The Good The Samsung Saga offers world-roaming capabilities and features a touch screen and full QWERTY keyboard. The Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone also has integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, EV-DO Rev. A support, and a 2-megapixel camera.
The Bad The Saga suffers from some slight sluggishness, and call quality could be a tad better. The smartphone doesn't support international 3G bands like the BlackBerry Storm.
The Bottom Line For Verizon's globetrotting customers, the Samsung Saga offers a sleek messaging smartphone with world-roaming capabilities and solid performance, all for an affordable price.
Samsung Saga (Verizon Wireless)
As Verizon Wireless is wont to do, the carrier is unleashing all its goodies right before the holiday season, from the RIM BlackBerry Storm to the HTC Touch Pro to the subject of this review, the Samsung Saga. Like the Samsung Ace for Sprint, the Saga offers world-roaming capabilities but expands its capabilities with the addition of a touch screen, optical mouse, and Windows Mobile 6.1. Plus, with its full QWERTY keyboard, sleeker design, and faster performance, it's a better fit for Verizon's globetrotting executives than the RIM BlackBerry Storm. The Samsung Saga is available now through Verizon Wireless for an affordable $199.99 with a two-year contract.
The Samsung Saga falls into the sleek QWERTY category of smartphones and doesn't stray far from the design of the company's other messaging-centric devices, including the Samsung Epix and the Samsung Ace. The Saga measures 4.8 inches tall by 2.4 inches wide by 0.5 inch deep and weighs 4.6 ounces, so it's a bit tall but thin enough to not be too cumbersome. It's also light and feels comfortable to hold both on a call and while composing messages. The Saga also stands out with a blue soft-touch finish, while the outer edges have a black leatherette texture similar to the back of the RIM BlackBerry Bold.
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