A tale of two Delves

Alltel and U.S. Cellular both offer the touch-screen Samsung Delve. CNET has the full reviews.

Get the Samsung delve with two carriers. Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

During its touch-screen phone marathon this autumn, Samsung left almost no carrier untouched. And that includes both U.S. Cellular and Alltel. Instead of the Behold, the Omnia, or the Eternity, both carriers opted for the Samsung Delve instead.

From the outside, both the Alltel Delve and the U.S. Cellular Delve look a lot like their touch-screen counterparts. They show some unique physical aspects, but front and center on both devices is an expansive touch screen with a vibrant resolution and a responsive TouchWiz interface.

Both handsets offer solid mid-range feature sets that center on multimedia. You'll find 3G EV-DO support, a 2-megapixel camera, a music player, and Bluetooth. The Alltel version also adds GPS with support for directional applications, Alltel's TV on Demand, and a voice recorder, while the U.S. Cellular model has a larger phone book.

Unfortunately, both phones lack Wi-Fi and full e-mail syncing so their usefulness as business devices are limited. But as a multimedia handset with a unique interface, they're not a bad buy. For a full assessment check out our Alltel Delve review and our U.S. Cellular Delve review.

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Senior Managing Editor Kent German leads the CNET Reviews editors in San Francisco. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he still writes about the wireless industry and occasionally his passion for commercial aviation.

 

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