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Samsung Vice review

5.6/10 AVG.
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5.6/10
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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
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
2.2"
Camera
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

Oliver_53112

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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Samsung released the Vice on May 8, 2009.


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


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
2.2"

The Samsung Vice's screen size is 2.2 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
2+ MP

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

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
40 MB

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

Battery
960mAh

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

Overview
Release date May 8, 2009
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Storage 40 MB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
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
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
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.2 inches
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, 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
Connectivity
USB Yes
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
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 8 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
10x digital
Flash
No
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)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
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
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
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 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
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Messager II R560 / Vice R561

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Mobile Syrup

A solid – just above entry level – device

from 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 American first....

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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 American first.

At first when we saw pics surface that this was coming to Canada, I thought it was going to be another basic device that feels cheap in the hand. Rest assured when you hold this it feels solid and you feel you get more than you pay for. The Vice only weight 134 grams and has overall dimensions of 114.1 x 48.3 x 17.9 mm. The reason I say you feel like you get more than you pay for is because of its slide out full QWERTY keyboard. For the size of device this is one of the more spacious designs I have seen. Your fingers/thumbs will not get in the way of each other… even if you have a slightly larger digits you’ll find the keys are just the right size. Texting, e-mails and IM are a dream on this as this comes with threaded text messaging so you’ll be able to follow your conversations.

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Oliver_53112

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.



User Reviews


I love this phone because

its just so amazing for its price

This phone WILL make you Crazy :(

I had the phone for roughly a year, and at first it was okay. It froze and glitched occasionally, but that was pretty much it. I never experienced difficulties with the keyboard though, so I'm not sure why people complain about it, but that could just be me. Any-who, long-story-short, the phone gave up...More
I had the phone for roughly a year, and at first it was okay. It froze and glitched occasionally, but that was pretty much it. I never experienced difficulties with the keyboard though, so I'm not sure why people complain about it, but that could just be me. Any-who, long-story-short, the phone gave up on me... and I it. One day, as I went to turn on my mobile device, the screen was completely black with slight illumination. After numerous attempts, I successfully turned on the phone with the screen acting normally, ( which, believe me, is quite, QUITE rare). Eventually, it just got to the point where the phone would never turn on. The phone is good at first, but trust me children... it doesn't last (The phone has only ever been dropped mildly and has never been inside of a reservoir containing any liquid). Thank you. Less

bad for anger management

I have had this phone for 10 months it started making me angry almost with in the first month. The text duplicate feature is so horrible excepicaly if you only text one or 2 people. You be almost 10 mins going through your texts to get the text u just received. The Bluetooth is only good for calls and...More
I have had this phone for 10 months it started making me angry almost with in the first month. The text duplicate feature is so horrible excepicaly if you only text one or 2 people. You be almost 10 mins going through your texts to get the text u just received. The Bluetooth is only good for calls and if you get a lot of texts your car will be ringing all the time. The Bluetooth audio is almost useless you go to set up and play a song and it will take 30 mins you could burn 6 cds before it started working. The cell reception is okay at best almost all my other phones have had better reception. the phone will dial 911 almost all the time even with key guard on its happened at least 3 times and can remember seeing over 10 tried calls that had 911 in it . the processor in this phone is about as shitty as they come it’s like running vista on a computer made for windows 95 when it works it’s a terrible program and its so slow . Last week I had it with the phone it would go to a black screen half the time I opened the key pad so I would have to shut off the phone and turn it back on. The last day I shut it off over 10 times that day and once 5 times in 10 mins. When I took it to bell they told me it would be almost 150 to send the phone back and get it fixed I said no and bought a new Samsung gravity touch. it is 100% better its fast the Bluetooth works it can text and play music without freezing well worth the 200 extra I had to pay now I can get on with my life and use my phone not get angry while its messing up just when its needed most . If you’re offered this phone by anyone say no and I don’t care if you don’t have that much money buy a gravity touch instead you be happier with your lifebad Less

Medeocre

Pros: durable, decent battery life if battery is cared for right (when to charge it, etc.) calls are okay, fun photo settings Cons: it freezes, sends duplicate messages, the keyboard sucks cuz it goes down and there's an awkward lip, and the keys have no bump to distinguish them, and sometimes when yo...More
Pros: durable, decent battery life if battery is cared for right (when to charge it, etc.) calls are okay, fun photo settings Cons: it freezes, sends duplicate messages, the keyboard sucks cuz it goes down and there's an awkward lip, and the keys have no bump to distinguish them, and sometimes when you try to send a messages, the person will receive it as a bunch of gibberish numbers and letters. Would i recommend this phone? No. It's alright for a bit, but after about 5 months it becomes super frustrating. I brought mine in to get fixed twice, and I took really good care of it too. Now its broken again... I'm not gonna bother. I'll get a new phone. Less

candace_72727

ive had my phone for over 2 years not once did it need to be fixed it has frozen a couple times neer had any gibberish , it works perfect and ive throwm mine at the wall to many times to count its been in puddle after puddle and everything works good, i love this phone and if i need a new one i would go wih the one i have, my vice only had one broken button which i fixed on my own the only problem with freezing is a certian way you slide it...

It's bad but not super Bad

-as many people have mentioned it groups common texts together - Battery life next to none -Tex-ting, once you get used to the keyboard (took me about a month) its okay. -Durability, i dropped mine into a bucket of water works okay (has the same issues it had before) -The OS system has many glitches -...More
-as many people have mentioned it groups common texts together - Battery life next to none -Tex-ting, once you get used to the keyboard (took me about a month) its okay. -Durability, i dropped mine into a bucket of water works okay (has the same issues it had before) -The OS system has many glitches - Calling on mine was not to bad just couldn't hear the people on the other side. Less

WORST PHONE EVER

this phone sucks! i have had it for about 7 months and i hate it! It's big, heavy, bulky and everything else you dont want in a phone! the worst part is that it can unlock it's self in you pocket and call anyone it wants, even 911!!! (happened twice and i got in some troubble)

Biggest waste of money ever

This phone shuts off all the time the battery is crap the thing that turns breaks all the time I took this phone I'n sooo many times got fed up then just bought a new phone!! I'm telling you don't by this phone!!!

Worst phone ever!

I've had this piece of junk for 2 years now, and have hated every minute of owning this phone. It took forever to get it connected to my PC since Bell doesn't tell you how to do it. There are next to no apps available for this phone, despite the sales staff telling me it was going to be a great phone,...More
I've had this piece of junk for 2 years now, and have hated every minute of owning this phone. It took forever to get it connected to my PC since Bell doesn't tell you how to do it. There are next to no apps available for this phone, despite the sales staff telling me it was going to be a great phone, and Bell had plenty of apps comming soon for it! Yeah... right. Most of the features of this phone cost $$ to use - e-mail, messenger, TV/Radio, the list goes on and on.. I highly recommend against buying this phone, you will surely regret it! Less

alright phone.

i had this phone for 14 months, then i broke it :P it was my fault i broke it, i dropped it in the toilet. i loved this phone, it had great features and stuff. i loved it! it was extremely durable. i would drop it down the stairs (by accident) and throw it across my house when I'm mad and it wouldn't b...More
i had this phone for 14 months, then i broke it :P it was my fault i broke it, i dropped it in the toilet. i loved this phone, it had great features and stuff. i loved it! it was extremely durable. i would drop it down the stairs (by accident) and throw it across my house when I'm mad and it wouldn't break. Some of the problems with it are... it would freeze on me sometimes. Less

Pretty good phone

I seriously don't mind this phone at all. Ive had it for about 7 months, and it seems to be alright. I got mad at it, and threw it at a wall, and its still working just fine :) the only things that really bother me about it, is the quality of the video camera, i get duplicates, and then i have to go th...More
I seriously don't mind this phone at all. Ive had it for about 7 months, and it seems to be alright. I got mad at it, and threw it at a wall, and its still working just fine :) the only things that really bother me about it, is the quality of the video camera, i get duplicates, and then i have to go through all the text messages just to find it, and its pretty slow on getting texts to. I also hate how when you receive a text, and you press the back button... it freezes on you for a good 2-5 minutes, and lastly, the keyboard. I barely even use the keyboard because its so hard to type on it, and the keys are just really hard to type with. But other than that, its a decent phone, and it manages to get me by, :) Less