November 6, 2009 8:48am
The Samsung Intensity (u450) really surprised me. From looking at the device you’d think it’s just another basic phone, however the slight curves adds a sense of style and the slide-out QWERTY keyboard adds a sense of ease.
The Intensity is available at Koodo Mobile and TELUS. We reviewed the Koodo Mobile version and was impressed. It honestly feels like you are getting more phone for the value. The display is 2.1 inches and has a resolution of 176 x 220, decent screen size for doing all your messaging. The most standout part of this messaging device is the full QWERTY keyboard. It’s well designed and your thumbs won’t get caught in between keys making many mistakes. There is a directional pad for assisting you in getting to the places you want to go faster, plus quick access button to the messaging.
Overall dimensions of Intensity are 108 x 53 x 16.5mm and it weighs in at only 113.7 grams. Other key features is the fact that this can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card and comes with an Mp3 player and has a 2.5mm headset jack. You’ll see in the video that I tested out the speakers and this little thing has some quality sound to it. For the camera, it only has a 1.3 megapixel camera. Nothing to go crazy over but great for taking quick pics and sending them to your buddies. Easy to view with either the directional pad or the directional keys.
The only downside I found about the Intensity was when I went to surf the web, not only was it frustrating using the direction pad/keys, but the display did not make it a fun experience, the pages loaded slow and text/images were a bit crammed in which makes it hard to read.
Call quality was high, never a muffled or distorted sound and the battery life was decent (960 mAh battery). I had to recharge after a couple days of occasional use.
You can get the Intensity at Koodo Mobile for $200 outright or $50 on the Tab.
In addition, this is available at TELUS on the following plans:
3-year contract: $29.99
2-year contract: $129.99
1-year contract: $179.99
No contract: $229.99