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. However, Verizon ruined this device. What would otherwise be an excellent phone is marred by a sluggish, hindered experience.
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. Build quality is good, battery life is decent and the touch sensitive outer music controls are a nice touch.
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. • Dual-hinge design • Large, bright, 2.25-inch screen • Speedy EV-DO network compatibility • QWERTY keyboard • Excellent 1.3 MP camera • Touch-sensitive external music controls • Confusing...
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
Summary: The Samsung SCH-u740's dual-flip design and QWERTY keyboard are great for text-messaging fans, and its impressive feature set seals its deal as one of Verizon's strongest multimedia handsets.
Pros: The Samsung SCH-u740 has a sleek and attractive design with a cool, dual-flip hinge that lets you view the display in either portrait or landscape mode. It has a QWERTY keyboard, access to Verizon's V Cast offerings, and a full array of multimedia goodies.
Cons: The Samsung SCH-u740 lacks a dedicated camera key on the phone's exterior, and the video quality is mediocre. We're also not fans of the touch screen music controls.
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. The U740 shares none of the “high end” features found on the enV, and even the QWERTY keypad is difficult to use.
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
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 using.
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