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Samsung Brightside from VerizonIf you really, really don't want to pay a recurring data fee to use a smartphone, the Samsung Brightside is one Verizon feature phone option.
Hey, everyone. I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET. And this is not a smartphone. That's right. It is feature phone. This is the Samsung Brightside from Verizon. It is new and there are couple interesting design touches with this phone. First and for most, the operating system. So this is the propitiatory OS. We haven't seen one of this for quite sometime. It's got the menu here with some nice large finger-friendly buttons. The only problem is that if your screen is unlocked, it's very easy to accidentally push one of those buttons or strike against it and have something opened that you didn't really intend to open. So I found that to be a little bit of a new sense. But other than that, it's pretty easy to navigate around. This phone does have a 3.1 inch screen. As long as you're not typing on the visual keyboard, it's not too small seeming. That's because its got the slide-out QWERTY keyboard that you can type on. Samsung has been know to make some good ones and I believe that this falls into that category. I find it really comfortable to type on and the keys were nice and responsive. So I think that's a plus. What's not a plus is this 3.2 megapixel camera on the back. Photos just really weren't great at all. But back to the good side, one thing I did like here is how Samsung included a (whisk mail?) on the button right here on the front. So if you don't use voice commands very often, this is one easy way to access and discover that feature. Now this is on the smartphone but you still can access mobile e-mail on here. It will cost you $10 a month for subscription but you can use it 10 times for free while you make up your mind. There's also Opera Mini for browsing and there is texts and multimedia messaging of course, phone calls as well and other apps that you can download through the Verizon store. It is $100 on Verizon and frankly you can get much more high powered phones that are smartphones for that. Only downside is that if you're buying one of those phones for anywhere from free to a $100, you still are gonna have to pay a monthly date of fee and you will not have to pay a monthly date of fee with this. So this is the Samsung Brightside for Verizon and I am Jessica Dolcourt. You can read the full review and all other reviews on cnet.com.