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Samsung SGH-U700

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2009 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the usability and camera. The responsiveness and portability also get good views, but the text input and features get less positive opinions. Comments about the GPS navigation and reception are different.

design, portability, responsiveness, camera, usability

battery, build quality, features, text input

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung SGH-U700 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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(Based on 2009 reviews)

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Samsung Gleam (SCH


Enjoy the features of this multimedia phone that allows for downloading and viewing your favorite videos, music and ringtones. Gleam also supports a built-in camera,stereo headset, handsfree and more. Feel the freedom of being entertained wherever you go.

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Samsung Gleam SCH-U700 (gold, Verizon Wireless)


Samsung has developed something of a penchant lately for assigning nicknames to its cell phones. In the past couple months alone we've seen the Beat , the Blast , and the Hue . Sometimes, we're not always sure where the monikers come from--we're still...

The Samsung Gleam SCH-U700 has an attractive design, a gorgeous internal display, and solid set of features. Call and music quality are good, too.

The Samsung Gleam SCH-U700 suffers from average photo and video quality. Also, the speakerphone and voice dialing don't fare well in noisy environments.

If you're looking for a cell phone that is fashionable and has good call quality, the Samsung Gleam SCH-U700 is a solid bet. Video playback isn't so hot, but it's a decent phone on the whole.

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SlashGear Review: Samsung Gleam SGH-U700 on Verizon


When you're making cellphones it can be tricky finding a unique selling point that pushes your new handset out in front of the crowd. It's made doubly difficult when the phone is neither high-fashion nor smartphone; that's what's left Verizon...

Just as it’s difficult for manufacturers to position their handsets apart from the crowd, it can be tricky to say conclusively whether a mainstream mobile is better than the rest (or, even harder, if it’s “the phone for you”). The Samsung Gleam is...

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Samsung U700 review: Ultra fit


Brilliant QVGA display, HSDPA, 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus, memory card and many other functions in a fashionably slim shape. Samsung U700, a.k.a Samsung Ultra 12.1, is one of the four slim models in the Ultra Edition II Series. The number...

Samsung U700 owes its smart and elegant looks to a combination of a number of important elements: sliding construction, slim and solid body and glossy finish. In addition, to follow suit with the design features of the phone's front panel, Samsung has...

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Samsung Gleam Review


The Samsung Gleam U700 is a fashionable flip phone, sporting a shiny black and gold exterior, and is targeted to consumers that are looking for a mid-range phone at a modest price. Even though it lacks the 2GB of internal memory that is featured on the...

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Samsung U700 Ultra 12.1 Review


If you NEED 3G for either fast retrieving of the emails (as the browser is mediocre) or for video calling, this is the only Ultra slim Samsung with it. But if not, the U600 will offer you sexier design and quad-band GSM that can be used anywhere a...

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Samsung Gleam SCH-U700 - gold (Verizon Wireless)


OK here is the skinny.I've had this phone going on 3 years and so far so good.I've read all of the other 51 or so reviews and really other than the fingerprint(s) ,I really can't agree with 99% of them.I never had a dropped call,never had a software...

Looks good,thin,light,good call quality,mp3's....was free as an upgrade

Like a few others mentioned fingerprints

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Hunk of junk


I went through 5 in a month before i switched to Motorola. Incoming calls were muted, and nothing I could do would unmute the calls.

Dual speakers


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20627 total calls, 714:20:19 hr:min:sec, tough phone


Ranked #1 for a flip fhone in my book

I can't count the number of times I've dropped this phone on concrete, sand, tile floors, only 1 bad knick on the corner and finish has worn off due to sand in my pocket. Less than 10 dropped calls in 2 years & 20K+ calls

I would like a new one but I switched to AT&T so it won't work. The "7" button is starting to fail after 2 years of hard use. The ringer could be louder, it's kind of quiet, like most flip phones

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third phone


I have gone through three samsung gleams in nine months. My biggest problem with the phone is that the volume will turn up and down on its own. It's like it goes on the fritz. I miss phone calls because of it. I use my phone alot for an alarm in the...

you can talk on it

too many glitches

Product Specifications

Building on the runaway success of Samsung's Ultra Edition range, the Samsung Ultra Edition II embodies the best of rapidly advancing technology, revolutionary mobile designs and must-have business and consumer desired multimedia functionality to create the slimmest, most powerful and best looking handsets in each form factor. The Ultra Edition II portfolio includes a stylish and functional slider, the Ultra Edition 12.1 (U700). It offers advanced features such as 3 megapixel camera, high-speed web connectivity, as well as extensive multimedia and audio capabilities. Proving that Samsung truly is at the heart of consumer needs, this handset incorporates innovative consumer driven design elements to improve the user experience, including external multimedia navigation keys for ease of use and jewel inspired casing, which enhance both the experience and appearance of using it. The Ultra Edition 12.1 (U700) combines extensive music player capabilities with super sound quality and comes equipped with a digital power amp developed by Bang and Olufsen. It also features a dedicated music interface to make navigation and listening easier with Quick PC Sync software installed to make the creation and selection of playlists as easy as possible. For the feature watchers, Samsung's Ultra Edition 12.1 (U700) offers a HSDPA 3.6 Mbps data transfer speed, video telephony functionality and auto focus in a slim 12.1mm case.


Antenna Type:Internal


Standby Time (PB):250hours
Talk Time (PB):210minutes
Technology:Lithium ion




Band:CDMA2000 1X 1900/800/WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 900/1800/1900
Combined with:With digital camera / digital player/With two digital cameras / digital player
Integrated Components:2nd camera / Digital camera / Digital player/Digital camera / Digital player
Phone Form Factor:Folder/Slider
Service Provider:Not specified/Verizon Wireless
Technology:CDMA2000 1X/WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
Type:Cellular phone
Vibrating Alert: Yes
Voice Recorder: Yes
Wireless Interface:Bluetooth/Bluetooth 2.0

Dimensions & Weight



Color Depth:18-bit (262000 Colors)
Diagonal Size:2.2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.6cm
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Supported Flash Memory Cards:microSD


Model:U700 Gleam/U700 Ultra Edition 12.1
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung SCH/Samsung SGH

Messaging & Data Services

EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates For Global Evolution): Yes
HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access): Yes
Internet Browser: Yes



Optical Sensor

Sensor Resolution:2Megapixel/3Megapixel


Alarm Clock: Yes
Calendar: Yes
Reminder: Yes

Telephone Memory

Phone Book Capacity:500names & numbers
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