Review: Samsung Continuum
The Samsung Continuum is a fine phone, but also an example of lost potential. The phone has many of the great traits of the other Samsung Galaxy S phones, like a fantastic sAMOLED screen, but it can't quite live up to the Galaxy S name because it tends to underperform, both in terms of navigating the phone and its apps and features, and also in terms of networking speed and performance. I fear the ticker might be to blame, since it splits the phone's attention between two screens.
The ticker could be a very useful tool, and with more apps and features available, it might even be worth some of the sacrifice in performance. It certainly drained the battery faster than other Galaxy S phones, and it could be overwhelming if you let Twitter and Facebook run rampant with constant updates. But finely tuned to your preferences, it's nice for updates and previewing incoming messages, and very useful when combined with the music player or the driving navigation. There's a lot that Samsung could do to take advantage of the ticker, so I hope they don't abandon development for it.
I have no problem recommending this phone as a convenient, fun device for social networking fans. The camera takes great pictures, and most of the features really deliver. But this isn't a superphone like the rest of the Galaxy S lineup, so if you're looking for a top notch Android experience, you'll be happier elsewhere.
AD article continues below...
Hands-On: Samsung Continuum
Samsung debuted the Continuum Galaxy S Android phone for Verizon Wireless. The Continuum has a unique "Ticker Display" to show alerts and other content.
Review: Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung's Galaxy S8 flagship raises the bar for smartphones thanks to its eye-popping display, attractive design, and blistering performance. This Android handset impresses in nearly every way.
Review: Samsung Galaxy S8+
The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is a heavy-hitter that trounces much of the competition. This Android flagship from the world leader in smartphones struts its stuff with pride, despite several pain points that hold it back.
Review: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge for Sprint
The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is a unique Android smartphone thanks to its curved display. Samsung puts the extra pixels to good use, but it could have done a lot more.
Review: Samsung Galaxy S7 for Verizon Wireless
Samsung's 2016 flagship represents the company's best effort in the fight for smartphone dominance. This beautifully crafted phone stands tall among its competitors, and justly so.