Samsung Rogue U960 Review
3MP autofocus camera with LED flash, which is a nice upgrade over the Glyde’s 2MP camera. The program only takes two seconds to load and is easily accessible by pressing the dedicated camera button on the right side of the phone. Unlike the Glyde and enV Touch that have a traditional 2-stop shutter button, the Rogue has a 1-stop, which means that once it’s pressed, it focuses and captures the image immediately, but it is rather fast as it only takes 2 seconds. The total turn around time to take one picture, save it, and then take another picture is 8 seconds. This is mostly due to having the review image shown on the screen and then pressing “save”. You can turn the image review off, which will automatically save the image after it is taken, lowering the time down to 6 seconds. Furthermore, turning autofocus off will allow you to take and save a picture in 3 seconds.
Images taken outside are excellent and rival those taken by the enV Touch. Both have good detail, but the Rogue’s images have more accurate color with better auto white balance, while the enV Touch’s images look slightly sharper, though the color is not as accurate. When moving indoors, the Rogue’s images still look good with plenty of light, but there is some noticeable grain. Then in lower-light conditions the grain increases, but the images are still bright, thanks to slower shutter speeds. Lastly, images taken with the flash are some of the best we’ve seen from a Verizon device, and about equal to that of the Samsung Omnia. It is clear that the camera is in fact one of the best features of the Rogue, but we still wish it had a traditional 2-stop shutter button.
Videos can be recorded at up to VGA (640x480) resolution and can be as long as the available memory. They are recorded at 18FPS, which is about equal to what the enV Touch does, and they look better than the Glyde’s 320x240 resolution videos. While they are not “vacation quality”, they are good enough for viewing on the phone, PC, and uploaded to YouTube.
Samsung Rogue U960 sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution.
One area of total disappointment is in regards to the Rogue’s music player program, as it uses the old “red theme” that is found on the Glyde, Voyager, and most other Verizon phones. This is truly unfortunate and inexcusable, and to make matters worse, the player cannot run in the background, which means you can’t listen to music while performing other tasks, such as sending a message or using the web browser. Since both the enV Touch and enV3 have an updated themed player with multitasking abilities, there is no reason why the Rogue can’t offer the same features. For a device which Verizon classifies an “Enhanced Multimedia Phone”, the Samsung Rogue U960 is not enhanced when it comes to the music player program. But moving past this limitation, the music playback quality is quite good, despite the device only having a single mono speaker on the back. When listening to MP3 files, the enV Touch sounded better than the Rogue, due to the stereo speakers and different equalizer settings, but the Rogue still sounds better than the Glyde. You can also connect wired earbuds to the Rogue’s 3.5mm headset jack or use a stereo Bluetooth headset.
Standard video access is supported through Verizon’s Vcast service, which plays pre-recorded clips and is streamed over the carrier’s EV-DO network. We also tested several of our own video files on the Rogue and were able to playback H.264 and H.263 MP4 videos with resolutions of up to 720x306 pixels and bit rates of to up 1500kbps. All of them played back smoothly and didn’t drop any frames. However, DivX and XviD encoded files are not supported.
As with most other Verizon phones, the Samsung Rogue U960 has VZ Navigator for GPS-guided directions, and well as the ability to download ringtones, games, and other applications. One included game is Dice, where you can shake the phone to move the dice on the screen. Another one is Need for Speed, which also uses the accelerometer to drive the car down the winding streets. We were also pleased to see the inclusion of the File Viewer program, which is also found on the enV Touch. With it you can view Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF files. The only real function you have is to zoom in on pages and move them around the screen, as it doesn’t support copy, paste, or editing of files.
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: 238; 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: 4; 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: 238; 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