Samsung Brightside coming to Verizon March 1 with dim specs

Arriving on Verizon for $99.99, the Samsung Brightside offers wannabe-smartphone features and a slide-out QWERTY.

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It seems Verizon hopes to lure current feature phone shoppers considering real smartphones into buying the $100 Samsung Brightside. Honestly, who else would eye a device like this that runs proprietary software and not a legit operating system such as Android, iOS, Windows Phone, or even Blackberry.

Expected to hit Verizon store shelves on March 1, Samsung does promise that the $99.99 Brightside (after $50 mail-in rebate) will offer smartphone style functions such as connections to Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail. The company also touts the phone's capability to view popular files including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF documents.

Sadly the Brightside is a 3G-only device and won't surf on Verizon's fancy 4G LTE network. Its camera also offers a weak 3.2-megapixel resolution. The phone's slide-out QWERTY keyboard looks fairly good, though, packing four rows, dedicated number keys, a directional keypad, and buttons doubling for symbols. Judging from the photo, the space bar looks on the short side but also functions as a social-networking shortcut.

Personally I think the HTC Rezound is a better option at the moment for the same price. It offers Beats audio, and more importantly a nice set of earbuds, LTE, and future Android Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade . Still interested in the Brightside? Check out Verizon's site for details.

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Brian Bennett is senior editor for appliances at CNET and reviews a wide range of household and smart-home products. These include everything from microwave ovens, blenders, ranges and coffee makers to personal weather stations. An NYC native, Brian now resides in bucolic Louisville, Kentucky where he dreams of someday owning the sparkling house of the future.


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