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Samsung Dud, NOT Gem!
on December 19, 2012
This phone is an epic fail and the only thing "smart" about it is in the name smart phone, which is a complete misnomer as I often feel dumbed down when I try to use it! My old cell phone died on me, and Verizon offered this phone to me for free as a replacement, so I was fortunate not to have spent money on it. The criticisms are many, but I will just hilight a few of them:
Texting. There is obviously no qwerty keyboard, so you have to use the touchscreen in order to text. Normally this would be fine, if there were not frequent delays between letter selections because it freezes constantly. I can't tell you how frustrating it is to be texting with someone who has a qwerty, and/or a decent phone and they are rapid firing texts at you, and are three or for text ahead while you are still trying to answer the first one! The voice to text thing barely works, and is too much hassle to deal with because even though you take your time and enunciate clearly, MOST of the time the thing messes up what you are saying. "Let's go fishing on Tuesday" may come out as "The pets go twisting and loose play," for instance. ANOTHER thing that bugs the hell out of me is that when texting, don't even TRY to put a period on the end of the sentence. because right next to the period, is the button for speak text. YOU WILL hit it constantly, and multiple times. This will require you to wait 27 days and 19 minutes for the actual speech thing to load and come online before you can hit "cancel" and go back to manual texting. You will, no doubt, feel that your time will be wasted if you skip the period punctuation because you were forced to wait for the speech, so you will hit the period button again and, again, the phone will think you hit the speech thing AGAIN,repeating the cycle. After the third time you WILL skip the period, and feel defeated, I guarantee you.
Automatic Phone Systems. If you call someplace and have to wait for the computer to run through 97,000 options in order to get where you need to go by pressing the corresponding number, you will go insane here. The phone will stay on and in the screen until it senses your finger approaching the pad to make your selection and then...it will go dark. If you have you screen password protected, like i do, you then have to hit the button to bring the screen back up, wait for it for a second, then swipe your pass lock on the screen and make your selection. Except, by this time, the phone system you called thinks that you didn't hear it, so it begins reading it's selection options again, and, in a few phone systems I have encountered, it makes you wait until it's done through it's schpliel again. So you wait, go to make your selection and...wait for it...the screen goes out. Again. You then learn that, in order to make sure you are not timed out, you keep playing with buttons to keep the screen on, and hopefully one of the buttons you hit wasn't recognized as a secret default choice option...are you guys beginning to see a pattern here? Oh, and that's WITH any option you pick for screen "timeout." I have tried them all!
Battery life. Battery life has not been a huge issue for me because i try to use this piece of junk as little as possible. Standby mode is decent, however, if you plan on using an app, or a navigational system app, forget that you had the phone completely charged when you picked it up, it will be dead in a couple of hours.
Pictures and video. The pictures do not have very high resolution, but they are decent enough if you just like casual, impromptu picture taking. Video looks decent. Not top of the line here, but definitely not the worst I have seen. With that being said, don't think you are going to be taking pictures and sending them right to Facebook or Twitter, because you won't be doing that. It won't give you the option. The other issue is with video, you can "share" pictures via text, but even a 1 second video, it will not send it, a notice coming up on the screen stating the video is too large.
Overall: Honestly, I have been so, SO close to smashing this thing against the cement that I can't even tell you. I am not just saying this, I mean it, this phone is the biggest piece of junk that I have EVER seen. It's not unusual to dislike a product, people either like or don't like things from time to time. But this, this THING inspires true hatred in me. On the day that I am due for an upgrade, I am going to RELISH taking the Verizon salesperson out to the parking lot and let them watch me SMASH this thing into a gazillion pieces, and I am not joking, I am going to do that. And, just to get even for them "giving" me this piece of junk in the first place...I am not gonna clean up the mess in their parking lot. They gave me more angst and aggravation in giving me this thing, I am just giving it back to them in the only form it truly belongs in...a gazillion pieces!!!