Sydney's First Impressions: Samsung Intensity II (Verizon)Sydney Myers - Teen Lifestyle Editor
I've had the Intensity 2 for about a day now, and overall I think it's a fine little device. Granted there are a few features that disappointed me right off that bat, but it's not a complete failure and I think it will suit someone just fine who's looking for a solid messaging phone.
The Intensity 2 ships with the standard accessories. The box includes a modular USB-based charger and a microUSB data cable, along with the 1000 mAh battery and Instruction Guide. It's about what you would expect with a simple messaging phone.
The design of the phone is what's become standard for messaging phones with a non-touchscreen The front panel contains a T9 numerical keypad, as well as the Talk/Send button, End/Power button, speaker button, back button, and two soft keys. There is also a D-Pad in the middle of these keys that can be used for navigating. The miscroSD card slot (the phone supports up to 16 GB of memory), camera shutter button, and voice command key are on the right side of the phone and the volume rocker and microUSB port are on the left side. The top of the phone is where you'll find the 2.5 mm headphone jack. Along with all these buttons and ports, which are pretty standard for phones these days, you are also equipped with two soft keys on the left side of the front panel that can be used when the keyboard.
Speaking of the keyboard, so far it seems similar to other Samsung keyboards we've seen. The keys are nice and rubbery so it's easy to get a good grip on them when you're typing. Unfortunately the Spacebar is in a row of letters between the V and the B. This can take some getting used to so I'll see how it performs. Overall, the keyboard seems fairly easy to use.
The phone is not a touchscreen device so you'll use the aforementioned D-pad for navigating. I have noticed that the interface and menu system seem a bit different and somewhat exciting. I'm looking forward to exploring it more and seeing what else is different.
The camera on the back is a 1.3 megapixel camera. It features digital zoom, color modes, and a self-portrait mirror. It's not the greatest by any means (in fact, it's less than mediocre), but for right customer, this won't be a problem. There is some sort of sensor on the back of the phone right above the speaker grill that I can't seem to figure out. Verizon's web site doesn't say much about it so I'll see if I can figure out what that is.
Though I'm slightly disappointed by the 2.5 mm headphone jack, 1.3 MP camera, and a few things about the keyboard design, the Intensity 2 seems like a solid basic messaging phone. I'll run it through more tests to see how the battery performs, what web browsing is like, and overall call quality. Keep it on Phonedog for that review.