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Samsung SCH-U700 Gleam review

6.5/10 AVG.
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6.5/10
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The Samsung SCH-U700 Gleam currently has an Informr score of 6.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 14 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
No


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

Samsung U700 is an exquisite slider, likely to easily make most high-priced lifestyle phones suffer an inferiority complex. Not only does it look great, but does an all-round job too. It offers intuitive control and brilliant functions, a high-quality camera, a reasonable music player, instant data...

- Kuruc Jiří, GSMArena


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Samsung released the SCH-U700 Gleam on October 5, 2007.


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Samsung backs up the SCH-U700 Gleam with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
Unknown

The Samsung SCH-U700 Gleam's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
No

This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD (up to 4 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 10.5 days standby time.

SCH-U700 Gleam Specs

Overview
Release date October 5, 2007
Regions available No
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Storage No
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.62 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 10.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Black, Gold, Purple
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.9 x 4.9 x 1.4 cm (3.9 x 1.9 x 0.6 in)
Weight 95 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display Color LCD (TFT), 65k
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 500
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 4 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, WMA
Radio -
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung Gleam

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Critic Reviews


GSMArena

Not only does it look great, but does an all-round job too

from GSMArena

Samsung U700 is an exquisite slider, likely to easily make most high-priced lifestyle phones suffer an inferiority complex. Not only does it look great, but does an all-round job too. It offers intuitive control and brilliant functions, a high-quality camera, a reasonable music player, instant data transfers via HSDPA, and synchronization...

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Samsung U700 is an exquisite slider, likely to easily make most high-priced lifestyle phones suffer an inferiority complex. Not only does it look great, but does an all-round job too. It offers intuitive control and brilliant functions, a high-quality camera, a reasonable music player, instant data transfers via HSDPA, and synchronization.

Its rich functional equipment lets Samsung U700 stand up to giants like Sony Ericsson K800 or Nokia 7390. If you want a fast mobile without an OS, Samsung U700 is one of the top options in offer today.

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User Reviews


Amazon

Clear sound, mediocre battery

from Amazon
This phone has a very clear sound, easy to hear the person you are talking to. Battery life is weak. Need to check the power level every day and recharge frequently. Not a lot of features, but a nice phone. Small, light weight.

samsung gleam u700

i got this phone for my son who is 13. it has no ringtones and we could go broke in a hurry trying to get him some. when i went looking for accessories for it you can basically forget that because there is very little out there that would appeal to mom's pocket book and child's ideas of cool. the sound...More
i got this phone for my son who is 13. it has no ringtones and we could go broke in a hurry trying to get him some. when i went looking for accessories for it you can basically forget that because there is very little out there that would appeal to mom's pocket book and child's ideas of cool. the sound quailty is also poor when it rings even on full volume. he likes to text with his friends but thinks my phone is better. i have the lg env2. now we are stuck with the phone for 2 years and if i had to do it all over again i never would have gotten this phone for him. it might be good for someone who does not like all the bells and whistles that come with cell phones but if you are looking for all those things then the gleam is not for you and i would not recommend it to anyone Less
Amazon

Not so good

from Amazon
I got this phone last November, and it still (as of June) gives a chemical odor, quite noticeable when you open it to the face. I don't know what's wrong with its plastic. Its MP3 player is a joke. As another commenter said, too, it doesn't understand directories (even though the music is kept in regu...More
I got this phone last November, and it still (as of June) gives a chemical odor, quite noticeable when you open it to the face. I don't know what's wrong with its plastic. Its MP3 player is a joke. As another commenter said, too, it doesn't understand directories (even though the music is kept in regular FAT filesystem), and to load it you need to use its horrible VCAST program, which, by the way, doesn't work for Limited User account(programmer folks, it's not Windows ME anymore!), and I refuse to give Administrator privileges to my family members, to save me from grief with crapware installation. Or you need to remove the memory card, which is a hassle. Why not make the card accessible through USB as a drive? Other phones can do that. Its battery only holds about 5 days on standby time. It also doesn't allow to use a MP3 file as a ringtone. I don't understand why. Is it conspiracy to get the users buy the tones? There is no technical reason. Other phones can do that. Less
Amazon

Fun Phone and easy to operate

from Amazon
Just got this phone about a week ago and love it. The keypad buttons are a good size,well lit. The sound for the music is just fine. Best flip type phone I have owned. The shiney gold trim makes it look sheek and sophisticated.
Amazon

Regarding music

from Amazon
The phone seems alright as a phone, the menus are easy, etc., no particular problems. But I bought this phone (from the many on the Verizon list) because it has a 2GB music player that doesn't require one of those stinking pay download services, like the horrific vcast. Unfortunately, as a music pl...More
The phone seems alright as a phone, the menus are easy, etc., no particular problems. But I bought this phone (from the many on the Verizon list) because it has a 2GB music player that doesn't require one of those stinking pay download services, like the horrific vcast. Unfortunately, as a music player it has problems: 1. The cord input is a size down from that used on any decent earphone set, which requires a kludgy stub transition cord (not supplied with the phone). 2. To edit the card requires removing the stubborn battery cover and the battery itself, which is clumsy to say the least, and inexplicable in design. A USB cord (not supplied with the phone) will only work to synch with WMP, and who the heck would use that piece of Evil Empire garbage to work with MP3's? 3. The card is too small, at the same time they put out this phone the chip industry was moving to high capacity mini-cards, and this is a generation behind. Note the 2GB card does NOT come with the phone, but be sure not to buy a high capacity card, you must use the MicroSD card, not the HC, despite what some supplier websites say. 4. The music directory doesn't allow subdirectories, which is really, really, stupid. After some working with a tag editor, jamming all the music together does work, so long as the tags are suitable to your organization. But any kind of mixed playlist can't work in the usual way, just by putting single songs into a directory, creating a playlist and assigning all the songs in the directory to the playlist. Just dumb. Who wrote this software?? Not someone who plays around with MP3's much. 5. The sound is rather flat and hollow. 6. There's an annoying little flap over the jack port. For what reason? To keep grit out or something? Logical to a point, but if I used the port much I probably would just rip it off. 7. The volume rocker is broken up into only a few levels, and naturally one level is too low, the next too high. The volume rocker should be (seemingly) a continuous scale, and progressive. At least give credit to the forward and reverse functions, which do work as they should. For all these reasons, I bought a Sansa clip, which sounds much better, allows for the usual directory organization, and whose (supplied) USB cable makes it just another drive on the PC. Therefore, I didn't need the music player in this phone at all, and the choice was pointless. My advice is obvious, select the phone if you like it, but forget about the music player except for the odd occasion when you leave your ipod or whatever behind. Less
Amazon

Nice but has many issues

from Amazon
This is a nice slim phone, very classy looking. Light weight and easy to use... Has many neat things like fonts you can change, as well as different sounds for the keypad. The car theme is okay if you are into that but will use lots of battery and you will charge about every other day. Battery life is...More
This is a nice slim phone, very classy looking. Light weight and easy to use... Has many neat things like fonts you can change, as well as different sounds for the keypad. The car theme is okay if you are into that but will use lots of battery and you will charge about every other day. Battery life is okay if you turn off the living wall paper, that uses battery power too. I was used to a lot more battery with my LG 8600. Has some cool stuff to play with, the camera is okay but I have had better. No flash but if you maybe need to buy a camera if you want a lot more in that area. Now that I have pointed out all the stuff I like - let me tell you in 3 weeks I am on my third one of these.... the first one was hard to hear when ringing, the second one would not let me down load get it now applications to get my contact list. It constantly rebooted before allowing the download. This one likes to shut off and reboot also when I am on get it now looking for ringtones because..... you only have 3 bells and 3 ringtones plus the usual verizon tone ... very disappointing. The speaker in this phone leaves much to be desired, very hard to hear in my purse... so that is why I tried to download ringtones... well that just turned into a nightmare. Finally just gave up when my keypad start losing its sounds... I really think this phone has sound issues. Called Verizon and they told me to pick another phone I guess they are tired of me trying this phone. After three I think maybe I need to find another. I stayed with it because all in all it is a nice looking phone. I have small hands and it felt really nice, looked really nice and had some fun stuff, but I think it is time to move on.... Less
Amazon

Like it but have a couple of issues with it

from Amazon
I like this phone a lot more then what I had previously. It's sleek, slim, and has great graphics. One complaint that I do have is that I have to open the phone every time I need to check the time on it. Unlike most other phones I ever had, that would display the time on the front LCD by simply push...More
I like this phone a lot more then what I had previously. It's sleek, slim, and has great graphics. One complaint that I do have is that I have to open the phone every time I need to check the time on it. Unlike most other phones I ever had, that would display the time on the front LCD by simply pushing one of the keys on the side of the phone. It's more of a convince thing for me. My other complaint would be the battery life. On several occasions I've had at least 2 bars of batter power left on the phone before making a 20 minute call and before I was finished talking I'd have to plug the phone in to keep it from dieing. I'm really not a big phone talker, so I'm surprised what little life this battery has. Perhaps you could save the battery by turning off the animated background, but that's one of the key attractive features of this phone. Anyways, I think I would have bought a different one if I had known these things would be a problem for me. Less
Amazon

Poor sound quality

from Amazon
I was initially excited by the great reviews and sleek look of the Samsung gleam. I also had high expectations as my previous Samsung phone had lasted 3.5 years without trouble. However, after a week with the Gleam, I am ready to return it. The sound quality is very muffled -- I have trouble underst...More
I was initially excited by the great reviews and sleek look of the Samsung gleam. I also had high expectations as my previous Samsung phone had lasted 3.5 years without trouble. However, after a week with the Gleam, I am ready to return it. The sound quality is very muffled -- I have trouble understanding what others are saying, and they have trouble understanding me. Everyone has told me that it sounds worse than my previous phone. I'm very disappointed, and surprised that no other reviews mention this problem. It could be my particular phone, but even a Verizon representative told me to try a different model altogether. Less
Amazon

Love this phone!!!

from Amazon
I'm absolutely nuts about this phone, which I got last week. It's lightweight and comfortable to hold, with number keys that are easy to dial because of the size and position. The camera is amazing, with clear images and accurate colors, and even automatically lightens up photos taken in dim light. The...More
I'm absolutely nuts about this phone, which I got last week. It's lightweight and comfortable to hold, with number keys that are easy to dial because of the size and position. The camera is amazing, with clear images and accurate colors, and even automatically lightens up photos taken in dim light. The sound quality is good. I love the whole set up of the controls for this phone, very easy to navigate. It's also quite flat, making it convenient to carry. I've been making jokes to my friends that I'm madly in love with my cell phone and would marry it if I could! Mine is purple, by the way. Less
Amazon

Good phone, but needs better Verizon support.

from Amazon
I've had this phone for about a month now, and I'm starting to get used to it. My biggest complaint is Verizon's lack of support for it. Only one of their ringtone services works with it so far, and the address book backup service isn't supported for this phone yet. I haven't bothered trying some of th...More
I've had this phone for about a month now, and I'm starting to get used to it. My biggest complaint is Verizon's lack of support for it. Only one of their ringtone services works with it so far, and the address book backup service isn't supported for this phone yet. I haven't bothered trying some of the other services. Also, this phone doesn't synch with my Mac, even using third-party software. Hopefully, it's just so new that the vendors haven't caught up yet. Other than that, it's a fantastic phone. Very lightweight, great reception, wonderful clarity. The camera isn't the best and there's no flash, so taking indoor photos is usually disappointing. But it's a phone, not a camera, so I'm okay with that. Less

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