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.
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