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Samsung Gusto 2 review

8/10 AVG.

  • Samsung Gusto 2
  • Samsung Gusto 2
  • Samsung Gusto 2

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The Samsung Gusto 2 currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 3 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Samsung Gusto 2 at Verizon takes nearly everything from its successor, the Gusto, and packs it inside a slightly different looking body. The end result is a compact flip phone with a somewhat better built-in camera and much of the same old features. It has a 2-inch low-res color display, Bluetooth 2.1, and a 1-megapixel camera. The rest of the items in its spec sheet won’t wow anyone, but what it lacks in terms of hardware and software, it makes up for in portability and ease of use.

The 2 is a dual-band CDMA clamshell phone that comes with a very limited amount of onboard RAM and internal storage space. It’s a mobile phone in the truest sense of the word.

In its closed state, it makes itself useful through a small external display that shows the date and time along with indicators for important things like signal strength and battery life. When you flip it open, you’ll find that its upper half houses its main color screen while its lower half contains a standard alphanumeric keypad. What makes the keypad great, besides large tactile keys, is the presence of a bunch of easy-access buttons which include one for messaging and another for ICE numbers.

The Gusto 2 is a phone that is truly focused on messaging and telecommunications. It offers good call quality and acceptable battery performance, but as some reviewers point out, it should be available at a much lower price point.

Need to Know: Samsung Gusto 2

1. Uses the traditional clamshell form factor and has large keys. (The Good)

2. Long battery life and good call quality. (The Good)

3. Small and low resolution main screen. (The Bad)

4. Lacks a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. (The Bad)

Operating system
Screen Size
1+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...

PC Magazine

The Samsung Gusto 2 is a good, simple voice phone for Verizon Wireless, but it really should be free.

- Alex Colon, PC Magazine

Samsung has managed to turn around the Gusto 2 by improving the phone's most important features: call quality and design. I also appreciate the bump in camera and onboard memory, and the extra effort to include accessibility options like voice readout of the menu and texts, ICE numbers, and whisper...

- Jessica Dolcourt, Cnet

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Gusto 2 user manual here.

Samsung backs up the Gusto 2 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Gusto 2 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The Samsung Gusto 2's screen size is 2 inches with x pixels resolution.


There is a processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

1+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 1+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

128 MB

Internal memory is 128 MB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 14.5 days standby time, 420 minutes.

Gusto 2 Specs

Release date April 30, 2012
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Internal Storage 128 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.41 W/kg
Body: 0.52 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time No
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) No
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 420 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 14.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Material Plastic
Colors Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.7 x 4.9 x 1.9 cm (3.8 x 1.9 x 0.7 in)
Weight 390 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2 inches
Secondary Display Color LCD (STN), 96 x 96 pixels, 1.07 inches, 65k
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard Yes
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
1+ megapixels
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Effects, Multi-shot, White balance
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats CMX, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV, QCP
Radio No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SCH-U365

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