Samsung Alias U740 Review
Located on the front of the phone is the 1.3MP camera with flash, and the 65K color 96x96 pixel STN display, that is just large enough for showing the date & time, message alerts, status icons, and also MP3 song information. Below it are the touch-sensitive MP3 playback buttons, which allows you to Play/Pause, Rewind, and Fast-Forward. On the left side is a Hold button that will lock/unlock the phone, Volume Up/Down buttons, and combination Charger/Data/Headset port. The right side has the dedicated Speakerphone button and MicroSD card slot.
TFT display. We were disappointed that Samsung chose not to use a higher quality QVGA display on the U740. When comparing the internal display of the U740 to the enV, the U740’s display was not as sharp, with images and text having jagged edges. We also noticed that images were more washed-out looking, despite adjusting the Brightness setting in the U740’s software.
On both sides of the display are Stereo Speakers that are use for playing ringtones, MP3 music, and speakerphone use. When the phone is closed, ringtone and MP3 playback can sound muffled. Because of this, we recommend having the phone opened while playing MP3 files. The overall sound from the speakers were loud, but had noticeable distortion when playing at medium to high volume levels. This was also noticeable when having the volume turned up while using the Speakerphone. We found that the enV did a better overall job with ringtone, MP3, and Speakerphone sound quality.
At the top of the keypad is the 5-way navigational control that accesses various functions of the phones menu. The menu is divided into five sections (Get it Now, Messaging, Contacts, Recent Calls, and Settings & Tools). One thing that we did not like about the menus is that some selections are only available when the phone is opened clamshell. For example, when selecting My Music, you are given a message saying “Feature Available in Rotated Mode”. You must then flip the phone closed, open it sideways, and then access that menu again.
numeric/QWERTY keypad on the U740 is a mixed blessing due to the small size of the buttons. While dialing phone numbers, we often would accidentally press a wrong button and would need to delete it. For QWERTY text messaging we encountered the same problem, the buttons are too small for normal sized thumb use. Also, when looking at the keypad, it is very eye-straining since there are letters and numbers facing different directions. Between the small buttons and cluttered appearance, we were quite dissatisfied with the overall functionality of the keypad. Between the U740 and enV, the QWERTY keypad on the enV is much easier to use, has larger and more spaced-out buttons, and is easier to look at without straining.
1. bubba (unregistered)
this is not samsungs first attempt at a phone with a qwerty keyboard on it...remember the samsung d307
2. Vagabundus (unregistered)
Why the comparison to the more expensive EnV? Of course the EnV is better in most of these categories: That's why it is twice the size, heavier and more expensive. How about comparisons with some other models--to give a better feel for where the phone "sits" in terms of all available phones. I haven't used this phone, but the review feels like a hatchet job, similar to comparing the W385 to many other phones that clearly outclass it. For example, would someone be better off with this phone than with the phones priced less? How does it stack up against phones its same size and weight? Good points, but the frequent comparisons to the EnV seem a bit over the top, especially when taken with reviews of other phones where such a big deal is made over the size and weight of the phone.
3. Tara (unregistered)
I recently purchased the Allias and I like it. The keyboard is small, but for the price versus that of the EnV...I can't complain.
4. Andy (unregistered)
I have the Alias and it's very good. I found the EnV too big to fit comfortably in my pocket. The keyboard is small, but you get used to using it very quickly. If you have big hands you probably will have more trouble with it. I wouldn't use it if you plan on texting 50 times a day, but I can check and respond to my emails easily.
5. Jazen (unregistered)
I bought a used U740 as my work phone (I own a Voyager but I do custodial) and I can honestly see where Samsung was going with it. It can be such a great phone! BUT there's so many bugs and UI issues that makes one wonder how Samsung (or Verizon) made such a mess. I won't compare it to the enV or Voyager, since the features aren't up to the same bar. But I do feel the enV is a more stable phone
6. Comment (unregistered)
I purchased the U740 to take advantage of the Vcast pack for the Internet. Over all the phone is good. Yes the phone with the full keyboard is awsome. There are # of bad points I've noticed with it over the past month of using it. There is no camera button on the side, the view of the picture on the phone after it's saved sucks, and the battery drains fast when in low cover areas. The good points of this phone. Speaker phone when the phone is closed works (unlike most of the LG phones), a 4 gig micro sd card is supported at this time (8 gig is the max with a future software upgrade), love the cam corder with audio, and Internet usage for mapquest is good. Overall I would not get rid of this phone anytime soon.
really? a 6.4 because it's not as good as the env? obviously they've never noticed what an ugly beast the env is because this phone is like half the size and infinitely better looking, I've had this phone for like a year and a half and it's really been great, the keys are a little small and I can see that being a problem for a lot of people but i think at least half the population (including me) has fingers small enough to use it completely comfortably, they're very well designed as well as small keys go and i almost never have problems where i hit the wrong key, the only problems i have are that it is pretty hard to dial numbers when it's opened like a normal phone and over time the keys leave little scratches on the screen from hitting it every time you close the phone, well my main problem is that the verizon UI sucks but that's the same on the env, so yeah if you have rather small fingers i would definitely say this is a good enV alternative phone and i really don't regret getting it, the enV 2s look a lot better than the originals though so those wouldn't be a bad choice either in my opinion
8. jess_jane1318 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Sep 2008)
i have had the samsung u740 (alias) since December 2007. it has given me nothing but Trouble! i am not rough with my phones but i do expect them to work well and this one hasn't worked well at all. the 1st one i had only connected to alltel towers... messed up right. so they gave me a new one. 2nd one would shut off on me constantly. i told them about it and they sent me a new one 3rd one did the same as the second. 4th one is turning off on me the hinge is so lose it feels as if it will fall off at any time and it will not send any pix or fix messages even with 2 to 3 bars of 1x and ev service. this phone is junk! it has proven to be more of a hassle then what it is worth and it is very unreliable! i would advise anyone agaisnt buying this phone. not worth the hassle it put you through, and definitely not worth the money.
9. LoveTheAlias (unregistered)
I've had the Alias since May 2007 ... a year and a half ... and I LOVE IT!!! Why in all of the pages of review is there no mention of the speech-to-text ability of this phone? Seems like this site did nothing but knock the phone, comparing it to the clunkly, heavy, and U-G-L-Y enV ... yet all my friends with the enV envy me!! Texting is great on it, I have NO trouble with the keyboard ... you'd have to have really thick fingers to have much trouble with the size of the keys. The mp3 player on it is great .. I don't have an ipod or any other mp3 player and this phone is the reason why!! The double flip hinge is very very sturdy, even after a year and a half of my friends and I constantly playing with its double flip. The battery has held up well for me, and being away from family and friends, and using it as my mp3 player for work-outs, I use the battery A LOT. The reception is great, the sound quality is great. Really the only complaint I had with the phone was having to go out and get earbuds with a special connector for the phone, but I got those on ebay for about $6 with shipping so no biggie. The only other thing I can possibly think of is that when someone borrows it for the first time to make a call, it is a little overwhelming to them trying to distinguish the number keys amongst all the other keys; but once you look at it for a second, it goes back to awing them in amazement and enV ;) There may be the iphone and lg shine and blah blah blah out there, but I will be keeping this phone for a whole lot longer because I am nowhere close to being sick of it. BEST PHONE I'VE EVER OWNED AND I LOVE IT!!