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Review: Samsung Convoy 2

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Screen

The Convoy 2 has dual displays. The external screen measures 1.4-inches across the diagonal and offers information in full color. It’s a low-quality display -- meaning it doesn't have that many pixels -- but it is bright enough for use outside.

The internal display measures 2.44 inches with 240 x 320 pixels (QVGA) and looks fantastic. It is extremely bright, colorful, and on-screen elements look razor sharp. This display works wonderfully outdoors.

Signal

The Convoy 2 includes separate signal indicators for Verizon's CDMA 1x and EVDO networks. Typically, they mirror one another and report the same signal strength. Sometimes they don't. This doesn't appear to have any sort of material impact on the Convoy 2's performance, though. The Convoy 2 connected firmly to Verizon's network. It never lost the signal completely, and was able to make phone calls when reporting zero bars. The Convoy 2 didn't miss any calls, and it didn't drop any calls. Data performance was more impacted by signal issues, however. It couldn't serve up Google.com when reporting zero bars of coverage, for example.

Sound

The Convoy 2 is a decent, though not stellar, voice phone. Call quality was inconsistent and ranged from poor to excellent. Some times calls were crystal clear, and other times they were garbled and full of static. Calls definitely sounded better when the network connection was stronger. The earpiece is loud, but not quite loud enough; I was hoping for more volume. The speakerphone, on the other hand, is outstanding. It is capable of intensely loud volumes, making it a good alternative to the earipiece when the Convoy 2 is being used in the loudest environments. Calls also sounded somewhat clearer when pumped through the speakerphone. The ringers and alert tones are all plenty strong, and the vibrate alert is jarring enough to wake the dead.

Battery

The Convoy 2's battery life is measured in days, not hours. It powered its way through almost three full days of use without breaking a sweat. The one feature that had a noticeable effect on battery life was the flashlight. Use that for 30 minutes and you just lost a day of battery life. Otherwise, you can probably get away for the weekend without bringing a charger.

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