Samsung SCH-U430 (Verizon Wireless) review: Samsung SCH-U430 (Verizon Wireless)

Features
The SCH-U430's phone book holds 500 contacts, with room in each entry for five phone numbers, two e-mail addresses, and notes. The SCH-U430 also stores three "in case of emergency" numbers. You can save callers to groups and pair them with a photo or one of 14 polyphonic ringtones. Basic features include voice dialing, text and multimedia messaging, a calendar, a calculator, a stopwatch, a world clock, a notepad, and an alarm clock. You'll also find Bluetooth, instant messaging, voice dialing, a voice memo, Web-based POP3 e-mail, and support for Verizon's VZ Navigator.


The SCH-U430 doesn't have a flash.

The SCH-U430's VGA camera takes pictures in three resolutions, from 640x480 down to 160x120. Editing options include a night mode, five color effects, brightness and white-balance settings, three quality choices, a 10x digital zoom, and three shutter sounds, plus a silent option. The SPH-U430 doesn't record video. The SPH-U430 has a respectable 16MB of shared memory for storing your work. Photo quality was poor, even for a VGA camera. Our shots were blurry and rather dim.


Don't count on the SCH-U430's camera.
You can personalize the SCH-U430 with a variety of alert sounds, wallpaper, banners, and themes. You can download more options and additional ringtones from Verizon using the WAP 2.0 Web browser. The handset doesn't come with any games, but you can buy them.

Performance
We tested the dual-band (CDMA 800/1900) Samsung SCH-U430 in San Francisco using Verizon Wireless service. Call quality was quite good, with a clear signal and excellent voice quality. Call volume was softer then we'd like; it was fine most for most environments, but if we were in a noisy place it was difficult to hear. As such, if you have a hearing impairment you should test the phone first before buying.

On their end, callers said we sounded fine, though they also had trouble hearing us at times. It wasn't a huge issue, but it's still worth noting. Speakerphone calls were decent, but not that great. We had to speak close to the phone in order to be heard.

The SCH-U430 has a rated battery life of 5 hours talk time and 14 days standby time. According to our tests, the SCH-U430 has a talk time of 6 hours and 13 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, the Samsung SCH-U430 has a digital SAR of 1.07 watts per kilogram.

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Samsung SCH-U430 (Verizon Wireless)

Part Number: SCH-u430VZW Released: Sep 30, 2008
Low Price: $47.29 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Sep 30, 2008
  • Talk Time Up to 300 min
  • Technology CDMA2000 1X
  • Combined with With digital camera
  • Service Provider Verizon Wireless
  • Weight 3.2 oz
  • Sensor Resolution 0.3 pixels