Samsung Juke Review

Samsung Juke Review

Several weeks ago Verizon launched its “Next” web site, where it showcased 4 new upcoming phones to be released; the first of which is the Samsung Juke U470. The Juke is a relatively inexpensive device, and is unique, due to the swivel display and 2GB of internal memory. Its main competition at this price-point (as far as other Verizon phones) are the LG Chocolate VX8550 and the Motorola KRZR, but its also competing agents dedicated Music Players, such as the iPod Nano which is available with up to 8GB of internal memory.

It is no doubt that Verizon is targeting this phone to the “under 20” crowd, due to the low price-point, three color options (teal, red, and blue), internal memory used for storing music, and its small form factor.
The Retail Package includes the Juke U470 phone, 750mAh Battery, Wall Charger, USB Data Cable, Wired Stereo Earbuds, and User Manual.


The Juke has a unique design, unlike any other Verizon phone, where you flick it open by pressing on the side of the display. This rotates the display 180 degrees and reveals the keypad that is hidden when closed. On the left side is the Volume rocker, and on the right side is the 2.5mm headset jack, data/charging port, and sliding lock button. Located on the back is the speaker and low quality VGA camera. The overall construction of the Juke is out of plastic, but feels well made and should hold up to normal everyday use.

PhoneArena's Video Review of Samsung Juke:

The display
is rather small, measuring only 1.45” diagonal and has a resolution of 128x220 pixels at 262K colors. Despite its small size, we were easily able to view menus and settings without any problem, but it is still a far cry from the QVGA displays that we have become a custom to. The silver circular navigational wheel is similar to the one currently used on the LG Chocolate VX8550. You can use your thumb to rotate it in either direction, press the top/bottom/left/right as navigation, and press the center (OK) button to choose your selection. We had no problems operating it, as it is relatively simple to use and has good menu response. The narrow keypad features a mirror-like finish with white backlighting. We first thought that using a small keypad would pose problems, but we actually found that the size worked well with dialing numbers and sending text messages. The only two issues that we had is that the surface of the keypad is entirely smooth, which makes dialing by touch-alone imposable, and the mirror finish makes it hard to see while in direct sunlight. We would think that a keypad matching the color of the phone (teal, red, or blue) would be a better choice.

Model Dimension (Inches) Dimension (mm) Weight (oz) Weight (Gramms)
Samsung Juke 3.80" x 1.20" x 0.80" 97 x 30 x 21 2.80 80
LG Chocolate VX8550 3.90" x 1.90" x 0.70" 98 x 47.5 x 17 3.20 92
Motorola KRZR K1m 4.05" x 1.73" x 0.66" 103 x 44 x 17 3.60 102
Apple iPod Nano 2.75" x 2.06" x 0.26" 70 x 52 x 6.60 1.74 49



11. Justin Bieber unregistered

The earphones won't work properly :/

9. no1 unregistered

does anyone know if this phone will be out in the UK? does anyone know if this phone will be out on pay as you go? please help me. i LOVE this phone but i just need someone to tell me this cheers

8. Andy unregistered

i got this phone in like november. i love the phone and everything about it but its starting to open more and more and it really annoying. instead of opening 180 degrees its like 195 degrees which sucks

10. unregistered

mine did that too and it won't stay completely closed anymore either. I think the phone's swivel spring is junk on these phones. It makes it difficult to use.

7. Justin Slocum unregistered

I would've personally given the phone a better review. Yes, the phone lacks a lot of features that tekkie might want but if you just want a phone with a really nice mp3 player that plays through your bluetooth headset then I would have to say this phone is great for it's price point. As far as not being able to surf the web on my phone, I couldn't care less. I'd much rather use my laptop when i'm at a wifi hotspot. Excellent basic phone, and amazingly small. Does everything I could possible want to do with a phone. I'll do my business on my laptop, instead of a smart phone.

5. Emma unregistered

about the phone ,,, do people like that phone? doesit work good? does it last long? if any body knows let me know!

4. Ed unregistered

your spelling and grammar is horrible. Just reading this review annoyed me. How old are you, do you even use spell check? What about an editor of any kind? It's hard to phone arena serious when people who write these reviews have junior high english skills at best.

6. unregistered

u better check ur spelling and grammar first there buddy

3. Joe unregistered

I am really excited i am going to get this phone on youtube everyone. The sound sounds fine to me

2. unregistered

Been using the Juke for about 2 weeks now - BIG PROBLEM with the swivel not staying open. The "switchblade" action works fine, but once opened, it doesn't stay in a locked and upright position, it now has some wiggle. Makes it very difficult to use a phone now!

1. elgee02 unregistered

I got this phone through work and been using it a lot, mostly as an mp3 player but I have made a few phone calls with it. Reception on the phone was not a problem, but that has more to do with VZW having great coverage were I live, but where I disagree with you guys most is sound quality. While I don't think it has amazing sound quality, I haven't found it to be near as bad as your review says. I have really had no complaints using this as a phone. But you are right that this thing does truly shine as an mp3 player. My only complaint there is the 2gig size, as my music collection is upwards of 8,000 songs and I can only fit about 500 on the phone. Oh well. I still like it.
  • Display 1.4 inches
    220 x 128 pixels
  • Camera 0.3 MP VGA (Single camera)
  • Storage 2GB,
  • Battery 750 mAh

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