Samsung Rogue U960 ReviewSamsung Rogue 8.5
Even though the Samsung Rogue U960 has a lot to offer and packs an AMOLED display and 3MP camera, the most important feature of any mobile phone should be its call quality and reception. We are glad to report that in both of these areas the Rouge does exceptionally well. In fact, we believe that call quality is better than what we experienced with the enV Touch (which was quite good), as voices sounded slightly clearer and more natural on both ends. However, speakerphone volume is not as loud as the enV Touch, since it only has one speaker. The signal reception on both phones was nearly identical, as we would have 2-3 bars showing and did not drop any calls. When placing the phones in the hidden test mode, we could see that the Rogue would get a –82dB signal and the enV Touch would get –84dB outside. A value of –55dB (or lower) is achieved when next to a local tower.
The included 960 mAh battery is rated to provide up to 4.7 hours of talk time or 12 days of standby time on a full charge. We were able to get up to 4.5 hours of continuous talk time, compared with 5 hours on both the Glyde (1000 mAh) and enV Touch (950 mAh). For those who require longer talk times between charges, there is an optional 1550 mAh battery that can be purchased.
In every possible way the Samsung Rogue U960 is a worthy upgrade from the Glyde U940. First and foremost the touchscreen issues have been completely resolved, thanks to it using resistive technology instead of capacitive. The 3.1” AMOLED display looks truly amazing and is the clear winner above traditional TFT. Not to mention the Rogue has excellent call quality and signal reception and sports a good 3MP autofocus camera with flash, HTML browser, and sliding QWERTY keyboard. Unfortunately, the device only comes with one menu theme and it still has the same old outdated red music player that lacks the ability to run in the background . Because of this, it is a tough choice for those looking to purchase either the Rogue or the enV Touch. It really comes down to personal preference and what features are more important to you, as neither phone is truly better than the other.
Samsung Rogue U960 Video Review:
- 3.1” WVGA AMOLED display
- Touchscreen sensitivity is good
- Excellent camera performance
- Awesome call quality and reception
- 3.5mm headset jack
- Nice overall build and fashionable design
- Outdated music player that lacks multitasking
- Proprietary charger/data port
- YouTube videos look blotchy and over-pixelated at full screen
- Somewhat heavy feeling
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