- 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
Samsung Brightside (Verizon Wireless)
- 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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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.
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
The call quality is good, and Verizon offers the best coast-to-coast coverage in the cellular industry. The touch screen feels accurate and responsive. As with their Galaxy Tab, Samsung has proven they can build a good touch screen.
One uniqueness is that the Brightside offers both a touchscreen and a slide-out physical keyboard. This adds some girth to the phone, but it's still lightweight, and the frame does not feel bulky. It's a welcome accessory for heavy texting.
Other perks include a camera and music player. The 3.2 megapixel camera is just what I need for those unplanned "Kodak moments" when I don't have a regular camera around. It's far superior to the 1.3 megapixel on my previous two phones. The music player is pretty straightforward and puts out a good sound that's not too quiet or tinny.
That said, there are a few negatives. I would've appreciated more customization options with things like home page colors, font sizes, etc. When testing out some PDF files, I found the document viewer slow and clunky and see myself using it very little. I had some problems downloading drivers when I first plugged in the USB. It also took me a while to get the phone to recognize my music files. But with a little persistence, all seems to be working smoothly now.
Sure, we'd all love to have a smart phone. But the $30/mo. data plan is hard to swallow when many of us already have internet access. If you're looking for a sleek touch screen phone and don't expect to use internet much, the Brightside is a great option.
I also had verizon ENV3 -- which i loved -- except for the problem of it shutting it self down. it used to be 1x/month, now it's 5x/day so it's time for a new phone. It was what i wanted -- good camera, great keyboard, no huge price or data plan.
so now that the ENV3 was unusable, i went looking for a replacement and this was the best i found. BTW, i just got it tonight and i've never written a review before, but this was soo good i thought it worthy.
I bought it at bestbuy and paid 29 bucks. coulda bought it here cheaper, but i wanted to feel the keyboard. that's one feature that is soo important, but you'll never know unless you try it in the store. I tried a bunch, and some don't have the spacing, or enough 3 dimentional "bubble" for you to feel the keys. this one is fantastic!
I didn't care about the touch screen initially. But after using it, and having the same picture scrolling ability as an iphone was cool. (though it's limited: you can't "spread your fingers" to zoom, etc. but you can drag to scroll though them).
biggest bummer is that many of the options only have 2 or 3 options, with what i'd say are some glaring omissions. (examples below). So yeah, it could be better, but for what i wanted it's great.
a) screen lock options: 1) lock ley only, 2)lock key and end key 3)any key -- where's the option to unlock with a passcode? the only passcode option is when it wakes up from power up. my phone isn't secure!
b) display themes: 1) orange, 2) green. - it's not bad, but usually you have 5 choices,etc
just some stuff like that. other stuff was very configurable (having the main menu icons be chosen by you, etc)
Also on the picture viewing. with my ENV3 i could click on "zoom"then use the left/right keys to selectively zoom. this one doesn't let you do that. you just zoom on the center one time.
anywho, i love it, but it's not perfect.
1)overall a 9.5/10 for a non smart phone.
2)some smart phone like features without a data plan
4)nice big touch screen, re-orderable main menu.
5)as good as any MP3 player (playlists, up to 32G SDcard, etc)
woulda been nice/could have been better:
1) limited options for configurability
2) not great zooming capability when going through your pics
3) limited locking ability/security
Pros: Compared to other touch screen phones I've used, this one is way faster and has a nice, responsive screen. But it lets you have the best of both world with its slide-out QWERTY. And yes, you can use the touch screen simultaneously with the slider. You can customize the home screen as far as which icons you want displayed. Threaded texting is huge for me, a feature missing from a lot of other basic phones. The camera is not awesome, but is among the best for current basic phones spec-wise. Support for external memory is a huge plus. The music player accepts a good deal of formats, so I can just drag and drop songs from iTunes right into my phone.
Cons: Customizability is somewhat limited, though I don't agree with some of the other reviews that say it isn't customizable at all. It would've been great to have Bluetooth 3 (this one still utilizes 2.x). Another feature that would've been nice (but again, this is a basic phone) is an accelerometer (i.e. when you turn the phone sideways, the screen flips to match your orientation). The "document reader" looks nice on paper, but doesn't perform well at all -- very slow and unresponsive. However, it's not a feature I see myself using. Ever.
If you're like me and don't want to pay the $30/month for data, but you want a nice big screen and a slide-out QWERTY, this is one of the best out there right now. Keep in mind, though, that it's not a smartphone. Don't expect the moon for features. It's a wonderful upgrade from my LG Cosmos.