Joined: Oct 29, 2008
I have been lucky enough to recently pick up the newest phone in the samsumg collection. This phone boasts a comparable size to the RAZR, but with many additional features.The u740 brings a surprising new approach which varies greatly from the "regular" layout of cell phones. Having a dual-flip form factor, this phone allows for quick text and data messaging.The dual-flip concept is basically allowing the phone to work on a swivel. You can choose to open this phone vertically, much like any other phone on the market. Or, you can open this phone landscape style(shown in the attached picture) and access the full qwerty keypad easier. However, with the added full qwerty keyboard included in this phone, the layout is rather tight and cramped. The buttons are rather small and sometimes lead to problems,with both texting and regular navigation of the phone. As my first month with this phone continues, I am constantly becoming more and more adept to the changes of button size, and they are proving to be less of a hassle then I initially thought.
Other then the cramped button layout, this phone is amazing. As a popular upgrade, you can add a MicroSD card for extra music and video.This feature is simply wonderful, and has replaced my Ipod as my most used music player.However, along with purchasing the MicroSD card as an upgrade, users will also need to purchase a special connection cord to link the phone to the computer, as one is not included with the phone. Besides the charger and manual, the only additional option included with the original purchase of the phone is a headset adapter to allow for a 2.5mm Headset Jack for easy music listening.Also, the u740 allows you to use V Cast music and video for easy access to a lot of music and video. The u740 also has a 1.3 mega pixel digital camera/camcorder, and is bluetooth capable aswell.
This phone is highly debatable, so here are my personal pros and cons which I have witnessed in my month of owning this phone.
- Dual-flip adds style and ease of use in some points.
- Navigation is basic, but works without problem.
- Option for the MicroSD card allow you to transform your phone into a music player.
- 1.3 mega pixel camera/camcorder is very nice and clear.
- Texting is lightning fast with the full qwerty keyboard.
- Slim;comparing in size to that of the RAZR.
- Buttons are small and cramped together, leading to frustration and problems regarding all navigation of the phone.However, users will most likely get used to the change in button size and it will constantly become less and less of a problem.
- The "swivel" factor leads to feelings of brittleness. Even though I have had no breakage problems yet its still a concern I face.
- Tan isn't everyones color, and offering a black or silver alternative would increase appeal.
- Some functions such as games are only offered in landscape mode.
Therefore, anyone looking for a sleek, RAZR sized texting machine should strongly consider the Samsumg SCH-u740 as the perfect choice.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review of this wonderful phone.