Samsung Intensity II Review
The interface has been given a bit of a facelift and contains three themes: slick black, planet, and pond. The “pond” theme on the Intensity II is similar to the “my place” theme on the Intensity and Alias 2, as it shows a work desk with nine animated icons for accessing different menus. You can also change any of the theme’s layouts between list, grid and tab view, font style, as well as the type of clock and its color.
The phonebook on the Samsung Intensity II allows up to 1000 contacts to be saved with multiple numbers and email addresses, picture and ringtone, IM screen name, street address, and birthday. Once a contact is saved, you can assign them to one of 999 speed dial locations.
Composing a text message can be done by using T9 predictive entry with the numeric keypad or by sliding the phone open and using the QWERTY keyboard. Other messaging options include Mobile Email, which will allow you to send and receive email through your standard POP or IMAP accounts, and Mobile IM for connecting to people in your AIM, Windows Live, and Yahoo! buddy lists. Also included on the Intensity II is a new program called Social Beat that allows you to connect your accounts for Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Google Talk, and GMail, as well as RSS. We tried it with Facebook and were able to view our feed, wall, inbox, and friend’s list. You can also post your current status and even upload a mobile photo. Just be prepared to wait….and wait…and wait, as it takes up to 3 minutes just to sign in and view recent posts. Several times, it just stopped working all together, and we had to click on Refresh a few times to get things to load. We’re not sure if this is a problem with the program, or since the phone uses the slower 1x data network. At this point, we wouldn’t even fool with using it, as it is problematic to load and takes too long.
The included 1.3MP camera on the Samsung Intensity II remains a disappointment, as images taken outside during the day have soft edges and generally look blurry with poor color accuracy, while indoor images tend to look worse as they show a lot of grain. There still isn’t a flash, but the Intensity II can take pictures in complete darkness with the infrared Night Vision mode, though the pictures come out in black and white and are more of a novelty. Video recording is still not supported.
For playing back your MP3s, the music player on the Samsung Intensity II is pretty much the same as the one on the Intensity, as files are listed by songs, playlists, artists, genres, and albums. You can also change the player’s skin between simple, album art, visualizer, and lyrics for a more personalized appearance. Music quality was good through the mono speaker on the back, but you can also connect earbuds to the 2.5mm headset jack, or listen to music via Stereo Bluetooth connection. Unfortunately, multitasking isn’t supported, so you can’t listen to music while also typing a text message.
Most other software features on the Samsung Intensity II U460 remain unchanged from the Samsung Intensity U450, such as the appointment calendar where you can save alerts, Mobile Web 2.0 browser, VZ Navigator for GPS guided driving directions, and the ability to download other ringtones and games. Since the Intensity II still only supports the slower 1X network instead of the faster EVDO network, data speeds are slow and there is no support for VCast Video streaming or VCast Music downloads. One new feature that is included is the Microsoft Bing search, where you can perform searches on the Web, Business Directory, or VZW Media. If you do just a standard search, it will search the Web for results, where the Business Directory search is good for restaurants, shopping, hotels, and other local places, while the VZW Media search will look for matching Verizon ringtones, wallpapers, games, and programs to download.
The Samsung Intensity II comes with 105.5MB of internal memory (up from 31MB on the Intensity), and out of that only 12MB is used out of the box. This leaves plenty of room for installing apps or for savings pictures if a memory card is not installed.
1. Zorin posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55 0 0
Man, I was looking fwd. to the typical FA video at the end. WTF, guys?
2. Sniggly posted on 10 Aug 2010, 10:14 0 0
It'll still probably be a fantastically reliable phone which users will get a lot of value out of, esp. if they have no need for the internet on their phone.
3. ihaveaquestion (unregistered) posted on 10 Aug 2010, 13:19 0 0
is this phone good enough if the only internet usage i will be using is going on facebook mobile and checking sports scores and weather? thats all.
4. cupcakeY (unregistered) posted on 10 Aug 2010, 15:40 0 0
uhmm.. it's Pantech Jest, not Blitz..
5. AE (unregistered) posted on 16 Aug 2010, 00:14 0 0
It appears this phone allows you take pictures, but you can't records videos on this phone, also no java. Personally this phone sucks and I plan to return.
7. MJ (unregistered) posted on 15 Sep 2010, 12:17 0 0
Had this phone a month and it won't hold a charge on standby for more than 1.5 - 2 days. Had the battery replaced and no difference. Anyone else having similar problem?
8. Snarkyside (unregistered) posted on 07 Dec 2010, 08:54 0 0
I'm one of many having problems with the phone freezing and locking up. Customer-no-service is worthless at the cell phone company. I see where some have gone through having 2 and 3 phones handed out to replace problem phone and it still craps out. Don't get this phone. Aside from all the other problems I've read about on other review sites and those mentioned on here, it'll just lock up or shut itself off for no reason while sitting immobile on a counter. Software or phone design issues.
9. natz13 posted on 11 Jul 2011, 18:01 0 0
if i accidentally connect to the internet on this phone with no data plan will it charge me money even if i exit out of it before it loads?
10. ooooo (unregistered) posted on 08 Sep 2011, 10:44 0 0
4:20am you guys know whats up
11. macchiofan20 (unregistered) posted on 13 Sep 2011, 11:11 0 0
i just started noticing this problem: whenever i try to send a text message, the phone shuts off by itself. dont ask me how, it just shuts off by itself without me doing anything. this has happened for a total of 9 times. does anyone else have this problem?
14. llliiivvv posted on 18 Nov 2012, 10:11 0 0
Yes. I would be in the middle of a text message and it would power off. But I'm stuck with it until my contract runs out. :(
12. Thisonesucks... (unregistered) posted on 10 Oct 2011, 17:10 0 0
This phone sucks. It freezes up very often, and it randomly shuts off. This is a do not buy! the Intensity 1 was better than the Intensity 2. I promise you, you'd be better off getting a different phone. Also, it is very hard to hear the conversation through the earpiece, so I leave it on speaker even when there shouldn't be necessary. DON'T BUY.
13. kikikissy posted on 24 May 2012, 17:02 0 0
This phone is mildly glitchy & after a year of use, I can barely get a whole day out of the phone. When I first bought the phone I had no problem getting 1.5 to 2 days out of it, which was all I ever expected that so that wasn't a disappointment to me.
I don't use internet of any kind on my phone, so I have no comments on that.
The only time the phone has restarted for me was when I was trying to send & receive a text simultaneously. It's a bit irritating the first time, but after you realize it's going to happen, you just have to chill a minute while it restarts. Pain in the ass? Yes. But not a deal-breaker for the $20 (after rebate) I paid for the phone.
This is the first phone that I've had to text on, and also the first to have a slide out keyboard. Because this is the only keyboard I am used to, I don't mind it. When I was first learning how to text, it was difficult, but now people are amazed at how fast I can type. It's really just a matter of getting used to it.
I do accidently start up the camera quite often because of the location of the camera button on the side. This is probably the most irritating thing.
Also, I bought a case for it and because of the design of the hard cover, the front piece broke from sliding the keyboard open within the first month. I still have the back cover & I believe that it is helping protect my phone, but it wasn't worth the $20 I spent to "protect" my phone.
Overall, it's super basic. If you just want to text and make phone calls, it is a cheap option. If you want more than that, you'll just have to pay for another phone.