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Samsung Convoy

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Samsung adds the Convoy to Verizon's line-up of rugged PTT phones. This tough clamshell is compact and built like a bull. The materials feel strong and it is well put together.

The Convoy has a small display on the exterior and dedicated music controls beneath it. These three buttons feel slightly on the cheap side, but they fire up the Convoy's music player with no problem.

The sides of the Convoy are littered with buttons and hatches. On the left side, you'll find the dedicated PTT button with the volume toggle below it and the hatch for the data/charging port near the bottom corner. The PTT button is a little on the small side, and travel and feedback weren't all that great. Same goes for the volume toggle. The right side hosts the 2.5mm headset jack, voice application key and hatch covering the microSD port. This button feels better.

The interior keypad is huge, as are most of the keys making up the navigation cluster. The should be fairly easy to use even with gloves on. They felt a bit "plastic-y", but worked fine.

The user interface is the stock Verizon feature phone software, and there are no surprises buried in there that we could find. The display is decided low-rez, and matches the price point that this device commands.

The Convoy is a tough little phone that will surely serve its market well.

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