Samsung Brightside arrives at Verizon Wireless


Verizon Wireless lays claim to having the fastest 4G LTE network in the US, and we definitely do not doubt their capability of delivering what was claimed. However, that does not mean everyone is rushing to pick up the latest and greatest 4G-enabled device, as there is still this huge middle class group who are more than happy with a functional smartphone. Thankfully, handset manufacturers know this as well, and more often than not, reap most of their profit from this particular mid-range and entry level markets.

Samsung decides to light up the mid-range Android-powered smartphone scene with their latest handset, calling it the Samsung Brightside, and it will be arriving on Verizon Wireless. The Samsung Brightside occupies a very unique niche simply because it offers the flexibility of you using the touchscreen display or the physical QWERTY keyboard whenever you want to type an email or compose a text message.

I guess the inclusion of a physical QWERTY keyboard (albeit tucked away simply because of a slide-out design) makes life a whole lot easier, giving you the option of one over the other, depending on how convenient it is at that point in time. For instance, during the bitter winter, you do not want to remove your gloves just to type on the touchscreen, do you? Slide open the Samsung Brightside, and start tapping away on the physical keys while other full touchscreen smartphone owners freeze their fingers off.

Available from Verizon from today onwards, the Samsung Brightside will feature a 3.1″ touchscreen display, a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard, 3G connectivity, a microSD memory card slot, a 3.2-megapixel camera with timer, brightness control and shooting modes (single, continuous, panorama, mosaic and frame); scene modes (landscape, sports, party, beach, sunset, dawn, fall, night, backlight, fire and candlelight), a Document viewer feature that lets you check out Microsoft Office formats, Adobe PDF, ASCII and HTML documents in a jiffy.

The Samsung Brightside will cost $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate, assuming you agree to a new 2-year contract.

Press Release

6 reviews or comments

StarTAC Says: March 1, 2012 at 9:47 am

This is not a ‘mid-range Android-powered smartphone’ is a basic feature phone that just happens to be overpriced.

Kim Says: March 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm

True, it is not a smartphone but I disagree with all the posts I’ve seen on various websites saying it is overpriced. I’m looking for a basic phone for my two teenagers that does not require a $30 PER MONTH ($360 per year extra that you pay for a smartphone) data package. It appears that this phone will allow the ease of texting with QWERTY keyboard and has a nice touchscreen to make it feel more like a smartphone.

StarTac Says: March 4, 2012 at 9:45 am

Buy this phone at Best Buy..$29.99. Now that’s a deal.

Barry Says: March 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I just got this phone a few days ago, and I can tell you for what I want it is great. Easy nice to use and yes I KNOW it’s not a smart phone, that’s the point. The best basic phone before this was the LG extravert and I can tell you I returned it after 6 days and was thrilled then I saw this Samsung. It is way superior especially if you have larger hands, the operation is much smoother as well.

Miles Says: March 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm

You can get this same phone at best buy for $30. That’s what I am going to do.

Stephanie Says: March 8, 2012 at 4:01 pm

You can nowe get this phone on Amazon for a penny with contract renewal!

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