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Samsung Chrono (photos)

The Samsung Chrono joins U.S. Cellular's lineup as a simple flip phone that gets the job done.

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Frozen in time?

Judging by the name alone, the Samsung Chrono may evoke the passage of time. Instead, its typical flip design with the same old QVGA main screen resolution and old-timey VGA camera specification makes us feel like the phone design is in fact frozen in time, with the exception of the more modern Micro-USB charging port, that is.
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Face

The Chrono is actually pretty nice to gaze upon, with a steel blueish, grayish lacquer, and a sharp top to serve as foil to the otherwise smooth lines.
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Back

Samsung flip phones often share a sturdy hinge up top. Other than the external speaker, the back is bare of elements.
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Profile

The Chrono's volume rocker is surprisingly short, but we had no problem adjusting the sound.
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Dial pad

Large, responsive buttons and full separation between the keys make the Chrono's dial pad comfortable for texting and dialing.
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Portability

Overall, the Chrono's size, light weight, and smooth contours make it easy to carry around.

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