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Samsung Reclaim M560 Review

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Interface, Phonebook and Organizer:

The Samsung Reclaim M560 runs Sprint’s One Click UI, which we’ve seen on several devices at this point.  We gave a full rundown when it debuted on the Rant, and still enjoy it very much.  As far as carrier UIs go, this one is by far the best.  In keeping with the green theme the Reclaim has a green-themed tile preloaded with tips on how to save the environment and other links.  MySpace and Facebook also have preloaded tiles, though they have been available to add on other One Click phones. The main menu has the familiar 12 icon layout that most Sprint phones feature at this point, nothing new to report.

The Samsung Reclaim M560 runs Sprint’s One Click UI - Samsung Reclaim M560 Review
The Samsung Reclaim M560 runs Sprint’s One Click UI - Samsung Reclaim M560 Review
The Samsung Reclaim M560 runs Sprint’s One Click UI - Samsung Reclaim M560 Review

The Samsung Reclaim M560 runs Sprint’s One Click UI



The phonebook has undergone a slight upgrade since the Exclaim, and there is now room for an address, memo and birthday, as well as job title and company.  It’s a needed upgrade; as dumbphones are getting smarter a more full featured phonebook is essential.  Perhaps this slipped by us before with other One Click devices, but similarly to a BlackBerry, you can begin typing from the homescreen and it will match from your contact list.  Voice dialing is as always handled by Nuance.

The Phonebook of Samsung Reclaim M560 - Samsung Reclaim M560 Review
The Phonebook of Samsung Reclaim M560 - Samsung Reclaim M560 Review
The Phonebook of Samsung Reclaim M560 - Samsung Reclaim M560 Review

The Phonebook of Samsung Reclaim M560



Other features remain standard as well.  The user is given a basic personal calendar, and exchange calendars are supported by the Sprint Mobile Email program.  The latter feature is very cool, but we just don’t see many people who have an Exchange account using a phone like the Reclaim. Other basic amenities include an alarm, calculator, world clock, memo pad and voice memos.


Messaging and Multimedia:

Again, everything is pretty much the same here.  Text messaging is threaded so the user sees conversations in their inbox, not messages.  The included IM client supports AIM, Yahoo and Windows Live Messenger.  Sprint Mobile Email is one of the better email clients we’ve seen for basic phones.  It supports most everything you can throw at it, including Exchange, but unfortunately uses POP instead of IMAP.

Web and e-mail capabilities of the Samsung Reclaim M560 - Samsung Reclaim M560 Review
Web and e-mail capabilities of the Samsung Reclaim M560 - Samsung Reclaim M560 Review

Web and e-mail capabilities of the Samsung Reclaim M560



As an EVDO phone the Samsung Reclaim M560 features all of Sprint’s multimedia offerings; Sprint TV, Radio and Music Store.  With support of 32GB microSD cards it acts as a decent on the go mp3 player, though we don’t think it will be replacing many iPods.

The 2-megapixel camera follows in the footsteps of the Rant and Exclaim and performed well for what it was. Colors were a bit muted, but detail was good for a mid-range phone.  The interface has gotten an overhaul, and there are now mosaic and panoramic modes.  The latter works essentially the same way we’ve seen from high-end Samsungs like the Omnia II; the user snaps the first shot and then slowly pans the camera to either side while the phone automatically takes the next seven.  The end result is decent enough, but only 1360x192 in resolution which makes the feature more of a novelty than anything.

Camera interface - Samsung Reclaim M560 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Reclaim M560 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Reclaim M560 Review

Camera interface


Sample pictures shot with the Samsung Reclaim M560 - Samsung Reclaim M560 Review
Sample pictures shot with the Samsung Reclaim M560 - Samsung Reclaim M560 Review
Sample pictures shot with the Samsung Reclaim M560 - Samsung Reclaim M560 Review
Sample pictures shot with the Samsung Reclaim M560 - Samsung Reclaim M560 Review

Sample pictures shot with the Samsung Reclaim M560


Panorama image - Samsung Reclaim M560 Review

Panorama image


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Display2.6 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (154 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size3.90 x 2.37 x 0.59 inches
(99 x 60 x 15 mm)
3.50 oz  (99 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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