Samsung Juke Review

Interface:

The main menu is laid out just like every other Verizon phone, with categorizes for Music, Get it Now, Messaging, Contacts, Recent Calls, and Settings & Tools. There are two themes (Boom Box and Vivace) with the Boom Box theme set as the default.

The Phonebook is nothing new, with up to 500 Contacts being able to be stored, each with their Name, Mobile 1, Home, Work, E-Mail 1, Group, Picture, Ringtone, Mobile 2, Fax, E-Mail 2, and Notes. After a contact is saved, you can assign them to a speed-dial location.

Camera:

The VGA Camera is low quality and can only capture images up to 640x480 resolution. Considering the price of the phone, we can understand why a low cost camera was used, but still would have liked to have seen a 1.3MP, since that is considered “standard” on most phones.



Multimedia:

The primary feature of the Juke is not for it being a “phone”, but for it being a “compact music player”. This is where the device truly shines. Downloading music from your PC is easy, and can be done in 3 steps: 1) Connect the Juke to your computer using the included USB data cable, 2) The computer will automatically setup the device drivers, 3) Drag and Drop music files to the phone’s internal memory. This is by far the easiest way to get music onto the phone, despite the manual saying that it needs to be synced with Windows Media Player 10. The files are transferred at USB 2.0 speeds, but you must use Samsung’s proprietary data cable to connect to the Juke. It would have been better if the Juke used a standard miniUSB connector. Once music has been transferred, you can access it by pressing and holding the center button on the metal wheel for three seconds (with the phone closed). This brings up the My Music menu, which lists music by All, Playlists, Artists, Genres, and Albums. You can move between the options using the circular wheel, and make the selection by pressing the center button. When a song begins playback the display will show the volume level, track name, artist’s name, and time duration. You can rewind/skip-back, play/pause, and fast-forward/skip-ahead by using the wheel.



During song playback, pressing down on the wheel takes you to the Options menu with the following settings:

  • Play Mode: Normal, Shuffle, Repeat Once, Repeat All, Shuffle Repeat All
  • Add to Playlist: Add song to Playlist
  • Skin: Simple, Album Artwork, Visualizer, Lyrics
  • Equalizer: Basic, Rock, Jazz, Live, Classic, Full Bass, Full Bass and Treble, Dance, Pop, Full Treble, Club, Party, Large Hall, Soft, Soft Rock, User Settings
  • 3D Sound: Wide, Dynamic, Surround, Off
  • Backlight: 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min
  • Song Info: Shows current song Title, Artist, Album, Year, Composer, Genre, Size, File Name, Length, Bit Rate, Downloaded date
  • Memory Info: Available MB, Used MB, Total 1919MB (formatted)

We enjoyed using the Visualizer skin, as it shows a live Level-Meter on the display, but the 3D Sounds and Equalizer settings should be used with stereo earbud speakers.

The overall quality of music playback through the built-in speaker (on the rear) is lacking in Bass, Mid-Range, and Volume, but once you connect the included stereo earbuds the problem is solved. If you require a little more freedom, you may also use a Bluetooth Stereo headset. Either way, music sounds “full” and is equal to using any standard MP3 player. We believe that the music player on the Juke is one of the best and easiest to use on any current Verizon phone, with the exception of the LG Chocolate VX8550, where both phones also allow you to perform other tasks while listening to music, such as sending and receiving text messages.


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