Rubber is Better There are two things that I really like about Samsung‘s Rogue: the keyboard and the display. The keyboard’s keys are made of a rubbery substance (instead of plastic) that should make it more comfortable when you are texting away. I also like the modern and techie look to the fonts used on the keys. There’s even a dedicated smiley face key (Fn+Space). These small but important choices should make texting on the Rogue a pleasant experience.
Beautiful OLED The display is next. Samsung seems to be blazing the road toward incorporating OLED displays into its phones. The Rogue sports a 3.1-inch AMOLED display with a 800 x 480 resolution in landscape mode: that’s a lot of pixels! The iPhone‘s LCD is a bit larger at 3.5-inch but the resolution is paltry in comparison: 480 x 320. Compared to LCDs you get really great contrast on OLED displays and they are generally thinner. With the proper UI where the background is largely black a phone with an OLED display should last a bit longer too: when it is black the pixel is turned off and does not consume power. LCDs in phones on the other hand consume power regardless of whether the pixel is black or white.
Price is Good Other features include a 3 megapixel (2048 x 1536) camera with flash, a microSD slot (you can use one with a storage of up to 16GB), visual voicemail, a full HTML browser, and the ability to view Microsoft Office documents like Word and Excel. The price is excellent for an OLED phone with a lot of pixels and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard: you can get Samsung’s Rogue for US$99.99 with a 2-year contract with Verizon.