Samsung Brightside - Finally something that parents and kids can agree on!

by Megan Murray on April 16, 2013
Device Name: Samsung Brightside for Verizon Wireless
Operating System: Non-Smartphone
Available Carrier(s): Verizon Wireless
Manufacturer: Samsung
Available Color(s): Black

Tell Me About It

The Samsung Brightside from Verizon Wireless is an affordable phone that bridges the gap between tech-savvy kids who are begging their parents for a cool phone, and the budget-conscious parents who don't want to spend lots of money on a smartphone or a monthly data plan. The phone offers many of the high-end features typical of a smartphone including touchscreen, Bluetooth functionality and quick links to all of the social networks. It also boasts a slide out keyboard for maximum efficiency when texting and emailing. However, because it doesn't require a data plan, this is perfect for someone who wants the look and feel of a smartphone, without the monthly costs associated with it.

Who It's Good For

This phone is a must for teens this year. It is also a smart pick for adults looking to upgrade to a phone with a few more bells and whistles, but don't want a smartphone or a required monthly data plan.

What Makes It Great

  • Smartphone-like features without the required smartphone data plan
  • A slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a touch screen for fast typing of status updates, tweets, texts, and more
  • Lots of social network and texting shortcuts
  • A good camera/camcorder that makes it easy to share photos and videos
  • Affordably-priced, this budget-conscious phone is a good choice if you are adding a line to your Verizon Wireless family plan, or making your first family plan
  • Driving mode changes the volume to high and reads contact information aloud... However, I encourage all new teen (and adult!) drivers to put away their phones when they are behind the wheel
  • Hands-free options include Bluetooth and Just Say It With Commands (voice dial, picture and text messages, contact read-out and more)

Why This is Wirefly BUZZworthy

Why Teens Like It: The Samsung Brightside is one of the smartest non-smartphones on the market and is as close to an Android as you can get without actually having to pay for one.   The device offers both style and functionality that will appeal to even the most discerning of teens who wants to own the latest and greatest phone.  It boasts a touch screen display that is typical with any smartphone design AND features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that teens find necessary for sending texts and status updates to their friends at lightning fast speeds.   Samsung even takes it to another level by allowing for simultaneous QWERTY and touch screen input, so users can enter text on the keyboard while multi-tasking using the touch screen. It's like two devices in one!

Plus, just like a smartphone, the Brightside allows for easy access to email, apps and games.  Teens will LOVE having their Social Networks app preloaded onto the home screen so that with just one tap, they can quickly look at Facebook and Twitter feeds, update their status, tweet, 'like,' comment and share while on the go.  The Brightside also has a ton of built-in shortcuts for quick access to messaging and networking on the slide-out QWERTY keypad. Just press the spacebar to open the Social Networks app. Function + Z opens a quick list of emoticons for quick messaging. The Star key is a shortcut to 12 favorite contacts.  Did I mention there's also a dedicated messaging key as a shortcut for writing texts?  And, in the off chance your teen finally wants to give their texting fingers a rest, the Just Say It With Voice Commands let them dial, send texts, send picture, contact readout, and more simply by using their voice!  Another great feature - its 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera and camcorder with a shutter button for rapid-fire photos to make sure they never miss a moment!

Why Parents Like It:  PRICE!!! PRICE!!! PRICE!!!  As a non-smartphone smartphone, this device offers all of the most important features of a smartphone, but lacks the most expensive - the Data plan!  As a feature-phone, this Verizon device only requires the most basic of plans, which start as low as $9.99 a month! Plus, the device is currently available for less than $20 on Wirefly.com, less than the cost of the night at the movies complete with popcorn and a soda. 

Takeaway

The Brightside may appear a bit dim for serious cell phone aficionados, but this device will shine bright for teens…and the parents footing the bill.