Samsung Alias 2 SCH-U750
Pros: This phone has a dual hinge which allows for the phone to open and close in two different manners. It opens the generic way a normal phone does (vertical) as well as horizontally. Vertical is for phone calls and normal use, horizontal is for texting.
The phone can take photos in vertical or horizontal styles which is nice if you want a normal picture or a wide screen picture.
I only use my cell phone to talk for about 20-30 minutes a day but average roughly 150 texts between receiving and sending and the battery life lasts about 3 days for me.
Keyboard buttons are big enough so that you do not hit multiple buttons when texting.
Sound quality is above average when playing music. I bought a converter so i can plug in normal headphones and listen to music and the music play doesn't seem to affect battery life much at all, and the sound quality is great.
The phone offers an email service for something like $2.99 a month which is nice if you want email capabilities without the big data plan service for blackberry's and other smart phones.
The phone syncs a 4 minute song in about 10 seconds when transferring music from your computer to your phone.
They have added rubber bumpers on the edge of the phone so when you close the screen it does not leave marks on the screen from the screen hitting the buttons. (The alias 1 did this)
There are a couple cool features you can use after taking pictures. Such as emboss, gray scale, black and white, and 3-4 other ones. You can also change the contrast, saturation, hue, merge photos, and lighting in photos. (Most new verizon phones with newer interfaces have these features.)
If you are listening to music and you receive a text, phone call, or anything else that forces you to leave the music player, once you are done with your call or text, the music starts back up from where it left off.
My girlfriend and I both agreed my 2 megapixel camera on my alias 2 took better and more crisp photos than her blackberry curve.
I tried multiple micro SD cards I had lying around the house (a-data, kingston, corsair, a no name brand, and san disk) and the alias 2 recognized all of them.
When recording video and taking photos i find neither to really suck up battery life. (The biggest threat to battery life is phone calls on this phone)
Battery life is a bit above average I would say.
The e-ink is an incredibly cool feature. You are able to change the buttons with a click of a button through use of ink and electricity ... awesome!
Some batteries have been found to be faulty.
(people who are having trouble with poor battery life, 1 day or less should look into returning the battery as there is a rumor of defective batteries going around in these phones)
If you open the screen really fast, it takes a second for the screen to turn on.
When using the music player to play music, if you click options while listening to music, your music pauses until you leave the options menu.
Phone doesn't come with the usb cable.
The interface can be slightly slow at times but is completely tolerable for me at least.
Overall this phone is a great upgrade from the alias 1. Many of these features listed above may be available on newer Verizon phones but between the dual hinge and the price of the phone I payed which was $29.99 when I was due for my 2 year contract upgrade I don't think you can beat the features this phone comes with.Read full review