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Samsung Alias U740 Review

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Samsung Alias U740 Review
There are a total of 5 themes on the U740. Two of which are the new FlashUI themes My Desk and Amoeba, while the other three themes are the standard Rainbow, Business, and Tropical. The My Desk theme is loaded as the default. It shows a picture of a desk with 5 icons on it: Phone (recent calls), Address book (contacts), Tool box (settings & tools), Mail box (messaging), and a TV (get it now). Selecting any of those icons will then open a menu on top of the desk showing the sub-menus. Even though the My Desk theme is very graphical, we found it a bit cumbersome to go though sub-menus to find what you are looking for. The Amoeba theme is not as graphical, but it has a streamlined appearance and gets you to where you want to go a lot faster. Out of all the themes, this was the one we preferred using. The other 3 themes (Rainbow, Business, and Tropical) are the standard Verizon UI that has been around for over two years. It would be nice if the U740 came with more than just two FlashUI themes.
My Desk theme - Samsung Alias U740 Review
My Desk theme - Samsung Alias U740 Review
My Desk theme - Samsung Alias U740 Review
My Desk theme - Samsung Alias U740 Review
My Desk theme - Samsung Alias U740 Review

My Desk theme

Amoeba theme - Samsung Alias U740 Review
Amoeba theme - Samsung Alias U740 Review
Amoeba theme - Samsung Alias U740 Review
Amoeba theme - Samsung Alias U740 Review
Amoeba theme - Samsung Alias U740 Review

Amoeba theme


Samsung Alias U740 Review
Samsung Alias U740 Review
Samsung Alias U740 Review
Samsung Alias U740 Review
Most Verizon phones share the same Phonebook features, and the U740 is no different. Up to 500 contacts may be stored, each with Name, Mobile 1, Home, Work, Email 1, Group, Mobile 2, Fax, and Email 2. There is also the capability to select a Picture and Ringtone to be associated with each contact. When that person calls, the Picture will be shown on the display and their specific ringtone will be played. To access saved contacts, you simply press the right soft key on the phone’s keypad. Stored contacts will be listed alphabetically. If you have a lot of contacts, you can type in their name in the “Go To” field and search for it. This saves time, instead of scrolling though pages of contacts. There are 98 speed-dial locations that contacts can be saved to.

Samsung Alias U740 Review
The VoiceCommand feature will allow your voice to operate certain features of the phone. The most useful of these is the voice activated dialing. With it, you can speak the name of the person (saved in the contact list) that you wish to call, or you can speak the digits you want to dial. This features works well in quite environments with little background noise. We were able to use this feature in a car, but with wind noise it had some problems understanding. Other features of the voice commands are Send Message, Lookup Name, GoTo Menu, Check item, My Account, and Help.

Samsung Alias U740 Review
Samsung Alias U740 Review
The speakerphone can be used with the flip opened or closed. Even though there are stereo speakers on the U740, the over all quality is somewhat lacking when in comparison to the enV. There are 5 volume settings, but we found raising it higher than the first level (Low) would start to cause distortion in the speakers. The louder the volume, the greater the distortion. This reminded us of the poor sound quality that we encountered last year on the LG Chocolate and VX8600. Because of this poor quality of speakers used on the U740, we cannot recommend someone buying this phone if the use of a speakerphone is a main concern. They would be better off with the KRZR or enV, which provides a high quality speakerphone experience.


Samsung Alias U740 Review
Samsung Alias U740 Review
Samsung Alias U740 Review
Accessing the Calendar can be accomplished with pressing the down button on the 5-way navigational pad. It will start by displaying the current month with the date highlighted. You can then use the directional pad to go to any month/date/year that you want. Each date will allow you to enter multiple events, including the appointment name, start date, end date, start time, end time, recurrence (once, daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly), alert tone (ringer, vibrate, or lights), and reminder. Once the alert is saved, the phone will notify you by playing the selected ringtone and by showing the appointment information on the screen.

Samsung Alias U740 Review

There is a total of 60MB of internal memory on the U740, with 10MB being used by the phone’s software. The rest of this can be used for saving ringtones from Get it Now, pictures and videos, and other downloadable applications. There is also a MicroSD slot that allows you to insert a MicroSD card with MP3 music, pictures and videos from your computer.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. bubba (unregistered)

this is not samsungs first attempt at a phone with a qwerty keyboard on it...remember the samsung d307

posted on 01 Oct 2007, 12:49

2. Vagabundus (unregistered)

Why the comparison to the more expensive EnV? Of course the EnV is better in most of these categories: That's why it is twice the size, heavier and more expensive. How about comparisons with some other models--to give a better feel for where the phone "sits" in terms of all available phones. I haven't used this phone, but the review feels like a hatchet job, similar to comparing the W385 to many other phones that clearly outclass it. For example, would someone be better off with this phone than with the phones priced less? How does it stack up against phones its same size and weight? Good points, but the frequent comparisons to the EnV seem a bit over the top, especially when taken with reviews of other phones where such a big deal is made over the size and weight of the phone.

posted on 21 Mar 2008, 21:45

3. Tara (unregistered)

I recently purchased the Allias and I like it. The keyboard is small, but for the price versus that of the EnV...I can't complain.

posted on 23 Mar 2008, 22:13

4. Andy (unregistered)

I have the Alias and it's very good. I found the EnV too big to fit comfortably in my pocket. The keyboard is small, but you get used to using it very quickly. If you have big hands you probably will have more trouble with it. I wouldn't use it if you plan on texting 50 times a day, but I can check and respond to my emails easily.

posted on 14 Apr 2008, 01:38

5. Jazen (unregistered)

I bought a used U740 as my work phone (I own a Voyager but I do custodial) and I can honestly see where Samsung was going with it. It can be such a great phone! BUT there's so many bugs and UI issues that makes one wonder how Samsung (or Verizon) made such a mess. I won't compare it to the enV or Voyager, since the features aren't up to the same bar. But I do feel the enV is a more stable phone

posted on 04 Jul 2008, 21:49

6. Comment (unregistered)

I purchased the U740 to take advantage of the Vcast pack for the Internet. Over all the phone is good. Yes the phone with the full keyboard is awsome. There are # of bad points I've noticed with it over the past month of using it. There is no camera button on the side, the view of the picture on the phone after it's saved sucks, and the battery drains fast when in low cover areas. The good points of this phone. Speaker phone when the phone is closed works (unlike most of the LG phones), a 4 gig micro sd card is supported at this time (8 gig is the max with a future software upgrade), love the cam corder with audio, and Internet usage for mapquest is good. Overall I would not get rid of this phone anytime soon.

posted on 22 Jul 2008, 01:37

7. (unregistered)

really? a 6.4 because it's not as good as the env? obviously they've never noticed what an ugly beast the env is because this phone is like half the size and infinitely better looking, I've had this phone for like a year and a half and it's really been great, the keys are a little small and I can see that being a problem for a lot of people but i think at least half the population (including me) has fingers small enough to use it completely comfortably, they're very well designed as well as small keys go and i almost never have problems where i hit the wrong key, the only problems i have are that it is pretty hard to dial numbers when it's opened like a normal phone and over time the keys leave little scratches on the screen from hitting it every time you close the phone, well my main problem is that the verizon UI sucks but that's the same on the env, so yeah if you have rather small fingers i would definitely say this is a good enV alternative phone and i really don't regret getting it, the enV 2s look a lot better than the originals though so those wouldn't be a bad choice either in my opinion

posted on 29 Sep 2008, 12:47

8. jess_jane1318 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Sep 2008)

i have had the samsung u740 (alias) since December 2007. it has given me nothing but Trouble! i am not rough with my phones but i do expect them to work well and this one hasn't worked well at all. the 1st one i had only connected to alltel towers... messed up right. so they gave me a new one. 2nd one would shut off on me constantly. i told them about it and they sent me a new one 3rd one did the same as the second. 4th one is turning off on me the hinge is so lose it feels as if it will fall off at any time and it will not send any pix or fix messages even with 2 to 3 bars of 1x and ev service. this phone is junk! it has proven to be more of a hassle then what it is worth and it is very unreliable! i would advise anyone agaisnt buying this phone. not worth the hassle it put you through, and definitely not worth the money.

posted on 26 Nov 2008, 17:10

9. LoveTheAlias (unregistered)

I've had the Alias since May 2007 ... a year and a half ... and I LOVE IT!!! Why in all of the pages of review is there no mention of the speech-to-text ability of this phone? Seems like this site did nothing but knock the phone, comparing it to the clunkly, heavy, and U-G-L-Y enV ... yet all my friends with the enV envy me!! Texting is great on it, I have NO trouble with the keyboard ... you'd have to have really thick fingers to have much trouble with the size of the keys. The mp3 player on it is great .. I don't have an ipod or any other mp3 player and this phone is the reason why!! The double flip hinge is very very sturdy, even after a year and a half of my friends and I constantly playing with its double flip. The battery has held up well for me, and being away from family and friends, and using it as my mp3 player for work-outs, I use the battery A LOT. The reception is great, the sound quality is great. Really the only complaint I had with the phone was having to go out and get earbuds with a special connector for the phone, but I got those on ebay for about $6 with shipping so no biggie. The only other thing I can possibly think of is that when someone borrows it for the first time to make a call, it is a little overwhelming to them trying to distinguish the number keys amongst all the other keys; but once you look at it for a second, it goes back to awing them in amazement and enV ;) There may be the iphone and lg shine and blah blah blah out there, but I will be keeping this phone for a whole lot longer because I am nowhere close to being sick of it. BEST PHONE I'VE EVER OWNED AND I LOVE IT!!

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PhoneArena rating:
Display176 x 220 pixels TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size3.84 x 2.04 x 0.58 inches
(97.5 x 52 x 15 mm)
3.60 oz  (102 g)
Battery800 mAh, 3.5 hours talk time

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