Samsung SCH-A870 (Verizon Wireless) review:

Samsung SCH-A870 (Verizon Wireless)

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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The Samsung SCH-A870 is a lightweight flip phone with a slim profile. It also offers a VGA camera with flash, a speakerphone, Bluetooth, voice dialing, and support for VZ Navigator, Verizon's GPS location service.

The Bad The Samsung SCH-A870 takes blurry, washed-out photos.

The Bottom Line With an understated design and a solid feature set, the Samsung SCH-A870 is a great midtier offering from Verizon.

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7.7 Overall

The Samsung SCH-A870 is the latest Samsung cell phone in Verizon's lineup, and while it's not a design showcase or a feature-packed wonder, it's a pretty decent midtier cell phone that should satisfy most consumers. We could've done with a better megapixel camera, but with its price range and target market in mind, we think the SCH-A870 is a better-than-average offering from Verizon. It retails for $99.99, but you can get it for only $49.99 with a two-year contract with Verizon Wireless.

While the SCH-A870 is no fashion phone, it's still quite stylish. Wrapped in silver and accented in black, the SCH-A870 is a slim flip phone measuring 3.6 by 1.8 by 0.85 inches and weighing only 3.4 ounces. Its rounded corners make it great to hold in the hand. The phone opens easily and cradles comfortably next to the ear. The SCH-A870 has a small 1-inch-diagonal external screen in the middle of the front flap, which displays battery and signal strength, the date and time, and caller ID, plus it serves as a self-portrait camera viewfinder when the phone is closed. Above the screen is a VGA camera and a flash. On the left spine are a headset jack and a volume rocker, while the right spine is home to a dedicated camera button and a dedicated speakerphone button.

Samsung SCH-A870
The SCH-A870 is a slim flip phone.

The internal display measures 1.75 inches diagonally and has 65,000-color support. The screen is bright and colorful, and we liked that we could adjust the backlight timer as well as its contrast. Like most Samsung phones, we could adjust the dialing font to two different sizes, four different styles, and to be with or without hyphenation. We generally aren't fans of the Verizon menu system because it takes several steps to get to certain applications such as the camera and the Web browser. However, with a dedicated camera button and a programmable shortcut key, we're willing to forgive that.

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