Hands-on Preview of the Samsung Alias 2
When we reviewed the first Samsung Alias U740 two years ago, we weren't that impressed, mostly because of its poorly designed keyboard. Thankfully, that has now all changed with the introduction of the Alias 2 U750. First off, the device has better overall construction to it and feels more solid. The gun-metal gray color is also more attractive and professionally looking. Located on the font is a 1.3" TFT display, 2MP camera, and music control buttons.
Flipping the phone open vertically or horizontally reveals the impressive 2.6" QVGA display, which is currently the largest display on any Verizon flip phone, with both images and text looking marvelously on it. Located on either side of the display are stereo speakers used for music/ringtone/speakerphone playback.
But what really sets the Alias 2 apart is the unique E-ink keyboard. When the phone is opened vertically, the keyboard shows the standard layout with numbers for dialing, arrows for the d-pad, and specific buttons for Bluetooth, alarm clock, games, camera, voice command, speakerphone, and e-mail.
When the display is opened horizontally, the same keys are used, but the layout is different. Then when going into messaging, the numbers are replaced with letters, making it a fully QWERTY keyboard.
We really like the E-ink, as it works well and only takes a fraction of a second to change. So far this is a nice phone, and it will be tough competition for the LG enV3.
1. azndragonbuster (Posts: 12; Member since: 11 Apr 2008)
looks awesome! too bad im addicted to blackberrys.. maybe my brother would like it
2. souleater93 (Posts: 86; Member since: 20 Mar 2009)
this is an awesome phone had it for a week and love it. i doubt the env3 will come close to this phone.
4. bng (Posts: 107; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)
your right but will just have to wait and see what happens
3. bng (Posts: 107; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)
my cousin just got it today and its a relay cool phone i feel like trading my old alias for this one. the e-ink is just awesomeness
5. techie123 (Posts: 54; Member since: 25 Mar 2009)
I just wish it was a "smart-phone" - but I'm still probably going to get it (looks too cool to pass up) - after at least playing with it in the store
6. T-Money3000 (unregistered)
I agree.... awesome phone!! but its kinda heavy.... only issue i have with it.
7. heavybreathing (Posts: 276; Member since: 26 Feb 2009)
What does everyone like this? They keys look retarded as hell and the button placement is stupid.
8. *HOVA* (Posts: 564; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
I'll second that. Not sure what people are liking about this. Those keys, although bigger then the original, still look pretty small and cramped. I think they're trying to cram too much into a small space. It better have an auto spell checker cause there's gonna be lots of errors...
9. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
what are you talking about cramped dude? have you seen the voyagers keyboard? i think this is an awesome phone. has heavybreathing ever said anything positive about a verizon phone?!