Excerpt: The Samsung Zeal is currently available on Verizon. The unique dual hinged design of the Samsung Zeal incorporates e-ink to create an innovative keyboard that changes depending on how you open the phone. Does this sound familiar? It may sound very...
Summary: The Samsung Zeal, meanwhile, is a dual flip phone (this means that it flips up in portrait and in landscape, depending on the functions you want to use) that offers a two megapixel camera, support for thirty two gigs of external memory, sufficient address book space for a thousand entries, 3G and Bluetooth connectivity, mobile web, mobile email (for a fee), VZ Navigator and several other Verizon specific applications, MP3 player, and access to an online marketplace that...
Cons: Low radiation, Full keyboard, Lower-resolution camera, Slightly overweight
Summary: Fans of the Samsung Alias 2 should love the Samsung Zeal's identical convertible flip design and e-ink keyboard. However, if you're not open to a learning curve, the Zeal has little new to offer.
Pros: The Samsung Zeal has a unique two-way flip design with an innovative e-ink keyboard and handy external music controls. It accepts up to 32GB of expandable memory.
Cons: Samsung's proprietary charging port is inconvenient, and the Zeal's call quality could be better.
Summary: 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.
Pros: 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.
Cons: 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.
Conclusion: The Alias 2’s E Ink keyboard is the cleverest input solution we’ve seen in quite some time. It solves nearly every problem and complaint anyone’s ever had with every other kind of keyboard, both touchscreen and physical, and creates unprecedented flexibility for navigation and control. Unfortunately, the phone’s more pedantic attributes counter its keypad innovation, especially the lack of threaded messaging and clunky Web browsing.
Pros: E Ink keyboard; dual-hinge clamshell design; large, bright 2.6-inch screen; long talk time and battery life
Cons: Clunky Web browser; no threaded messaging; soft focus photos, poor QCIF videos; low ringtone volume
Summary: Priced at $79.99, the Alias 2 is in the same league as excellent clamshell devices such as the LG Chocolate 3 (which costs just $10 more), and other full QWERTY messaging devices such as the enV2 (which costs $10 less). Both of those phones are excellent choices for different reasons, and the Alias 2 is a good combination of both forms. You'll lose the 3.5mm headphone jack and the rounded look of the Chocolate 3, but you also ditch the enV2's toylike faade.
Excerpt: The Samsung Alias 2 is a dual-hinge messaging phone that doesn't look all that remarkable at first glance, but Jen Edwards was very impressed with its E-Ink keyboard that changes[...
Pros: Magic Keypad gives you access to the dial pad and quick launch functions but instantly switches to a four row, QWERTY keypad with large buttons when you enter the messaging application, Dual flip for use as portrait or landscape device, Bright, easy-to-read screen, Thin and incredibly light
Cons: Voice quality is good, but not stellar, Relatively underpowered camera compared to the competition