Samsung, Verizon Introduce Rogue and Impression Slider Phones

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2009-09-08 Print this article Print

Verizon Wireless introduces two new Samsung slider phones, the Rogue, which features a 3.1-inch touch-screen, and the lighter-featured Intensity, which, in red, is free with a two-year contract.

The day after Labor Day used to include fresh three-ring binders and sharpened pencils, but Verizon's Sept. 8 offerings are far more modern: the Samsung Rogue and Intensity slider phones.
Both are messaging phones, though the Rogue-a dead ringer for the Samsung Impression on the AT&T network-is the more robust of the two. It offers a 3.1-inch touch-screen with Samsung's TouchWiz interface, plus a slide-out, four-row QWERTY keyboard.
It measures 4.29 by 2.17 by 0.65 inches and weighs 4.94 inches. There's a 3-megapixel camera with flash, video and digital zoom; Bluetooth and 3G (EV-DO) connectivity; a music player; a 3.5mm headset jack; and the ability to sync with a PC. Support for V CAST Video as well as services such as VZ Navigator, V CAST Music with Rhapsody (for a fee) and Visual Voice Mail are included.
The Rogue supports HTML Web browsing, as well as mobile e-mail, instant messaging and enterprise e-mail accounts. A widget toolbar on the home screens offers one-touch access to popular online destinations, such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. Users can view Microsoft Office documents, and there's a microSD slot for expanding the memory, as well as a speaker phone and speech recognition with dictation.
The smaller Intensity features a 2.1-inch (non-touch-screen) display that shares the face of the device with a keypad. Slide open the phone, however, and you get a four-row QWERTY keypad. Smaller than the Rogue, it measures 4.25 by 2.08 by 0.65 inches.
The CDMA-only Intensity features a standard Web browser, e-mail and messaging, GPS support for VZ Navigator, built-in Bluetooth, a microSD slot for adding up to 16GB of memory, a music player and headset jack, support for V CAST Music with Rhapsody, and the ability to sync with a PC.
The Rogue, which comes in bronze or black, now sells for $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and with a two-year service contract. The Intensity, in charcoal gray, is $29.99 after a $50 rebate and with a two-year agreement. Online, it's also available in Flamingo Red (aren't flamingos pink?) for free with a two-year contract.

Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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