Samsung Convoy SCH-U640 – Verizon Wireless

Samsung Convoy SCH-U640 – Verizon Wireless

Samsung Convoy is a rugged feature phone that comes with a decent set of features. On the exterior you have a stamp like display that shows the usual: date, time, battery life, signal strength and numeric caller ID; plus, because it supports color, it also shows photo caller ID and it doubles as the camera’s viewfinder. Underneath this screen, you have three music controls and a large speaker.

Once you flip it open, you will find a 2.2 inches LCD display that delivers colorful graphics and a crisp text. The navigation array consists of two soft keys, a square toggle with OK button in the middle, a dedicated camera shutter and voice dial keys, Talk, Clear and End/ Power buttons. Both the navigation array and the alphanumeric keypad are rather flat, but because they are well spaced and brightly back lit the typing experience is decent.

Convoy has basic features, such as: alarm clock, world clock, speakerphone, 1000 contact phone book, notepad, calendar, stop watch, calculator. More advanced users will appreciate the presence of GPS (VZ Navigator), voice commands, Bluetooth, WAP 2.0 browser and 3G speeds.

In the multimedia department you have a pretty basic music player, a disappointing 2.5 mm head set jack and a 2 megapixel camera. The latter has editing options, 10x digital zoom and video recording capabilities. The picture quality is surprisingly good: the images are sharp enough and the colors look natural and bright. Because it works on a 3G network, the phone is compatible with the V Cast services.

Its communication capabilities include a decent call quality, text and multimedia messaging, instant messaging and mobile email with access to POP3 accounts.

While Convoy has an easy to use menu interface, the web experience is not so great. However, this kind of a device was not meant for heavy web browsing because of its small screen real estate; plus, the 3G speeds are not that fast.

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