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The Samsung Character joins U.S. Cellular's ranks as its latest messaging phone.

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Touch screen

A feature phone, the Character has a touch screen with three home screens you can customize by dragging and dropping widgets on and off a special menu.

(Read the full Samsung Character review.)

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How's my typing?

The keyboard felt good in the hand, and the keys were easy to press and manipulate. We would have preferred to see automatic spell-checking in the composition window, but typing was just fine for us. There's no onscreen keyboard option, so you'll need to open the physical keyboard each time.

(Read the full Samsung Character review.)

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Side view

The Character's spines are pretty sparsely populated.

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Compact

Quite compact, the Character has a good, rounded rectangular shape and fits into the palm.

(Read the full Samsung Character review.)

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Colors

If you're not into peacock blue, the Character also comes in a more toned-down gray. A pebbled backing assists with grip.

(Read the full Samsung Character review.)

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