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Samsung SCH-U420 Nimbus review

7.9/10 AVG.
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7.9/10
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The Samsung SCH-U420 Nimbus currently has an Informr score of 7.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 9 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
VGA (640 x 480)



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Samsung released the SCH-U420 Nimbus on September 13, 2006.


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Samsung backs up the SCH-U420 Nimbus with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
Unknown

The Samsung SCH-U420 Nimbus's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
VGA (640 x 480)

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard VGA (640 x 480) camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
30 MB

Internal memory is 30 MB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 6.5 days standby time.

SCH-U420 Nimbus Specs

Overview
Release date September 13, 2006
Regions available No
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
AMPS
Data:
1xRTT
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Storage 30 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.73 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 6.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Colors Black with gray accents
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.3 x 4.6 x 1.6 cm (3.7 x 1.8 x 0.6 in)
Weight 91 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
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 No
Voicemail Key No
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 500
Multiple Numbers Per Contact 5 numbers, Email address
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client No
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Dual lens
No
Zoom
3x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Effects, Multi-shot, Night mode, Self-timer
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Radio -
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
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
Included Software / Apps -
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User Reviews


eBay

It's NOT the best phone I've had

from eBay
I do NOT recomend this phone!!!!! The screnes on 3 out of the 4 phones i had broke VERY easy. I got this phone in October of 2006 & its september & ive had 4 and they have all sucked
eBay

Very nice phone.

from eBay
Love the phone. Bought it for my husband who likes to keep his phone in his shirt pocket. Fits perfectly because of it's size. Features are good, he likes the slide to open. Overall very good phone for the price.
eBay

For the cost, you can't beat it. Excellent

from eBay
My wife also bought our new phones with only asking, Honey would you like a new phone to replace your old beat up one? and I of course answered "Sure". So when they came, I thought I was getting another phone like the one I had, only new, but was I surprised. After the initial shock of having to "learn...More
My wife also bought our new phones with only asking, Honey would you like a new phone to replace your old beat up one? and I of course answered "Sure". So when they came, I thought I was getting another phone like the one I had, only new, but was I surprised. After the initial shock of having to "learn" to operate this new, smaller phone with more whistles and bells than the law should allow, I settled in to figure out how to make and receive a call. That done, I loaded my most called numbers from my old phone and learned how to play with the camera and found out it has vidio games. How cool is this! My little wife is such a clever shopper and now I have neat new stuff to play with when I should be working. Hope the boss doesn't catch me. Excellent small phone with a lot of big features and I even got a leather case to carry it on my belt. Love it. Less
eBay

cell phone that did not work

from eBay
It was rated 3 stars. The front of the phone was cracked and you could not read the screen at all when you powered it on. I have returned the phone and am waiting for my money back.
eBay

The Perfect little phone!

from eBay
I love the fact that its so small yet it works like a pro! There is nothing to dislike about this phone. Its sleek and modern and has a lot of functionality. The camera w/ flash is very decent for a phone. Long battery life!
Phonedog

Good phone

from Phonedog
Pro: Small, good ringtone quality, good camera w/ flash, Bluetooth capable, easy to use, extras like a tip calculator and converter (converts currency, length, temperature, etc.) Con: The numbers on the keypad aren't very big, screen can get scratched easier beings it's a slider, a generic headset wit...More
Pro: Small, good ringtone quality, good camera w/ flash, Bluetooth capable, easy to use, extras like a tip calculator and converter (converts currency, length, temperature, etc.) Con: The numbers on the keypad aren't very big, screen can get scratched easier beings it's a slider, a generic headset with a 2.5 mm end won't work beings it doesn't have an input for that Using experience: 4 weeks Good phone with a lot of upside and for the price, it is well worth it Less
eBay

MafiaPrincess2 gives this phone a thumbs up!

from eBay
I LOVE THIS LITTLE PHONE!!! My favorite features are the alarm, and speakerphone. My husband didn't care for his, after he wanted it so badly. That is how I got mine was because of him. I think it was a guy thing really. Now he regards it as a "woman's phone". Pay no never minds to him. Man or woman, I...More
I LOVE THIS LITTLE PHONE!!! My favorite features are the alarm, and speakerphone. My husband didn't care for his, after he wanted it so badly. That is how I got mine was because of him. I think it was a guy thing really. Now he regards it as a "woman's phone". Pay no never minds to him. Man or woman, I think it is a great little phone for anyone who chooses to purchase it. There is no antenna showing to get caught on something. It fits perfectly in the pocket or side purse pocket. When I tuck it under my pillow for the night. It doesn't roam on its own, and stays perfectly in place right where I put it. If you choose to purchase one, I hope that you enjoy yours as much as I do mine. Kindest Regards, ~~Mafi; 022807 Less
Phonedog

SCH-u420

from Phonedog
Pro: Compact, Light-weight, Durable, Fast-long lasting charge, Large LCD screen, Excellent reception, Bluetooth capable, Good voice recognition software, Great ear piece and ring volume, External buttons / controls, Speaker phone, Text & picture messaging Con: Lack of accessories, PC support / data tr...More
Pro: Compact, Light-weight, Durable, Fast-long lasting charge, Large LCD screen, Excellent reception, Bluetooth capable, Good voice recognition software, Great ear piece and ring volume, External buttons / controls, Speaker phone, Text & picture messaging Con: Lack of accessories, PC support / data transfer, Camera resolution Using experience: 4 months If you're not crazy about flip-phones, this little slider is a great choice. It's small form factor allows you to carry it almost any where and the vibrate function is a great plus in noisy environments. I am hard on cell phones and have dropped this little sucker several times on hard floors with nothing more than a nick. The large LCD screen is crisp and clear and the large dialing font is great for elderly eyes like mine. The reception has been great even in the boonies where my sister lives. She has a Nokia model that constantly drops calls, where as my 420 rocks on. I also like the voice recognition settings and command choices. The camera has an activate button on the side, which is great but the camera itself is a little cheesy. The highest resolution (640 x480) isn't the best and under certain lighting conditions, pics come out yellowish brown. If you're a geek and want to explore the internals and data transfer possibilities, such as a contacts list, this may not be the phone for you. I did read one review that said a USB cable for the T809 is compatible using bitpim drivers and he was able to transfer pics. But I have yet to find that cable. I actually called Samsung customer service about this issue. They stated that there is no software or pc connectivity options at this time or planned in the near future (sad). The speaker phone is just fine in low noise environments only, but there are bluetooth speaker kits available for this phone. Overall I am very pleased with this little slider. I feel the pros more than outweigh the cons and intend to enjoy this little gem for quite some time. Less
Phonedog

SCH-U420

from Phonedog
Pro: beautiful screen. acceptable photos. great overall service despite not having an extendable antenna Con: speaker phone could be louder. some people have problems with the buttons Using experience: 2 months I purchased this phone a day after it came out and have no major complaints with it at...More
Pro: beautiful screen. acceptable photos. great overall service despite not having an extendable antenna Con: speaker phone could be louder. some people have problems with the buttons Using experience: 2 months I purchased this phone a day after it came out and have no major complaints with it at all. I have fairly large hands and dont have trouble with the number keys but maybe its because i had the not well designed kyocera se44 slider for a couple years. A friend of mine purchased this phone after using mine quite a bit and he has been happy with it. It is a surprisingly durable little phone. Ive dropped mine twice. once on concrete once on a wood floor and it has a small nick on it but the phone didnt even shut off. The friend of mine left his phone outside, fully opened, in the rain, soaking in a puddle for all of six hours. He took the back and battery off and set it under a fan for a day. It works fine, didnt even bother the camera. Less
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