Samsung Juke Review
The main menu is laid out just like every other Verizon phone, with categorizes for Music, Get it Now, Messaging, Contacts, Recent Calls, and Settings & Tools. There are two themes (Boom Box and Vivace) with the Boom Box theme set as the default.
The Phonebook is nothing new, with up to 500 Contacts being able to be stored, each with their Name, Mobile 1, Home, Work, E-Mail 1, Group, Picture, Ringtone, Mobile 2, Fax, E-Mail 2, and Notes. After a contact is saved, you can assign them to a speed-dial location.
The VGA Camera is low quality and can only capture images up to 640x480 resolution. Considering the price of the phone, we can understand why a low cost camera was used, but still would have liked to have seen a 1.3MP, since that is considered “standard” on most phones.
Low Light with Night Mode On
The primary feature of the Juke is not for it being a “phone”, but for it being a “compact music player”. This is where the device truly shines. Downloading music from your PC is easy, and can be done in 3 steps: 1) Connect the Juke to your computer using the included USB data cable, 2) The computer will automatically setup the device drivers, 3) Drag and Drop music files to the phone’s internal memory. This is by far the easiest way to get music onto the phone, despite the manual saying that it needs to be synced with Windows Media Player 10. The files are transferred at USB 2.0 speeds, but you must use Samsung’s proprietary data cable to connect to the Juke. It would have been better if the Juke used a standard miniUSB connector. Once music has been transferred, you can access it by pressing and holding the center button on the metal wheel for three seconds (with the phone closed). This brings up the My Music menu, which lists music by All, Playlists, Artists, Genres, and Albums. You can move between the options using the circular wheel, and make the selection by pressing the center button. When a song begins playback the display will show the volume level, track name, artist’s name, and time duration. You can rewind/skip-back, play/pause, and fast-forward/skip-ahead by using the wheel.
During song playback, pressing down on the wheel takes you to the Options menu with the following settings:
- Play Mode: Normal, Shuffle, Repeat Once, Repeat All, Shuffle Repeat All
- Add to Playlist: Add song to Playlist
- Skin: Simple, Album Artwork, Visualizer, Lyrics
- Equalizer: Basic, Rock, Jazz, Live, Classic, Full Bass, Full Bass and Treble, Dance, Pop, Full Treble, Club, Party, Large Hall, Soft, Soft Rock, User Settings
- 3D Sound: Wide, Dynamic, Surround, Off
- Backlight: 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min
- Song Info: Shows current song Title, Artist, Album, Year, Composer, Genre, Size, File Name, Length, Bit Rate, Downloaded date
- Memory Info: Available MB, Used MB, Total 1919MB (formatted)
The overall quality of music playback through the built-in speaker (on the rear) is lacking in Bass, Mid-Range, and Volume, but once you connect the included stereo earbuds the problem is solved. If you require a little more freedom, you may also use a Bluetooth Stereo headset. Either way, music sounds “full” and is equal to using any standard MP3 player. We believe that the music player on the Juke is one of the best and easiest to use on any current Verizon phone, with the exception of the LG Chocolate VX8550, where both phones also allow you to perform other tasks while listening to music, such as sending and receiving text messages.
1. elgee02 (unregistered) posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55 0 0
I got this phone through work and been using it a lot, mostly as an mp3 player but I have made a few phone calls with it. Reception on the phone was not a problem, but that has more to do with VZW having great coverage were I live, but where I disagree with you guys most is sound quality. While I don't think it has amazing sound quality, I haven't found it to be near as bad as your review says. I have really had no complaints using this as a phone. But you are right that this thing does truly shine as an mp3 player. My only complaint there is the 2gig size, as my music collection is upwards of 8,000 songs and I can only fit about 500 on the phone. Oh well. I still like it.
2. (unregistered) posted on 06 Nov 2007, 07:46 0 0
Been using the Juke for about 2 weeks now - BIG PROBLEM with the swivel not staying open. The "switchblade" action works fine, but once opened, it doesn't stay in a locked and upright position, it now has some wiggle. Makes it very difficult to use a phone now!
3. Joe (unregistered) posted on 12 Nov 2007, 19:04 0 0
I am really excited i am going to get this phone on youtube everyone. The sound sounds fine to me
4. Ed (unregistered) posted on 20 Nov 2007, 18:09 0 0
your spelling and grammar is horrible. Just reading this review annoyed me. How old are you, do you even use spell check? What about an editor of any kind? It's hard to phone arena serious when people who write these reviews have junior high english skills at best.
6. (unregistered) posted on 10 May 2008, 12:21 0 0
u better check ur spelling and grammar first there buddy
5. Emma (unregistered) posted on 01 Jan 2008, 17:42 0 0
about the phone ,,, do people like that phone? doesit work good? does it last long? if any body knows let me know!
7. Justin Slocum (unregistered) posted on 25 May 2008, 01:26 0 0
I would've personally given the phone a better review. Yes, the phone lacks a lot of features that tekkie might want but if you just want a phone with a really nice mp3 player that plays through your bluetooth headset then I would have to say this phone is great for it's price point. As far as not being able to surf the web on my phone, I couldn't care less. I'd much rather use my laptop when i'm at a wifi hotspot. Excellent basic phone, and amazingly small. Does everything I could possible want to do with a phone. I'll do my business on my laptop, instead of a smart phone.
8. Andy (unregistered) posted on 15 Jul 2008, 11:31 0 0
i got this phone in like november. i love the phone and everything about it but its starting to open more and more and it really annoying. instead of opening 180 degrees its like 195 degrees which sucks
10. (unregistered) posted on 25 Aug 2008, 09:23 0 0
mine did that too and it won't stay completely closed anymore either. I think the phone's swivel spring is junk on these phones. It makes it difficult to use.
9. no1 (unregistered) posted on 23 Aug 2008, 10:48 0 0
does anyone know if this phone will be out in the UK? does anyone know if this phone will be out on pay as you go? please help me. i LOVE this phone but i just need someone to tell me this cheers
11. Justin Bieber (unregistered) posted on 09 Feb 2011, 18:28 0 0
The earphones won't work properly :/