sites

Why Scottish Tablet is better than the iPad mini

IDG UK Sites

How to develop for Microsoft's HoloLens

IDG UK Sites

Apple MacBook 1.1 GHz review (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015): The future of Apple laptops