Do you live in the US, and are currently looking for a new phone? Granted, there are virtually tons of handsets to choose from, and most folks would probably veer towards the smartphone variety, ultimately whittling their choices down to an iPhone or a BlackBerry. For those who want to try something different, why not give other handsets a chance instead of the two mentioned models? Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) have teamed up to bring the Samsung Reality from April 22nd onwards, where this sleek and stylish model will come in Piano Black and City Red colors, bringing a 3″ touch screen display, full horizontal slide-out QWERTY keyboard, customizable widgets, and multiple messaging options to the fore.
As with many other Samsung smartphones, the Samsung Reality will come with Samsung’s unique TouchWiz interface, where you will be able to take advantage of specially designed widgets which enable customers to customize and personalize their handsets. For example, the Communities widget enables one to update social networking sites, post pictures and upload videos to YouTube and other Web sites in a jiffy. Apart from that, the Samsung Reality will also sport one-touch widgets that opens up the doorway to instant access to favorite Web sites on the phone’s full HTML Web browser.
Other interesting features and specifications of the Samsung Reality include :-
- 3″ WQVGA (240 x 400) full touch screen
- Horizontal slide-out QWERTY keyboard
- Full suite of messaging options, including text, picture, video and voice messaging; Mobile IM; Mobile Chat; Mobile Email; and Mobile Web Email
- 3.2 megapixel camera with Night Shot Mode; single, multi, panorama, mosaic and frame shot modes; and video capture capabilities
- Photo editing features, including Dynamic Canvas, which supports flash animations in pictures
- Bluetooth technology with support for headset, hands-free, Dial Up Networking, stereo, phonebook access, basic print, basic imaging, object push for vCard and vCalendar, File Transfer and serial port
- Corporate Email (formerly RemoSync) support for Microsoft Office Exchange so customers can synchronize corporate e-mail, contacts and calendars from their office e-mail
- microSD card slot with support for up to 16 GB (card purchased separately)
- Access to social networking services
- VZ Navigator capable – Receive audible turn-by-turn directions to more than 15 million points of interest and share the directions with others
- Visual Voice Mail – Delete, reply and forward voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice instructions
- Media Center – Access downloadable games, ringtones, wallpapers, location-based services and more
- Personal organizer and tools with calendar, calculator with currency converter, notepad, alarm clock, world clock and stop watch
Expect this handset to retail for $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement, which ain’t too shabby after all. Is your phone’s contract nearly up? If so, this might be worth looking into.