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Samsung Vice review

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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
Operating system
Screen Size
Screen Size
2+ MP
2+ MP
960 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...

Mobile Syrup
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

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

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+ MP 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
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
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 8 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
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)
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 2.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 960 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to 9.5 days
Mixed Usage
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
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Standard / 12-key Numeric, QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN, Yahoo
Graphics: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: T9
Voicemail Key: Yes
Voice Commands: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Contact List Capacity: 600
Multiple Numbers Per Contact:
Auto Answer: Yes
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP
PC Synchronization: No
Java Application: Yes
Audio Formats: MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Custom Ringtones: No
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Radio: Yes
Wi-fi Encryption: -
Games: Yes
Apps: -
Included Software / Apps: -
To-Do / Task List, Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Calculator, NotePad, Voice Memos / Recorder

Other Names (AKA): Messager II R560 / Vice R561
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