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Review: Samsung Alias 2

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One of the major disappointments of the Alias 2 is that it relies on the tried — but tired — Verizon menu system that's been around forever. It offers barely any new features, save for one really neat trick.

When you first launch the set-up menu for the display, you can see a choice called "Easy Set-Up". This takes you through a handful of steps to quickly adjust a bunch of basic settings, such as the banner, the back light, the wallpaper, the themes, the menu structure and so on. The same menu option is also available for sounds. Walk through each of those quickly, and you will have adjusted about eight different settings that you'd otherwise have to adjust one at a time.

Otherwise, there are no real new tricks offered by the Alias 2. You can set the main menu to a grid, tab, or the Samsung-themed "room." This menu shows a picture of a bedroom. As you scroll over objects on the screen, you'll see menu options that correspond with the object. The original Alias did this, too.

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