No Applause for the Samsung UpStage

Sprint's music phone has a novel two-faced design that, sadly, turns navigation into a nightmare

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Feature-rich phone plays music and video from the network, an external memory card, or a computer

The Bad: Its unique, two-faced design makes for difficult navigation

The Bottom Line: A cool design that doesn't live up to its looks

The Samsung UpStage, available from Sprint, is a great example of a good idea gone bad. In seeking to simplify the growing complexity of today's multifunction cell phones, Samsung devised a novel two-faced design. The result is one of the most complicated tech toys on Earth.

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