The Good The Samsung Intensity III has a durable design, reliable call quality, and a nifty “fake call” feature to help you escape awkward social situations.
The Bad Intensity III has several design flaws, is not waterproof, and provides low quality photos.
The Bottom Line The low specs, flat keyboard and unattractive appearance outweigh the Samsung Intensity III’s rugged design and call simulator.
Samsung Intensity III is a simple functional phone from Verizon that comes with a sliding QWERTY keyboard. Although low-tech (it has a 2-megapixel camera and a 2.4-inch screen), it satisfies the military characteristics to withstand extreme variations in temperature, fog, humidity, dust and solar radiation.
Unfortunately, this is not the waterproofing that people tend to look for in a reliable phone. Even though it will cost you only $ 80 after a $ 50 mail rebate and a two-year contract (the price drops to $ 50 if you shop online), its rugged features and design flaws are turning that back on.
Intensity III is 4.41 inches high, 2.12 inches wide and 0.57 inches thick and weighs 4.06 ounces. It has a small frame and lightweight plastic construction, making it hard to believe that it fits any military attributes. While it is easy to handle and fits into the front and back pockets of jeans, it also feels and looks incredibly cheap and is one of the more unattractive keyboards I’ve ever seen.
There is a volume rocker on the left side of the device and a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top. On the right is a button that activates voice dialing with Nuance Communications. It also activates the “fake call” function (more on that later). There is also a microSD card slot covered with attached plastic doors and a shortcut to the camera. At the very bottom, there is a Micro-USB port.
The display is 2.4 inches with a resolution of 240×320 pixels. It can show up to 262,000 colors, and its color depth is 18-bit. It should be said that at such numbers the image quality is below par. The photos turned out to be grainy and bright, the wallpapers and icons showed a strong smoothing, and the colors captured on the video were not as bright as their real-life counterparts.
At the top of the display there is a subwoofer, on the left are two soft keys that change function depending on what you do with your handset. They are activated when the keyboard is pushed out, and the screen goes into landscape mode. Below the screen are two sets of keys. The top consists of two more soft buttons, a send key, a loudspeaker, a center selection, a clean, a power / end key, and a navigation key. The lower part is your standard alphanumeric keypad. If you press and hold the pound key, you can quickly move the phone to vibration.
The QWERTY keyboard under the device display has four rows of keys that light up when in use. In addition, there are four navigation arrows. There are also several shortcuts, including those that allow you to create your favorite contacts, text messages, and search for your device.
The sliding mechanism of the keyboard is strong and nimble. But although the keys themselves are decent in size, they are relatively consistent with the surface of the device, which complicates their sensation. My hands are already quite small and I ended up typing with my fingertips.
On the back of the device is a 2-megapixel camera. Below is a small reflective circle for noisy shots, and to the right are two small slots for the speaker. The back plate has a gray, textured diamond pattern with industrial designs similar to the tables. This aesthetics and the strip of rubber that runs along the edges of the phone were the only things that let me and other people know that, oh yes, it’s a sturdy device. Using a small indentation at the top, you can tear the back plate with your nails to detect a 1000 mAh battery.
An ‘intense’ look at Verizon’s Samsung Intensity III (pictures)
Samsung Intensity III comes with a minimal number of task management features. By clicking the menu button at the bottom of the screen, you will see nine animated icons for your contacts, messages, recent calls, browser, media center, email, navigator, photos and settings.
After you select Settings & Tools, you can access the device’s built-in voice command feature, its four calculators (including a normal one, one for figuring out tips, and one for conversions), its calendar, its alarm or world clocks, its stopwatch, and its notepad.
In the media menu, you can play stored music, download ringtones, and buy apps and games. Two games, Midnight Pool 2 and Tetris, have been pre-loaded.
Also includes Bluetooth, picture messaging, Opera Web Browser, VZ Navigator (map and navigation feature, which costs an additional $ 9.99 per month, beyond your data plan), and a mobile email client where you can add your Microsoft Exchange, Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, or AOL accounts.
In addition, there is a very useful fake call feature that sounds exactly as it is – it simulates an incoming call. To activate it, press the voice command key to the right of the device four times. After a few seconds (or 3 minutes, depending on how long you set the timeout), the phone will light up and ring. You can set it to make ringtones, and you can even set up a fake contact to be displayed on screen. It’s perfect for awkward dates, awkward parties, and just about any other situation where you need to make excuses quickly.
All this works on a 480 MHz processor. Due to the low specification, it takes a few seconds to open applications such as the camera, click menu icons, and go to the home screen. Saving a photo or recording takes a noticeable rhythm, and the shutter lags a few seconds after the physical button is pressed.
Camera and video
The phone’s 2 megapixel camera has five shooting modes (including continuous and panoramic shooting), three resolution options, a brightness meter, five white balance, three exposure measurement options, four color effects, a night shot, a timer, and three qualities. photos, and the viewfinder grid feature for all third-party fans.
The video still has the same brightness, white balance, color effects, timer, viewfinder grid and quality settings; however, only two record sizes are available (one to save and a smaller size to send).
The picture quality was understandably poor. The photos taken indoors and outdoors were noticeably grainy and had distinct edges. In low-light environments there was a lot of digital noise, subjects were out of focus, and colors were very muted. However, the colors were a bit brighter in pictures taken outdoors with lots of sun.
The video didn’t get better. Although the focus remained consistent and sharp enough, the sound picked up poorly – the wind, for example, sounded while recording. The colors were not as bright as they appeared in real life, and the playback viewer was so small that it did not even take up the entire screen.
I tested the dual-band (CDMA 850, 1900) Samsung Intensity III in San Francisco using Verizon services. The call quality was impressive – the voices were audible and clear, and the maximum ear volume was excellent. There were no strange sounds or buzzing, I did not lose the signal and the sound did not crash and did not come out. I was informed that my voice was clear too, although when I was out of my friend’s, you could hear the sounds of tailwind.
For comparison, the speaker is a bit disappointing. The sounds of the voices were mixed together and muted, making it difficult to hear the individual words clearly. At maximum volume, the music came out harsh and tiny, and again mixed a little. I was told that I sounded great when I spoke through the loudspeaker.
Listen Now: Samsung Intensity III sample call quality
The device runs on 1X technology, so don’t expect high data rates. The CNET mobile site took an average of 8 seconds to download, The New York Times downloaded 10 seconds, and ESPN took an average of 12 seconds. Keep in mind that these mobile sites do not look like high-end smartphones. A lot of coding is removed, so the site is modified to display only some graphics and images.
Watching YouTube was not pleasant. Like recorded video, YouTube video does not play across the entire screen area, and in fact only takes up a fifth of the screen.
As for her strength, I fell and kicked the phone down a few stairs, and she suffered only a few scratches here and there. The screen remained intact, and the sliding keyboard still felt shaky after falling. However, during one particularly difficult landing, the back plate and the battery flew off. After I put the pieces together again, it was still completely complete. While I have no doubt that today’s fragile smartphones wouldn’t work today either, the Intensity III didn’t feel more powerful than other standard phones. In addition, people looking for durable phones may also want waterproofs, which it does not offer.
During our battery tests, the phone lasted 7.25 hours and had a solid battery charge. After a day of talking on the phone, texting, and browsing, only one battery (four of them) will disappear. This can also take several days without charge. According to FCC radiation tests, the phone has a digital specific absorption coefficient of 0.66 W / kg.
Unfortunately, the Samsung Intensity III is not as intense. Although it can withstand the heavy bumps of daily (and sometimes not very daily) use to be worth its strong salt, it must also be waterproof. In addition, its unattractive appearance and its too flat keyboard surface are two design flaws that I cannot overcome.
After all, even if it makes solid calls and has a great call simulator for the bad social situations you want to get out of, its poor performance is not worth it. Let’s take a look instead LG Extravert . It is also a simple functional phone on the Verizon network that has a sliding keyboard but has much more comfortable keys.