Pros Customizable Menu Interface
Long Battery life
Self portrait capability
Ability to text 20 people at one time
Cons Limited space for notes
Low resolution when recording video
"Driving" mode is a little confusing to operate
Summary I haven't decided to test the military-grade ruggedness via submerging it in water or anything like that, but I do like the idea that if I drop this phone a few times, the screen isn't going to crack or bleed on me like my previous LG EnV Touch phone. I bought this phone on a whim, seeing as it hadn't gotten a CNET editor's thorough review yet, but I was not disappointed.
The main menu screen is customizable in the sense that not only can you change the themes, but the shortcuts as well. There are 9 shortcuts on the grid, and you can swap out 4 of them with pretty much anything you want. I think the manufacturers must have guessed that not everyone would use the VZ Navigator, for example, so you can swap that shortcut out with something else on the main menu. It's a good way to compete with touch screen phones where you can put your own shortcuts on the screen! I've now got shortcuts for my notepad, alarm clock, and phone search function, on there, and there's even a neat wizard program that'll guide you into customizing your phone "the easy way". The front screen didn't come looking the way this phone has been advertised, but you can change the front clock setting to match.
Not even my previous EnV Touch had a "phone search" feature - essentially, it works the way a search tool on your own computer would work. You can find programs, pictures, and files simply using this search rather than rifling through menus and folders.
The camera has pretty nice quality for it's 3.2 megapixel specification. I didn't like, however, how the maximum video resolution was 176 x 144 - previous phones I've had could record up to 640 x 480. But some of the picture modes were nice, such as the Mosaic and Panorama functions. Also, you don't need video or picture mode to use the camera's flashlight - there's a button specifically for that. If you know how to work the front screen menu, you can take self portraits as well.
I found the sound quality to be rather nice. My friends have said that they can hear me about just as clearly as on my previous EnV Touch. I have yet to see how the noise cancellation works, however. The ringtones are probably the best I've had so far.
The T9Word mode makes texting with the numeric pad relatively easy - you don't necessarily need a QWERTY phone as long as you know how to use it. Additionally, it'll store new words in the memory that you input, AND what really had me stoked is that whereas you can only text up to 10 people on most other phones, you can text up to 20 on this one. Which I love, because I'm one of those annoying mass texters.
The battery life, so far, is proving itself. On a full charge, it takes about a whole day of use before even one of the bars goes down, and while texting or browsing the menus, you can see the time right next to the battery display so you don't lose track.
Overall, despite not having a QWERTY keypad, decent resolution for a video camera, or even a touch screen, I must say I like this phone a lot so far. The Samsung Convoy 2 is one of those phones which shows that a basic flip phone is still far from being obsolete.
Pros Feels solid, good voice quality.
I like the flashlight. I like the fake call option that is built in.
Cons The display is old school, has a very narrow field of view...they must have got a really good discount to be using this display on a newly released phone..these days.
Also, the headphone jack is smaller than the standard 3.5 mm. It is 2.5 mm..***??
Summary All in all, I like the features of this phone...the voice quality is good, the features are good..for a flip phone. Good basic phone..takes good pictures too.
Pros Very loud ringer
Very loud speaker phone
Very loud music player
Very bright flashlight mode
Cons Low volume on handset
Weak vibrate mode
2.5mm headphone jack
My Music mp3 player software crippled
Summary In an era of Android powered touch screen phones that require a data plan, it's getting harder and harder to find a simple flip phone that does music decently.
I upgraded from a Verizon LG-VX8360, so this is esentially the same phone layout. Since I wear my phone on my belt all day, and I have a physically demanding job, I prefer the flip sytle over the keyboard style of non-data phone.
Dimensionally, this phone is a bit larger, thicker, and heavier than the LG it replaced, but not annoyingly so. The outside stereo speakers are very loud, making for excellent hands free operation, ringer volume, and mini-boom box music playing.
The 3.2 Mega Pixel camera is so-so for the supposed resolution, but the LED "flash" is extremely (and for your subjects, annoyingly) bright. This camera flash doubles as a flashlight that can be activated either by a button on the outside of the phone, or via a dedicated button on the keypad. When activating from the outside of the phone, you first press the "rewind" button, then confirm by pressing the "fast forward" button. CAUTION: Don't look at the phone when pressing the confirm button, or else you'll blind yourself temporarily! It's that bright.
The outside of the phone has a red button that is for PTT if you subscribe to that feature, and can be assigned as a shortcut to almost any function. Since it sticks out further than the rest of the side buttons, it is too easily activated, but the one shortcut you cannot set for this button is "none." So set a harmless shortcut to this button because you will activate it often.
Being a newer generation than my older LG, the voice recognition functions much better on the Samsung. If you go through the brief training routine, it nails 99% of your contact names on the first try. However, it's text-to-speech function leaves a little to be desired, as it doesn't do very well with last names. But the announciation of the caller ID as a "ringtone" is pretty cool.
On the minus side, the vibrate mode is rather weak. When working in a loud environment, sometimes I cannot hear the ringtone, and I only know I have a call by feeling the vibrate while the phone is clipped to my belt. Ironic that a 'ruggedized' phone won't vibrate very strongly.
My major sore spot is in the software implementation of the music player. With my old LG phone, I could simply transfer mp3s from my iTunes music folder to the microSD card, and all of the song titles, artist and album names, and genre of music would show up in the music player, and be searchable, sortable, and viewable.
With the Samsung Convoy 2, there are places to display artist, album, genre, album artwork, lyrics, and more, but none of it works. Only the song title is displayed. I even went as far as wiping and reformatting the memory card, and using Verizon's VCast Media Mamager software to rip and transfer songs to the Convoy 2. All of the information is displayed in the VCast Media Manager, but after it is transfered to the phone, the phone's player has no artist or album naming, thus no sorting by artist or album. Big dissapointment.
Overall, the Samsung Convoy 2 is a good value if you're looking for this style of phone. Only the music player prevents it from receiving five stars.
Pros looong battery life, lots of nice features (flashlight, shortcuts...) comfortable feel
Cons front face can only be clock or wallpaper but not both at same time
Summary I have had the phone for about 3 days and have been constantly playing with it and have only dropped one bar on the battery scale. Speakerphone is just OK but ringer is loud. Earpiece sound is crisp and clear. Good reception but not much better than my old phone.
"Great flip phone"on by mithion
Pros he call quality is excellent and the phone has a great feel for typing. The phone is well built and feel very sturdy. The battery is commendable as well with 4-5 days of uptime with moderate calling and texting usage.
Cons As mentioned by other users, this phone will have a tendency to "butt text" when you have it in your pocket because of the front facing keys. It's happened to me several times hence the docking of one star in the review.
Summary Overall I'm very satisfied with this phone. It is much better than my previous Samsung Intensity. I did not buy this phone because of it's ruggedness, but it's a nice plus since I tend to be a bit rough with my phones. I've already dropped the phone from 5 feet onto solid concrete and the phone was not damaged from the impact. I personally dislike candybar phones since I tend to accidently text/call people all the time with those. And touch phones are so fragile with their exposed screens. So this phone being one of the dying breed of flip phones is a huge pro for me. The guy at the store told me he expects that these phones will stop being made in the next two to three years. If that is the case, it will be a sad day for me.
As for the issue of butt texting, I had a samsung alias with front facing keys that were touch sensitive and that seemed to solve the accidental calling/texting problem. Why can't they have touch sensitive keys on a phone like this?
If you're a flip phone person, I highly recommend this phone. The build quality is great and it will serve you well as good no frills communication device. Also, about the user who claims the phone won't send picture messages, I send/receive 400-500 text a month including many picture message just fine with this phone. Don't know why his isn't working right.