Monday, November 22, 2010
Samsung Gusto SCH-U360 (Verizon Wireless) Review on CNet: “The Samsung Gusto SCH-U360 is cheap and cheerful, and that’s not a bad thing. It offers quality voice calls, compatibility with VZ Navigator, and that’s pretty much about it. Even the camera is sub-par. If you only need the basics, the Gusto is OK. But you can do better by paying a little more, or by looking for higher-quality older handsets that have now been discounted down to free. Design and Call Quality: The Gusto measures 4.0 by 1.9 by 0.6 inches (HWD) and weighs 3.3 ounces. It’s made entirely of matte and glossy plastics, with a faux metal texture on the front, and a slightly smoother one on the back panel. It feels low-rent. The internal 2-inch screen offers just 128-by-160-pixel resolution, while the external 1.1-inch screen is 96-by-96.The problem with the Gusto isn’t so much the handset itself. It’s that for the same (lack of) price, you can probably score a more capable handset that’s been on the market for a few months, and that has since been discounted to free with a two-year contract. For example, the LG Accolade ($9-$199, 3.5/5 stars) is better built and has a better camera, while the LG Cosmos ($29.99-189.99, 3/5 stars), adds a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Both have nicer screens and still don’t require a data package, and both are now free with a two-year contract. The Samsung Gusto was designed to be free from the outset. That’s fine, but it’s at a disadvantage against slightly older but more capable phones.
Full Review Samsung Gusto SCH-U360 (Verizon Wireless)