awhile ago, I purchased the samsung sch-a950 and hated it because there was too much emphasis on vcast and not enough on the simple qualities i want in a cell phone. Strangely, one of the things i hated most was that you couldn't turn the external screen light on unless you held a side button for about 5 seconds. Is this one the same, or is it a quick and easy touch of the side button?
If you want a phone with an easy to read outer screen, get the Motorola E815 or V325. Both put emphasis on being a phone first. On the E815, the outer screen is STN which is very easy to read in sunlight and lights up instantly after one press. Even in standby mode, the time displays in black and white. If you want to get back to basics entirely and have tri-mode, the V325 is an excellent phone. The V325 display is black and white so it's also very easy to read in sunlight and only needs to be light up at night. What's also nice is no button presses are needed to see missed calls on the V325.