The Samsung Brightside is a phone available on the Verizon network. It is available for a low cost or free – depending on the service plan. The phone is a touchscreen with a flip-out QWERTY keyboard making it ideal for textaholics or children wanting a phone that can get damaged without worry.

In this article we are going to review the Samsung Brightside phone – examine its specification, features and what it is suitable for. If you want to buy this phone you can get it from a store or from online websites like Amazon here.


The specification of the Samsung Brightside includes:

  • Touch screen.
  • QWERTY slide out keyboard.
  • 3.2 Megapixel Rear-facing camera and camcorder.
  • 6.5 hours of talk time.
  • 3G connectivity.
  • MicroSD card support.
  • Social networking site access.


The Samsung Brightside has a 3.1 inch display making it a relatively compact handset by todays standards. The combined slide out keyboard is spread over four lines and has special buttons for tasks like texting. Because of the phones small size the keyboard is basically very small buttons meaning that some of us may struggle to use the keyboard, but most people should be fine. The phone weighs 4.3 ounces so its reasonably light, which combined with its small size mean that its great for a second/ throwaway phone or for use by children.


A 3.2 megapixel camera sensor is included which is only really suitable for snapshots, rather than being a compact camera alternative. It can also take videos and has several different settings and effects for editing photos. It is only a basic camera so don't expect the photos to be amazing, though they should be fine for quick snapshots.


Verizon has given the phone 3G connectivity for mobile internet use. The phone also has a GPS module for use with pre-loaded BlackBerry Maps. Bluetooth v2.1 is also included for use with wireless headsets and other Bluetooth devices.


  • Combination of a slide out keyboard and touchscreen.
  • Good Samsung build quality,
  • Front and rear facing cameras.
  • Low price (available for free on some plans).


  • No customisation options.
  • Software a little slow.
  • Missing key smartphone features like an app store.

Should you buy the Samsung Brightside cell phone?

The Samsung Brightside is an inexpensive phone available on the Verizon network. It is suitable as a main phone if you aren’t after smartphone features like an app store, or as a second phone or one for your kids. The combination of touchscreen and keyboard mean that it could be a great text messaging and email device.

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