Samsung SCH-U340 (Verizon Wireless)

The Good The Samsung SCH-U340 has a simple, easy to use design and decent call quality.

The Bad The Samsung SCH-U340 lacks a Web browser and has an unimpressive speakerphone.

The Bottom Line The Samsung SCH-U340 isn't a bad low-end camera phone, but it may be too simple for some users.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 7.0
6.3 Overall

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Samsung SCH-U340 (Verizon Wireless)

At the same time it introduced the EV-DO, Verizon Wireless also gave us a lower-end alternative with the Samsung SCH-U340. Equipped with a VGA camera, a speakerphone, and basic messaging features, the SCH-U340 lacks fancier offerings like a music player, Bluetooth, and even a wireless Web browser. Except for the speakerphone, call quality was decent and the design is easy to use, but also a bit dull. If you're looking for a handset for making calls but still want to have some camera phone fun, the SCH-U340 isn't a bad buy. You can get it for only $19 with service or even for free if you purchase it online.

Design
Like the SCH-U540, the SCH-U340 has a fairly generic design that borrows elements from other Samsung phones. While we dinged the SCH-U540's design for being dull--we expect a lot from 3G phones--we were more forgiving here since the SCH-U340 is only a VGA camera phone. The handset looks a lot like Sprint's Samsung M500. They have the same simple flip phone design with a monochrome external display, an internal antenna, and a camera lens at the top of the front flap. The phone is compact (3.5 inches by 1.8 inches by 0.8 inch) and lightweight (2.8 ounces), and it has a comfortable feel in the hand. We like the blue color scheme, and the front flap opens and closes with authority.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Samsung
  • Service Provider Verizon Wireless
  • Weight 2.82 oz
  • Technology CDMA2000 1X / AMPS
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