Samsung Gem

We've already seen the Samsung Gem with Verizon branding, and it has now shown up in the Best Buy buyer's guide. 

The Gem is going to be another offering from Samsung on Verizon, but aimed at the low-end spectrum. Most likely the crowd that is transitioning from feature phones to smart-phones but doesn't want to spring for expensive devices just yet. 

Here are the specs for the Gem:

  • Android 2.1 (Eclair)
  • TouchWiz 3.0
  • Swype
  • 3.2 MP camera
  • 16 GB Micro-SD expansion

The Gem is being overshadowed by Samsung and Verizon's big release of the Fascinate on Sept. 9. They are aimed at different crowds though, and it just means that Android will continue to grow, which is a good thing. [Engadget]

There are 10 comments

GalaxyNole says:

Who would buy this phone when you could have the Galaxy S? I mean how cheap could this phone possibly be? Maybe if Verizon gave it away for free with a 2 year contract but that's the only way that I can see someone choosing this over the Galaxy.

A different crowd? . . . You guys NEVER have anything negative to say about android... this isn't aimed at a different crowed because its the exact same interface with the exact same 2.1, with the exact same $30Data plan, with Ugly hardware. Doesn't even make sense

jnabbott#AC says:

Not everyone wants a big screen 1ghz processor battery whore. Devices like this are a good starting point I started of with an eris. Just because you don't want it doesn't mean that someone else will not love it.

Please... Android Phones in General have a battery sucking problem, ask anyone with a Sprint HERO(Check AC's own forums) (or had a HERO) like myself. This phone wouldn't be any different.

sookster54 says:

Looks identical to the Galaxy Apollo, my bets it is the sister to the Apollo (which is what Telus should be getting soon).

that1bb says:

I see this as a great thing if the price without contact is low. Not everyone buys phones at the upgrade price. Personally, I'm still waiting for a device like the charm to hit Verizon. I miss the blackberry form factor.

dante501 says:

Kinda ugly.

TheBronze says:

Dang. Looks like an old iPaq