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Samsung Reality U820 Review

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Software and Features:

There are a few software improvements included with the Samsung Reality U820 that are not found on the Rogue U960. The first is that the Reality comes with 3 homescreens, somewhat similar to the LG Versa, which you can swipe between by moving you finger from right-to-left or from left-to-right. When the display is unlocked, the homescreens will shows four icons along the bottom for the dialer, contacts, message, and menu. The TouchWiz 2.0 sidebar is still present, and when selecting it (the small arrow on the left side) the widget bar opens up. From there you can scroll the list, choose to run a program, or drag the icon directly to any of the 3 homescreens. There are a few extra widgets that are included on the Reality that aren’t on the Rogue, such as a mini music player, Bing search and WeatherBug. Overall, the TouchWiz on the Reality is easy to use and it worked rather smoothly, just like on the Rogue.

The Samsung Reality U820 comes with 3 homescreens - Samsung Reality U820 Review
The Samsung Reality U820 comes with 3 homescreens - Samsung Reality U820 Review
The Samsung Reality U820 comes with 3 homescreens - Samsung Reality U820 Review
The Samsung Reality U820 comes with 3 homescreens - Samsung Reality U820 Review

The Samsung Reality U820 comes with 3 homescreens


The main menu on the Samsung Reality has 12 icons and is displayed in a 3x4 grid. Unfortunately, there still are no themes to choose from, but now you can move the main menu icons to other locations on the grid and even replace them with other icons (such as Bluetooth, Alarm Clock, and My Pictures). Other customizations include selecting the 3 homescreens' wallpaper, clock format, and the font size, color and style.

Samsung Reality U820 Review
Samsung Reality U820 Review
Samsung Reality U820 Review

No changes have been made to the phonebook, as the Reality allows you to store up to 1000 contacts, each with the name, 5 phone numbers, 2 email addresses and IM screen name, birthday and street address.

Phonebook - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Phonebook - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Phonebook - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Phonebook - Samsung Reality U820 Review

Phonebook


The appointment calendar on the Samsung Reality U820 is also a clone of the one included with the Samsung Rogue U960. It begins by showing the current month with the date highlighted in blue. Once the desired date is selected, you can add an event with the appointment name, start and end time and date, recurrence, alert tone, reminder, and alert time.

Appointment calendar - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Appointment calendar - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Appointment calendar - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Appointment calendar - Samsung Reality U820 Review

Appointment calendar


Since one of the main features of the Samsung Reality U820 is the QWERTY keyboard, most users will opt for this method of typing messages, but there is still T9 predictive for use with the touchscreen. Threaded messaging is also included, which will group all your messages together by contact, number, or email. Additional messaging options include Mobile Email, which allows you to send and receive email through your POP or IMAP account, as well as Mobile IM, to connect to people on your AIM, Windows Live, and Yahoo! buddy lists. For those of you who use social networking, there are direct links in the Communities menu that take you to the mobile web sites for Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, MySpace, Photobucket, Friendster, and Twitter, but you can also do simple profile updates and picture uploads from the Communities menu as well. This is nice to have while on the go, but its functionality is limited and doesn’t replace going to the real social networking sites.

Messaging options of the Samsung Reality U820 - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Messaging options of the Samsung Reality U820 - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Messaging options of the Samsung Reality U820 - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Messaging options of the Samsung Reality U820 - Samsung Reality U820 Review

Messaging options of the Samsung Reality U820



Multimedia and Camera:

One feature we are glad to see not carried over from the Samsung Rogue U960 is the outdated “red” music player. Thankfully the music player on the Samsung Reality U820 is similar to the one found on the Samsung Intensity U450 as you have 4 skins to choose from: simple, album artwork, visualizer, and lyrics. Furthermore, the music player can be used in background and will add a small widget to the home screen. This way you can enjoy listening to your music while sending and receiving messages. When we listened to MP3 files, the LG enV3 sounded louder than the Samsung Reality U820, due to its stereo speakers, but the Reality still sounds clearer than the Intensity.

Music player - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Music player - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Music player - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Music player - Samsung Reality U820 Review

Music player


The 3MP camera that is included on the Samsung Reality is a nice surprise. Even though it lacks autofocus, which is on the Rogue, images taken outside during the day have good color representation and have sharp edges, although some bright areas have a tendency to be overexposed. Naturally, when used indoors and in lower-light conditions, images have a tendency to show more grain and aren’t as sharp, as longer exposure times are used. Since the camera lacks a flash, don’t expect any passable results in the dark.

Camera interface - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Camcorder - Camera interface - Samsung Reality U820 Review
   

Camcorder

Camera interface


Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Reality U820 - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Reality U820 - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Reality U820 - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Reality U820 - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Reality U820 - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Reality U820 - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Reality U820 - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Reality U820 - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Reality U820 - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Reality U820 - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Reality U820 - Samsung Reality U820 Review

Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Reality U820



Strong light - Indoor samples - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Medium light - Indoor samples - Samsung Reality U820 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Darkness - Indoor samples - Samsung Reality U820 Review

Low light

Darkness

Indoor samples



Other software features include Mobile Web with a quasi-HTML browser (as it likes to reformat the way web pages look – called “optimized view”), VZ Navigator for GPS guided driving directions, VCast Video and Music, and the ability to download games, ringtones and other applications. The Samsung Reality uses EVDO Rev 0 for data, instead of the faster EVDO Rev A, which means download speeds aren’t as fast as they are on the Samsung Rogue or LG enV3, but it is still quicker than using the 1X connection on the Samsung Intensity and LG Cosmos.

Web browser - Samsung Reality U820 Review
Web browser - Samsung Reality U820 Review

Web browser

VZ Navigator - Samsung Reality U820 Review
VZ Navigator - Samsung Reality U820 Review

VZ Navigator


VCast - Samsung Reality U820 Review
VCast - Samsung Reality U820 Review
VCast - Samsung Reality U820 Review

VCast



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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. pittsburgharab (Posts: 8; Member since: 01 May 2010)


When i saw the phone at the store i saw it could take VGA quality videos, why didnt you guys even mention that in the review? i was kinda wondering how good the quality was

posted on 06 Nov 2010, 08:46

2. tjmag88 (unregistered)


Great Phone with a couple very minnor bugs.....like when you plug anything into the audio jack the phone has a high tendency to freeze....which is quite annoying...but that is really the only bug on this more than mid level phone :)

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Display3.0 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (155 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Size4.23 x 2.09 x 0.59 inches
(107 x 53 x 15 mm)
4.59 oz  (130 g)
Battery1080 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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