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Samsung DoubleTime review: Funky form on old Android

Why on Earth would a company release a new phone with an older operating system? Beats us, but it's a roadblock for adoption of an otherwise very interesting phone.

Samsung DoubleTime
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It really is such a shame.

Apart from the youthful "Facebook" phone known as the HTC Status, AT&T doesn't often branch out into smartphones with unusual designs. Then comes the Samsung DoubleTime with its bubbly white body, its two screens, and its comfy keyboard.

And guess what? The major roadblock holding it back is its operating-system version--Android 2.2 Froyo instead of Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Now, this may not bother you. Believe it or not, there are still plenty of Android users out there who prefer the taste of Froyo to Ice Cream Sandwich, but it seems to me that unless AT&T and Samsung plan on updating this morsel, far fewer people will find it appetizing, even at its very reasonable $49.99 sticker price.

It's worth checking out anyway because it's not a design you see every day. See the video and photos, and read all the pros and cons in CNET's full Samsung DoubleTime review.