The Samsung Genio Qwerty is foremost a model for the fashion-conscious. Although the Genio Qwerty comes in a black and yellow design, you can choose from loads of back covers to personalise your own device. The 2.2 inch screen is a good size for such a model, and the QWERTY keyboard makes texting and emailing a breeze.
The Genio also comes with social network integration, and combines all of your notifications in one place. The 2MP camera isn't the best for taking photographs, but when it comes to social media, the Genio's leading the way.
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The Samsung Genio Qwerty makes communicating with friends and family fun and easy – and looks good too.
With a bright and fun look, the Samsung Genio Qwerty will appeal to the followers of fashion. Part of the Genio range which includes the Touch and the Pro, the Qwerty has an inbuilt keyboard instead of a touchscreen or slide out keyboard, and a 2.2 inch screen.
The Genio Qwerty comes in a yellow colour scheme, with a yellow back and black front with yellow trims around the main navigation pad and ten of the keys. You can change the back cover – or “fashion jackets” as Samsung labels them – to a colour you prefer. The back panel is designed for a safe and secure hold so you can use your phone in your one hand comfortably and without fear of dropping it.
With a full QWERTY keyboard, the Samsung Genio Qwerty´s screen is still big enough to enjoy texting, emailing and browsing.
The Samsung Genio Qwerty is designed for fun and simple communication. Social networking is integrated into the phone with six popular applications pre-installed: Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, Picasa, Friendster, and Photobucket. These sites are just a press away and you can update your status or upload pictures straight from the home screen. There are further downloadable widgets available including Twitter and YouTube, and you customise the home screen with your favourites.
The phone supports Conversational SMS so you can enjoy dialogue-style texting with friends – similar to the iPhone 3G S. And, with the Multi Instant Messaging function, you can chat to multiple friends at once. The Samsung Genio Qwerty also syncs all your instant messaging accounts like GoogleTalk and AIM into one place for quick and easy access to all your contacts. If you also like to email, the Email Setup Wizard makes adding different accounts effortless.
The Cartoon interface makes the Samsung Genio Qwerty fun to use. For example, you can create a buddy list for your closest friends that gives you various options such as text, instant message and email, for contacting them. The buddy list also shows your messages and previous calls with individual friends, helping you to keep track of your social life.
The Samsung Genio Qwerty will also entertain you as it comes with a 2-megapixel camera for snapping on the go, an FM radio and a music player. You can download tracks onto your phone and listen to them with earphones or using the inbuilt speaker which is perfect for when you are out with friends.
The Samsung Genio Qwerty has no 3G or Wi-Fi, although there is a web browser. The internal memory is small at 37MB but with a microSD card you can expand it to up to 8GB.
Designed for fun and for communicating with friends, the Samsung Genio Qwerty is a good, solid phone for texting, messaging, social networking and emailing.