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The B3410 is firmly targeted towards the youth market – with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for texting and instant messaging – but with a sleek black image instead of the colourful Genio range.

Touch-screen on the Samsung B3410

A touch-screen has become an essential feature of youth-orientated handsets, and the B3410 has a 2.6-inch resistive screen. These aren’t as responsive as capacitive screens, but at least tick the box as far as features are concerned.

Slide the bottom of the phone out to reveal a four-row QWERTY keyboard that looks just like those on the Genio, with rounded edges and the diamond-shaped D-pad that has become familiar, and just two keys for Call and Call End.The keys are a comfortable size for typing, although you do need to press quite hard to get a response and there is no auto-correct system – even just for putting punctuation into contracted words.

The spacebar is also too small and set to the right, so typing isn’t as instinctive as it should be and we ended up putting in full stops instead of spaces too often for our liking.

User interface on the Samsung B3410

Samsung’s familiar TouchWiz interface is pretty basic – and therefore easy to get to grips with – with widgets that sit on a hidden toolbar. Tap the toolbar and you’ll be taken into the home screen for things like the clock, birthday reminders or a Facebook ‘widget’ that acts as a shortcut to the website.

There is no auto-format function, so if you add even a few widgets you are likely to end up with a muddle on the screen, and they are badly designed to boot.

Text on the Samsung B3410

Texting is where the B3410 really comes into its own. When you slide out the QWERTY keyboard it automatically fires up a ‘create message’ field, and a toolbar across the foot of the screen links you to the menu, phonebook and Conversations, a threaded view of your sent and received text messages. Another way into messages is via this Conversations menu, where you can opt to ‘Create a new conversation’.

Hitting Menu will take you to an all-programmes view with another toolbar at the bottom of the screen that hot-links to Conversations, phonebook and Home.

There is also a dedicated ‘Create message’ key on the keyboard, and a preview box on the home screen alerts you to any new messages. You can view the message from this, but will have to fire up the messaging menu if you want to reply.

Slow speed on the Samsung B3410

The B3410 is an entry-level touch-screen handset and has the flaws that you would expect. The touch-screen has a slow response time, and TouchWiz, for all its familiarity, is sluggish too.

The web browser is particularly slow and unresponsive – it often fails to recognise touch-screen commands, and scrolling is overcompensated, leading to flying down the page when you just wanted to move down a bit. It also failed to register accurate link typing. The browser is designed for mobile-optimised websites but no 3G means browsing is too slow for any more than short sessions.

There’s no accelerometer, which is to be expected from a handset at this price point, but the display will switch automatically to landscape when you slide the keyboard out.

Instant messaging on the Samsung B3410

Despite the B3410 being marketed as a text and Instant Messaging phone, IM is none too well implemented. You will need to open a separate account with the handset, then add your Gtalk, AIM or ICQ accounts. Yes, you read that right: there’s no support for MSN, the most popular IM program around.

And with no 3G or Wi-Fi connectivity to speed things along, it took quite some time to register accounts in the first instance, and to send and receive messages once set up.

Camera on the Samsung B3410

For a handset at this price point, the two-megapixel camera is pretty good. Photos taken in daylight conditions are clear and bright, if a little fuzzy over the more exposed areas. There is no autofocus or flash, and just normal and night mode to choose from.

No autofocus means that photos taken in lowlight come out a little blurry, albeit with true colours. There are some nice little editing gimmicks though, including mosaic effects and ‘frame’ shots, where you can put your unwitting subject into a mask or a silly hat.

The verdict on Samsung B3410

The B3140 is a budget handset – available free on £15 or £20 contracts with unlimited texts – so it’s fairly feature-light, and the lack of 3G makes it sluggish and prone to delays. But the messaging features are really good, and those of you who love to text may well find it ideal.

Specifications

Specifications

 

Type of phone: Mobile phone
Style: Slider
Size: 102.3 x 52.4 x 15.9 mm
Weight: 113.7 g
Display: 262,000 colours
Resolution: 240x320
Camera: Two megapixels
Special Camera features: N/A
Video recording: Yes
Video playback: Yes
Video calling: No
Video streaming: No
Music formats played: MP3, eAAC+, WAV, WMA
3.5mm jack port: Yes
Handsfree speakerphone: No
Voice Control: No
Voice Dialling: No
Call records: 30 dialed, 30 received, 30 missed
Phonebook: 1000 entries
Ringtones customization: No
Display description: TFT touchscreen
Website: www.samsungmobile.com
SAR: N/A
Portfolio: Black, pink
Standard color: Black, pink
Launch Status: Available
Ringtones: MP3
Radio: Yes
Operating system: N/A
Connectivity: Bluetooth
Announced date: October 2009
What's in the Box: Phone, charger, headphones
RAM: N/A
International launch date: October 2009
Battery life when playing multimedia: N/A
CPU: N/A
FM Radio Description: Stereo FM with RDS
Internal memory: 30 MB
Memory Card Slot: microSD
Messaging: MMS, IM, Email, SMS
Internet Browser: WAP 2.0, XHTML
E-mail client: POP3, IMAP4
GPS: No
Java: Yes
Games: Yes
Data speed: GPRS, EDGE
Frequency: Quad-band
Talktime: 640 minutes
Standby: 640 hours
Display size: 2.6 inches
Keypad: QWERTY
Audio recording: No

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