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Samsung Sway review

6/10 AVG.
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6/10
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The Samsung Sway currently has an Informr score of 6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 41 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


MobileBurn

The Samsung Sway is a slender, great looking cell phone. The plastic body is solid, with no creaks or squeaks in usage, and is extremely light in weight. Its slender size allows it to slip easily into your pocket, too. Unfortunately, the rest of the phone is unexciting, thanks to its slow data conne...

- Ricky Cadden, MobileBurn


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Samsung released the Sway on October 6, 2008.


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Samsung backs up the Sway with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Sway has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
Unknown

The Samsung Sway's screen size is Unknown with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
33 MB

Internal memory is 33 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 8 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 13 days standby time.

Samsung Sway Specs

Overview
Release date October 6, 2008
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 33 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.15 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: 13 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Colors Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.5 x 5.0 x 1.2 cm (4.1 x 2 x 0.5 in)
Weight 101 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 240 x 320 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
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 No
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 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact 5 numbers, Email address
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
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 8 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Night mode, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers 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 No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SCH-U650

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MobileBurn

Great looking but with poor overall experience

from MobileBurn

The Samsung Sway is a slender, great looking cell phone. The plastic body is solid, with no creaks or squeaks in usage, and is extremely light in weight. Its slender size allows it to slip easily into your pocket, too. Unfortunately, the rest of the phone is unexciting, thanks to its slow data connection and poor camera. The multimedia functions on this phone are only there in name, and ultimately offer a rather poor overall experience...

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The Samsung Sway is a slender, great looking cell phone. The plastic body is solid, with no creaks or squeaks in usage, and is extremely light in weight. Its slender size allows it to slip easily into your pocket, too. Unfortunately, the rest of the phone is unexciting, thanks to its slow data connection and poor camera. The multimedia functions on this phone are only there in name, and ultimately offer a rather poor overall experience.

It is only the fact that the phone has no real deal breaking problems that it manages to eek out a "Recommended" rating. There are more interesting phones out there that people will probably want to consider first.

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User Reviews


Amazon

Horrendous - The Anti-iPhone

from Amazon
RUN, don't walk, RUN from this hunk of junk. About as intuitive as trying to building a moon rocket from scratch armed only with Fisher Price tools. The manual is bigger than the new socialized healthcare bill and is equally nonsensical. The "short cut" book is only slightly less thick than the U.S. ta...More
RUN, don't walk, RUN from this hunk of junk. About as intuitive as trying to building a moon rocket from scratch armed only with Fisher Price tools. The manual is bigger than the new socialized healthcare bill and is equally nonsensical. The "short cut" book is only slightly less thick than the U.S. tax code. But the best part is, this moronic phone has a mind of it's own! For a fun surprise, put it in a pocket or a purse for the day and then see what's been inadvertently downloaded - even though the cover is shut! You'll howl with laughter when you get the bill! Or, for more hilarity, put it on your nightstand at night and get awoken suddenly as it powers itself on and off at random intervals around 3am with an annoying chime. I just got a new phone and will now have the pleasure of sledge hammering this Sway in my driveway! Less
Amazon

I want to like this phone, but it is junk

from Amazon
This phone is very appealing for a number of reasons: - slim profile - sliding display - battery life (other reviews are critical of this aspect. I've had great battery life in my 14 months of ownership with one brief exception) ... but it has MAJOR flaws: - I have had the screen go fuzzy half a d...More
This phone is very appealing for a number of reasons: - slim profile - sliding display - battery life (other reviews are critical of this aspect. I've had great battery life in my 14 months of ownership with one brief exception) ... but it has MAJOR flaws: - I have had the screen go fuzzy half a dozen times. I am unable to text or see who is calling. There's no discernible pattern as to why this happens -- sometimes it's cold, sometimes it's not; sometimes it's damp, sometimes it's been in my pocket all day. Still, this phone has been subjected to less trauma than my last four phones combined and trumps them all with this display problem. At a time of its choosing, the phone will revive. I am basically biding my time, awaiting the day when it does not revive and I will have to buy a new phone. - Verizon does not carry replacement batteries. The battery once died and I went to THREE stores (Verizon, Radio Shack, Batteries Plus) and no one carried it. They all could order it in about a week (perfect for people who can go without a cell phone for a week!). - The headsets are all proprietary, a tactic you can get away with if you are the upper echelon of electronics manufacturers (Apple/Sony). Samsung is not Apple or Sony. The last two points here underscore a secondary problem: this phone is not good enough to saturate the market and beckon support from its carrier. Do not buy this phone. Less
Amazon

Don't Buy this junk!

from Amazon
I went for this phone because it looked sleek and slim and so I signed up a 2 year contract for almost one year ago. Within these past 11 months, I've gone in Verizon to exchange for new Sways two times. Currently I am on Sway Number 3. Just this fact alone should tell you what kind of phone this is...More
I went for this phone because it looked sleek and slim and so I signed up a 2 year contract for almost one year ago. Within these past 11 months, I've gone in Verizon to exchange for new Sways two times. Currently I am on Sway Number 3. Just this fact alone should tell you what kind of phone this is. By the way, I am not into text messaging, camera, etc. I am a basic cell phone user. For a simple user like me, this phone can't even satisfy me. The problems I had were the phones themselves - so I was told by the Verizon people. When I plugged in the charger, the phone was just dead. No sign of life. I thought it was battery problem but nope I was told it was the phone. Like I said, I am on Sway #3 and my warranty is expiring in one week. God help me - I have another freaking year of contact to go! Verizon should really pull this phone off the market; this phone really is damaging their image and reputation. Less
Amazon

Nice phone but has major issues.

from Amazon
I've owned this phone for about 6 months now after losing my last cell phone after it fell outta my holster while riding my motorcycle. So far its been a pretty good phone to me once I got use to the issues/problems this phone comes with. I have to carry my charger with me constantly because this pho...More
I've owned this phone for about 6 months now after losing my last cell phone after it fell outta my holster while riding my motorcycle. So far its been a pretty good phone to me once I got use to the issues/problems this phone comes with. I have to carry my charger with me constantly because this phone is a battery hog. I use it alot for work and personal use I have to charge it at least once a day with light to moderate use(calls and texting) and sometimes two or three times if using my weather or navigation apps or heavy use. Its a great looking phone and has been very durable I've dropped it off a roof at work and it still works perfect after that, but it landed in the grass so I wouldn't go dropping it on concrete any time soon if u can help it. Even dropped it in a lake while kayaking I left it dry out for a day and still works fine. One real bad problem that I've had with it is when I have left the battery go dead the screen will have lines all through it so u can't see what your doing. Solution I've found for that though is to put it on the charger for half hour or so and turn it on and turn the camera on it gets rid of the lines but doesn't always work on the first try but it has always worked so far. That problem started right out of the blue about a month after I got the phone and verizon says they can not replace it for that reason even though I carry insurance. That makes me wonder why I even carry the insurance when I can't use it when I have a legitemate problem with a phone. Overall its a decent, fairly durable phone but has a few major issues that need worked out. I wouldn't recommend this phone to anyone who isn't tech savy or that doesn't want to deal with battery and other issues. I've always used Samsung phones with out problems like these before and I am seriously considering switching to a LG after this phone. Pros: 1) Easy to use interface. 2) Very nice looking phone. 3) Fairly Durable. 4) Slim, sleek and easy to carry. 5) Sound quality is pretty good. 6) Takes good pictures. Cons: 1) This phone eats battery life real fast if you get this phone be ready to carry a charger with you everywhere. 2) Buttons get pushed very easily when carrying it. I can't count how many times I've looked at my phone after taking it out of the holster and it was on mobile web. 3) Vibrate is not very strong so don't be suprized when you miss a call if its just on vibrate. 4) A phone with a few bugs that Samsung or Verizon should have worked out or at least attempt to fix for their customers. Less
Phonedog

gets the job done

from Phonedog
Pro: small, easy to use UI, good radio Con: if all you do (like me) is make/take occasional calls, then the only cons are 1) the ringer isn't very loud, and 2) the keypad doesn't really lock when closed, pressure in tight pockets like jeans will cause bring up screens where Verizon tries to sell you s...More
Pro: small, easy to use UI, good radio Con: if all you do (like me) is make/take occasional calls, then the only cons are 1) the ringer isn't very loud, and 2) the keypad doesn't really lock when closed, pressure in tight pockets like jeans will cause bring up screens where Verizon tries to sell you something. Using experience: 6 months I just want to talk to people every now or then. The phone works for that. I've never had problems with the battery because I charge it every night. I had to get a replacement from Verizon after 4 months (for free) because the display went bad. Less
Amazon

Don't buy if you need the battery to last all day

from Amazon
My recommendation is not to buy the Sway Phone due to its very real and widely reported battery problem. The Sway usually won't last the day, even with little or no use, such as a few two-minute calls and no texting. It was a little better when new (four months ago) but not much better. So far the V...More
My recommendation is not to buy the Sway Phone due to its very real and widely reported battery problem. The Sway usually won't last the day, even with little or no use, such as a few two-minute calls and no texting. It was a little better when new (four months ago) but not much better. So far the Verizon store has been adamant about not replacing the phone under the one-year warranty. Its been a very aggravating experience dealing with them even though the phone clearly does not meet its performance specifications for use time and standby time. The problem is that their in-store test has to show that the phone is bad. It passes the in-store test. They have no long term "real-use" test that would surface the problem we are experiencing. They have to follow their processes. However, at some point, the manager is authorized to use his/her discretion and replace the phone to keep the happy customer. This hasn't happened. I'm not sure it will happen. We continue to test. Note that the only problem talked about here is the battery problem. If the battery is OK, the phone will connect. Even though this is an attractive phone and has some good features, if it won't turn on and have reliable standby and talk time, the phone is worthless for our needs. My best advice is to avoid these problems from the start if you depend on a phone that needs to be usable for the day. Do your research and select a different phone. I wish I did. If Samsung has fixed this problem, I wish they would let us know. Less
Amazon

Great, but with a BIG design flaw

from Amazon
I bought this phone about 3 months ago when I signed up with Verizon, and mostly I decided to get it because it's sleek and stylish, but it seemed to have all the features I might need as well. The phone really is stylish-looking, but after a couple of months of use, I noticed I was having problems w...More
I bought this phone about 3 months ago when I signed up with Verizon, and mostly I decided to get it because it's sleek and stylish, but it seemed to have all the features I might need as well. The phone really is stylish-looking, but after a couple of months of use, I noticed I was having problems with the phone unlocking itself while it was in my pocket. The OK button on the phone is used to unlock it when it's slid closed, but the OK button also happens to be the most raised button on the outside of the phone. Now, it's not as if I was doing jumping jacks with a pocket full of janitorial keys here, (In fact, there isn't anything in my pockets with my phone.) I was simply walking from one place to the next. And over and over, if it wasn't the OK button taking me into the media center, then it was one of the shortcut buttons connecting to mobile web or opening up Vcast, ready to download ringtones and other nonsense I knew I was paying through the nose for. At any rate, there is *no* way to change the button you want to use for unlocking the phone. That's right. For this most obvious of problems, there's no simple way to fix it. But I was able to change the default screen layout and my shortcuts so that any slip of the button wouldn't end up with me paying boatloads of cash for nothing. The point is, *I shouldn't have to.* This was a problem they should have seen way ahead of time when manufacturing this phone, and frankly, with the way the menu is designed, I'm almost willing to believe it's an intentional "flaw" designed to get you as quickly into the areas where you spend more money as possible. After a couple of months of fretting over this phone, I finally decided to disable all web access and vcast access from my phone via the verizon website. Frankly, I don't trust this thing even after changing the shortcuts and screen layout. And there's no reason anyone as a consumer should have to put up with this kind of obvious mistake. Other than the design problems, this phone is great. Voice quality is excellent, and battery life for me was exceptionally long. (More than any other phone I've had.) I've left it unplugged for 2-3 days at a time, but it still read full battery, which makes me believe that some customers are simply not leaving this phone plugged in for the full time the instructions say to when they first receive it. The booklet specifies 4 hours of charge time, which is easily how long I left mine charging for when I first got it. Bottom line: if you can deal with the inevitable headaches, this phone does a lot of things right. The one thing it does wrong, though, it goes the whole nine yards on. Less

For sanity don't buy this phone!

This phone may seem great but don't be fooled by the slyde! I have had my phone in for repair and the day I got it back it needed to go back! It freezes all the time while texting, drops calls, has low battery, downoads ringtones but then it is silent when people call you! Memory always says it full wh...More
This phone may seem great but don't be fooled by the slyde! I have had my phone in for repair and the day I got it back it needed to go back! It freezes all the time while texting, drops calls, has low battery, downoads ringtones but then it is silent when people call you! Memory always says it full when trying to send a text....even when inbox is next to empty the list seriously goes on. My provider telus said that this phone doesn't have many complaints or problems.....maybe they should read this sites reveiws. The providers don't stand by the equipment and neither does Samsung! LG Motorola.....maybe they need to go back to the basics until they all can give us phones for our basic need that last past our service contracts. Put pressure on your provider to hold all these companies accountable for the crap they sell us! Brutal! Don't buy this phone! Less
Amazon

Good Phone

from Amazon
This phone works well for me. I don't text or use the net. The charge seems to be lasting well for me. My complaint is the outside keys activate too easily. The phone gets activated just setting in the pouch on my belt.
Amazon

unknown downloads.....

from Amazon
i agree! since my husband and I have upgraded to this phone approx 4 months ago, we have paid over $20 in random downloading fees. we finally bought cases for the phones and it still happens! i just got off of the phone with verizon customer service because i had apparently downloaded 3 ringback tones....More
i agree! since my husband and I have upgraded to this phone approx 4 months ago, we have paid over $20 in random downloading fees. we finally bought cases for the phones and it still happens! i just got off of the phone with verizon customer service because i had apparently downloaded 3 ringback tones. everytime i call these people, they basically tell me that i am lying and that it process to download anything is way to complicated to just "happen" while in my pocket/purse. i have send random text messages and download transfers (which charge you the same as downloading). i am extremely unsatisfied with my SWAY! i will buying a new phone at my own expense and gladly smashing this phone with a hammer! Less

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