Samsung Reality SCH-u820 - red (Verizon Wireless)
Manufacturer: Samsung Part number: SCH-U820ZKAVZW-RED
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CNET editors' review
price range: $89.95 - $117.95
- Reviewed by: Nicole Lee
- Reviewed on: 04/28/2010
The good: The Samsung Reality has an intuitive display, three home screens, a 3.5mm headset jack, a nice keyboard, and features that include a 3.2-megapixel camera, GPS, and stereo Bluetooth.
The bad: The Samsung Reality isn't quite as good as the Samsung Rogue, has almost the same design and features, and is also on Verizon Wireless. We also wished the photo quality was better.
The bottom line: On its own, the Samsung Reality is a great midrange multimedia phone, but it doesn't hold a candle to the Rogue, which has a better design and better features.
My first full featured phone
by Brightonsgirl on May 12, 2011
Pros: Battery life, durability, nice looking, great touch screen, sturdy slider, decent (not great) camera.
Cons: Not very intuitive to learn. Keyboard layout. Uselessly slow internet.
Summary: This is my first full featured phone. Have always had simple flip phones and only started texting 6 months ago when I got this phone. I am STILL making common ...
Summary: This is my first full featured phone. Have always had simple flip phones and only started texting 6 months ago when I got this phone. I am STILL making common mistakes with the keyboard for capslock and function keys because for some reason it just isn't sticking in my brain the right way to do it. The keyboard is a bit small and cramped and it's too easy to accidentally hit adjacent buttons.Decent. Especially since it was "free". Could be better.
Like other reviewers the wallpaper defaults to the ugly factory settings (crappy choices that are locked and you can't get rid of except temporarily), which is a bummer. I don't see the point of 3 home screens and get confused if I find myself on another one. Haven't ventured much into the widgets since I kinda didn't know about them because, as mentioned by others, the manual is not useful. Now that I have discovered my widgets I may enjoy it more.
The battery life is great and I have had NONE of the troubles others mention such as slow texts, random dialing, frequent freezes (has only happened once), random unlocking of the screen, odd noises, or poor sound quality. I pretty much never get a dropped call. It's a great phone, but has worthless internet. I mean TERRIBLE internet, it's slower than dial up. I hardly use it, but still pay the $30 a month in case I need it. The web browser interface is lame too. Wish I could just stick a google screen on there and not have to look at all that Verizon and/or bing junk!
Music player is good. I don't really understand the play options below the song listing though. Oh well, I have an MP3 player for that.
The menu is kind of lame. There are things I access often that seem to be buried under layers of menu. Like, The Media Center has pics and music (among other things I don't use), but I wish I could access the pics quickly. I wish I could get rid of the factory pics too! I use the calculator often but wish it was a one click thing. Also the Calendar appointment setting thing is weird. The time scroller ("Price is Right" style) is just plain goofy and it's easy to set the wrong time for an alarm clock too. Yikes!
The phone seems to be of great quality, and I really like it. But I don't find it as useful as I wanted it to be. I got it free with a 2 year contract and would have been mad to pay money for it. I like the smooth, rich touch screen and the viewer is bright and vibrant. I like the proprioception thing where it flips screen orientation depending on how you're holding the phone. I also like the "boing" touch/feely response when touching the screen. Makes it more interactive. I love that the keyboard is back lighted. I don't love how the screen locks automatically after only a few seconds when not in use, but maybe that's a feature I don't know that I can change.
Updated on May 12, 2011
This phone is great.!
by bteague1106 on May 11, 2011
Pros: Just about everything
Cons: Sometimes the touch screen will want to freeze up while using internet, but then 2 seconds later it works, The phone will shut off if you type to fast on internet. QWERTY Keypad is small.
Summary: I don't have to many complaints. I really do like this phone. I have seen people complain about this phone the same way people complain bout the ENV Touch. ...
Summary: I don't have to many complaints. I really do like this phone. I have seen people complain about this phone the same way people complain bout the ENV Touch. I think it all just depends on how you treat your phone. I've never had bad luck with phone except my first one but it was a Sanyo and Sanyo sucks anyways, and then I had a cheap lil flip phone from Alltel and it broke in two in just a few months. Other than that I haven't had any bad luck with phone. I am about to trade off with a friend, she's getting my reality and I'm getting her Touch ENV. I will only use it for a few months as I will be upgrading in December to an Android. OVERALL I would recommend this phone but you just have to treat it like a child.
Very good with a few annoying quirks
by EmmnEmms on March 18, 2011
Pros: Keyboard is awesome, able to change brightness of screen, touch screen is awesome
Cons: Changes wallpaper and lock settings, Can't change vibrate for text messages, Slow with text notifications.
Summary: I bought this phone about 3 months ago, after my beloved LG Dare died. I had decided that i wanted a touch screen + keyboard and not pay for an unlimited ...
Summary: I bought this phone about 3 months ago, after my beloved LG Dare died. I had decided that i wanted a touch screen + keyboard and not pay for an unlimited data plan.
So far, I like pretty much everything. The keyboard was easy to get used to (Even with the odd placement of the "." key) Touch screen is pretty responsive and screen has good color.
I love the fact that i can change the brightness of the screen, which is not something i have been able to do on previous phones. I also like the fact i can change the "style" of vibrate for the phone, such as 1 long one to 2 short ect... but don't understand why they did not offer this feature for text messages as well? Rather annoying.
My biggest gripe is that if you have images on a micro SD and set them as your wallpaper, sometimes within an hour, it will change it back to default, which is VERY annoying... hopefully will come a fix soon for that.
Other than that, it has 3 home screens which at first was a huge selling point, but i never use them and ended up setting them the same. The phone vibrates rather hard, so don't have to worry about not feeling a call.
The web browser seems to be a industry standard for this style of phone, and unless it is for minor email checking/facebook use, its not so great... i can't imagine needing over 50mb of internet a month...
So far, i like this phone very much, especially for texting! Not as much as my Dare, but i also haven't had this one as long. I would reccomend it to anyone who texts and who doesn't mind a few annoying habits.
Hate, actually LOATHE this pone
by shelleea71 on March 6, 2011
Pros: It is small and the volume is really loud.
Cons: The qwerty keyboard is screwy because the space bar now splits the bottom row - I still haven't been able to get used to it. Turns itself on and off - only had it three months! Touch screen 'keys' or anything else you try to do is too small to use.
Summary: I really, really wish that I had chosen to stay with the Envy series (had 1 and 2 - loved that phone) but I was too cheap to spend the ...
Summary: I really, really wish that I had chosen to stay with the Envy series (had 1 and 2 - loved that phone) but I was too cheap to spend the extra every month for an additional data package. (Still have to have one, but it's have the cost.)
This would have to rank up there with one of the worst phones I have ever made. Now I need to wait almost two years until I can afford a new phone again.
Worst Phone Ever!!!
by repo24 on February 28, 2011
Pros: Nice Keypad
Cons: Phone freezes, Randomly calls contacts on its own, touch screen not very sensitive, phone cuts on and off on its own for no reason
Summary: Overall, just a horrible phone. I do not recommend this phone at all!!!
Summary: Overall, just a horrible phone. I do not recommend this phone at all!!!
BEST phone ever!!!
by kittigirl123 on February 27, 2011
Pros: loud speakers , sleek, great keyboard, liked the texting format, loved the widgets and 3 screens, and most of all the battery life! the battery life lasted me a whole week with regular usage; i charged it mondays.
Cons: the lock screen could easily unlock in your pocket. when it did, it went to your contacts and the people on the top were dialed.
Summary: i had this phone for about a year and then someone stole it. it was the best phone i ever had. i was very happy with the quality of the ...
Summary: i had this phone for about a year and then someone stole it. it was the best phone i ever had. i was very happy with the quality of the speakers with the music. it was louder than my ipod. the keyboard was amazing. i miss it. get this phone and you won't be disappointed. i promise.
I love this phone!
by urpalmaddio on February 23, 2011
Pros: it has 3 homescreens
not as chunky as the Rogue
has cool slide up (or across or down or to the sides or from corners) lock screen
good picture quality
good qwerty keyboard
menu on homescreen
Cons: sometimes it zooms in when taking pictures, but other times it doesn't
I like my phone
by vstefans on February 20, 2011
Pros: Reliable, holds charge well for me, attractive slim design. Realy like the voiced call announcing feature.
Cons: Touch screen occasionlly seems finicky, and I wish I had not lost my manual - to me it's not quite intuitive - probably just me. I may never be any good at typing on an itty bitty keyboard either, though the slide-out one on here is better than most.
Summary: This is a replacement for a very old model LG that finally wore out and broke, and my first semi-smart touch screen phone. It may not have all the cachet ...
Summary: This is a replacement for a very old model LG that finally wore out and broke, and my first semi-smart touch screen phone. It may not have all the cachet or the apps of an I-Phone, but it was less expensive, and the reliability and functionality is what I need for for my worrk situation. I can surf, dial, take photos, and use the features I need.
I would not recommend this phone
by ddantzler on February 13, 2011
Pros: to anyone.
Cons: Phone dials on its own, home screen changes at will, and slide lock screen is very hard to unlock. The battery does not keep a charge even when not in use.
WORST PHONE I'VE EVER HAD OR ENCOUNTERED, KAFKA-ESQUE
by Jonheston on January 27, 2011
Pros: It fits in your pocket?
Keyboard is decent
Cons: Spontaneously unlocks and calls pocket dials
Makes noise even when it is set to silent (especially when battery is low). If i'm in a lecture or theater I have to pop the battery out to get it quiet.
Short battery life
Turns on and off when i sit.
Summary: DO NOT GET THIS PHONE!!! This review serves two purposes for me: 1) to warn everyone that they absolutely must not buy this phone. 2) to vent my frustation with ...
Summary: DO NOT GET THIS PHONE!!! This review serves two purposes for me: 1) to warn everyone that they absolutely must not buy this phone. 2) to vent my frustation with this phone now that I am free of it.
This phone will pocket dial people literally everyday (you're not the only one suffering from this awful phone). Its battery will die frequently, although you might not get to the point of it dying because once it is low on batteries it will make so much noise that you'll pop the battery out. Shutting it off doesn't even work because it spontaneously comes on and makes noise unless you remove the battery. It also gets turned on and off incessantly as I sit, crouch, or make any movement that may slightly tighten my pockets. As a mentioned it also makes tons of noises even when its on silent. I'll frequently have my phone start making some weird noise and rush to put it on silent only to find that it already is silent. Its absurd.
One of its few positives is that it has internet, but it so unusable that you're better off just calling someone who is near a computer. Its honestly hard to think of anything else that is even remotely positive about this phone.
I had this phone for a few months before deciding it was so bad that it absolutely had to be replaced. I've never done this with any phone. I always wait until the contract runs out. After I got my new phone I smashed the samsung reality into little pieces with hammer (again, a first for me).
If I had to chose one word that summarize my experience with this phone it would be this: Kafka-esque
- Manufacturer: Samsung
- Part number: SCH-U820ZKAVZW-RED
- Description: Looking for a phone that can keep up with your social life? You found it. The Samsung Reality gives you one-touch access to your favorite social networks with its innovative Communities widget - and allows you to post images about as fast as you take them. It also comes fully loaded with a full touch screen, full QWERTY keyboard and full HTML browser. This is your reality the way it should be.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Cellular phone
- Form Factor Slider - Full keyboard,
- Phone Design Slider
- Integrated Components Digital camera,
- Antenna Internal
- Width 2.09 in
- Depth 0.59 in
- Height 4.23 in
- Weight 4.59 oz
- Body Color City red
- Technology CDMA2000 1X
- Service Provider Verizon Wireless
- Input Device(s) QWERTY keyboard,
Touch sensitive screen
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services EMS,
- Instant Messaging Services Yahoo! Messenger,
AOL Instant Messenger Service (AIM),
Windows Live Messenger (MSN Messenger)
- Supported Social Networks and Blogs MySpace,
- WAP Protocol Supported WAP 2.0
- Messaging & Data Features Microsoft PowerPoint support,
Microsoft Excel support,
Microsoft Word support,
- Downloadable Content Screensavers,
- Mobile Services VCAST,
- Data Transmission EV-DO
- Wireless Interface Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
- Bluetooth Profiles Serial Port Profile (SPP),
Object Push Profile (OPP),
Hands Free Profile (HFP),
Headset Profile (HSP),
Dial-up Networking Profile (DUN),
File Transfer Profile (FTP),
Basic Printing Profile (BPP),
Phonebook Access Profile (PBAP),
Basic Imaging Profile (BIP),
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Voice control,
- Polyphonic Ringer Yes
- Polyphonic Ring Tone Voice Qty 72
- Ring Tone Formats MP3
- Additional Features World clock,
Intelligent typing (T9),
Built-in motion sensor
- Personal Information Management Synchronization with PC,
- Phone Book Entries Qty 1000
- Supported Digital Audio Standards AAC +,
- Supported Digital Video Standards MPEG-4
- User Memory 120 MB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSDHC - up to 32 GB
- Sensor Resolution 3.2 megapixels
- Still Image Resolutions 320 x 240,
1280 x 720,
640 x 480,
2048 x 1536,
1024 x 768,
1600 x 1200,
800 x 480,
1920 x 1080
- Digital Zoom 9
- Self Timer Delay 10 sec,
- Special Effects Normal,
Black & White,
- Digital Video Formats MPEG-4
- Features Video recording,
- GPS Navigation A-GPS receiver
- Navigation Software & Services VZ Navigator
- Type LCD display - Color
- Technology TFT
- Diagonal Size 3 in
- Display Resolution 240 x 400 pixels
- Color Depth 18-bit (262000 Colors)
- Multi-language Menu Yes
- Display Languages English,
- Features Wallpaper,
- Connector Type Headset jack - Mini-phone 3.5 mm,
- Technology Lithium ion
- Capacity 1080 mAh
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 300 min,
Standby - up to 300 hour(s)
- Compliant Standards HAC(Hearing Aid Compatible)
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Power adapter,
Specs: Verizon Wireless,
With digital camera / digital player,
Specs: Verizon Wireless,
With digital camera / digital player,
- A-Data Turbo series flash memory card - 8 GB - microSDHC (33796783)9.99
- A-Data flash memory card - 16 GB (34642617)12.49
- A-Data flash memory card - 16 GB - microSDHC (34580093)20.16
- A-Data flash memory card - 16 GB - microSDHC (34641832)11.99
- Xentris Body Glove Snap On Case - hard case for cellular phone (34651274)5.99