Hands On with Verizon's Cute Lil Samsung Juke

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A little larger than a stick of gum, the swivel-flip action Samsung Juke is perhaps the funnest music phone Verizon Wireless has yet ordered up. The $99 phone comes in metallic navy, teal and red. Since it's 1XRTT only, not 3G EV-DO, it was designed to be all about sideloading your own tunes, rather than doing over-the-air downloads. It comes with USB cable and 2GB of internal memory so you don't have to pay extra just to get it to work right.

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Definitely aimed to take on Sansas, Zens and nanos, the little scroll-click wheel phone has a few other charms, such as GPS with VZ Navigator, a VGA camera with "Nightshot," a built-in speaker and Bluetooth stereo output. The only physical downside is that, as crazy narrow as it is, it's a bit too thick.

It's set to arrive sometime this month. And yes, I know "funnest" is not a real word. [Verizon Wireless]

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StartingAces

I got this free after a re-up and a rebate. Here are some impressions after 2 days:

I love how super-small it is. I'm used to a clunker of a phone, and this is much more convenient to pocket. The earpiece echoes what you say a tiny bit, but I've nearly gotten used to it. Music is relatively easy to add (thankfully WMP generally plays nice with songs imported via iTunes).

About music:

The included ear buds appear to be made for people with enormous ears, but don't need to be squashed completely in to get decent sound. The overall sound quality rivals if not passes my de-facto music player (iPod nano) and is similarly easy to use. As a perpetual cynic of the whole "music phone" craze, I'm very pleased by how this phone performs. Off to ebay with the 1G Nano.