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Samsung Brightside

Built and priced like a smartphone, the Samsung Brightside is barely a feature phone at its best

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Samsung Brightside
Its actually a descent phone

samsung brightside review

If you recall, earlier in the review we mentioned a curious "Apps" icon on the home screen. So what can Samsung Brightside users expect from this Brew-enabled app store? As it turns out, not much.

samsung brightside review

Verizon-branded app offerings include four categories: Games, Music and Tones, Pix and Flix plus Tools and Applications, but some of these categories feature a couple of selections at best, including the carrier's CityID subscription service for identifying incoming callers.

samsung brightside review

Others include apps of questionable quality in the $2.99 to $3.99 range, a rather brash choice for such a proprietary operating system. It's also a throwback to the days when carriers tried their best to milk customers for add-ons that were ultimately incompatible with other devices when it came time to upgrade (which includes this one).

samsung brightside review

One such app is VZ Navigator, which comes preinstalled with the Samsung Brightside. Launching the app from the home screen shows a commercial (?!) of the app instead, teasing a $9.99 per month subscription purchase ($2.99 per day or $4.99 per week options are also available).

samung brightside review

The screenshots didn't exactly encourage us to tap the "Purchase" button, especially on the Brightside's tiny, low-resolution display. Nor did Verizon's Mobile Email app, which requires a $4.99 per month subscription with a meager trial period of 10 uses. Both apps can be bundled with a Verizon 75MB data plan for only $10 per month.

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