Samsung Haven Review
The main menu on the Samsung Haven U320 is laid out nearly identical to the Knack U310, with the only difference being the blue color of the background. There are categories for contacts, recent calls, messaging, pictures & sounds, tools, settings, phone info, wellbeing & health, and My Verizon. The only personalization the Haven allows for is changing of the ringtones, wallpapers, font size, and two themes (golden blue and simple blue).
The phonebook on the Haven is still only capable for storing up to 500 contacts, each with their name, mobile 1, home, work, mobile 2, ringtone and picture. Thankfully, this time around you can store up to 94 speed-dial locations, instead of just 8 on the Knack. Though the LG Clout can save 1000 contacts and has a total of 999 speed-dial locations.
Both the Samsung Haven and Knack can send and receive basic text messages, but the Haven now supports receiving picture messages, where you can save the attached image to the phone and even use it as a wallpaper. But don’t get too excited, as the Haven still lacks the ability to send picture messages, though we’re not surprised, as the device doesn’t have a built-in camera. Once again, we like the LG Clout here, as it can send and receive text, picture and video messages, and also has a built-in camera that can take 2MP pictures and videos at 176x144 resolution.
One new feature on the Samsung Haven U320 is the wellness & health menu, wherein you can set 5 different reminders, select 15 exercises from an on-screen fitness trainer, listen to four different ‘healing music’ sounds (sky, leaf, cloth, and rain), and enter in your medial info. We’re not sure how many people will use the fitness trainer, or listen to the 4 prerecorded sounds, but we do like the idea of being able to enter in your medical info. Still, a lot of people like to be able to access and play their own music on their phone, so keep this in mind, as you can’t do this on the Haven.
Other software tools include a calendar with event scheduler, three independent alarms, standard calculator, tip calculator, world clock, stop watch, and voice commands. All of these are fairly commonplace amongst most phones. The voice commands only allows dialing of save contacts by name (not by digit dialing), send text to name, and check phone status. We had no problem using it in quiet areas, but in noisy environments (such as a car) it will make you repeat the command a few times.
Since the Haven doesn't have a camera and can’t download applications, the device only comes with 25MB of user accessible memory. Naturally, there isn’t microSD memory card slot either.
1. anonymous2010 (unregistered)
I'm kinda confused. I know that essentially everyone who views this website are very tech-savvy, but I know a lot of older people who don't want all of the things the rest of us do. They "just want a phone to be a phone". I understand counting off because of the voice quality, but it seems a bit strange to me to deduct points from the score of the phone just because there is no camera or application abilities. To me, this would be like counting points off of an Iphone or a Droid because they don't include Blackberry Messenger. I read this review because my grandmother is wanting a phone just like this, and I wanted to see what the problems were. I may be alone, but this review seems worthless to me.
2. NotGramma (unregistered)
Dear Anonymous2010: I wouldn't say this review is worthless. I just bought this phone and based on my experience, this review is pretty accurate. Even though I'm not quite a "senior" yet, nor am I a grandmother, I would recommend this phone to anyone who simply wants a phone. My only caution is that it doesn't have very good ring tone choices. You're stuck with a lot of crappy musical ring tones. I found the ring tones on my old LG phone a lot better. Next time, I'm going to research what ringtones are offered first.
3. RestrictiveRules (unregistered)
For me, not having a camera is a feature, not a defect. Where I work, we are not allowed to have anything (phone, computer, iPod, etc.) that has a camera. Do know how hard it is getting to find a phone that doesn't have a camera? My last "upgrade" was to replace my 5 year old phone with a used 4 year old phone. This model actually gives me an option for an honest NEW phone.
(Yes, I know there are Blackberrys that don't have cameras. I don't want or need a BB or its overpriced data plan. I just need a phone!)
4. CJS (unregistered)
Okay, okay, we get it. This phone does not have a lot of extras.
For those who want a basic phone, this is not a negative.
Your review could have simply focused on the positive aspects of this phone, instead of putting a relentless negative spin on the Haven in order to push the Clout.