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
Excerpt: The Samsung Zeal is now available from Verizon Wireless, but much like Verizon did with the U740 / Alias , the Zeal is simply a renamed Alias 2, including a shared U750 model number. That Verizon would reintroduce this phone over a year and a half after its initial launch speaks to just where we are in the market right now.
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. The e-ink technology was cool, but it turned out to be not very practical. The Zeal is available for $79.99 as of the writing of this review. Is it worth it?
Excerpt: Brilliant. Genius. Great idea. It’s a wonder no one thought of using the E Ink electrophoretic display technology found on Amazon’s Kindle to create a multi-use keypad for a cellphone. But that’s exactly what Samsung has done with its second-gen Alias 2.
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