Pros Spectacular screen, very good tactile response on the touch screen, quick response, very usable QWERTY keyboard, excellent interface, great battery life ... Overall an exceptional user experience.
Cons Verizon, Verizon, Verizon, Verizon ...
Summary I was the first person in my local Verizon store to purchase the Rogue. There is very little negative about the Samsung hardware. A couple basic layout items that I have issues with 1) power connector on the side and 2) headphone connector on the side. I do understand the reasoning, with the slide out keyboard it would be difficult to locate the connectors on the top and bottom, however it still needs to be mentioned, due to the fact that it is a little difficult to hold when plugged into power, and a little uncomfortable with the headphones plugged in and the phone placed in ones pocket.Just an update. It's been about a month now since I've had the Rogue. I've only noticed one issue. I had a few occasions, about 2 or 3. where the phone randomly rebooted. No rhyme or reason to it. I proceeded to do a firmware update/reprogram *228 and have not had a problem since. I figured there would be some possible issues since this is a new phone and I got one of the first ones. Other than that so far so good. The battery life is excellent. Call quality is exceptional, and I love the screen. I still haven't explored all the possibilities with this phone, but so far I'm very happy and impressed. Samsung did an excellent job with this piece, and Verizon didn't screw it up too much with their proprietary software. I'll keep everyone posted as I explore the unit deeper over time. Enjoy!
The speed of the Samsung OS is very good. Screens refresh fast, sub-menus load quickly and applications launch at a very respectable speed. It has just about everything you would need in a integrated messaging phone. It would be nice if they made the unit a bit wider maybe 1/8" similar to the iPhone to give a bit more grasp for people with larger hands. This would also add to a slightly larger screen which would make this phone the closet thing to an iPhone killer out there.
The biggest issue I have with the Rouge has nothing to do with the hardware, it's Verizon. Having been with them for decades I don't dispute they have exceptional coverage in most areas, but their pricing has gotten ridiculous. The nickle and dime mentality is going to eventually kill Verizon mainly because people will be disgusted in not being able to figure out what they're paying for. That and the fact that they are expensive just leads to the frustration. Basically I have two phones with them on a family share plane w/ the new friends and family program. If I understand it my new bill will be around $140/mo plus tax for 1400 minutes shared, unlimited emails, data, txt, plus Vcast, and maybe VZNavigator, I stil can't figure that one out. The point is I wish Verizon and the other carriers would approach things like Sprint and Boost - flat fee for everything. I think $99 is not bad for a complete voice/data package, Boost's $50 is much better, but their Nextel network just isn't great, so you get what you pay for. After all these years I still think I'm getting robbed with Verizon. I know it's less than AT&T's iPhone plan, but still it's just ridiculous to spend $150 for a data/phone plan without unlimited everything.
So in conclusion, the Rouge, I'm extremely happy with it. I didn't want another Microsoft mobile device, because Windows mobile is TERRIBLE. I didn't want a Blackberry because the QWERTY is difficult for me, and the STORM, well it's slow and problematic, so with that said the Samsung had everything I was looking for without the issues of Microsoft or RIM. It's slick, has an awesome screen, will probably do everything you want it to, and add a 16Gb microSD card, in my opinion you have an excellent alternative to an iPhone with the bonus keyboard. Samsung, so far you hit a homerun with this handset. Now hopefully it will last two years!
Updated on Oct 4, 2009
Pros Amazingly clear, large, bright and colorful AMOLED Screen, HTML Internet, Cool Movable Widgets, Touch Screen, Great Audio and Video, 3.0mp camera with flash and dslr options like iso settings etc...,QWERTY keyboard, Micro SD, Headphone Jack, Sleek!!!
Cons Touch Screen isn't as good for web as iphone, thus zooming in etc... but still nice, Very few apps but it's a new phone, battery life isnt amazing but it's a large bright screen so it's ok....buy an extended and you r ok, other then that....nothing!!
Summary I used to have an iphone and it was great, I love the apps and being able to jailbreak it and never have to pay for anything ever was amazing and illegal, but amazing too and then I kept having to pay over 200$ a month for BULL **** charges and roaming charges and extra data plans bs and it was just one thing after another, terrible phone service and the iphone just got old, if you are a child who plays video games then the iphone is for you....so I switched back to Verizon once again and bought a Samsung Rogue and I could not be happier. The second I turned it on and saw the bright screen and vribrant colors I was freakin blown away. It's seriously worth it just to buy for 99$(after 100$ mail in and 2yr contract) just to see the colors on the phone, it's insane.The screen is just an added bonus that makes everything surf on the web and text sent seem like eye candy. Seriously, web pages are bright and crsip and work fine, unlike some reviewers said, you can watch most flash videos because it has flash lite(not perfect, but better then the iphone) and the audio and voice command features are great. The 3.0 mega pixel Camera is the best I have seen with built in flash and auto focus and the list goes on....the video is excellent and the options to send videos and pictures are amazing. This is a texters dream phone with nice slide out full QWERTY keyboard with illuminated keys for the night time porn(just kidding, no I am not). Texting is fast and easy and the added touch screen features make it a breeze if you mess up a little. I just love this phone, yes there are some minor minor flaws, but overall it's an excellent phone with amazing features and it's not an iphone killer cause of the lack of apps, but if verizon opens this up to designers and coders it could be...it's sleeker and fits in you hand better than and iphone and has many of the same features, but better options or additions to them and the little things like not a long battery life and no touch zoom for internet are out weiged by everything it does brilliantly..Samsung has made a killer phone, verizon helps out byt giving me unlimited everything for about 110$ a month, which includes minutes, texting, web, vz navigator(which is actual turn by turn, unlike the ******** iphone crap blue dot gps) and I can watch tv and movies with great quality on it too....it never ends...hope this review helps...in short, it's not a busniess phone like the blackberry models, but it has similar cool features and it's not a app machine like the iphone, but the screen and widgets and texting make it an excellent phone till your next 2 yr upgarde comes up...I think it's the best verizon phone hands down...my sister's blackberry sucks and eats up battery and all it's good for is email and having a million contacts, no fun....this cell phone is fun, sleek, beautiful, amazing, sexy, crazy, ***** and better than the iphone...well sort of..I liked the iphone, just not att.....if you want a great phone for multimedia, texting, and everythimg the balckberriess and iphone have, but more...then grab a samsung rogue...you can't beat it for the price....there are some little things that get annoying, but not nearly as much as my old iphone or blackberry....I promise you won't be disapointed at all.....!!!!! BUY A ROGUE, very cool phone
"Very versitile phone"on by KavonH
Pros Yes, i was one of those people that had been waiting for the release of this phone with baited breath. So the day it came out, i got it. I have had nothing but success with this phone (upgraded from EnV2). IF you have a data plan, its a great phone.
Cons I was taken by surprise when i was told that it was a "premium" phone, and required a data plan, besides that no problems, except poor audio quality on Youtube and so far only 14 apps compatible with the phone.
Summary Overall, awesome phone for somebody who would like to have e-mail on the go. If the data plan is what is keeping you from getting the phone, my suggestion would be to get the Connect plan, which gives you unlimited MB's, and unlimited text, but doesnt give you the VZ navigator or VCast Video (you dont even really need VCast videa because you have Youtube, and you can use Google maps for a navigator).
Pros the phone is really nice
Cons Verizon plan isn't good for family with smart phone
Summary I was going to get this phone yesterday, but rep told me that I need to have a data plan which is fine, but after look at their puny plan I back out. Was thinking that I can upgrade my family plan to family connect but plan is not allow for my wife's smart phone, still can't understand why a smart phone need to be "upgrade" to a lesser function phone to use the plan. Will need to look other carrier.
Pros the screen quality is great
Cons back speaker quality, txt messages does not keep up when you are typing. when you take it off of lock or push it half the time the screen splits into 2 different screens and you have to take the batter out because it locks it
Summary worst phone i have ever owned. i have to take the battery out of the phone atleast 10 times a day. the call quality is awful you can hardly hear what anyone is saying. ringtones are crappy and if you buy one it sounds worse on the phone and it doesnt ring loud either. Samsung got this one wrong!