Design and Display
The Samsung Zeal has an interesting design. The front features a small display screen that displays the time and date. Below the display are touch sensitive controls for media control, rewind, play/pause and forward. On top of the display is the 2 megapixel camera. Along the left is the 3.5 mm headphone jack, the Samsung proprietary data and power port, the volume rocker and the voice dial button. Opposite you have the microSD slot, a hold button to prevent accidental usage of the touchscreen controls on the front of the phone and the power button.
The Samsung Zeal can open in two directions due to the dual hinge design of the phone. The phone looks like a clam shell phone, opens like one and functions like one. However, you can also flip it sideways, opening the phone to the side, allowing you to flip the phone in landscape mode to focus more on texting. This dual hinge design is unique to the Samsung Zeal and the Samsung Alias 2.
Another unique feature is the keypad. To compensate for the fact that you will be opening the Zeal in different directions, Samsung has used e-ink technology. This means when you open the Samsung Zeal like a clam shell phone, the grid of buttons will turn into your familiar 10 digit layout with directional controls above and dedicated buttons for items such as Bluetooth, voice dial and camera along the sides. Close the phone and open it sideways and the screen will blink briefly before displaying the keypad in landscape mode, with a dedicated button to change the keypad to a QWERTY display or a digit display. Pressing the QWERTY button changes the keyboard to a QWERTY keyboard in an instant. You'll notice a quick flash of black before the e-ink settles to its new location. An interesting and quirky little feature that will grab the attention of most non-smartphone users.