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
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 façade.