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Samsung Knack Review

Samsung Knack

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The Main Menu on the device is as basic as one can imagine. It lacks any themes or animation; only listing the six menu categories in black text with blue highlighting (contacts, recent calls, messaging, tools, settings, phone info). The only personalization the device allows for is changing ringtones, wallpapers, and font size.

The Phonebook is capable for storing up to 500 contacts, each with their name, mobile 1, home, work, mobile 2, and ringtone. Unfortunately, only 8 contacts can be saved as speed dial locations.

Homescreen - Samsung Knack Review
Main Menu - Samsung Knack Review
Contacts - Samsung Knack Review
Samsung Knack Review


Main Menu



Basic text messages can be sent and received (no support of picture or video messages). Since the keypad is fairly large, it is easy to enter text, but it does not support T9 predictive entry, limiting you to the slower multi-tap method.

Samsung Knack Review
Samsung Knack Review

Other software tools include a calendar with event scheduler, three independent alarms, standard calculator, tip calculator, unit converter, world clock, stop watch, and voice commands. All of these are fairly commonplace amongst all phones. The voice command only allows dialing of save contacts by name (not by digit dialing) and access to a few shortcuts. We had no problem using it in quiet areas, but noisy environments (such as a car or mall) can cause it to make you repeat the command a few times.

Calendar - Samsung Knack Review
Samsung Knack Review
Alarms - Samsung Knack Review
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World Clock - Samsung Knack Review
Emergency Contacts - Samsung Knack Review
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Voice Commands - Samsung Knack Review

World Clock

Emergency Contacts


Voice Commands

Since the Knack is a basic cell phone, it only comes with 32MB of internal memory, and is not capable of any other programs, such as mobile web, get it now, V Cast music and videos, games, MP3 playback, and VZ Navigator. For those functions, you will have to setup to either the U550 or Gleam.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. (unregistered)

now i understand why there is a phone coming out called the knick

posted on 03 Oct 2008, 22:35

2. (unregistered)

Its just a sad attempt by the cell phone companies to expand their markets. Sell to old people. They started targeting kids and now the first words most little babies speak now is "cell phone". We might as well start implanting them while the babies are still in the womb. We could offer "unlimited parent to fetus talk" so that the baby can hear the parents' voices and its only an extra $9.99 a month! (9 month contract required). Who are they kidding? Nobody wants this crap! Why spend $40 on a phone that does nothing when you can get one that's better (with a camera) for FREE. Its because old people are retards when it comes to cell phones and the corporate pigs know it. They don't care about anyone. They only care about money.

posted on 09 Oct 2008, 14:48

3. (unregistered)

My god you are an idiot...to many of us "old folks" dont have a clue how to operate these things. A simple plain vanilla phone is all I want and need. Maybe you need to grow up a little and get a clue. The 60+ croud is a thriving target market with plenty of disposable income who want to embrace technology....what's wrong with developing a product that will aloow us to do that. I wish more companies would think along these same lines. See you at the AARP meetings...I'll be dead by the time you join. Help!!! I've fallen and I can't get up!! You idiot....respect your elders

posted on 10 Oct 2008, 20:04

4. (unregistered)

What a moronic statement. "Targeting" old people? Are you serious. Of course they are. Did it ever occur to you that old people might like a cell phone themselves? Did you ever consider emergency situations? That's what cell phones are ... a CONVENIENCE. The industry is doing what all smart business people do ... sell to the masses. If you didn't do that, you wouldn't be in business long my friend. So tell me, what is your solution? Release a product and don't advertise it? Is that it. God I would hate to "brainwash" people. I bet if we left it up to people like you, we'd still be communicating via Pony Express. I'm glad Samsung released another simple phone.

posted on 07 Nov 2008, 20:46

6. tutututu (unregistered)

I have been a cellphone user for a decade and am nowhere close to being a senior citizen. The Knack is ideal for me because I do not want a camera on my phone (I think of a camera as a negative not a positive on the phone), I do not want to listen to music and I do not wish to send text messages. I have no desire for a GPS function. And I don't want to spend time playing games on it. My phone is not a toy. I use my cellphone extensively to make and receive calls. There is value in the absence of clutter. Simplicity has its virtues. In other words, I would rather pay $40 for simplicity than get some multi-faceted widget for free. I hope you learnt something from this instead of making bad assumptions about what the Knack is meant to do (serve people with my type of needs).

posted on 20 Nov 2008, 14:08

8. (unregistered)

#3 is my new hero

posted on 29 Oct 2008, 11:03

5. (unregistered)

I think its great that verizon offers a plan for seniors and know they are getting more and more phone options for them too. its a great phone with a loud speaker.....i luv it.

posted on 18 Nov 2008, 12:25

7. (unregistered)

I am so glad that Verizon came out with the Knack. I've been looking for a very basic replacement cell phone for my 80+ year mother. I was planning on purchasing the Coupe, but the Knack is much better and the reviews have been positive. Sometimes simplicity is key.

posted on 17 Mar 2009, 23:04

9. brenz (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Mar 2009)

The reviewer must have gotten a defective phone, because I haven't had any reception problems with my Knack. The reception is very good. In fact, I have gotten reception in unexpected places, like an underground parking garage, and a rural area far out of the city. This phone does everything a phone is supposed to do quite well. The sound quality is excellent, battery life is very good, and it has proven durable so far. It survived one drop onto concrete (not by me). The only thing I don't like is the over emphasis on emergency numbers. And to the previous comment about this phone doing "nothing." Wrong. It sends and receives phone calls very well. That is what a phone is supposed to do. The fact that it doesn't have an inferior camera attached to it is a plus in my book. The poster was doubly wrong in saying this phone is for "old retards." I am 40 years old, and I use very advanced video equipment and computer software on a daily basis, so I have no problem with understanding and using technology. I simply have no need to impress people with my phone. Bottom line, if you want a reliable, no-frills cell phone, look into the Knack.

posted on 23 Apr 2011, 18:17

10. curtis (unregistered)

I went thru 3 of these in less than 1 year because off software issues. All under warranty. The text messaging would go haywire and lose incoming messages but icons would indicate you had one. It would soon quit booting up when you turned it on. Verizon was not much help with it and could not retrieve any calender or contact info so everything you stored in it was gone. Verizon quit honoring the warranty after the third phone. Each time the phone was replaced, I was told the software problem had been fixed.

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 15:08

11. Carla67 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

I felt that this particular phone was awful. It can barely take in data. The maximum text messages that it can hold is merely 80. It hardly ever has full signal. The phone "freezes" frequently, and the reason why I got rid of it months ago is because it "froze" while sending a text message and would not respond to anything but taking out the battery; when I put the battery back in, it would not turn on past the opening picture. I do not recommend this phone to anyone who wishes to have a reliable source of communication for their loved ones. In short, I dispise this phone.

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Display2.2 inches, 176 x 220 pixels (128 ppi) TFT
Size3.78 x 2.01 x 0.74 inches
(96 x 51 x 19 mm)
3.63 oz  (103 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 4.5 hours talk time

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