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Thursday, March 29, 2007
Samsung SCH U740

1. Introduction

logoPerhaps the Smartest Non-SmartPhone

I test lots of phones -most of them are of the "SmartPhone" variety. What those of us immersed in the SmartPhone world sometimes forget is how really "Smart" some of the standard issue cell phones have become.

Case in point - the Samsung SCH-U740. With all the technology out there - it is a rare phone that really innovates and makes us say "wow." I think this phone has a lot to offer.

Samsung is making some killer phones these days - super slim cell phones, the BlackJack SmartPhone and now, the SCH-U740. Ok, let's get this out of the way first - who named this thing? When you have a phone that can do everything this phone can, you gotta give it a better name.

The SCH-U740 is a Verizon exclusive and offers some real innovations. Today's cell phone user not only wants to make clear calls, but we want to text-message with ease, watch videos, download music, IM and play games. Fortunately, the SCH-U740 allows you to do all that and more.

Let's take a look at all that comes standard with this phone:

  • 1.3 Mega Pixel Digital Camera/Camcorder with Flash and Digital Zoom
  • Capture Video Clips or Still Pictures
  • Brightness Adjustment
  • Self Timer: Off, 2, 5 or 10 seconds
  • Color Effects: Normal, B/W, Sepia, Antique, Negative, Green, Aqua, Cool, Warm, Sketch
  • Multi-Shot Mode: Series, Divided, Auto/Manual
  • Resolution Adjustment: 1280x960, 640x480, 320x240, 160x120 Picture ID
  • Shutter Sound selection

Mobile Media
  • V CAST Music Player: MP3 & WMA
  • V CAST Video
  • Mobile Web 2.0 Capable
  • Email, Mobile IM, and Chat Capable
  • Wireless Sync Capable
  • VZNavigatorsm Capable
  • Get It Now® Capable (BREW 3.1.4)
  • Picture and video messaging
  • TXT Messaging
  • V CAST – Music and Video
  • VZ Navigatorsm Capable with Turn-by-Turn Directions
  • Text, Instant, Picture, and Video Messaging
  • 3D Games, Ringtones & Wallpaper and More
  • Sports, News & Email with Mobile Web 2.0
  • Wireless Sync Capable

  • Personal Organizer: Calendar with Scheduler, Notepad
  • Tools: Alarm Clock, World Clock, Calculator, Stopwatch
  • Phone book with up to 500 Entries with multiple contacts
  • Speed Dialing
  • Chaperone Parent Capable
  • 72-Note Polyphonic Ringers
  • Advanced speech recognition
  • Speakerphone
  • Directional Microphone

  • Unique 2-Way Flip Form Factor
  • Integrated Qwerty Keyboard
  • High Tier/EVDO Digital Only/EVDO High Speed Connectivity
  • Bluetooth® Capable for the following profiles: Headset (HSP), Handsfree (HFP), Serial Port (SPP), Dial Up Networking (DUN), and Object Push (OPP) for vCard
  • microSD™ Expansion Slot
  • Dimensions: 3.84" (H) x 2.04" (W) x 0.58" (D) with battery
  • Weight: 3.6 ounces with standard battery
  • SAR: Head- .684, Body- .496
  • Usage Time: Up to 210 Minutes OR
  • Standby Time: Up to 200 hours
  • TTY Compatibility
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility Rating = M4
  • Handset Insurance available: Yes

  • Phone does not support a 2.5mm Headset Jack.
    Headset Adapter is included in box.
System Requirements
  • Card Slot: ExpressCard 34/54
  • Processor: 166MHz
  • Disk Drive: CD ROM
  • Hard Disk Space: 14MB
  • RAM: 32MB
  • Internet Browser Software

OS Support
  • Windows®2000/XP/Vista; MAC OS 10.4.8 or higher

  • 4.41" (H) x 1.34" (W) x 0.19" (D)
  • Weight: 1.4 oz


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