Dual-screen smartphones gone wrong

Samsung Continuum (Verizon Wireless) CNET rating: 3.5 stars

Samsung Continuum (Verizon Wireless)

CNET rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 (Very Good)

The good: The Samsung Continuum features two displays; the smaller ticker window is a great tool for quickly accessing information and multitasking. The smartphone also has a 1GHz processor and a 5-megapixel camera with HD video capture. It offers full wireless options and can be used as a mobile hot spot.

The bad: The smaller screen makes for a more cramped typing experience. Ticker display currently isn't available for third-party apps. Runs Android 2.1, and Bing is set as the default search engine. You can't uninstall preloaded apps and services.

The cost: $529.99

The bottom line: More than just a gimmick, the Samsung Continuum's secondary display is a useful management and multitasking tool, but its constant flow of information might not appeal to everybody.

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The concept of a dual-screen smartphone is relatively new, and a perfect storm of two schools of thought: if it can be done, it should, and if one is good, two are better. Unfortunately, implementation has never found its sweet spot. ©2014 CBS Interactive Inc., a CBS Company. All rights reserved. Used by permission

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