The Samsung Intensity II, on some fronts, may have some downsides, but on the features front, it boasts oodles of great features. Its phonebook can store around 1000 contacts, including multiple numbers, email addresses, picture, ringtones, IM screen name, street address and birthday. Plus, users are allowed to save contacts to 1 of 999 speed dial locations as well.
The handset allows two options for composing text messages. Users can either use the T9 predictive entry with the numeric keypad or can slide open the QWERTY keyboard. Additional messaging options are: Mobile Email that allows users to receive and send email via their IMAP or POP accounts and Mobile IM for being connected to people in their Windows Live AIM, and Yahoo! buddy lists. The Intensity II also boasts a new program, known as the Social Beat. This program allows users to hook their accounts up to Twitter, Facebook, Gtalk, MySpace, Gmail, and RSS.
Other than that, the Samsung Intensity II also comes with a 1.3MP camera, which really disappoints us with its quality because the pictures captured outside in day time are blurred in look with poor color accuracy, and have soft edges, while pictures taken indoor are the worst because they are grainy. The handset also doesn’t have a flash, but it still has the capacity to capture images in total darkness with the help of infrared Night Vision mode, although the images are in black and white. There is no support for video recording.
The music player on the Intensity II plays back your MP3s much like the original Intensity, files are categorized by playlists, songs, artists, albums and genres. The player’s skin can be changed between simple, visualizer, album art, and lyrics. Music quality, through the mono speaker, is pretty much cool on the back, but you are also able to hook the earbuds up to the 2.5-mm headset jack, or enjoy listening to music via Stereo Bluetooth connection. Disappointingly, there isn’t any support for multitasking, thus, you cannot enjoy listening to music while texting.
The Samsung Intensity II U460, features wise, doesn’t completely replicate the Samsung Intensity, but the majority of software features are still unchanged; such as Mobile Web 2.0 browser, VZ Navigator for GPS driving directions, appointment calendar, and ability to download games and ringtones.
Since the Intensity II, even now, is compatible with the slower 1X network in place of the quicker EVDO network, it offers slow data speeds, and there isn’t any support for VCast Video streaming or VCast Music downloads. Plus, the device also brags of a new feature, called the Microsoft Bing search. This new feature allows you to do searches on the Web, VZW Media or Business Directory.
The Samsung Intensity II also boasts an internal memory of 105.5MB, while the original has about 31MB. Out of 105.5MB, only 12MB is worthwhile, while the remaining leaves enough space for apps installation or for pictures saving if a memory card isn’t installed.