Samsung Restore Review, Specs and Price

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After releasing two entry-level QWERTY smartphones, the Samsung Seek and the LG Remarq, Sprint has released a heavier hitter, the Samsung Restore. The Restore Samsung Smartphone is made out of recyclable materials, has a solid slider design, and includes features such as a 2.0-megapixel camera and a music player. This is the third eco-friendly smartphone for Sprint, joining a host of eco-friendly accessories and programs already in place by the company.

The Samsung Restore mobile phone is a full-feature phone who has a slide-out, full QWERTY keyboard with optical joystick, 2 Megapixel digital camera, 3.7V Li-ion battery,  and video camcorder, MP3 player with microSD card slot (supports up to 32GB; 2GB card included in the retail box), Stereo Bluetooth wireless technology, access to Sprint Family Locator, Sprint Football Live, Sprint Navigation and Sprint TV.

The Samsung Restore mobile phone is a successor to the Reclaim, albeit with a slightly different design. It too is made out of recycled materials–up to 27 percent in fact–and if you decide to get rid of it, 77 percent of it recyclable. The device is an interesting looking phone, especially the eco green version. The dimension 4.6 x 2.1 x 0.6 inches to big, but it feels good in hand. The long body gives the phone a roomy keyboard that’s easy to type on but not too wide to hold comfortably in landscape mode. The number keypad underneath the navigation array is quite roomy, and we like that the keys are separate from each other and are raised above the surface for quick dialing. The volume rocker is on the left spine while the 3.5mm headset jack and camera key are on the right.

On the front of the phone is a lovely 2.4-inch QVGA display that supports 262,000 colors and has a 320×240-pixel resolution. We are pleased with the colorful images and the crisp text, and the size of the screen allows for more messages, especially in threaded conversations. As a QWERTY messaging phone, the Samsung Restore benefits from the One Click carousel with quick access to text messaging, mobile email including Yahoo!, Windows Live Hotmail, Gmail, AOL mail and more.

The Restore has a 1,000-entry phone book with room in each entry for six numbers, an e-mail address, an instant messaging handle, a URL, a birthday, a street address, a job title and company name, and notes. You can assign callers to groups, pair them with a photo for caller ID, plus one of 20 polyphonic ring tones and melodies. the Samsung Restore comes with social networking applications like MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter. Since it has GPS, it also offers Sprint Navigation and Family Locator services. Other applications included in the phone include Google services like maps, search, YouTube, and a ScanLife bar-code scanner. This smartphone also comes pre-loaded with Sprint’s One Click Green tile, giving users instant access to a collection of green, earth-friendly information and tips, including: Best of Green, a well-rounded collection of information to inspire a greener lifestyle, and Planet Green, providing tips and information to help make your life a little greener.

The Samsung Restore is also a good Sprint TV phone. Videos streamed using Sprint TV played reasonably smoothly with very occasional lags even in full screen mode. Most full episode TV programs have good video quality and play well on the Samsung Restore with audio in sync with video. The device which will find its buyers among the green and heavy texting audience is offered for $49.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate and $249.99 without a contract.

Samsung Restore specifications

Display: 2.5″ 262K TFT LCD, 240 x 320 pixel resolution.
Battery: Lithium Polymer rechargeable battery, 1140 mAh. Talk time: up to 6 hours.
Performance: Phone book can store 1000 entries.
Size: 4.6 x 2.1 x 0.6 inches. Weight: 4.32 oz.
Phone: CDMA digital dual band 800/1900MHz, 1xRTT. EV-DO Rev. 0.
Camera: 2 megapixel camera with night mode and self-timer. Camera takes video with audio.
Audio: Supports Polyphonic ringers. MP3 player onboard to play music in MP3 format. Supports vibration alert. Has voice memo recorder.
Networking: Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR. Profiles supported: Headset, Handsfree, Dial Up Networking, Stereo, Phonebook Access, Object Push for vCard and vCal, File Transfer.
Software: Sprint One Click UI. PIM tools include phone book, calendar, Memo pad, Calculator, Alarm and world clock.
Expansion: 1 microSD card slot. Supports SDHC cards up to 32GB cards.
In the Box: The Samsung Restore phone with standard battery, AC charger, 2GB microSD card with SD adapter and printed quick start guide.

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