CNET First Look
Samsung Continuum (Verizon Wireless)Verizon and Samsung have released a new Android smartphone and no, you're not seeing double. That is, indeed, two touch screens. Get a closer look at the unique handset in our First Look video.
-Hi! I'm Bonnie Cha, senior editor at cnet.com and we're here in New York where Samsung and Verizon just unveiled the Samsung Continuum. This is Samsung's latest Galaxy S phones and it's unique and that it has 2 displays. You have a 3.4-inch Super AMOLED display here as well as a Super AMOLED ticker display down here. The ticker display acts as a notification bars for your news feed as well as social networking updates. It will also alert you to new messages and voicemail and such. You can also use it to control your music player. The phone also has grip sensor technology. So if the main screen is off, you can actually just touch the bottom here and it will activate the ticker display, so you can just see your updates without having to wake your phone. As far as the other parts and the design, it's very much like the other Galaxy S series, nice and thin and lightweight, a little bit plasticky which I've said before but not too bad. It's running Android 2.1, but will be upgradeable to Android 2.2. It has 1 gigahertz Hummingbird process as well as a 5-megapixel camera with HD video capture. Like the Fascinate, unfortunately, Bing is gonna be the default search engine as well as mapping application on here. But overall, it looks like a very nice phone. We're looking forward to checking out the ticker display to see if it's really useful or just a novelty feature. The Samsung Continuum will be available for pre-order on November 11 and in stores on November 18th and the cost is $199.99 with a 2-year contract and after $100 mail-in rebates. I'm Bonnie Cha. This has been your first look at the Samsung Continuum for Verizon Wireless.