Samsung Replenish Hands-on
Striking at the heart of RIM’s BlackBerry line of devices, the Samsung Replenish will quickly get some comparisons, but it’s notably longer than the usual BlackBerry. Constructed out of plastic with some chrome accents, it naturally makes the device light weight; however, it doesn’t quite embody the solid construction that’s evident with most of RIM’s upper end devices. Nonetheless, we like the feel of the buttons on the keyboard, though somewhat tiny, it definitely has a decent tactile response when pressed.
Straight up front and center, we find a 2.8” QVGA display which shows the usual characteristics of being on the lower quality side since colors appear a bit washed out. However, it doesn’t detract from the reasonably decent Android 2.2 Froyo experience with Sprint ID. For the most part, it runs peppy without any detrimental reduction in performance, but it’ll be interesting to see how it handles in the long run. Other features include a 2-megapixel camera, 1,600 mAh battery, and constructed out of 82% recyclable material.
Interestingly enough, there are a couple of other noteworthy items with the Replenish – such as the extra $10/month savings you’ll get seeing that Sprint doesn’t charge its usual premium data plan with it. Furthermore, you can pick up the optional $30 solar charger that clips onto the back like its normal battery cover, and will provide 20 minutes of talk time by simply leaving it out in the sun to bake for 1 hour. Lastly, the handset sports a $49.99 on-contract price, which is undoubtedly super affordable, and will begin to go on sale starting on May 8th.
2. ibap (Posts: 732; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
As I've said elsewhere, the form factor reminds me of my old Verizon Samsung Saga, which was a pretty decent phone for the time, but the proportions were a little odd. However, it does give you a slightly larger screen along with the front-facing keyboard.
3. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
Front-facing keyboard? Is there back-facing keybaord?
4. archer1975 (unregistered)
The motorola backflip....
5. Migblitz (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Apr 2011)
It's amazing how much interest for the Replenish there is among customers. Not only because of the lack of the $10 premium data, but also because of the optional solar charging backplate.
7. cposey (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)
I work for Sprint, and I expect this to sell very well for customers new to smartphones and/or Android, and enviromentally conscious clients. It's just a nice phone. Well built, smooth OS, and great interface. Very user friendly. My dealer hates that i know more about phones than they do. Any questions, feel free to ask.