Samsung Continuum for Verizon: First Impressions

Samsung unveiled its newest Galaxy phone, the this evening in New York City to a full house of bloggers and reporters. I got a chance to play with the Samsung Continuum and overall, I was impressed with this dual-screen Android phone. The Continuum is coming to Verizon on November 11 for $200 with a two-year contract.

Lightweight Design

In hand, the Continuum feels pretty good: It has nice, natural curves and it's comfortable to hold. It is very light (compared to a Motorola Droid, for instance) but it's a bit plasticky, which makes it feel slightly cheap.

The screen is beautiful, as you would expect from Samsung's Super AMOLED. However, at 3.4 inches, it's a bit smaller than the 4-inch screens you find on the other Galaxy S devices. This is, of course, to make room for the phone's standout feature, the 1.8-inch ticker screen (also Super AMOLED) found below the main screen.

In fact everything else about the phone is more or less identical to the , also on Verizon. One nice addition is that there is a camera button on the Continuum, which was missing from the Fascinate). Still, unlike the , there's no front-facing camera, which is too bad.

Ticker Display Takes Some Getting Used To