Samsung has had mixed results with touch-screen phones with full keyboards. Verizon’s Samsung Glyde had its share of faults, but we liked the Samsung Impression for AT&T quite a bit. Fortunately, the new Samsung Rogue for Verizon Wireless is no slouch. Not only is it a touch-screen and keyboard combo handset, but also it boasts an absolute gorgeous AMOLED display, a 3.5mm headset jack, and voice dialing. It also has plenty of high-end features, like a HTML browser with Flash Lite support, GPS, EV-DO Rev. A, and more. The Samsung Rogue is available for $99.99 after a two-year service agreement and a $100 mail-in rebate, which is quite affordable. Do note however, that the Rogue is one of a few non-smartphones from Verizon to require a data plan–either $9.99 for 25MB a month or $19.99 for 75MB a month.
Though the Impression and the Rogue share the same basic design, they’re not exactly alike. Measuring 4.29 inches long by 2.17 inches wide by 0.65 inch thick, the Rogue is slightly shorter and thicker and is a tad boxier around the edges. It’s lighter at 4.94 ounces, but has a nice heft when held in the hand. The Rogue also has a nice textured battery cover that provides additional grip to the phone, and the bronze-and-silver color scheme gives it a sophisticated look.