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Review: Samsung Juke

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Screen

The Juke's only screen is downright tiny. We're talking 2001 tiny. Like the Juke itself, it is long and narrow. Because of the size, the fonts and menus have been squished down, and reading them from arm's length can be challenging. If alert messages pop up onto the screen, the words are nearly illegible because they are so small. Despite the size, it is bright enough to be seen in full sunlight and colors are rich and lively.

Signal

The Juke has an internal antenna that juts out like a chin at the bottom of the phone. In most places we tested the phone, it was able to hold onto two or three bars of signal strength. In rarely grabbed four full bars. About half the time, if you wrap your hand around where the antenna is, you'll lose a bar of signal strength.

Sound

Call quality was decent on the Juke, but not stellar. About one-third of calls experienced some sort of interference, hissing, or other undesirable sound. The ear piece was sufficiently loud in most situations, including crowded coffee shops and walking down city streets. The speakerphone was also quite loud and clear of distortion at high volume levels. It doesn't get loud enough to tick off your neighbors, but it is loud enough to be heard in other rooms. Music played through the mono speaker was okay, but was unexpectedly good through the supplied headphones.

Battery

The Juke excelled at keeping a charge for a long time. With minimal use (light music, texting and talking), we stretched it to seven days between charges. With daily music use (~60 mins) and more regular phone calls, it still lasted five days between charges. Only streaming music to stereo Bluetooth headphones really seemed to tax the battery, dropping it to 3 days between charges.

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