|Family Line||Samsung Alias|
|Network Technology||CDMA2000 1X|
|Band||CDMA2000 1X 1900/800|
|Supported Flash Memory Cards||MicroSD|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Battery Capacity||800 mAh|
|Battery Talk Time||Up to 210 min|
|Battery Standby Time||Up to 200 hr|
|Display Technology||LCD display|
|Display Resolution||176 x 220 pixels|
|Color Depth||18-bit (262000 Colors)|
The Samsung SCH-u740 has a sleek and attractive design with a cool, dual-flip hinge that lets you view the display in either portrait or landscape mode. It has a QWERTY keyboard, access to Verizon's V Cast offerings, and a full array of multimedia goodies.
The Samsung SCH-u740 lacks a dedicated camera key on the phone's exterior, and the video quality is mediocre. We're also not fans of the touch screen music controls.
The Samsung SCH-u740's dual-flip design and QWERTY keyboard are great for text-messaging fans, and its impressive feature set seals its deal as one of Verizon's strongest multimedia handsets.
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First Impression : Samsung U740 of Bell is a very interesting and innovating device. It is conceived in order to be used in 2 completely different ways. Firstly, one can make use of it to telephone cellular traditional with flip, but one can also fold it in order to make use of it like small computer. When you turn the screen you obtain a cellular very similar a computer portable very small what also makes it possible to obtain a really nice keyboard. On The Box : We find the essential accessories to use the telephone immediately. A Samsung charger and a cable USB Samsung are included in order to transfer your files on your computer or to recharge your cellular via the USB when you do not have a sector around you. A memory card microSD of 128 megs as its adapter of SD card are provided with Samsung U740 of Bell. Operator : Bell offers all the possible options multi-media in order to benefit the maximum of Samsung U740. Films, television, a vast choice of mp3, the radio as well as the services Microsoft Windows Live Messenger in order to remain in contact and to use the marvelous keyboard of Samsung U740 of Bell. The Design : The design is what brings out more this device. But for once, the design is not just for look. The fact of being able to use Samsung U740 of Bell as cellular traditional will like several and will make it possible to write messages text quickly is a very interesting advantage. The key on the outside of the device makes it still much more practical since you can make use of it like a reader mp3 without problems by controlling it of outside. The Screen : The 2 screens of Samsung U740 of Bell are very luminous and of very good quality. The external screen is 96x96 pixels and makes it possible to post some information without being to open the device. The inside screen is interesting since it can be used in landscape mode and portrait mode. What gives 2 types of 220x176 resolutions and 176x220. Samsung are very bright for the change of mode of screen. The keyboard : The keyboard is very interesting and although the keys are very thin, it is easy to type texts quickly. Samsung U740 of Bell is held very well in the hands when a text wrote and seems rather solid. The Connections : The Samsung U740 of Bell has connection Bluetooth 1.1. This connection makes it possible to use stereo Bluetooth headset and to use it with the reader mp3 include device. Samsung U740 of Bell is also compatible with the technology of PictBridge impression which makes it possible to print photographs only by connecting your device with a compatible printer PictBridge without the least necessary computer. The Comparisons : It is very rather difficult to compare the design features with other devices since it is very single. It has all technologies necessary are include in cellular, but its form gives him a very great advantage. Here a picture with some other devices in order to give you an idea of his size compared with other devices. The Conclusion : Samsung U740 of Bell is a really useful device for those which write many messages text and which want to have a device with a form more traditional than Pocket PC or Blackberry. It is of very good quality and should last a few years with a moderate use. The very fast mobile network of Bell makes this device even more interesting since MSN Messenger functions very well and without problem.
he good: The Samsung Alias 2 has an innovative keypad that takes different forms depending on how you're using the phone. Its feature set is well-stocked and its overall performance for calls, video, and music is satisfying.
The bad: The Samsung Alias 2's navigation controls take acclimation. The phone lacks Wi-Fi and POP3 e-mail access is limited to a Web-based interface. Also, adding up the various data features is expensive.
The bottom line: The Samsung Alias 2 is an inventive update to Samsung's previous messaging phone. Provided you can afford it, and learn how to use it, it's a powerful messaging device with reliable performance.
Samsung Alias 2 SCH-U750
The Samsung Alias 2 is not an attempt to revive Jennifer Garner's "Alias" television show. Rather, it is the third revamp of the Samsung SCH-U740 for Verizon Wireless. Also built for messaging and sporting a dual-hinged design, the Alias 2, aka the SCH-U750, adds more significant changes than the second generation Alias. The morphing e-ink keyboard is undoubtedly the highlight, but the Alias 2 also adds a 2-megapixel camera and support for corporate e-mail syncing through RemoSync. The result is a functional and full-featured communication device with good performance. Be advised that learning ... Expand full review
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Samsung Alias u740
The updated Samsung Alias for Verizon Wireless shares the same unique form factor as the Samsung U740, but adds a more refined color scheme and numeric keys highlighted with silver. Still, though, the signature feature of the Alias is its full QWERTY keyboard hidden under a very cool dual-hinge. You can text, IM, email or send picture or video messages much quicker than with conventional phones. The Samsung Alias also includes Bluetooth, a 1.3 Megapixel camera/camcorder, Verizon VCAST streaming
Uniquely Designed Flip Phone With Dual-hinge To Expose A Full QWERTY Keyboard
Bluetooth Wireless Technology
1.3 Megapixel Camera Takes Crisp Photos and Videos
Built-in MP3 Player
Verizon Wireless V CAST Supports Streaming TV, Music and Downloadable Music
Super-fast Web Browsing
Email, Text, Instant, Picture And Video Messaging Capable
Advanced Voice Activated Dialing Requires No Phone Pre-training
What's In The Box With The Phone
Additional Items Included - Battery, Wall Charger, User Guide, 2.5mm Headset Adapter
Digital Camera - 1.3 Megapixels (1280 x 1040 Pixel Resolution Max), 4x Digital Zoom, Multi-shot, Flash, Self-timer
Streaming Multimedia Support - Yes, Get Streaming Video or Music With Verizon Wireless V CAST Add-on Rate Plan Feature
MP3 Player - Download Music From VCAST (VCAST Feature Req'd) Or From PC (Cable Sold Separately), MP3, WMA Formats
Bluetooth Wireless Technology - Handsfree, Headset, Dial-up Networking (DUN), Object Push (vCard) and Serial Port (SPP) Profiles
GPS Services Support - Yes, Get Audible Turn-by-turn Directions with VZ Navigator from Verizon Wireless Get It Now Service
Video Capture / Camcorder - Yes, QCIF Format (176 x 144 Pixel Resolution Max)
Voice-driven Menus - Yes, Speaker-independent, Requires No Phone Pre-training
Data Capable / Use This Phone As A Modem - Yes, With Software and Cable Sold Separately
PC Synchronization - Yes, With Software and Cable Sold Separately
QWERTY Keyboard - Yes, Full Backlit QWERTY Keyboard
Parental Controls - Yes, Keep Track of Your Child’s Whereabouts with Chaperone from Verizon Wireless Get It Now Service
Multimedia Messaging - Yes, Send and Receive Pictures And Video Clips, With IN Messaging Bundle Add-on Rate Plan Feature
Verizon Wireless Mobile Web 2.0 - Yes, WAP 2.0 Browser Built-in, With Verizon Wireless Mobile Web 2.0 Add-on Rate Plan Feature
Text Messaging (SMS) - Yes, Send and Receive Text Messages, With IN Messaging Bundle Add-on Rate Plan Feature
Email Client - Yes, Supports POP3 Format, Wireless Sync Capable
Instant Messenger Built-in - Yes
Personalization and Fun Features
Polyphonic Ringtones - Yes, 72 Chords, Downloadable
Custom Ringtones - Yes
MP3 Ringtones - Yes, Downloadable
Ringer Profiles - Yes
Picture Caller ID - Yes
Multiple Languages - Yes
Games - Yes, Downloadable
Customizable Graphics - Yes,Downloadable
Color Main Display - 176 x 220 Pixels, Over 262,000 Colors Displayed
External Display - 96 x 96 Pixels, Over 65,000 Colors Displayed
Color - Black and Silver
Style - Flip Phone
Warranty - Samsung Factory Warranty
Speakerphone - Yes
Voice-activated Dialing - Yes, Speaker-independent, Requires No Phone Pre-training
To-Do List - Yes
Voice Memo - Yes
Standard 2.5mm Headset Jack - No, But 2.5mm Headset Adapter Is Included
Alarm - Yes
Calculator - Yes
I've had my Samsung SCH-u740 for a few weeks now. It replaced my excellent and beloved LG VX8600 phone. I really wanted a full QWERTY keyboard for faster text messaging and the u740 seemed to fit the bill, especially with an innovative and eye catching dual flip design. I've rated each feature on a scale of 1 to 10:
Design (8/10) - Phone is slim and sleek, much like a RAZR. Matte, mostly non-glossy finish does not attract as much fingerprints or scratches. Dual hinge design makes it both a flip and PDA-like phone. Both eye catching and useful. But the durability of the hinge is in question and it doesn't feel like it can stand up to a whole lot of abuse. Loosens after a few months of usage.
Screen (7/10) - Main internal screen is big and bright. External screen is somewhat smaller than a postage stamp. Both lack the vibrancy and color that I have seen on other phones. Definately a slight downgrade from the VX8600's beautiful internal/external screens but more than adequate.
Call Quality (8/10) - Call is clear, although at times a bit tinny and static sounding at highest volume. Most importantly, loudness is user adjustable and very loud!
MP3 Player (7/10) - Has just about the same features and use as a regular MP3 player. Requires seperate buying the Verizon Music Essentials Kit (contains USB cable, software CD and earbuds) and a MicroSD card (for larger storage of music). After software is installed, getting music to the phone is pretty easy to do and playlist is easy to sort. External MP3 Player touch sensitive buttons are responsive and is a nice feature of the phone. Must be manually locked and unlocked (using side HOLD button) to use and prevent accidental touching of controls while put away.
Battery Life (7/10) - Usually lasts up to 2 days for me, thats with regular calling, mp3 player usage, and the EVDO network turned off. Overall, the battery life could be better. An extended battery is available for seperate purchase.
Speakerphone (9/10) - Dedicated speakerphone button on the right side. Thanks to two speakers located on the top and bottom of the screen (or right and left side when screen is in landscape mode), phone calls/music can be heard at good volume
Camera/Video (9/10) - Overall, picture quality is great for a 1.3MP cell phone. Available flash helps to illuminate dark environments for somewhat better pictures. Video quality is decent, but generally thats with all phones today. Store either 15 second video message clips or up to 1 hour of video (if you have a MicroSD card for larger storage)
Bluetooth (7/10) - Fairly easy to use and good range. Supports a number of profiles but most notably missing A2DP, AVRCP, and FTP.
MicroSD Slot (9/10) - Necessary if you want to store additional pictures, videos and music. Easy to pop in and very small (easily lost as well!). Easily located on the top, left hand side of the phone so easy to access. MicroSD's are incredibly cheap these days and is a must for any phones these days.
Overall, I do like the phone aside from a few quirks. User interface can be somewhat confusing/slow, keyboard can seem cluttered and the durability of the hinge comes into question. Some areas I feel like were a downgrade from my previous LG VX8600 phone. But make no mistake, this is one of the slimmest full QWERTY keyboard phones you can get, great for messaging. And the dual hinge design is definately eye catching to others. Overall, a "Good" phone from Verizon Wireless.
Personally, I'm a lover of products that stand out for design and ease of use, especially when it comes to a cell phone. Teh flip phone definitely has had its time these past few years, so sometimes a change is good.
In comes the U740, or Pivot from Verizon Wireless. Standard-wise, the phone is just like any flip phone, but close the flip and open it sideways from your left side to change it to a full-fledged email and text messaging device complete with full keyboard and landscape view of the screen. Also add to this bundle a 1.3MP camera/video camera, Bluetooth for certain profiles, VCast Music/VCast videos, EV-DO for BroadbandAccess and tethering, a microSD slot to store your music, photos, etc., and Verizon Wireless's network. What you come up with is such an awesome device with the network that claims superiority for great service all-around!
I had the opportunity to play with this device, and I must say I was amused. I didn't like the width factor as it seemed too wide for me while placing calls, so it took a while to get used to the shape to conform to my face. But where this shines is its ability to text and email, given since I love the data features more than voice anyway. The camera takes pretty sharp and clear pictures for a cell phone, of course, and with the network and fast data speeds, I was able to browse the Internet on my computer through tethering it and Verizon's Broadband Access Connect feature.
The reason I rate this a 4 is because of lack of a few features: Bluetooth Stereo allowing you to listen to music using a wireless headset, and no support for the new VCast Mobile TV which I was believing would be allowed under the device. Unfortunately with MediaFLO's technology, the hardware has to come with the device itself; it can't simply just be flashed to upgrade with the TV. Though not too big, the champagne color didn't really appeal to me lol.
Otherwise, if data and keeping in touch with friends and collagues is the head of your game with a slim-fitting phone, DEFINITELY check out the phone in a VZW store or online here at eBay =)