Monday, March 11, 2013

Verizon Wireless Samsung Juke SCH-U470 Phone

The Verizon Wireless Samsung SCH-U470 Phone is a fashionable music player with a difference - there's a Samsung mobile phone inside. And getting to that Samsung phone is half the fun. Somewhat flick of the thumb and the display spins up to reveal all the keys you need to dial, text, take photos or almost the rest you want to try and do. It is a great spin on the music phone.

Verizon Wireless Samsung Juke SCH-U470 Phone
Verizon Wireless Samsung Juke SCH-U470 Phone
When I first saw the Verizon Wireless Samsung Juke SCH-U740 Phone, we were not sure if it was a mobile phone or an MP3 player. Its shape is reminiscent of the lipstick design of the Nokia 7380, but unlike the 7380, the Samsung Juke contains a swivel hinge that swings the phone open to reveal a keypad. This distinctive design definitely offers the Samsung Juke some serious appeal, but that is about where it stops. Feature-wise, the Verizon Wireless Samsung Juke SCH-U470 Phone could be a bit of a dud. There's no video-recording capability, and most unsatisfying of all is that the lack of V cast access. For a music-focused phone like this, it would be very liked to have V cast Music access so we could download music on the fly. But the frustration doesn't stop there; the lack of an expandable memory slot and a few design annoyances create the Juke a lot less sexy than we thought it was initially.

The Verizon Wireless Samsung Juke Phone does indeed look like a distant relative of the Nokia 7380, one of Nokia's lipstick-shaped phones. It almost has the same dimensions at 3.82 x 1.18 x 0.83 inch, which makes it resemble a large pack of chewing gum. Since it is so small, it is also quite light-weight, at 2.82 ounces. On closer look, the Samsung Juke SCH-U740 Phone’s appearance is quite completely different. It has a spun-metal scroll wheel just like the LG Chocolate VX8550, and above the scroll wheel is a skinny, 1.45-inch display. The display supports 262,000 colors, which is great, but since the screen is so small, it didn't create a huge impact. Pictures still looked great though. You can adjust the screen's backlight time and brightness, and the design and size of the dial fonts. When holding the Juke closed with the scroll wheel on all-time low, the hold switch, the charger, and the headset jack are on the left spine, whereas the volume rocker is on the right.

The opening mechanism is where the Samsung Juke sets itself apart from other phones. You’ve got to turn the phone upside down (so that the "Samsung" brand name is upside down, too) then nudge the bottom-right corner of the display inward. The phone will then swivel open like a switchblade in a swift, satisfying motion to reveal the keypad. I found it somewhat annoying that we had to keep turning the phone around to read the screen, depending on whether the phone is open or closed. If the music player is activated when the phone is closed, the music track information is displayed horizontally, so that you have to read the screen with the scroll wheel to the right of the display. The scroll wheel is then used to scroll through the playlist as well as to fast-forward or rewind the music.

The keypad is predictably skinny, and all the keys have a slightly reflective surface that resembles mirrored tile. The navigation array consists of the same scroll wheel, the typical 2 soft keys, the Send and End/Power keys, a clear key, and an avid camera key. I found the keypad to be pretty crowded, and the slick and flat feeling of the keys didn't facilitate a lot of. There have been slight delineations between every key though, which made dialing by feel possible if somewhat tricky. On the back of the Verizon Wireless Samsung Juke phone is a camera lens and a speaker, and when the phone is open, you can see a self-portrait mirror. The Samsung Juke SCH-U740 phone is a very stylish phone that will turn heads when you're out on the town, but its lack of features ultimately disappoints. You can check out its price at and also the details about this Verizon Wireless Phone.

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