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Samsung Sway Phone, Silver (Verizon Wireless)
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Samsung Sway Phone, Silver (Verizon Wireless)

by Samsung
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Slim, stainless steel slider phone with digital audio player, 2-megapixel camera/camcorder
  • Access Verizon's V CAST Music with Rhapsody service as well as VZ Navigator turn-by-turn directions
  • Bluetooth for handsfree devices and stereo music streaming; MicroSD expansion to 8 GB; access to ema
  • Up to 4.5 hours of talk time, up to 312 hours (13 days) of standby time
  • Includes: handset, battery, charger, headset adapter, quick start guide, user manual

Product Description

Product Description

Verizon Samsung Sway U650 Silver HIGH

Make a fashion statement with the Samsung Sway for Verizon, which offers a stainless steel design and a slim form factor that easily slides in and out of your pocket. It's compatible with Verizon's V CAST Music with Rhapsody service, which enables you to transfer music from your Rhapsody subscription on your PC to the phone. You'll also benefit from the phone's A-GPS receiver, which enables you to access Verizon's VZ Navigator service for turn-by-turn directions. Other features include a 2-megapixel camera/camcorder, Bluetooth for handsfree devices and stereo music streaming, MicroSD memory expansion to 8 GB, access to personal email and instant messaging, and up to 4.5 hours of talk time.

Access Verizon's V CAST Music with Rhapsody service as well as VZ Navigator turn-by-turn directions.
Verizon Service Options
This phone is also compatible with Verizon's V CAST Music with Rhapsody, which enables you to access this exclusive digital music service for RealNetworks and for MTV Networks. V CAST Music with Rhapsody delivers unlimited monthly access to music on up to three Rhapsody-compatible mobile phones and players and online on multiple PCs and Web browsers. Note that over-the-air music downloads are not supported.

Verizon's Mobile eMail gives you access to your Windows Live Hotmail, Yahoo Mail and AOL accounts so you can read, write, and reply. Access your address book, receive e-mail alerts and more, right on your Verizon Wireless phone. Getting on the Internet is easy using Verizon's Mobile Web 2.0 package, which allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. Verizon's Media Center wireless download service is also fully compatible with this phone. This pay-per-download service features application downloads, games and productivity tools. You can also personalize your handset with ringtone downloads using the Media Center service.

With this GPS-enabled phone, you'll be able to access Verizon's VZ Navigator service (additional charges applicable) for voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions, heads-up alerts, local search of nearly 14 million points of interest in the US (such as landmarks, restaurants and ATMs), and detailed color maps. And Verizon's Chaperone service lets you easily locate your loved ones from your Verizon Wireless phone or PC in real time. After defining a zone, such as an area designating a school or summer camp, you'll be sent an alert via text message when the Chaperone handset enters or leaves the zone.

Phone Features
The slider-style Samsung Sway sports a 2.2-inch LCD screen with a 240 x 320-pixel resolution and support for up to 262K colors. Below the screen you'll find a five-way navigator and send/end and soft navigation keys that lay flush with the brushed stainless steel surface. The internal phonebook can store up to 1000 contact entries with multiple phone numbers per contact as well as the ability to store a picture. The phone displays the last incoming/outgoing/missed calls. It has an internal 64 MB memory, which can be expanded via optional MicroSD memory cards up to 8 GB in size.

Handsfree communication is easy thanks to the integrated speakerphone. This phone also provides Bluetooth wireless connectivity (version 2.0), and includes profiles for communication headset, handsfree car kits, and file transfer. With the A2DP Bluetooth profile, you can stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones.

The 2-megapixel camera provides multiple resolution options (from 1600 x 1200 to 160 x 120 pixels) and includes up to a 10x digital zoom (depending on resolution adjustment). It also features a multi-shot mode (series, divided, and panorama), brightness adjustment, shutter sound selection, and a self-timer. Additionally, yo can edit photos and add color effects right on the phone. And you can also capture video clips for saving to your PC or sending via messaging.

Stay in touch with friends while you're on the go using SMS text messaging. When used in combination with the phone's built-in still camera, MMS opens up a whole new world of messaging fun. The phone also comes stock with a built-in web browser for downloads and mobile web browsing. T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for entering text on handsets, is built into the unit--a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

Other features include:

  • Digital audio player compatible with MP3, WMA and unprotected AAC/AAC+ formats; manage playlists on the phone
  • Video format support: MPEG4, H.263, H.264
  • 72-chord polyphonic and MP3 ringtones
  • Tools: Alarm Clock, World Clock, Calendar, Calculator with Converter, Stop Watch, Notepad, Airplane Mode
  • Voice Commands: Menu Readout
  • Bilingual Interface: English/Spanish
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility = M4/T4
  • TTY Compatible
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility = M4
  • Bluetooth version 2.0 with the following profiles: A2DP (stereo music streaming), AVRC (remote control), HFP (hands-free car kits), HSP (communication headsets), BIP (for sending images to another device), BPP (basic printing profile for text, email), OPP (object push for business cards, calendar items, and pictures), PBA (transfer contacts)

Vital Statistics
The Samsung Sway weighs 3.56 ounces and measures 4.15 x 1.96 x 0.47 inches. Its 800 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4.5 hours of talk time, and up to 312 hours of standby time. It runs on the 800/1900 CDMA frequencies.

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Customer Reviews

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST SLIM PHONE ON THE MARKET November 12, 2008
I recently returned the LG enV2 for the Samsung Sway. The Verizon employee talked me into the LG and I went along since I always loved LGs. However, the enV2 wasn't for me becasue it was too heavy and felt uncomfortable talking on it. I really needed the best PHONE out there, not necessarily the best text messaging device. Therefore, I went with the Sway. In short, it is the best (by far) phone out there if you do not plan to text heavily or use tons of data service features. It is light, super sleek and crystal clear. Build quality is supurb (looks and feel like all metal even though the back is plastic) and speaker phone is loud and easy to use. Screen is the nicest I have seen--bright and crisp. Camera is sufficient at 2MP. User interface and operation is simple and great to navigate. While keypad looks a bit cramped at first, it is not in actuality--in use it works great.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pros and Cons January 14, 2009
I don't really have anything new to add, but I know when reading reviews I find it helpful when people weigh in one matters brought up in previous posts. To that end, my opinion:

*The phone is nice looking, especially relative to the current crop of Verizon phones.
*It is thin.
*Minus the problem sliding it open (discussed below), it seems durable, at least for a slider phone.
*The sound quality, whether using speaker phone or not, seems good.

*UPDATE: The battery life varies. My original Sway had terrible battery life and I lambasted it in this critique. Since, however, I have gotten a replacement and it gets respectable battery life. With my first Sway I was recharging every night even with minimal usage (1 hr talk, 25 txts sent). I took it back to the Verizon store and they told me the battery was fine and it was just because I lived in an area with weak service and, as such, the phone was fine and they wouldn't replace it. I pointed out that, though the phone is only advertised as having *up to* 270 min, I should still reasonably expect something in that neighborhood (especially since I didn't have any issue with my previous phone). 100 min wasn't anywhere near 270 min. After some back and forth, they agreed to give me a new Sway even though they were convinced it would change anything. Lo and behold, though, the new Sway gets good battery life - 3 or so days worth with usage of approx 180 hours talk time and 100 txt msgs sent and recvd.
*As previous reviewers have discussed, the texting does lag. Its noticeable, and is certainly annoying at times, but I would also say it is bearable.
*You do have to push on the screen to slide the phone open. This is the one question about durability I have.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great phone once you fix the kinks April 7, 2009
By D. Wang
I added this info earlier as a comment, but I thought I should post it as a review so more people can see it. This phone is great once you work out the kinks (text delay and battery life). After searching the web for hours on how to fix the text delay and miserable battery life, i found some answers. Both have worked for me:

1. The text delay can be fixed with a software update from Verizon. Just go to your nearest Verizon store and ask them to upload the latest software. It takes about 30 minutes and is free.

2. Someone was kind enough to post a solution to the battery problem, so I thought I'd share it. Follow these steps:
- Plug your charger into your phone.
- Take out the battery. Wait 10 seconds.
- Put the battery back in.
- Let it charge.

If that method doesn't work:
- Remove the battery. Wait 10 seconds.
- Plug the charger into your phone.
- Put the battery back in.
- Let the phone charge.

Once the battery is fully charged it should have a few days worth of power. Previously, my phone would only last 1 day, but now it lasts for 3-4 days.

Apparently the phone is screwy and doesn't read the battery capacity correctly. After charging it for only a short while, it will think the battery is full and stop charging even though it's not. Anyone else notice that the charge time is really short? Anyways, doing the battery trick should make the phone realize the actual battery capacity so it charges all the way. Good luck!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great phone November 14, 2008
By Sam
I got this phone about three weeks ago and I think it works great. The screen is very clear, texting is easy, it looks good, phone quality seems to be fine. The menus are easy to use and so are the camera and camcorder. The battery seems okay. Verizon says it gets ~4.5 hours use time and 312 hours standby time. The standby time is stretching it a lot. I usually recharge it every two or three days, but I text a lot. Overall this phone is awesome and I would definitely recommend it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving the Sway :) November 12, 2008
I just bought this phone yesterday after spending a few days online comparing phones offered by Verizon. I was debating between LG enV2 and this one, but in the end I liked the Sway more. So far I do not regret my decision: the phone is light, stylish, easy to use, the display is big, the camera and camcorder are fun. Even though I have a semiprofessional camera and an iPod, it is good to know that I can take pictures and listen to my music anytime. And 8GB MicroSD is a big plus, plenty of space to store whatever :) I really like the sound, I am used to playing mp3s on my phone or using them as ring tones. The menu is easy to navigate, easy to customize, texting is easy too. Overall - a great phone!
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