Summary: Conclusion I'm something of a geek and something of a style freak when it comes to gadgets, and mobile phones, of course, are just about the ultimate gadgets right now. I want my mobile phones to do everything - voice calling, messaging, email, Web, music and video playback, games - and I want them...
Conclusion: The SCH-u740 is a contradictory device. On the one hand, it has excellent, refined hardware that makes it easier to get more done with your phone. The integration of a keyboard and the ability to take full advantage of the dual-hinge is simply unprecedented in a United States phone.
Conclusion: A superbly light and stylish phone with a literal twist. The Samsung Alias aims to please heavy texters who don't want the heft and girth of the LG enV. The phone has great ergonomics, a very pleasant main display despite the average resolution and a usable QWERTY keyboard.
Conclusion: Mirroring its dual-hinge lid, the u740 is a dichotomy. It does so many things well — great little camera, great reception and voice quality, speedy wireless Web service — but then makes them frustrating and difficult to use. Great ideas, but they’re poorly executed. Disappointing.
Pros: Dual band (800/1900) EV-DO network compatibility; bright display; external microSD slot; stereo Bluetooth
Cons: Crowded and confusing keypad; not AAC music file compatible; no 2.5mm headset jack
Conclusion: After reviewing the LG enV, we had high hopes for the competing Samsung U740, since both devices offer a QWERTY keypad. Unfortunately, we came away from the U740 with a feeling that Samsung dropped the ball when designing this phone.
Pros: Slim dimensions and weight, Dual hinge design, Internal Antenna, MP3/WMA Music Player with Touch Sensitive Control Buttons, Bluetooth, MicroSD Card Slot
Cons: Internal Display is only 176x220, Not QVGA, QWERTY buttons are small and cramped to closely together, Camera is only 1.3MP, Stereo Speakers sound distorted when playing Ringtones/Speakerphone/MP3 at high volume, Background “hiss” sound during phone calls, No Stereo Bluetooth A2DP support
Excerpt: We love QWERTY phones over here at the Gadget Lab, but the u740 actually made our hearts go pitter-pat. Housed in an attractive “metallic champagne” case, the dual hinged handset sports a 2.2-inch, 262,000 color TFT display coupled with outstanding call quality.
Pros: 1.3-megapixel cam sports flash, auto-focus, and digital zoom. QWERTY keyboard makes texting and IMing a sweet fix for SMS junkies. Touch sensitive external MP3 controls look cool and are extremely responsive.
Cons: Hinge feels fragile. Video capture is choppy at best. No exterior camera button. Numeric keys are a little crammed together for the fat-fingered set. Wireless email sync costs an additional premium.
Conclusion: I do wonder how the rotating hinge will hold up over extended use - but only time will tell. From what I can tell, this is a very high quality, highly capable device. It won't replace your smartphone, but it is most likely a worthy upgrade to just about any other type of cell phone you are currently...
Pros: Great design, very cool, great media capabilities, very good messaging ability
Cons: Very easy to accidentally push the music buttons on the front, screen resolution is not as clear as other Samsung phones