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I dont like this phone that much. Compared to the Env3, this thing is so hard to text on. The keys are slick and slippery. This phone is slow and cant keep up with me texting. A good thing though is that this phone is built really solidly. It cant take a lot of damage. The hinge isnt fragile like you would probably think. Dont buy this just because the keys change. Oooh yay the keys change! How cool! It gets old really fast. I miss my old chocolate2 which i think was a better phone.
3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.Report
Best phone i've had
This phone is so great. Its so customizable and it does everything i want it to and then some. The qwerty board takes a while to get used to but once you do you'll be glad you have it. i've always had normal flip phones or slider but this is so much better. its a little hard to open especially one handed and its very slick and slippery. Samsung did a great job with this one.
7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.Report
Love Hate Relationship with this phone
JasmeenNatalie has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
I've had this phone for 3 years now and I hate this phone but at the same time I love it. I love the keyboard and how its easy to use, however its slow, it freezes, shuts off and restarts by itself, my alarms don't always go off, the vibration for one text with go on for a full minute, the battery life is awful, and the camera sucks. This phone is very durable, I drop it constantly and its still together, but the keyboard top has fallen off. I think because I've had this phone for so long it has grown on me, but other than that, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who needs to get business done or who is always on the go.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.Report
Lovee This Phone But Some Issues
Anonymousperson has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
I love this phone so much and I have had it almost 2 years. It has some great camera quality and call quality is amazing. The only issue I have is about 2 weeks ago my phone just started to randomly turn off by itself even when it has a full charge. It also recently started saying that it has an non supported battery when it is the original battery from when I got it and yes it is a Samsung battery. Also, it sometimes doesnt charge.
ALIAS 2 is TERRIBLE
SARA has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Overall it is a terrible phone. The part where the buttons are has completely fallen apart for no reason at all. Can not go on the internet anymore and Verizon says that cant figure out the problem. T9 automatically comes on and I can not get out of that mode. I hate this phone and it is ridiculous that I can not upgrade early through Verizon.
1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.Report
Brian has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Hey. ive had this phone for almost 2 years now and its very good over all. My favorite things about this phone are prolly the durability, the keyboard and the flippy thing. I drop this phone at least 5 times a day every day and ive only got a scratch here and there. I only have problems with the texting lagging when im on like the sixth or seventh page. i hate it when it turns off randomly or restarts randomly. i dont like the battery life because i text constantly and it seems to die every 6 or 7 hours, but maybe i just need a new battery. THIS CAMERA JUST PLAIN SUCKS. everything about it just annoys me. But overall a very good phone.
OH and also can you guys help me out real quick??? My alias2 started reading my texts outloud and its super annoying and i cant figure out how to turn it off. and info would be great THANKS
2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.Report
I had the Alias before, and when my "New Every 2" was up, I decided to go for the Alias 2. This phone is amazing! I don't know what people are talking about, I text super fast and it never skips, unless I accidentally hit the wrong key. And the e-ink smearing? I've had this phone for nearly 2 years, and no such thing has happened with mine. I constantly drop this thing, I'm so clumsy! It's perfectly fine! Got a few scratches on the outside, but big deal. Not a single scratch on the screen. I've even dropped this thing into a sink with RUNNING WATER, not a problem at all. No damage. AMAZING!
My only con? After almost 2 years, I noticed that there was a little rectangle-ring around the keyboard, and it started to come off. Now the plate over the keys is falling off, but whatever. It's not that big a deal, and it would have stayed if I hadn't picked at it as much as I did LOL
But all in all, this is a great phone, especially if you're clumsy and often drop your phone.
Don't listen to the rest of the reviews. This is a great phone ! Though the headphone is a 2.5mm jack and the background music doesnt play, the phone is durable. I've dropped mine so many times and it works 100% fine. the only stratches are on the back but who cares ?? there is no " limited recording time" you have to switch the mode from 'send' to 'save'. the texting is sometimes slow but its called patience ! all phones are slow at times so get over it. battery life could be better but i'm so happy with my phone. i've had it for close to a year now and it runs like brand new. the e-ink keyboard is genious ! it makes it soo much easier to text. if you're a 'texter' i definately reccomend this phone.
0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.Report
EXTREME HAPPINESS FROM PAYING 35 RESTOCKING FEE
had this phone for 24 hours
Hinge is bulky and awkward
Cannot keep up with texting-skips letters.
This is not worth the required $ 10 data package.
This phone gave me a headache,
too slippery from the exterior, not comforable to flip or hold,
e-ink eventually smears,
and 4.5 ounces, really, verizon
AND the screen tilt makes it impossible to read in daylight.
Decided on the razzle(NO USELESS DATA)
with an istyles skin it is beautiful and durable-you can drop it, and spill water on it with minimal issue.
3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.Report
WORST PHONE EVER DOPNT BUY DONT DONT!
I'vee had this phone since November.. Really there are no Pros for this thing.. But i will list TONS of cons.
1. If you drop it, it scratches EASILYY
2. I broke it the hinge IS FRAGILE
3. If you text a lot you will need to charge it nightly
4. After you receive a picture message/ video if you text like 10 messages after it will loose power QUICKLY
5. DONT DROP THE PHONE IN PORTRAIT MODE. I dropped mine like that and it BROKE like its completely shot
6. Picture quality= HORRIBLE
7. If you text fast (like me) THE PHONE WILL NOT KEEP UP WITH YOUR TEXTING
8. It restarts all the time
9. The phone FREEZES ALL THE TIME.
10. The sound quality = WORST EVER.
11. CAN EASILY BREAK.
Thats all of my problems.. My phone broke so easily. I would NEVER recommend this phone to you..
2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.Report
I had this phone ever since August. It's an okay phone but I do have my share of problems with it. The phone has restarted itself numerous times for no reason. It has frozen and restarted while sending text messages. To me, the picture quality isn't that great. Really wish it would have a flash. I wish I could have still have my LG ENV :[
2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.Report
I like the phone. I've had it since October and it's pretty decent. There are quite a few problems with it though:
1. Sometimes the phone will turn off if I close it too soon after sending a message.
2. The music player does not offer background play. So if I'm listening to music and I want to end a text message or something, I have to turn my music off completely just to do that.
3. When looking at pictures in full view, you can't move left and right between the other pictures.
4. I was hoping for a 3.5mm headphone jack. I was very much disappointed.
5. The camera can only record 30 seconds of video, and you can't zoom while recording.
My main issue is the music player, and how it cannot play in the background. I'm listening to music 24/7 and it's a real pain when I have to turn my music off to do something.
5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.Report
this is a good pick for a phone. though people say the battery life is low, big deal; just charge it while you are sleeping at night. the buttons make texting simple though it sometimes delays switching which keys show. all my friends have been amazed a how the keys switch. the text is quite easy to read and the camera is acceptable. Also when on the phone, hearing the other end is very easy. i find the outside of the phone a little useless though.overall, a great phone
2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.Report
Worst phone I've ever had with VZW
I HATE HATE HATE this phone! I haven't had any problems with battery life, but I have had plenty of other issues...
Going through pictures and phone restarts, also restarts at other random times
Switching from portrait to landscape, phone stays in previous designation
While typing, skips keystrokes (almost every other sometimes!
When missed call & VM, if “View missed call” selected, phone calls VM b/c VM call option then comes up
Slow response time in general
Doesn’t read all pics on card, and puts them in total random order
I've had the phone replaced once since June for these issues, and VZW said they could replace it again with the same device since I'm still having the same issues. I feel like I got royally screwed, because the VZW sales agent at the store talked me into this phone, and said it has no issues at all. I'm still trying to see what I can do to get them to fess up to their BS mistake and give me a better device of equal value, or let me pay the promotional difference for a different phone
2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.Report
After suffering with the Glyde, finally some relief!!!
I just got 2 of these last week in order to replace the Samsung POS Glydes we did have. I gave up on the touchscreen thing not wanting to take the chance and suffer like we did with the Glydes. We chose the Alias 2 (having to pay extra for uprgading early) but was so worth it. I don't have to worry about dealing with a lousy touchscreen. This phone does all I need and I love it.
8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.Report
hmm,not to sure.
I'm on my third one,first one,keys were broken,second one,didn't hold a charge,no service what so ever,and froze up.third one,increddible, I really see how this phone works and what it can do,Size is a little big,and grip isn't the best, but i can live with it.enjoying texting with it, Eink, does smear!. is that good?, Looks like I may have to go back to verizon soon to get my fourth, or and env phone.No damage when dropped,which for me is a good thing.
It's a pretty good phone,but impossible to find a case any ideas?
7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.Report
Cool features, sucktastic battery and call quality
I've had the Alias 2 for about two months now. When I first got it, I was very impressed by the E-ink keys and other "bells and whistles" on this phone. Battery life was great - I could go 3-4 days before recharging. Call quality was very bad, compared to my old LG VX-6000, but I figured I could live with that as I wasn't really expecting it to live up to the mighty LG. I might also mention that the reception is greatly reduced compared to the LG, as well.
Fast forward to last week: I noticed that I was having to plug my Alias 2 into the charger more often than before, about once every day and a half. Left Bluetooth on accidentally? Make that every day.
And this morning: I charged this phone fully as of yesterday morning, and now it's almost completely out of juice. I might expect something like that out of a misused Ni-MH battery (battery memory and all that), but the Alias 2 uses a Li-ION battery which is supposed to be immune to that. Uhfwee? I think I'm going to see if I can swap this phone for something from LG that can actually handle apps and hold a charge. Wish me luck, since I'm about a month past Verizon's return window.
2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.Report
Alias 2 battery life
Totally love this phone, but have returned it once in the first month due to the battery lasting only about 12 hours and I do not use this phone that much. The replacement phone has the same problem. Took it to Verizon techs who couldn't figure out the problem. I have to keep it plugged into a charger whenever I am not using it or it will die. I find that really irritating
0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.Report
I am an avid texter but prrefer a flip phone but the frist Alias' keys were too small. This is the perfect fit.
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.Report
Update to June 26th review
My Alias 2 will be going back to Verzion tomorrow. As I stated in my prior review, I got the phone on it's release date, upgrading from a Samsung Glyde. It is now July 17th and my camera no longer works. It will take a minute to load up, and a minute to save the picture only to tell me there is a "Camera DSP Error" and the picture will not save. It's also taking a full minute to load my pictures, only to find I can only view the ones saved to the phone as opposed to the ones on my memory card. I hope this bug is fixed in a new model because, although this is a phone and not a camera, I would like what I paid for. Oh, and I've restarted the phone everytime this happened. Before, when the problem was just occuring, it would fix it for quite sometime, but now resetting the phone fixes it for mere minutes. This is my favorite phone and I'm pretty disappointed.
2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.Report
i recently got the glyde and hated it so i went to verizon and bought a alias 2 for my wife and i i love it i have had it for five weeks now and theres nothin wrong with it i love the changeing key board The best phone i have ever owned
4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.Report
Cool phone, LOUSY MP3 player
Thought this was the coolest phone . . . I hadn't had a flip phone since 1998 when I had a crummy Motorola MicroTac that kept turning itself off in my pocket. Anyways, I had this phone for three weeks. Only had 2 problems but they were MAJOR:
1. This phone sometimes stops playing music in the middle of a song, even though the time counter keeps ticking. I had similar problems with my previous phone, a Samsung SCH-u620. Is this problem a Samsung exclusive?
2. Listening to music through wired headphones sounds great, but try some Bluetooth stereo heaphones and you will be shocked at how lousy the sound quality is. What I think happened is that Samsung equalized the sound to remove the lower end bass so that the external stereo speakers wouldn't distort. Unfortunately this is the same sound that the Alias 2 sends to Bluetooth headphones. Samsung did not acknowledge the problem although I am sure they soon will.
Too this phone back and got an LG Voyager. None of these problems affect the Voyager. Adieu!
2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.Report
What I like about this phone is that you can read txt messages from the front screen, there's a setting that you can turn on. Much larger keys than the original alias and far less confusing getting use to it. Good sound quality, nice screen, camera is ok. The two big pet peaves I have with this phone is the battery isn't very good, only lasts maybe a day, and the outer cover is very slick, you really have to have a good grip on it or you will slide it right out of your grasp. Other than that, it's easy to use, nice to text on without being a PDA style phone, ringtones easy to get without buying them from Verizon and not too heavy or bulky to have in a pocket.
6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.Report
Clunky gimmickry but a good screen
I returned this phone within 24 hours because it's too heavy, clunky and big. The screen is beautiful. I'm an engineer and very picky:
Pros: Screen is almost 3 inches.Good camera. Neat cool factor: dual flip and e-ink. For the weight, the slim size factor doesnt feel that heavy in your pocket.
Cons: Hard to open with one hand! Hard to text with one hand! Graphics processor has a terrible time trying to keep up with demand of the large screen. Keys are too small. Keys lack haptic touch, afterall the e-ink changes, so you never know what key your pushing unless you stare at phone, which leads to car accidents and what not. Front display clock goes off and you have to press and hold one of the side buttons for the clock to show again and this takes at least 1-2 secs to appear, which is eons--unacceptable for me. When flipping with one hand (left) the phone wants to flip to the landscape instead of portrait---not good. Phone is too large. Flip mechanism is just too loose (due to the dual flip). However cool it is, I can see the e-ink messing up in a year after the phone gets damp or something, and then I have no visible keys (lol, the e-ink washes away!). Again, keys are too small and no haptic touch.
2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.Report
I got the Alias2 on it's release date. I had upgraded to a Samsung Glyde before getting this phone and as much as I liked it the touch screen was not my thing. I just thought the EInk was so cool and since the small buttons were the one thing that turned me off from the Alias I was really excited to see the button size had improved. It's been well over a month since I switched to this phone and I love it. Call quality is great, the EInk works flawlessly, and the phone feels very strudy. I've only dropped it once or twice but it has never effected the phone. When I text 3 people at a time, the EInk shift from portiat to landscape slows but that issue is easily fixed. Overall I love this phone and I don't see myself getting rid of it for a long while.