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>> Not everyone needs all the bells and whistles on an iPhone. Sometimes you just want a simple phone that gets the job done and won't cost you an arm and a leg. Or maybe you want something that has a few handy features and still won't cost you an arm and a leg. I'm Jasmine France and I'm here with the Samsung Smooth, a Verizon phone that will only set you back 29 bucks with contract. This phone may not be the slimmest or most stylish model on the block, but the clam shell design is reasonably compact and it includes an impressive amount of features especially given the low price point. First, the Smooth offers a full color external display with caller ID. It can also be used for taking vanity shots with the built-in VGA camera, which has some useful extras such as night mode and a self timer. Photo quality isn't that great though. The phone also offers Bluetooth, voice dialing commands, a speakerphone and a personal organizer with options like calendar and a calculator. There's also a web browser, though navigating on the small display in an alphanumeric keypad is more than a bit clunky. I also wasn't too fond of the call quality, which tended to be garbled during mobile-to-mobile calls. Still if you're looking for an inexpensive handset that doesn't skimp on features, the Samsung Smooth is worth the look. I'm Jasmine France for CNET.
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