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Samsung Zeal

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 Samsung Zeal Available now
11th November 2010

A CDMA/EVDO phone for the US Verizon network only, the Samsung Zeal is notable because it uses an electronic ink keypad that can dynamically change lettering between a QWERTY layout and a standard number pad.

Normally we would regard this as a pretty novel feature, but in fact the Zeal is almost identical in every detail to last year's Samsung Alias 2, also on Verizon Wireless. Indeed, the two phones are so similar that it is really very difficult to tell them apart unless you look very closely indeed.

 Samsung Zeal

The Zeal features a clever dual-hinge arrangement, which is another quite unusual feature, and the whole handset is certainly eye-catching and is the sort of thing that will distract other people from their iPhones, if only for a moment.

Compared with the Alias 2, the hardware specification on the Zeal is completely unchanged. There's a 2.6" 240 x 320 pixel non-touch display, a 2 megapixel camera, a media player, microSD expandable memory and Bluetooth wrapped up in a 4.3 ounce (123 gram) clamshell package with a small external display and multimedia controls mounted on the outside.

Although the hardware seems to be utterly identical to the Alias 2, Verizon appear to have refreshed the software platform with new options for social networking and multimedia downloads. The Zeal has GPS too, so you can use it as a basic personal navigation device using VZ Navigator.

Available now from Verizon Wireless, the Zeal costs just under $80 with a two-year contract and online discount. It is unlikely that we will see a version of this launched outside the US, although we feel that the e-ink keypad is definitely of interest to other consumers worldwide.

Samsung Zeal at a glance


November 2010






2.6" 240 x 320 pixels


2 megapixels


Large clamshell

4.01 x 2.04 x 0.67" / 4.34 ounces

102 x 52 x 17 mm / 123 grams



Memory card:







Not specified




Not specified

Battery life:

5 hours talk / 14 days standby

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