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Samsung Reality Available April 22nd

Posted on April 19th, by Evan Selleck in archive. No Comments

It’s about time we heard something from Samsung again. We were beginning to have withdrawal issues. But, at least they’ve come back swinging. They’ve officially announced the Samsung Reality, a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard packing, TouchWiz flaunting messaging phone for the Verizon Wireless network. It’s not available right now, but it will be very soon.

The Samsung Reality is definitely a featurephone, but we’re glad to see the line blurring (at least in the form of features) when it comes to these traditionally lesser devices. With the Reality, you’ll be getting a horizontal full QWERTY slide-out keyboard, and a 3-inch WQVGA (240 x 400) touchscreen hiding it away while it’s closed. It features social networking, with the ability to utilize a Samsung proprietary application called “Communities” to change your status messages. It also features a 3.2MP camera on the back.

As for messaging, you can access text, picture, and video messaging for the standard type. You’ve also got mobile IM, mobile email, mobile chat, and mobile web email at your disposal. So, you’ll definitely find a reason to use that full keyboard, we imagine. You will also get a MicroSD card slot, for memory expansion up to 16GB. The Reality will go on sale April 22nd, and cost $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate. Full press release below.

Touch Screen Display, QWERTY Keyboard, Next-Generation Messaging and Social Networking Features Keep Customers Connected On the Go

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and DALLAS – Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), today announced the Samsung Reality™ will be available on April 22. The sleek and stylish Samsung Reality, available in two color options – Piano Black and City Red – sports a three-inch touch screen display, full horizontal slide-out QWERTY keyboard, customizable widgets, and multiple messaging options.
The Samsung Reality supports Samsung’s unique TouchWiz interface, which offers specially designed widgets that allow customers to customize and personalize their phones. The Communities widget allows customers to update social networking sites, post pictures and upload videos to YouTube™ and other Web sites instantly. The Samsung Reality also features one-touch widgets, which provide instant access to favorite Web sites on the phone’s full HTML Web browser.
Key features and specifications:
· 3 inch WQVGA (240 x 400) full touch screen
· Horizontal slide-out QWERTY keyboard
· Full suite of messaging options, including text, picture, video and voice messaging; Mobile IM; Mobile Chat; Mobile Email; and Mobile Web Email
· 3.2 megapixel camera with Night Shot Mode; single, multi, panorama, mosaic and frame shot modes; and video capture capabilities
o Photo editing features, including Dynamic Canvas, which supports flash animations in pictures
· Bluetooth® technology with support for headset, hands-free, Dial Up Networking, stereo, phonebook access, basic print, basic imaging, object push for vCard and vCalendar, File Transfer and serial port
· Corporate Email (formerly RemoSync) support for Microsoft Office Exchange so customers can synchronize corporate e-mail, contacts and calendars from their office e-mail
· microSD™ card slot with support for up to 16 GB (card purchased separately)

Lifestyle features:
Access to social networking services
VZ Navigator® capable – Receive audible turn-by-turn directions to more than 15 million points of interest and share the directions with others
Visual Voice Mail – Delete, reply and forward voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice instructions
Media Center – Access downloadable games, ringtones, wallpapers, location-based services and more
Personal organizer and tools with calendar, calculator with currency converter, notepad, alarm clock, world clock and stop watch

Price and availability:
The Samsung Reality will be available on April 22 at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
To get the most from the Samsung Reality, customers will need to subscribe to a Nationwide Talk or Nationwide Talk & Text plan, as well as purchase a data package that begins at $9.99 per month for 25 megabytes with Mobile Email.
For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.