Samsung Messager II

The Good The Samsung Messager II has an easy-to-use design with a comfortable, tactile keyboard. Its features are functional, and its performance is satisfactory.

The Bad The Messager II's display offers few customization options. The camera lacks a flash and self-portrait mirror and we don't like the placement of the soft keys on the keyboard.

The Bottom Line With definite advantages over its predecessor, the Samsung Messager II is a solid addition to MetroPCS and Cricket lineups.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
7.3 Overall

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Review

Samsung Messager II

When we saw the Samsung Messager earlier this year, we thought that it was an adequate messaging phone, but we were disappointed it didn't offer much else. Fortunately, Samsung took a little more care in designing the new Samsung Messager II. With a more appealing design and a stronger feature set, the Messager II, aka the SCH-r560, offers messaging and multimedia in one easy-to-use package. Call quality is decent and the photo quality is good. The Messager is available with both Metro PCS and Cricket Communications. We tested the former, but with the exception of some performance differences, the two handsets will be largely similar. Also, as neither carrier requires contracts you will have to shell out more for the Messager II than you would at a standard carrier. At MetroPCS the price is $149.99, while Cricket charges $129.

Design
The original Messager wasn't unattractive, but we couldn't get over the fact that we thought it looked like a toy. In contrast, the Messager II is larger with a sturdier feel. Its profile and blue-gray color scheme aren't particularly striking, but for what it lacks in pizazz, it makes up for with a bright display and well-designed controls.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Samsung
  • Service Provider Cricket Wireless
  • Diagonal Size 2.2 in
  • Weight 4.34 oz
  • Technology CDMA2000 1X
  • Additional Features E-911 compliant, TTY compatible
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