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World phone

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.

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For the globetrotters

With its full QWERTY keyboard, sleek design, and solid performance, the Samsung Saga is a good fit for Verizon's globetrotting executives.

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Light as a feather

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.

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Sleek and slim

The Saga measures 4.8 inches tall by 2.4 inches wide by 0.5 inch deep and weighs 4.6 ounces, so it's a bit tall but thin enough to not be too cumbersome.

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Samsung Saga vs. Motorola Q Global

Unlike the Motorola Q Global, the Samsung Saga is a thin and light QWERTY smartphone and features a touch screen.

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Optical mouse

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.

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Full QWERTY keyboard

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.

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SIM card slot

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.

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Say cheese

The Samsung Saga features a 2-megapixel camera that took clear photos with rich colors. Video quality, however, wasn't the greatest.

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