Samsung FlipShot SCH-U900 - black (Verizon Wireless)
Manufacturer: Samsung Part number: SCH-U900BLKVZW
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CNET editors' review
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- Reviewed by: Kent German
- Reviewed on: 12/05/2007
- Released on: 11/20/2007
The good: The Samsung FlipShot SCH-U900 has an attractive, user-friendly design, a solid feature set, and an admirable speakerphone. It also offers an excellent megapixel camera with great photo quality.
The bad: The Samsung FlipShot SCH-U900 had middling streaming-video performance, and the call quality wasn't the best we've heard on a Verizon phone. Also, the business-card reader was unimpressive.
The bottom line: Though it could offer better call quality, the Samsung FlipShot SCH-U900 is one of the best camera phones we've seen in a while.
middle of the pack phone ! let down!
by kazoo20 on November 30, 2007
Pros: beautiful screen color, screen flips around for viewing as lcd
Cons: pics are very grainy no matter what setting or situation, can not feel vibrate mode at all
Summary: I was using the LG VX8700 with the 2mp camera. I paid full price to upgrade to this phone because I thought it would rock. I was let down by ...
Summary: I was using the LG VX8700 with the 2mp camera. I paid full price to upgrade to this phone because I thought it would rock. I was let down by samsung. For the pros, it looks cool, the screen rotates and flips to double as a lcd viewing screen. It will take panoramic shots"nice feature". Thats all for my pros. The cons.....it is 3 times as thick as any other phone made today. If you like to use the vibrate mode, you will not feel it unless the phone is actually in your hand its that bad. Now the worst part of all...the photo quality was horrible, 3mp and even in sunlight, totally still shots were very grainy. Big delay with time from snapping the shutter button. My LG vx8700 2mp takes crystal clear and crisp photos that are totally amazing!! I figure most phones should get better like this now but they don't, If u research you will find most people say the same about the LG vx8700. For $400 I paid for this phone, it is being sold and I am going back to my LG vx8700 so I can take a clear crisp picture again. No other phone compares and I buy and try a lot of phones. two thumbs down for this expensive piece of crap.
5 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
Well designed phone with a ton of cool features to back it up
by el_captino on November 28, 2007
Pros: good camera/camcorder, large internal screen, and easy to use buttons
Cons: camera zoom isn't as good as I expected
3 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great all-around phone
by mrmudge on June 14, 2008
Pros: Has everything, short of being a PDA; stylish
Cons: Verizon interface is bland; does not come with USB cable, Music Manager CD, or headset; need to learn how to use camera; a little expensive
Summary: I read many reviews of the Flipshot before deciding to buy it. Several of the negative customer reviews (here on CNET and on other sites) seem to focus on the ...
Summary: I read many reviews of the Flipshot before deciding to buy it. Several of the negative customer reviews (here on CNET and on other sites) seem to focus on the camera; the main complaint being that the shutter is slow and finicky (goes from photo to video when held down). But as I played with the phone, I realized that the issue is really with the AutoFocus and AutoFlash features.
For the AutoFocus feature, you first have to push down halfway on the button, let it focus, and then push the rest of the way. This takes longer than expected, my guess is that people using the phone get impatient so they push and hold down the shutter button waiting for the shutter to go, and then suddenly they're in video mode. This happened to me and I got annoyed. Then as I read the directions (which few of us really do) and played with the phone more, I realized the culprit was the AutoFocus feature. The solution? Turn off AutoFocus, it's easy to do and you don't need it. I took several photos without AutoFocus and they were fine. The only time you really need it is when doing a close-up of a still item. That said, the shutter button is still little finicky when AutoFocus is off; you need to give it a firm quick press, not a slow press, otherwise the camera will switch to video.
As to the slow shutter speed, I figured out this is primarily due to the AutoFlash feature. When in AutoFlash, there is a slight delay for the flash before the shutter goes off. The solution? Turn off AutoFlash, you don't really need it either unless it's quite dark. Sure, it helps, but non-flash photos were fine. I used the camera without AutoFlash in some dim settings and the photos were fine, better than my Razr and better than my wife's Krzr.
Once you turn off AutoFocus and AutoFlash, they stay turned off too, even for your next session of photo-taking. The camera on this phone takes great photos, better than most other phones, and has photo-related features that most other phones don't have. It is NOT, however, a substitute for a digital camera. If you are an ocassional picture taker, and want the convenience of having a good camera on your phone, then the Flipshot is an ideal choice. If, however, you take many photos and are looking for a camera substitute, this is not it. Also, Samsung or Verizon should have included a USB cable to transfer photos to a PC. You have to buy that separately.
The phone is a head-turner. It's not "sexy" like the Razr was when it first came out, but it looks and feels solid, even stylish in my opinion. A few people have seen my phone and asked me to take a look at it, since it has a nice design.
As a phone, it's fine. I've seen some complaints about the call quality, but I have had no problems (in San Francisco Bay Area). The volume is quite good. The are not many ringtones offeres, but I don't really care about ringtones.
The MP3 player is just okay, the standard bland Verizon interface. Verizon needs to get out of the phone OS software business, and just concentrate on phone service. Verizon phones have the worst interfaces. But it's functional.
So, if you want a very good overall phone that has everything but PDA functionality, then the Flipshot is a good choice and comes in an eye-catching style. It was only a little thicker than my Razr and thinner. I recommend it.
Finally, some have complained about a software problem with the Calendar. I don't use the Calendar for appointments, so this is not an issue for me.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Sent it back
by ArtInvent on January 28, 2008
Pros: Good screen. Hi res camera. Attractive.
Cons: Camera is slow. Audio quality for phone is awful. Lots of inconveniences.
Summary: For what is supposed to be the top Verizon camera-phone, I expected that at least these two functions would be impressive, but not so. 3MP imaging is not bad, but ...
Summary: For what is supposed to be the top Verizon camera-phone, I expected that at least these two functions would be impressive, but not so. 3MP imaging is not bad, but there is so much shutter lag on the camera that it's hardly usable. By the time the picture snaps you'll be lucky if your subject is still in sight. The flash is almost useless. The phone audio suffers from a constant rasping sound whenever one party starts speaking. This was compared to older Samsung and LG phones in the exact same place and time, they sounded much better. Simply couldn't stand listening to it. It's a very good looking phone. But there are three hidden touch audio control buttons on the front display that are very hard to find, never could hit them reliably. The top level menus look nice but beyond that it's the same tired old Verizon menu structure. The AC adapter is in an awkward place on the side of the phone. The MicroSD slot is inaccessible, you have to remove the entire front case cover, and it's quite difficult to pull the card out. And if you don't buy the non-standard USB adapter (extra $) pulling the card out is the only way to transfer your photos and music.
Pretty but that's about it. Sent it back. Do not get this phone.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
by Eric_in_Ohio on November 30, 2007
Pros: Excellent reception and call quality, Large beautiful screen with vivid colors, Excellent camera with several editing features, Key pad is easy to use with easily discernable keys, Fast web browser
Cons: I haven't encountered any yet
Summary: Maybe my enthusiasm should be tempered as I've only owned this phone for two days, but I'm really very happy with it so far. My experience with the ...
Summary: Maybe my enthusiasm should be tempered as I've only owned this phone for two days, but I'm really very happy with it so far. My experience with the camera has been excellent (sharp pictures). Personally, I think it has a very classy look and it's overall a very well designed phone. I gave the flipshot a 9 versus a 10 only because I haven't used the phone long enough to verify that there are no noticeable negatives.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Annoying! Not Recommended.
by rmarscha on March 5, 2010
Pros: Looks cool. Strap is handy for pulling out of your pocket. Flash can be used as a flashlight. Battery life is good. Overall style and theme is cool. You can edit the pictures you take.
Cons: The keys "stick" when you are trying to text. The camera quality is actually quite horrible for what I expected and the flash almost always makes things worse. Can't feel phone vibrate and sometimes it won't vibrate at all. Word function is lacking.
Summary: I started out with a Razr and only upgraded because the sound didn't work sometimes. I really wished that I hadn't chosen to upgrade to this phone or ...
Summary: I started out with a Razr and only upgraded because the sound didn't work sometimes. I really wished that I hadn't chosen to upgrade to this phone or had just stuck with the old Razr. There are a number of things that make this phone subpar. I am someone who would rather text than talk, so when I found out that the keys would stick, I realized I was in for a long haul of being completely annoyed and frustrated. Basically what happens is that you'll type something and one or two of the letters won't show up at all! It is very annoying when you are using the Word function and it spits out something stupid and you have to go back over it three times and try to correct it. The Word function itself is much worse than on my Razr because it takes forever for it to "learn"... I've had the phone for a little over a year and I still have to go in often with Abc and type it in manually. As for the camera, I was pretty disappointed in the overall quality of the photos. I had better quality on my itty bitty megapixel Razr. The flash is a pain... I thought it would be helpful but it just creates glares... you have to cover it with your finger. Despite the fact that this is a phone with a primary use as a camera, I rarely ever use it for a camera unless I am outside and it is really sunny. Plus, when you try to take a picture, sometimes it takes forever or doesn't take at all. Definitely not for fast action... whatever you plan to take a picture of with this phone better not be moving. Because of the thickness of the phone, sometimes you won't feel it vibrate. Other times I have observed that it won't vibrate at all on vibrate mode, so I've missed texts and phone calls before. I was disappointed to find that it didn't come with any games, whereas my Razr came with one and some trials. One more con... because it is so freakishly thick, it wants to fall out of your pocket. I have lost this phone too many times to count... it must dislike me as much as I dislike it.
Bad call quality, good camera and features
by romvert on February 5, 2010
Pros: Camera is great and the flip screen makes it easy to use. Solid build. Easy data transfer through cord. Good stereo speakers, for being this small.
Cons: Awful call quality; sounds like people on the other end are eating while speaking! Do not try transfer through Blue Tooth, unless you want to loose your mind in the process ; very frustrating... The software package, while not necessary, is expensive
Summary: If you're on the phone a lot, stay away from this one. I chose to keep it because I don't like being on the phone a whole lot, ...
Summary: If you're on the phone a lot, stay away from this one. I chose to keep it because I don't like being on the phone a whole lot, plus it had a good camera, camcorder, mp3 player and gps capability. The 4 gig sd capability helps also.
i hated this phone i want 2 punch it in the face
by gmann1018 on December 24, 2009
Pros: nothing it sucked
Cons: typing is awful, the keys die out after a month of usage. i do not recommend this phone
Summary: hate it
Summary: hate it
by andiegirl25 on September 28, 2009
Pros: long battery, great pictures, had it about 1 and a half years now and nothing ever wrong with it, holds up to water damage well x_X, lots of memory holds about 400 messages, easy to use, perfect for everyone!!
Cons: none!! its great i would recommend it to anyone.
Summary: Perfect! I have never had a phone that can last with me i drop it and drown it and it still works fine the camera is great and the memory ...
Summary: Perfect! I have never had a phone that can last with me i drop it and drown it and it still works fine the camera is great and the memory is good, great speaker phone and music player is VERY loud (my math teacher can tell ya that one oops!)
Fairly good phone. Camera works GREAT!
by Jimmyk1357 on April 22, 2009
Pros: 3 megapixel camera
Cons: The feature on how to turn on the video camera.
Headphone jack is not Standard Size
Summary: This phone is amazing for taking pictures. people that don't understand how to read instructions, and are confused as to why the camera "keeps going to video recording mode" ...
Summary: This phone is amazing for taking pictures. people that don't understand how to read instructions, and are confused as to why the camera "keeps going to video recording mode" needs to really read all the info before posting this nonsense.
It says it right in the instructions.... to turn on the video camera u simply HOLD down the shutter button. In order to take a regular picture you need to hold down the shutter HALFWAY to get the camera to focus, then press it quickly to take the pic. If u hold it in all the way it will surely change to video mode.
- Manufacturer: Samsung
- Part number: SCH-U900BLKVZW
- Description: Enjoy sharing your videos and pictures with the SAMSUNG FlipShot. This Bluetooth enabled phone not only has the stylish design you have come to expect from SAMSUNG but incorporates Location Base Service to help you find where you are going utilizing VZ Navigator. The FlipShot supports the following profiles: mono headset, stereo headset, hands-free, serial port, dial-up networking, object push for vCard only, phone book access, basic image (for non-protected pictures only) and basic print. Get turn-by-turn instructions, or find the nearest ATM or coffee shop with VZ Navigator. Locate other Chaperone-enabled devices and get real-time updates with Chaperone.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Cellular phone
- Form Factor Bar
- Phone Design Flip
- Integrated Components Digital camera,
- Antenna Internal
- Width 1.9 in
- Depth 0.7 in
- Height 3.8 in
- Weight 3.9 oz
- Body Color Black
- Technology CDMA2000 1X
- Band CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
- Service Provider Verizon Wireless
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services SMS
- WAP Protocol Supported WAP 2.0
- Messaging & Data Features Text messages,
Multimedia messages (MMS),
- Downloadable Content Screensavers,
- Mobile Services VCAST
- Data Transmission EV-DO
- Wireless Interface Bluetooth
- Bluetooth Profiles Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Voice control,
- Polyphonic Ringer Yes
- Additional Features TV Link,
PictBridge direct printing,
Built-in stereo speakers
- Personal Information Management Synchronization with PC,
- Phone Book Entries Qty 500
- Supported Digital Audio Standards MP3,
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSD
- Sensor Resolution 3 megapixels
- Still Image Resolutions 800 x 600,
320 x 240,
640 x 480,
2048 x 1536,
1280 x 960,
1024 x 768,
1600 x 1200,
160 x 120
- Self Timer Delay 10 sec,
- Camera Light Source Flash
- Features Multi-shots
- Navigation Software & Services VZ Navigator
- Type LCD display - Color
- Technology TFT
- Line Qty 12
- Diagonal Size 2.2 in
- Display Resolution 320 x 240 pixels
- Color Depth 18-bit (262000 Colors)
- Features Wallpaper,
- Type LCD display - Color
- Technology Lithium ion
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 210 min,
Standby - up to 250 hour(s)
- Compliant Standards HAC(Hearing Aid Compatible)
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Power adapter
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty
Specs: Verizon Wireless,
With digital camera / digital player,