Pros Camera, camcorder, video editing, Flash Lite, TouchWiz, HTML browser, picture editing, document viewer, email capabilities, self portrait mirror, call quality, interface, screen, battery, price, Bluetooth, EVDO (3G), games, and about everything else.
Cons None, so far.
Summary This is a luxury phone, with great features, at the greatest price tag for what is has, some of the rare findings are a standard video editor, slide show maker, Flash Lite, 3.0mp camera with flash, video, and all sorts of hidden camera features, like you can make a mosaic, there's different settings as to what it will insert, it will take multiple photos, and then it will make it into a format (to hard to describe in just a review), it has photo editing like sharpening, blurring, black & white converting, inserting text, lowering contrast (contrast is preset, but it's different on each setting for how the photo looks). The reason I stumbled across this, was because my parents got this, and I got my hands on it at an event, and I couldn't stop marveling at it's features until the battery died, about 6 hours later. The Youtube was even faster than my computer, thanks to a speedy 3G connection. I showed my parents some of the features, and that just blew their mind. A document viewer, video and photo editor, HTML browser, Flash Lite, full email capabilities (I don't have a corporate email account), TouchWiz interface, Vcast services, a 3mp camera with flash, self portrait mirror, different ways of making your photos "pop" like the multi-photo merging to make awesome photos and the backgrounds and borders (like at the bottom of one, there's money), dice simulation with vibration and sound feed back like regular dice. That's not even the beginning, there's a much loved 3.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth capabilities (voice and stereo), 6 hour (for me anyway) battery life, great preloaded games (the trials, but still great), and so much more, it would take me an hour more to describe it. Now for the feature reviews:
the camera takes photos that rival the capabilities and quality of a regular digital camera (I'm talking about the regular slip-in-your-bag cameras, because those are the most popular), it may take short videos, but with so many camera features, and such good quality, it even rivals SLRs (professional photographers camera), and costs about 10 times less than most nice cameras. The camera has a great array of features, that even a professional photographer would even throw their old camera away for this, for it has a way for you to take one photo at a time, and have it put together in different forms, there's even a setting that lets you put 9 photos together in boxes, as if your family (or what you are taking pictures from for that matter) were The Brady Bunch. You can also have it put a border around your picture, or a partial border (like on one border, your face would be surrounded by a border of hearts and in the shape of a big heart, and in one partial border, you can make like a pool of money under you). By far, it is very simple to get to that, just press a button on the side (but you must know that it is hard to take a self portrait with some of the camera features, but the mirror still helps, a lot). Now, the camcorder has most of those features, so I won't go into that, but video quality is great as well. The video and picture editing, you can sharpen, blur, make color to B&W (black and white), grayscale, and plenty more, even to change it to look like the worlds gone to the wrong color lens. It can make a slide show of 3 pictures or videos, and also insert text, and you can decide when it will change (I recommend just doing it with photos, so you won't cut off any video), and nothing is easier to use, or integrated (because this comes standard). The Flash Lite allows the Youtube widget to work (but I recommend using 3G, because otherwise, it will take awhile to load), and well, it just works extremely good in picture and sound, but the only downside, it doesn't work in the HTML browser, only in the widget (for me anyway). The TouchWiz interface, is just like a piece of cake when you get used to how you drag it out and in and know how to make sure you don't drag it out when your trying to open it, which comes after an hour or to of use. The TouchWiz interface allows you to easily customize your interface by simply dragging in and off your home screen, the screen stays the same even when you slide up the keyboard into landscape. The HTML browser is only one word: fabulous, I can't describe it any other way, and it hard to put into words. The document viewer views and edits word documents, and is terrific. The email is great, with web mail, and corporate (with special contract), and you can view it in the web browser, or have it download. The rest, is just terrific, especially the call quality, for it has almost crystal clear reception, except on the road, where you'll be driving. The people on the other end marveled at how clear it was, especially since I switched form AT&T, and I thought it sounded like a landline. Finally, the best of all, the price. The Samsung Rogue is $99.99 form Verizon Wireless with a 2 year contract. For all the features, I'd turn down an Iphone 3GS, and recommend this.
Pros Display is super sharp. Download times are fast.
Cons Email options
Summary When I had a PDA phone (Samsung i760) I would delete emails all day long and then peruse them more casually later that night on my PC at home. With this phone and Mobile Email, you cannot do this. If you delete an email on your phone, it gets deleted from your email server. There is no option to leave them on the server.
Pros Great camera, nice customization features, good internet browser, access to email over web, good call quality
Cons HUGE picture size, slow touchscreen, old TouchWiz OS, keys are too flush to use accuractely, chunky design, freezing issues, short battery life
Summary Although this phone has some good features, it has a long way to go. I'll start off by saying that I'm not one my THIRD ROGUE. That should say something about how reliable this phone is. The first two had such awful freezing problems that they both had to be replaced within a 2 month period of time. Now, I'm on my third Rogue, which has a defective keyboard that is incredibly different than my other Rogues (thanks,Verizon).
The phone has a great 3.0mp camera (although you would assume that it has a 5 or 6mp camera based on the great photos) with lots of features. However, the file size of your photos are so large that it defeats the purpose of picture messaging - a lot of other phones simply cannot receive the files.
The only good things I have to say about this phone are the good call quality and nice browser. Remember, this isn't a smartphone.
Although it may not seem like I posted many "cons", the ones I type out are very difficult to cope wth, especally the slow touchscreen, nightly charging, and slow touchscreen. Do yourself a favor and don't get this phone!
Pros Don't know where to start from the gorgeous screen to the easy use, its all amazing.
Cons Battery life can run up quickly if you use the internet, messaging and email alot, but if you just use it normally it will last you just fine.
Summary For those complaining about the Verizon plans, you are being silly. I signed up with a premium family plan, have unlimited everything! for only 60/month! Those complaining about data plans need to think about what they're saying. Why would you get this phone without a data plan?
Pros The AMOLED screen is spectacular; the touch screen is very responsive; sound is crystal-clear.
Cons The screen can't bee seen in sunlight; requisite data plan (this is NOT a smart phone); clumsy and awkward keyboard; no virtual keyboard; Verizon's antiquated music player; this phone performs only one function at a time.
Summary It's pretty. It's flashy. It's sleek. And it is an example of how marketing catches the eye while it confounds the brain. This was my experience with the Samsung Rogue by Verizon: it performs only one function at a time (this includes the music player; you cannot play and browse your music files at the same time!); the QWERTY keyboard is VERY awkward due to poor design; it comes with few apps, and there are even less available from Verizon; the games are only demos (nothing is free at Verizon); ring tones must be downloaded through Verizon; this is not a smart phone, yet a data plan is required(min. $9.99/month); this phone is wrapped up tight with Verizon proprietary software, so what you get is all you are going to get. I had my Rogue for 3 days. During that time, the phone locked up numerous times (often with the beautiful screen going white) while using Bluetooth, VCast music player, and while using the internet. Could be a bad phone, but the rep at the Verizon store said that was not the case. Have one and want to trade it for something that functions reliably? For a $35 "reshelving" fee, Verizon will be glad to help. Cheers to Big V.