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Samsung Brightside Review

Samsung Brightside

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Samsung Brightside Review
Introduction:

Samsung Brightside Review
Samsung Brightside Review
Oh smartphones, it’s very easy for us to be jaded by them nowadays, especially when companies pump them out of the factories at a prolific rate. In hindsight, we realize why they’re so prevalent in our society, but for those who still long for yesterday’s feature phones, there’s the Samsung Brightside for Verizon here to the rescue for those who primarily text. Well, at $99.99 on-contract after a $50 mail-in-rebate, it’s already shaping out to be a hard sell.


Design:

Quite indicative of any other low-end feature phone, there’s nothing pretty to look at with the Samsung Brightside. Yes, it’s lightweight (4.3 oz) and somewhat compact for a QWERTY handset, but its cheap plastic body doesn’t instill a sense of durability. Despite taking some design cues from the Samsung Droid Charge, which is evident by the camera’s pentagonal shape, the handset’s design is forgettable.

The Samsung Brightside has a plastic body - Samsung Brightside Review
The Samsung Brightside has a plastic body - Samsung Brightside Review

The Samsung Brightside has a plastic body


Samsung Brightside Review

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Samsung Brightside Review
Samsung Brightside Review
Samsung Brightside Review
Samsung Brightside Review

Seriously, we traveled back in time with this one. Why you ask? Well, taking a peek at its 3.1” QVGA (240 x 320) display is evidence enough to believe it. Indeed, it’s not big with details, but even worse, its bland colors combined its exceptionally poor viewing angles make it a nightmare to view outdoors. At first, we thought we were playing around with a resistive display, but it’s in fact a capacitive one.

Viewing angles of the 3.1” QVGA display - Samsung Brightside Review
Viewing angles of the 3.1” QVGA display - Samsung Brightside Review
Viewing angles of the 3.1” QVGA display - Samsung Brightside Review
Viewing angles of the 3.1” QVGA display - Samsung Brightside Review
Viewing angles of the 3.1” QVGA display - Samsung Brightside Review
Viewing angles of the 3.1” QVGA display - Samsung Brightside Review

Viewing angles of the 3.1” QVGA display


Luckily, its landscape sliding keyboard is usable enough for our fingers to comfortably type – even despite its flush appearance. Donning average sized rectangular buttons, we do like the responsiveness they exhibit.

The landscape sliding keyboard - Samsung Brightside Review
The landscape sliding keyboard - Samsung Brightside Review
The landscape sliding keyboard - Samsung Brightside Review

The landscape sliding keyboard


microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the Samsung Brightside - Samsung Brightside Review
Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Samsung Brightside - Samsung Brightside Review
3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Samsung Brightside - Samsung Brightside Review
Power and camera keys - The sides of the Samsung Brightside - Samsung Brightside Review

microUSB port (bottom)

Volume rocker (left)

3.5mm jack (top)

Power and camera keys

The sides of the Samsung Brightside


Lastly, a 3.2-megapixel camera is found in the rear, while removing the back cover gives us access to its 1,000 mAh battery and microSD card slot.

Back - Samsung Brightside Review
Battery compartment - Samsung Brightside Review

Back

Battery compartment



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PhoneArena rating:
2Terrible
Display3.1 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (129 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Size4.37 x 2.37 x 0.56 inches
(111 x 60 x 14 mm)
4.30 oz  (122 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 6.5 hours talk time

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