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Samsung Brightside, dubious return of the feature phone (photos)

It's been a long time since we've seen a feature phone like the Samsung Brightside, and we can't say we miss it.

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Blast from the past

Remember when feature phones were abundant? All you need to do to take a trip down memory lane is cast your gaze on the Samsung Brightside for Verizon.
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Menu

This is no smartphone. The screen resolution is craggy and the front-and-center menu is a nuisance, but I do like the prominent voice command button.
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Keyboard

Samsung has been known to make a solid keyboard, and this one falls into that camp. Its comfortable and responsive keys make typing easy.
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Thick around the middle

At 0.57 inch thick, it's a bit squatter than your average handset, but that's mostly because of the presence of the slide-out keyboard.
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Camera

The 3.2-megapixel camera was problematic at best.
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