Samsung Alias 2 U750 Review
Four themes are included on the Samsung Alias 2 U750: Slick Black, White, Gliss, and My Place. The My Place theme is factory-selected as the default, and shows an image that looks like a classroom wall with animated icons for the different menus. While this is colorful, we feel that the Gliss theme looks best on the Alias 2, and you can change the menu layout between Tab, List, and Grid view. Other customizations include the wallpaper, clock style, and menu fonts.
The phonebook on the Alias 2 and Trace are identical, which allows for up to 1000 contacts to be saved with their name and contact numbers, but it also allows you to save a person’s IM screen name, street, city, state, zip code, and country. Once a contact is saved, you can assign them to one of 999 speed dial locations.
E-ink QWERTY keyboard, the Samsung Alias 2 U750 is ideal for those individuals who like to send a lot of messages. The messaging menu hasn’t changed that much however, and still allows you to send and receive text, picture and video messages. Once nice addition is that you can have messages threaded by Contact, which groups all the sent and received messages by a contact in one list view. Of course Mobile IM is available, as is Mobile Email (for a monthly fee).
2MP camera is also a dramatic improvement over the previous model. Images we took outside had excellent color representation, sharp edges, good detail, and accurate white balance. Interior images only came out good if there was plenty of light, as low-light images were blurry due to the slow shutter speed and lack of flash. Videos can also be recorded, but are limited to the mediocre 176x144 resolution.
Samsung Trance U490 or LG Chocolate 3, it comes with the standard Verizon “red” music player, which categorizes your music files into genres, artists, albums, songs, and playlists. Music playback through the stereo speakers was adequate, though lacking in bass and not as loud as with the Chocolate 3 or Trance. We also experienced a lot of background distortion when using the Samsung Alias 2 U750 with our Motorola HT820 and S9 Stereo Bluetooth headsets, though music sounded fine with our 2.5mm wired earbuds.
Other software features include Mobile Web 2.0, VCast Video, VZ Navigator, ringtone and game downloads. Phone tools include voice command, calculator, calendar, three alarm clocks, stopwatch, and world clock. All of which can be used with the display in portrait or landscape mode.
1. WKlingbeil (Posts: 215; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)
Of course it has a proprietary charger... It's Samsung
2. fverdun (Posts: 12; Member since: 22 Jan 2009)
dang samsung get in with the program, it would have been nice for it to have a micro usb...but then again, that's samsung for u...
3. techie123 (Posts: 54; Member since: 25 Mar 2009)
I would buy this in an instant if it was a "smart-phone" - I wish the upcoming Blackberry Pearl Flip had an e-ink keypad like this one.
4. SkuSKA (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 May 2009)
But why would the Pearl Flip need a E-ink Keyboard? It Doesnt have a dual-hinge display. Blackberry is pretty happy with their Multitap keyboard
5. techie123 (Posts: 54; Member since: 25 Mar 2009)
yes - MultiTap is ok and some are very happy with it. but, i wish the blackberry pearl flip had the dual hinge thing AND the e-ink - it would make a compelling smart phone package, don't you think?
6. SilverPearl (Posts: 31; Member since: 08 Jul 2008)
I think that would make the PearlFlip a little TOO complicated of a device. It's already a higher learning curve for most people, now they have to think about how to open their Smart Phone as well? I personally like the bar-style blackberry.. elegant, quick, and functional.
7. vzwfann15 (Posts: 16; Member since: 10 Jun 2009)
What is with Verizon keeping the same outdated music player on most of their higher end phones like the Rogue and Alias 2? And is anyone else fed up with their new "data plans" for the EnvTouch and Rogue?
8. annonymous_man (unregistered)
The Samsung Alias 2 to which we are all discussing is a great phone. It's not as feature rich as an Android phone, or an iPhone but it is a good smartphone and is better than most feature phones I've had earlier. Very sadly mine just died recently -- not sure when/how but it got water damage. Samsung Alias 2 I knew ye well. R.I.P.