Samsung Rogue U960 ReviewSamsung Rogue 8.5
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. One new feature is Voice Dictation, which will listen to what you are saying and transcribe it as text. This does require training, as it gives you sentences to read so it can adapt to your voice. Once the training was completed, we tried the dictation, which is done by holding down the voice command key while in the new text message screen. About 75% of sentences were fully accurate, with the remaining amount having 1 or 2 wrong words in them, but over time the success rate did get better. We enjoyed having this feature, not to mention it is safer to use than typing a message while driving (which is now illegal in some states.)
Other 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.
Connectivity and Data:
The Samsung Rogue U960 is a dual-band all-digital device that operates on the 800MHz and 1900MHz CDMA Verizon Wireless network. Non-voice data, such as Web and E-mail, are transmitted using Verizon’s 3G EV-DO Rev A network. Unfortunately Wi-Fi is not supported, which is not a surprise since Verizon only places this on smartphones.
Bluetooth version 2.1 with EDR is now supported and allows for up to 20 device parings. Supported profiles include: headset, handsfree, stereo, phonebook access, basic printing, basic imaging, object push, file transfer, and serial port. We were able to use the auto pair feature to easily connect to our Jabra 250v earpiece, as well as our Motorola HT820 and S9 stereo headsets. When using the 250v for calls, we were able to get up to 30 feet of static free performance, and with the HT820 and S9 we were able to get up to 35 feet of stereo music without static.
When launching the HTML Browser you are taken to the familiar VZW Home Page, which has quick launch icons for News, Email, Entertainment, Sports, Weather, Connect, My Verizon, More, and Favorites. Located on the right side of the browser is the function bar that allows you to go to the homepage, zoom in and out, manage favorites, go to multiple web pages, and browser menu. To enter in a web site address, you simply touch the address bar at the top of the screen and use the physical QWERTY keyboard to type it in, as there isn’t a virtual on-screen QWERTY keyboard like on the enV Touch, Dare or Versa. There is also a drop-down list of recently viewed sites. Unlike the enV Touch that allows 3 browsing tabs across the top of the screen, the Rogue has a dedicated screen for managing up to 5 open web sites, which you can scroll between to select the one you wish to view.
Complex web sites, such as PhoneArena.com took about 35 seconds to load, which is about 2-3 seconds longer than when using the enV Touch, but still 20 seconds faster than the Glyde. You can pan around the web page by using your finger on the display, or by using the d-pad arrows on the keyboard. We found this easier as you don’t have to flip the phone open to use the d-pad like with the enV Touch. You can also zoom pages in and out by three different ways: by selecting the zoom icon on the right side of the screen, by using the physical buttons on the side of the phone (voice command and speakerphone), or by double-tapping the area of the page to zoom. Between these choices we found that using the side buttons was the easiest and fastest way to zoom. Located on the bottom left corner is an icon that allows you to change to full screen mode, thus eliminating the address bar and function bar on the sides.
Just like with the enV Touch, the Rogue has limited Flash support. This allows you to watch embedded YouTube videos in web pages, and also view videos directly on the YouTube site. Full screen mode is supported and loads the video in a separate program where you can play, pause, stop, rewind and fast-forward. When watching the same YouTube videos on both phones, you could easily tell that they looked better on the enV Touch, as the videos on the Rogue looked “blotchy” and over-pixelated. We’re not sure why this is, but heavy YouTube viewers should keep this in mind. The browsers on both devices are quite good, and there are very few differences between them. The only way to step-up to a better web experience is to use a smartphone, such as the HTC Touch Diamond or Touch Pro2, which include the Opera browser.
1. chrisflyer (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
Looks like a nice device, but I've decided that it's not for me. Any chance of an Intensity review soon?
2. vulgar (Posts: 10; Member since: 04 Sep 2009)
The intensity is a little smaller and cheaper feeling. the camera isnt as good and it also can not take video. Also has the proprietary charger and has the smaller headphone jack. Its nice if you dont really want any type of multimedia and are just looking for a basic phone that has a keyboard. Then by all means its cheap and does the trick. But if you are looking to do pictures and videos and all those other multimedia things, id go with something else.
3. bng (Posts: 107; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)
i think i will get this phone.... all the cons u guys put for this phone are not a big deal to me lol
4. MegaManVZW (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
Actually, with the touch wiz interface on this phone, it does allow for music multitasking. You can have the music player up on the homescreen and be playing and listening to music, while doing other things like texting, web browsing, or whatever.
5. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 240; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
We do not see that on the Rogue. Unlike there Samsung Omnia there isn't a widget for the music player. The Rogue has widgets for alarm clock, birthday, bluetooth, calculator, calendar, clock, date, facebook, games, my favorites, my pictures, my shortcuts, my verizon, myspace, notepad, personal banner, photobucket, sketch pad, tutorial, twitter, widget settings, and youtube. Within the "my shortcuts" you can link to music playlists, but that uses the main music player.
6. Quemical (Posts: 162; Member since: 14 Jul 2009)
Megaman is correct actually, are you sure you arent reviewing a prototype instead of the final retail unit?
9. mmmpopfanatic (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Aug 2009)
Where are you seeing this? I just got the Rogue today and can't find any sort of music widget or tool to multitask with music.
10. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 240; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
If anyone has information or pictures of the music player being able to multitask, please let us know firstname.lastname@example.org
7. vzwfann15 (Posts: 16; Member since: 10 Jun 2009)
I was looking into getting the new Rogue but after seeing that only one display theme is included and the music player is outdated, I think the EnVTouch is more for me.
8. Quemical (Posts: 162; Member since: 14 Jul 2009)
The env touch music player does not correctly read id3 tags.
11. Imagineer87 (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 May 2009)
You can copy and paste from the internet to a text, a text to another text, and text to internet.
12. vivasuzi (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
Just curious how certain you are that the touch screen problems are solved. I loved my Glyde and it worked perfect since I got it in mid-2008. It was only in the last month or so that I started to experience the touch screen issues everyone is talking about :( The phone has a mind of it's own! I love everything else about the Glyde, but feel like I'd be crazy to upgrade to the Rogue. Sounds like it is a completely different technology, so is that why you are sure it will work well over time? Thanks for the review!
13. iknow (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
i got this phone back in 2009 and i still use it! never have had any problems with the device//i luv it still!!
14. J-Dawg (unregistered)
i have the samsung rogue, and i hate it. after a while it develops a BUNCH of problems! the picture on the screen splits in half, and random lines appear on the screen. sometimes when you open it, the screen doesnt switch, and lately when i open the keypad, the device turns off. also, the more you put on the phone, the crappier it works. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR, AND DONT BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!
15. Caitlin (unregistered)
i've been having problems with my samsung rogue. A couple months ago the touch screen would not work unless i pressed down on it real hard. Now the phone will turn on but the screen is black. I can't see anything and i can't make phone calls. Should i just go buy a new phone or is it fixable? I doubt i could fix it by myself...so i either pay someone to fix it or buy a whole new phone.
16. hassanazwar (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)
i m using thix one...its fun to be wid it but i m facing a problem wid it..tht is its touch is not working and its working on voice commands..xan anyone helpme to be baxk on touch? email@example.com...text me the solution plxxxx