Samsung Juke review: Samsung Juke

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 8.0

Average User Rating

5 stars 1 user review
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The Good The Samsung Juke SCH-U740 is a sexy, fashionable phone with an unusual design. It has an easy-to-use mechanical scroll wheel, plus features such as a built-in music player.

The Bad The Samsung Juke SCH-U740 is sadly lacking in features, with no 3G or V Cast support and no expandable memory slot. There's no video camera, plus it has a few annoying design flaws such as slick buttons and the need to turn the phone upside down to read the screen when it's closed.

The Bottom Line The Samsung Juke SCH-U740 is a very stylish phone that will turn heads when you're out on the town, but its lack of features ultimately disappoints.

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When we first saw the Samsung Juke SCH-U740, we weren't sure if it was a cell phone or an MP3 player. Its shape is reminiscent of the lipstick design of the Nokia 7380, but unlike the 7380, the Juke has a swivel hinge that swings the phone open to reveal a keypad. This unique design certainly gives the Juke some serious sex appeal, but that's about where it stops. Feature-wise, the Juke is a bit of a dud. There's no video-recording capability, and most disappointing of all is the lack of V Cast access. For a music-focused phone like this, we would've really liked to have V Cast Music access so we could download music on the fly. But the disappointment doesn't stop there; the lack of an expandable memory slot and a few design annoyances make the Juke a lot less sexy than we thought it was at first. The Samsung Juke is available from Verizon Wireless for $99.99 with a two-year contract.

At first glance, the Juke does indeed look like a distant cousin of the Nokia 7380, one of Nokia's lipstick-shaped phones. It almost has the same dimensions at 3.82 inches by 1.18 inches by 0.83 inch, which makes it resemble a large pack of chewing gum. Since it's so small, it's also quite lightweight, at 2.82 ounces. On closer inspection, however, the Juke looks quite different. It has a spun-metal scroll wheel similar to the LG Chocolate VX8550, and above the scroll wheel is a skinny, 1.45-inch display. The display supports 262,000 colors, which is great, but since the screen is so small, it didn't make a big impact. Images still looked great though. You can adjust the screen's backlight time and brightness, plus the style and size of the dial fonts. When holding the Juke closed with the scroll wheel on the bottom, the hold switch, the charger, and the headset jack are on the left spine, while the volume rocker is on the right.

The Samsung Juke has a spun-metal scroll wheel for navigation.
The opening mechanism is where the Juke sets itself apart from most phones. You have to turn the phone upside down (so that the "Samsung" brand name is upside down, too) and then nudge the bottom-right corner of the display inward. The phone will then swivel open like a switchblade in a swift, satisfying motion to reveal the keypad. We found it a little annoying that we had to keep turning the phone around to read the screen, depending on whether the phone is open or closed. If the music player is activated when the phone is closed, the music track information is displayed horizontally, so that you have to read the screen with the scroll wheel to the right of the display. The scroll wheel is then used to scroll through the playlist as well as to fast-forward or rewind the music.

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Samsung Juke SCH-U470 - blue (Verizon Wireless)

Part Number: SCH-U470BLUVZW
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Quick Specifications See All

  • Talk Time Up to 180 min
  • Technology CDMA
  • Combined with With digital camera / digital player
  • Service Provider Verizon Wireless
  • Weight 2.8 oz
  • Diagonal Size 1 in
  • Sensor Resolution 1.3 pixels