The Good The Samsung Alias 2 has an innovative keypad that takes different forms depending on how you're using the phone. Its feature set is well-stocked and its overall performance for calls, video, and music is satisfying.
The Bad The Samsung Alias 2's navigation controls take acclimation. The phone lacks Wi-Fi and POP3 e-mail access is limited to a Web-based interface. Also, adding up the various data features is expensive.
The Bottom Line The Samsung Alias 2 is an inventive update to Samsung's previous messaging phone. Provided you can afford it, and learn how to use it, it's a powerful messaging device with reliable performance.
Samsung Alias 2 SCH-U750 (Verizon Wireless)
The Samsung Alias 2 is not an attempt to revive Jennifer Garner's "Alias" television show. Rather, it is the third revamp of the Samsung SCH-U740 for Verizon Wireless. Also built for messaging and sporting a dual-hinged design, the Alias 2, aka the SCH-U750, adds more significant changes than the second generation Alias. The morphing e-ink keyboard is undoubtedly the highlight, but the Alias 2 also adds a 2-megapixel camera and support for corporate e-mail syncing through RemoSync. The result is a functional and full-featured communication device with good performance. Be advised that learning how to use it will take time, and the extra data features almost make the handset uneconomical, but the result is a solid addition to both the Samsung and Verizon stables. You can get it for $79.99 with service and a $50 mail-in rebate.
From the outside, the Alias 2 doesn't look like much. Straight lines and sharp angles predominate and it's noticeably bigger (4.01 inches by 2.04 inches by 0.67 inch) than most flip phones. But trust us when we say that everything is there for a reason. The bigger size and boxy shape hide all that is inside, and the extra weight (4.34 ounces) gives the phone a sturdy feel in the hand. The Alias 2 only comes in a dark gray color (the SCH-U740 is available in three hues), but we don't mind.
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