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Samsung Intensity U450 Review

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Performance:

The signal reception of the Samsung Intensity U450 was quite good and about equal to what we experienced while using the enV3, Alias 2 and Rogue, as we didn’t drop any calls and had 2-3 bars showing in high coverage areas. Call quality however was a step-down from the competition, as voices didn’t sound as clear and natural, but still better than when using the Motorola Rival A455.

The 960 mAh battery that is included with the Intensity is rated to provide up to 5 hours of talk time or 12 days of standby time. During our testing we were able to get up to 4.5 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge, which is the same amount as on the Samsung Rogue U960.


Conclusion:

The Samsung Intensity U450 isn’t that “intense” and doesn’t offer anything new that can’t be found on the competition.  Its main selling feature is the QWERTY keyboard combined with the phone’s low price-point, but you get what you pay for as the Intensity’s overall build quality is lacking. If you are looking for a basic phone with a QWERTY keyboard and without a touchscreen, the LG enV3 is still the top device in that category.


Samsung Intensity U450 Video Review:

Samsung Intensity U450 Review


Pros

  • Compact design
  • Updated music player
  • Good signal reception

Cons

  • The device feels cheap
  • Low quality 1.3MP camera
  • Call quality is lacking
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

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.

posted on 17 Sep 2009, 16:40

2. bng (Posts: 107; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)


i don't get how it has good signal reception?, but lacking call quality?

posted on 18 Sep 2009, 00:19

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).

posted on 18 Sep 2009, 14:22

4. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)


LOW END. no thanks

posted on 03 Apr 2010, 20:47

5. champehg (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Apr 2010)


does anyone know how to set up the speed dial?

posted on 21 Aug 2010, 14:36

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.

posted on 06 May 2012, 01:33

16. PhilJB (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 May 2012)


If you look up samsung intensity manual, You can download the manual for free.

posted on 21 Aug 2010, 14:34

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?

posted on 09 Sep 2010, 12:28

8. B (unregistered)


I like the phone

posted on 09 Sep 2010, 12:31

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.

posted on 18 Nov 2010, 06:07

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

posted on 23 Nov 2010, 04:00

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?

posted on 20 Dec 2010, 12:14

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?

posted on 16 Aug 2011, 20:18

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.

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 12:09

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. :)

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 12:11

15. robroy (unregistered)


Sounds like you broke the phone. Quit dropping it. You can't blame the phone for your clumsiness.

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Display2.1 inches, 176 x 220 pixels (134 ppi) TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size4.25 x 2.08 x 0.65 inches
(108 x 53 x 17 mm)
3.53 oz  (100 g)
Battery960 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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