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Samsung Replenish - arctic blue (Sprint) Review

The good: The Samsung Replenish has a touchscreen QWERTY keyboard, a surprisingly decent camera and a price-to-use portfolio. Made from recycled and recyclable material is also easier on the planet.


The bad: The lack of Flash support in the browser limits of Replenish, and its construction feels a little cheap. Both physical and virtual keyboards may feel cramped, and call quality could be better.

The bottom line: With a price of only $ 50, Replenish Samsung offers a good basis, easy to use Android phones, and is aware of the environment to boot.

Just as suspected environmental awareness phase of the construction of cellular phones had vanished, Sprint announced the Samsung Reset, the first Android phone environmentally friendly after the race Remarq LG, Samsung Restore and Recovery Samsung.

For a small fee, the Replenish tactile QWERTY keyboard looks like a cheap imitation Droid Pro, except that what it lacks in high-end features that tries to compensate for the construction of recycled materials. That's not a criticism. Sure, the operating system Android 2.2 Froyo, 600MHz processor, and a 2 megapixel camera found on the lower end of the scale Android smartphone, but there is an important place for low-end smartphones, especially those costing less than their monthly data plans.

The Replenish is made of 34.6 percent post-consumer recycled plastic (the highest percentage in the echo of Sprint-stable), with a total of 82 percent of phone designed with recycled materials. The packaging is also recyclable and is made of 80 percent post-consumer material, and is printed with soy ink (instead of petroleum-based ink, which is also slow to biodegrade.) When we take into account natural resources needed to build consumer electronics, you may agree that the green cell, less is definitely more new material.

This smartphone for beginners also has a moderate price. The cost of replacing $ 49.99 after an instant rebate of $ 100 with a service contract for two years and a plan of all. It comes in three colors: Arctic Blue, Black Onyx, and raspberry pink. Replenish were reviewed in Black Onyx.

Design
From a distance, like the Samsung Reset Droid Pro and the recently announced Motorola titanium, both designed chocolate bar with a smallish touch screen filled with a QWERTY keyboard vertical. Like its rivals, Replenish is also black, with silver. It is also high, standing 4.8 inches high by 2.4 inches wide by 0.5 inches thick and weighs 4.1 oz, which feels about right in his hand, although the device was a bit blocks in the ear.


Hardly know by looking at the Samsung Fueling is easy on the Earth.

The Replenish is a QVGA 2.8 inch touchscreen with a resolution 240x320 pixels and supports 16 million colors. Resolution as low as compared to the bonus offers and property as Super and Super AMOLED Sasmsung AMOLED is also appropriate for the size of your screen. The colors and sharpness were decent, and brightness could not complain, at least in direct sunlight. Sometimes we wish the screen were larger, from 2.8 inches is not much once you get into all applications and icons on the home screen, and try to read email or surf the Web.

Below the screen are four hardware buttons that correspond to the menu, home, back, and search. Although they are long and narrow, we had no problem with them. Below them is the four-row QWERTY keyboard buttons that are rounded, raised above the surface, and backlight. Although I could write quickly and accurately, the keyboard feels a little cramped, and the keys were not as sensitive or grip, as seen in other keyboards. While most owners tanking should have a problem, we know that Samsung can do and has done better.

The Replenish is a volume control on the left spine and a voice command button and the camera shutter button on the right. The Micro-USB is the charging port on the bottom, and the power button and 3.5mm headphone jack at the top. Some of the buttons feel like cheap plastic, but as such an affordable phone that we can not complain too much about that components do not feel superior. The 2 megapixel camera on the back of the phone, and there is a microSD card slot behind the back cover. The Replenish card supports up to 32 GB memory and comes with a 2GB boot.

As with a handful of other energy conscious devices, the optional cap Replenish has used solar panels to help charge the phone. That variation is a separate purchase that will cost an additional $ 29.99.

Sprint ID
The Replenish runs with Sprint Android 2.2 Froyo ID, Sprint's attempt to diversify its range of Android through the creation of a third identification gallery packages filled with wallpaper, widgets, shortcuts, applications, etc. In the initial review of Sprint ID, it seemed intrusive bloatware, and you have to download a package ID in its entirety before the individual can remove unwanted elements. Although Sprint is committed to making Sprint ID less annoying in the future, still has a strong presence in the Replenish.


The QWERTY keyboard is comfortable to use, but may seem small to those who have more gloves.

The Green Pack ID is a difference. Following the ecological theme of the phone, this pack of conscious identification of the Earth contains wallpapers and applications of seven, as iRecycle and Treehugger. Many of the applications and shortcuts will be deleted in our opinion, such as Focus the Finder application, which calculates the financial and environmental savings for each bulb to replace. It took four minutes to download and install Sprint Green Pack ID, and this is a package that will not let you uninstall applications individually.

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