Summary: 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 similar to another phone released in 2009...
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...
Cons: Low radiation, Full keyboard, Lower-resolution camera, Slightly overweight
Summary: In all, I was mildly pleased with the Zeal, but after considering that Samsung didn't do anything to update the phone, I was disappointed. As a consumer, I would not want to pay full-price for a phone that is essentially a year old.
Summary: We were very pleased with the Samsung Alias 2, and certainly consider it to be a worthy upgrade from the original. The E-Ink technology drastically improves the typing experience on the device thanks to the lack of clutter, and the increased key size makes it much easier to type messages.
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.
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
Excerpt: Samsung’s Alias 2 is aptly named; it leads a double life. On one hand, it’s slick and cool, with a vibrant swivel screen and an E Ink keyboard that would make even a Kindle user slightly jealous.
Pros: E Ink keyboard morphs button layouts when switching from phone to messaging device. Voice quality is high. Battery life is nearly six hours. Reasonably priced.
Cons: The Dear Diary feel of the interface is at odds with anyone over 13. My Room Menu theme is embarrassing. Lack of dedicated buttons leave you hunting and pecking for even the most common tasks.
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).
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