- 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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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
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One-touch access to your contacts and messages (view larger).
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.
The touch screen is so very sensitive, that half the time I try to do one thing and end up doing something else and end up getting frustrated and wasting time. Now Im stuck with it...sorry Samsung..Never again
I don't use any data so I can't speak to its online capabilities, but if I wanted a phone to use with the internet I would have gotten a smartphone.
Also, buying through Amazon saves a ton of money. I paid a one time $30 activation fee, compared to the $200 I would have had to shell out at the Verizon store.
Great phone at a great price, I would buy again.
Refund was issued after returning the product.