Reviews and Problems with Samsung Alias 2 / Zeal / U750
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Samsung Alias 2 SCH-U750 (Verizon Wireless)
5 September 2014
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.
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: 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?
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.
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