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Samsung Vice review

5.6/10 AVG.

  • Samsung Vice
  • Samsung Vice
  • Samsung Vice

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The Samsung Vice currently has an Informr score of 5.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 82 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Samsung Vice is a horizontal slider that offers a solid feature mix. Closed, the Vice offers a 2.2 inch, 240 x 320 pixel resolution display, a large, circular navigation pad with dedicated “send” and “end” keys familiarly located on the left and right respectively, and an alpha-numeric keypad consisting of responsive but slightly too small buttons.

Open, the Vice reveals a full QWERTY keyboard. This particular keyboard consists of keys which are uniform, small, rectangular cut-outs and without tactile differentiation, which can make typing difficult. The Vice is not alone in this, and a test drive is never a bad idea when shopping around, especially if you plan to do a lot of texting.

The Vice offers a 2MP camera, video record, Bluetooth, GPS, MP3, Speakerphone and a full suite of basic phone features. With the Samsung Vice, you can SMS, MMS, and send and receive email.

With up to four hours of talk time and up to 230 hours of standby time, the Samsung Vice is a contender in the very crowded slider slice of the cell phone market.

Operating system
Screen Size
2+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...

Mobile Syrup

We have been playing around with the Samsung Vice for the past few days and find it to be a solid – just above entry level – device. The best quality about the Vice is it’s price point at $49.95 on a 3-year contract. This is currently exclusively available at Bell and is a North Am...

- Ian Hardy, Mobile Syrup


Had this phone for 11 months now. It's a ok phone. Most durable phone so far. The problems are: slow web browsing, and some times there is a miss reading of miss messages, where u have to scroll through all the messages to find the txt u missed. Also the phone feels bulky with the hard case. Phone is only good for txting but not browsing the web.

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Common Questions

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

If your Vice 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 Vice's screen size is 2.2 inches with x pixels resolution.


There is a processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

40 MB

Internal memory is 40 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 8 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 960 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 9.5 days standby time.

Samsung Vice Specs

Release date May 8, 2009
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/1900 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Internal Storage 40 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.73 W/kg
Body: 0.93 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 960 mAh
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: 9.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Colors Blue, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.4 x 4.8 x 1.8 cm (4.5 x 1.9 x 0.7 in)
Weight 134 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 2.2 inches
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, QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
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 600
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 8 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
2+ megapixels
10x digital
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Effects, Multi-shot, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels), 0 fps, up to 0 minutes
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Messager II R560 / Vice R561

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