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Samsung's compact Freeform 5 keyboard

Glossy black all over

Pocket-size

Keyboard close-up

Portrait-maker

More room

Customization

Packing a lot of QWERTY into a small space, the Samsung Freeform 5 has a portable, pocketable build.
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The phone's slick, high-gloss surface helps it slide into pockets.
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With its 2.4-inch screen and sub-5-inch height, it's considered a smaller phone by today's standards.
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Samsung did a nice job making the Freeform 5's buttons round, grippable, and fully separated. Despite that, the QWERTY's squeezed-in layout will simply be too closed in for some people's comfort.
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A 3-megapixel camera with no flash won't wow anyone, but it is just fine for taking photo IDs.
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A microSD card slot on the spine accepts cards with capacities up to 32GB.
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You can change the wallpaper, backlight, and font size on the Freeform 5, but beyond the essentials, Samsung keeps this handset pretty simple.
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