Samsung Intensity U450 Review
There are 3 themes included with the Samsung Intensity U450: White, My Place, and Fresh Water. We saw the “My Place” theme earlier this year on the Alias 2 and it is also the default theme used by the Intensity. It shows an image that looks like a classroom wall with animated icons for the different menus. Even thought this is colorful, we preferred the Fresh Water theme, as you can also change its layout between tab, list, and grid view. Other customizations include wallpapers, dialing and menu fonts, as well as clock styles.
The phonebook on the Intensity is identical to the one used by the Alias 2, as it allows up to 1000 contacts to be saved with their name, 5 phone numbers, 2 email address, IM screen name, and street address. Once a contact is saved, you can assign them to one of 999 speed dial locations, which is the same amount as on the enV3.
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.
The 1.3MP camera included with the Samsung Intensity U450 is more of an afterthought and is not a main feature. 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. Both the Alias 2 and enV3 do a better job, so don’t expect to use the camera on the Intensity for anything other than quick “on the go” pictures.
One feature that surprised us was that the Intensity has ditched the outdated “red” music player, which is found on most Verizon phones, including the Rogue, Alias 2 and Rival. Instead, it uses the same background color that is in the 3 interface themes, and you can also change the player’s skin between simple view, visualizer, album art, and lyrics. We are glad to see this type of player used by the Intensity and hope that more Verizon phones will include something similar. Music quality was good through the mono speaker on the back, though not as loud as it was from the stereo speakers on the enV3. You can also connect earbuds to the 2.5mm headset jack, or listen to music via Stereo Bluetooth connection.
Other software features include Mobile Web 2.0, VZ Navigator for GPS driving directions, and the ability to download games, ringtones and other applications. The Samsung Intensity U450 uses 1X instead of the faster EV-DO network for its data connection, which also means VCast Video and Music is not supported.
1. Sufcc (Posts: 33; Member since: 28 Jul 2008)
To me it did not feel even close to cheap to the Rival. Sliding feels strong and solid and don't believe it ll break easy. At $50 don't expect something quite as solid as the enV3 (which is sold at $130). Also it does not have EVDO much like the Sway. For the value I expect to sell quite a few of these. Already sold our first shipment of 3.
2. bng (Posts: 107; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)
i don't get how it has good signal reception?, but lacking call quality?
3. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
It had good signal reception, as it showed 2-3 bars and didn't drop any calls in our area. The call/voice quality (through the earpiece speaker) wasn't as good and natural sounding as on other phones (enV3, Alias 2).
5. champehg (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Apr 2010)
does anyone know how to set up the speed dial?
7. Todd H (unregistered)
Go to contacts, scroll down to 5. Speed Dial and then fill in the phone number in the Go To section and it will add it to the list.
16. PhilJB (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 May 2012)
If you look up samsung intensity manual, You can download the manual for free.
6. Todd H (unregistered)
I am having a difficult time finding a bluetooth earpiece that will work static free with this phone. All of the earpieces that I have tried will work great on my LG EnV2, but not without static on the Intensity. What bluetooth should I use with this phone?
8. B (unregistered)
I like the phone
9. Briman (unregistered)
I"ve had the phone for a few months now. To me it feels solid, reception and call quality is good. I just wanted a basic phone with a qwerty keyboard and this is perfect. I have relatively small hands so the keys aren't an issue - if you have large hands/fingers I could see where that might be a problem. No problems with my blue tooth ear piece or setting up the speed dials etc. I'm extremely happy with this phone.
10. ryn203 (unregistered)
Does anyone know why this phone decides to light up on its own in the middle of the night on its own. It always happens around 4:30 in the morning and wakes us up
11. lovo17 (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)
I have the Intensity II and mine also lights up in the middle of the night, at 3:03am. It's weird that no one is touching the phone and it's lighting up on its own. Does anyone know why this happens?
12. bwuh (unregistered)
Mine lights up when receiving a message or I'm charging it. That's weird that yours lights up unprompted by anything. Are you sure it's not an alarm or calendar appointment or something? Does it also vibrate or make any sound?
13. Asdfghjkz (unregistered)
I have the intensity. I hate it. I drop it alot but not badly. Only a little less than a foot off the ground. The calls are bad quality and my texts don't always send. It looses battery by the end of the day. Sometimes before dinner. The camera is bad. Bad sound recording quality. The charger doesn't work unless I hold it.
14. robroy (unregistered)
My son and I have been using this phone for well over a year on the Alltel network. He decided to go on a plan with his girlfriend and got a different phone. Alltel's plan for one was a bit too much for me as all I need to do is text and talk. I went to Wally_World and got a Straight Talk phone tha is working on the AT@T network. Big mistake.
The phone has vastly inferior reception where I live. Verizon phones do not pick up that great here either. I will be going back to Alltel and my Samsung U450 next month.
I love the phone. It has never failed me and the keyboard is perfect with all the keys where one would expect them to be. I HAVE had to turn my phone off a couple of times over the past year +, to get it to reset, but this new phone that I have got now that is working with ATT&T has already hung up on me three times in less than a week.
I can't wait to get hooked back up with Alltel and get my U450 back on line. :)
15. robroy (unregistered)
Sounds like you broke the phone. Quit dropping it. You can't blame the phone for your clumsiness.