An excellent phone for texting with its full-size QWERTY keyboard that slides out from underneath the 3.2″ touch screen. The Extravert 2 recognizes voice commands and is T4/M4 hearing aid compatible.
The Samsung Convoy 3 is a great, ruggedized flip phone that can handle a lot of harsh treatment. It meets military standard MILSTD810F in terms of resistance to dust and sand, shock, vibration, and humidity. While it doesn’t claim to be 100% waterproof (so you’d better not take it for a swim in the lake), it can handle quite a bit of dropping and dripping, making this an ideal phone for kids and seniors alike.
The Convoy 3 supports texting, web browsing, and taking photos. Its 3.2MP camera takes pretty decent photos taking into account that it’s a dumb phone. The camera comes with a LED flash and can also record video. The LED flights can also be used as a torch, which is quite bright.
If you don’t need a camera, or are actually looking for a phone without one, there is also a NON-CAMERA version of the Samsung Convoy 3, currently available (used) on Amazon or eBay for about half the price of the camera version.
The U680’s dual microphones support noise cancellation technology, thus improving call quality in noisy environments. The maximum speaker volume is quite high (can be turned down of course), making this a great choice for the elderly, or anyone with impaired hearing. While the U680 isn’t hearing aid compatible, it’s TTY compatible for those with impaired hearing, and there’s also a text-to-speech function.
A loud speakerphone option is also available that works with the phone either open or closed.
The 170-page user guide is well written and comprehensive. Studying it is worth your while, as the Convoy 3 gives you loads of options to configure and customize.
A great feature for those who like to use their phone to listen to music are the audio player control buttons on the outside of the phone that allow you to listen to your MP3 collection without having to flip the phone open.
The Samsung Convoy 3 supports conference calls with up to 50 participants. There’s a push-to-talk option that’s quite useful in conf calls, allowing you to only be heard when you mean to. Apart from being useful in conf calls, push-to-talk can also be fun for kids pretending to be using walkie-talkies.
A feature that sets this phone apart from other dumb phones is that you can customize almost anything: From obvious settings like custom MP3 alerts and ring tones, to the size of screen fonts and the functionality of the side buttons, virtually everything can be adapted to your personal preferences. Many other dumb phones won’t even let you configure a custom ring tone.
|Dimensions||2" x 0.8" x 4.1"|
|Display (external)||1.3", 128x128px|
|Display (internal)||2.4" 240x320px|
|Languages||Chinese (simplified), English, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese|
|SD card slot||32GB|
|SIM card slot||No|
|Standby time||19 days|