updated 12:10 pm EDT, Mon April 19, 2010
Samsung Reality handset due at Verizon this week
Verizon on Monday said it will begin shipping the Samsung Reality handset starting on Thursday. The horizontal slider is relatively advanced among feature phones with both a hardware QWERTY keyboard and a 3-inch, 240x400 touchscreen display. The device has Samsung's TouchWiz interface that lets users customize the home screen with widgets.
The handset will have a social networking component with status updates as well as both photo and video uploads to YouTube and other sites thanks to the Communities widget.
There is otherwise a 3.2-megapixel camera with night-shooting, panorama, mosaic and frame shot modes, as well as video capture. Samsung fills it out with stereo Bluetooth, Microsoft Office Exchange sync and a microSDHC memory card slot. Verizon bundles its VZ Navigator turn-by-turn direction service.
The Reality will be available in black or red and cost $80 after a $50 mail-in rebate and on a two-year contract.