As Verizon Wireless is wont to do, the carrier is unleashing all its goodies right before the holiday season, including the Samsung Saga. The Saga brings another world phone to Verizon's smartphone lineup, joining the RIM BlackBerry Storm and the older RIM BlackBerry 8830 World Edition. Check out our hands-on photo gallery of the Saga as well as our full review for all the details.
Like the Samsung Ace for Sprint, the Samsung Saga offers world-roaming, but expands its capabilities with the addition of a touch screen, optical mouse, and Windows Mobile 6.1.
The Samsung Saga stands out with a blue soft-touch finish while the outer edges have a black leatherette texture similar to the back of the RIM BlackBerry Bold. It's light and feels comfortable to hold both on a call and while composing messages.
Like the Samsung Epix and the Samsung Omnia, the Saga features an optical mouse function that places a mouselike cursor onscreen. You can maneuver by moving your finger on the circular trackpad below the display.
The Saga's full QWERTY keyboard is reminiscent of the Samsung Epix's. The buttons are slightly on the smaller side, but there's adequate spacing between the keys. Also unlike the Samsung BlackJack II, the keyboard isn't so stiff and hard to press, so we had a better typing experience on the Saga.
The Saga's dual-mode functionality allows the phone to automatically switch between CDMA and GSM networks to offer seamless international roaming, all while keeping the same phone number. The smartphone ships with a SIM card.