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Samsung Brightside (Verizon Wireless)

2.9 out of 5 stars 182 customer reviews
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  • Display: 3.1-inches
  • Camera: 3.2-MP
  • 3G-enabled messaging phone
  • GPS-enabled for turn-by-turn directions
  • 3.2-megapixel camera
  • Released in March, 2012
  • What's in the Box: handset, 1000 mAH rechargeable battery, wall/USB charger, Product Safety & Warranty Guide, Quick Reference Guide
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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 4.37 inches, 2.37 inches, 0.56 inches
  • Weight: 4.32 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: CDMA
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 390 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 350 hours
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Product Description

Product Description

The Samsung Brightside SCH-U380 is a CDMA touch screen messaging phone that also features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It runs on the BREW MP app platform, and comes equipped with a multi-format music player, 3G data, Bluetooth functionality, microSD slot for additional storage, and GPS. The Brightside also includes an email client, video recording capability, and support for multiple languages including English and Spanish.

3.1" touch screen and slide-out
QWERTY keyboard (view larger).

One-touch access to your contacts and messages (view larger).
Samsung Brightside
At a Glance:
  • 3G connectivity

  • Battery talk time: 6.5 hours, standby time: 14.6 days

  • 3.1-inch touch screen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard

  • 3.2-MP camera/camcorder

  • Supports up to 32GB MicroSD card (sold separately)

  • Music Player

  • Text to Speech- converts text messages into audio

  • Bluetooth 2.1

  • Threaded text messaging, picture and video messaging

  • Upload images directly to Facebook and MySpace

At a Glance

Samsung Brightside Overview

Introducing the Samsung Brightside, the phone for anyone looking for constant connection. The combo of a 3.1-inch touch screen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard lets texts and status updates fly out at the speed of now. Unique one-touch social access features let tech savvy students bounce quickly from messages to contacts and back. The built-in 3.2 megapixel camera captures all those must-remember moments, which will come in handy when keeping friends in the loop through Facebook, Twitter and texting. Wake up on the Brightside and light up your scene.

Combo of Touch Screen and Keyboard

Tired of choosing between a keyboard and touch screen to get your message across? With the Samsung Brightside, you get the best of both worlds. Simultaneous use of the 3.1-inch touch screen and QWERTY slide-out keyboard gives you the ability to break free to chat, surf and interact any way you want. With the one-touch access feature to your contacts and messages you'll be able to stay ahead of your circle of friends and respond to texts, emails and status updates at the speed of light.

Staying in touch is a snap on the Brightside, which has built-in shortcuts for quick access to messaging and networking on the slide-out QWERTY keypad. Just press the spacebar to open the Social Networks app. Function + Z opens a quick list of emoticons for quick messaging. The Star key is a shortcut to your 12 favorite contacts. And there's a dedicated messaging key as a shortcut for writing texts.

Rise and Shine Your Social Side

The Samsung Brightside is a shining example of how you can get the word out in multiple ways. Send texts, pics and videos quickly to your group of friends. Plus, you can easily stay connected through email and update your social networks.

3.2 Megapixel Rear-facing Camera and Camcorder

Take photos in a flash with the 3.2 megapixel camera, or capture a spontaneous video. There's a dedicated camera key on the right side of the phone so it's easy to find. This key also serves as the shutter button for rapid-fire photos. It's easy to share your pictures and videos with friends, or to upload them to an online album using email, Bluetooth or posting to Facebook.

Vital Statistics

The Samsung Brightside weighs just 4.3 ounces and measures 4.37 x 2.37 x 0.57 inches. Its 1000 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 6.5 hours of talk time, and up to 14.6 days of standby time. It runs on the Verizon Wireless 3G network, as well as EV-DO: 850/1900 frequencies and at a data speed of EVO-DO Rev 0.

What's in the Box

Samsung Brightside, standard lithium ion battery (1,000 mAH), wall/USB charger, product safety & warranty brochure, quick reference guide

Verizon Wireless Services

Reliable 3G Network: With support for the EV-DO high-speed data standard, you'll enjoy fast access to the Internet and Verizon Wireless multimedia services (additional charges applicable), with average download speeds ranging from 400 to 700 Kbps and peak rates up to 2 Mbps.

Verizon Services: access to apps with Verizon Apps storefront, Media Center, VZ Navigator, V CAST Videos and more!

VZ Navigator Capable: With this GPS-enabled phone, you'll be able to access the Verizon Wireless 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.

Backup Assistant: never lose your Address Book contact information again! Sign in or create a new Backup Assistant account from the Setup Wizard and download all of your existing contacts from your old phone.


  • Verizon 3G connectivity
  • Onboard GPS for navigation (using pre-loaded BlackBerry Maps or optional VZ Navigator) and location services
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and A2DP audio streaming.


  • Display: 3.1-inch QVGA, Touch Screen, 262K Color, 240 x 320 Pixels
  • 4-Line Slide-Out QWERTY Keyboard with dedicated text messaging key
  • MicroUSB 2.0 port
  • Removable battery

Communications & Internet

  • Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video and IM instant messaging
  • Opera HTML web browser easily access to all your favorite websites.
  • Speakerphone; Voicemail; Text-to-speech; Picture Caller ID
  • Personal and corporate e-mail access .


  • Supports up to 32GB MicroSD card (sold separately)


  • 3.2-megapixel camera with resolution options.
  • Video capture capabilities
  • Image Editor: Effects, Contrast, Saturation, Blur, Rotate/Flip and Brightness


  • Music player compatible with MP3, WMA, MP4 and AAC/AAC+/eAAC+
  • Video player compatible with MPEG4, H.264, H.263
  • Embedded Ringtones, Vibrate Alert and silent
  • Verizon media services

More Features

  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • V Cast Apps
  • Text to Speech- converts text messages into audio
  • Voice Commands
  • TTY capable

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.4 x 0.6 inches ; 4.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B007EHLA10
  • Item model number: Brightside
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars 182 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,595 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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