Pros Very easy to navigate and use
Cons Saddled with Verizon menu, rotten (and few) ring tones
Summary My wife has happily used this phone for months, and I got one after returning my new LG VX8350, which I hated. The cnet reviews pan this phone because it "has a dull design with a flat keypad." The design is simple and easy, and does not rely on "bling" for value. The "flat" keyboard has LARGE, WELL-DEFINED and EASY-TO-USE keys. That's a problem?? The screen is much larger and brighter than the one in the LG that the reviewers rated so highly, so they seem to be applying different standards depending on the day of the week. The only things I don't like are the menu structure, which limits the assignments of the "soft keys" to things I will never use (mostly revenue-generating stuff for Verizon), and the poor ring tones, which are obviously intended to practically force you to spend money to buy ones you can stand. The most important thing I've learned, though, is to pay less attention to the CNET editors' review next time. Their priorities are silly and their standards inconsistent.
and an average display. Also, video and picture quality was unimpressive, and it lacks stereo Bluetooth.
Pros Excellent screen, design is NOT dull, nice internal and external displays, LARGE buttons, fantastic call quality and clarity (depends on your covarage area people!!!!)
Cons External screen could be a tad larger, wish there were more themes or a way to add more themes to the phone, dialing fonts cute idea, but not carried out too well - wish it was offered in black
Summary It's a flip phone with a basic design. That doesn't mean that it is DULL. What you have is a phone that is fully capable of handling the day to day task of making and receiving calls, and is EVDO compatible so you can partake in V-Cast features and enjoy a speedier Web 2.0 connection.
The button layout is easy to follow, and I enjoy the fact that the buttons are LARGE (larger compared to the VX5200 that I owned) and while I can't dial by feel, I shouldn't really be dialing by feel if I'm driving, working on something important. (This is what Bluetooth is meant to aid you on)
Picture quality with the camera is great from what I've found. Sure, it may take some time to get used to it (for me it was 30 minutes), but after that I've taken some pretty nice snapshots of my wife and kids at play. It's not meant to replace your 6, 7, or even 8 megapixel camera. If you think that, you are sorely mistaken.
I invested in a 1GB microSD card with my purchase, and that pretty much kmade the phone's multi-media features worth using. The only complaint that I have with bluetooth is that I can only send contact info back and forth between my phone and pda. (I wish I could dial contacts out of my PDA, but oh well)
I wish there were more customization options other than blue, blue, or black - but it is nice to see a phone that doesn't have to have the fugly red navi-bar.
Pros Size, keypad, inner screen, call quality
Cons External screen blank when on a call
Summary I've had this phone for a couple weeks and so far I like it. Call quality is very good, voices sound rich and clear, not blaring and harsh like some other phones I've had. Internal screen is crisp and clear and the keypad buttons are larger which for me is a nice feature. The phone is slimmer than most of the phones I've had from Verizon and I love the internal antenna..makes carrying the phone in your pants pocket much more comfortable. I've used the voicedial, speakerphone, text and IM, alarm, downloaded ringtones, and so far everything has worked fine. I just wish the external screen stayed lit with the time like the LG 6100 I had did. When the phone is open the outer screen goes blank, but when closed you can hold down the volume rocker and in about 2 seconds the display comes back on. I never had a Samsung phone before, always had LG and Motorola, but I am liking Samsung now. The looks of the phone are very attractive too. It is a thinner, sleeker phone and the two tone black/gray is a nice contemporary look that would make a nice businessperson's phone as well.
"Fantastic phone"on by Jimmyboy07
Pros Great looking phone with strong reception and crisp, clear sound qualities. Keypad is easy to use- great for texting. Internal antenna eliminates the "stub". Very quick EVDO functions.
Cons Smallish battery but not a big deal unless you plan on using it for more than just calls. No camera flash, so make sure you're in good lighting.
Summary The Samsung SCH-u540 is everything I need in a cell phone. My last two phones were LG's that were solid and dependable, but bricks. I was debating between the LGVX8300(dependable,great ratings, but old) and this u540. I chose the Samsung because I wanted a slimmer phone that would be comfortable to use and hold, with features I need and nothing I don't. This phone fits that bill perfectly. Samsung has me hooked. Definately check this phone out!!Updated
I've had my U540 since April and so far have not had any problems worth griping about. It's been a solid, durable, great working phone for me.
Call clarity is excellent on both sides, it holds a signal even in weak signal areas- never had any dropped calls yet.
The music player is excellent; very nice sound with headphones or earbuds. Yes, the outside buttons are sensative when they're not locked, but when I walk or hike while listenint to mp3's, I keep my phone in a leather pouch.
Speakerphone works good, and nobody has told me that there's an echo when I speak, or when I hear them- no echo.
The ONLY negative thing about my u540 is the battery. But, it's a slim phone, hence a small, slim battery.
IF YOU INSIST on using your phone for nothing but texting and VCAST stuff, maby look elsewhere.
If you want a PHONE FOR A PHONE, that looks, works,and sounds great, is comfortable to hold & use, and with extras that are fun to play with occasionally (music player), then really take a look at the u540.
Pros small, light, it's a phone, geniuses!
Cons it's not a multimedia extravaganza
Summary No problems with the buttons as some of these people report. Battery life is excellent, although the first time it charged it reported "charging over" and only lasted half a day, but subsequent overnight charges give a solid 3-4 days of standby and use. Sound is not garbled, unless you're too stupid to lower the volume. The default volume for the handset earpiece is max, which overdrives the earpiece speaker. turn it down a notch or two, it's still plenty loud and sounds fine. Smallest and lightest offering in the verizon lineup, very thin, very light and no stub, thank goodness. Signal is excellent on both receive and send. MP3s sound fine through wired headset, easily manipulated and playlisted. First and foremost, it's a phone that is easy to use, efficient, small, inexpensive...it's great! If you want a phone for watching TV and movies, then you need a different phone, as well as to re-examine your life.