Samsung Replenish Review
Although its 600MHz processor with 512MB of RAM might seem quaint by today’s standards, it actually provides a tolerable Android 2.2.2 Froyo experience. When comparing it to something like the Samsung Transform, navigating around its homescreen is more fluid in nature – and without much choppiness with its operation. Obviously, you have plenty of personalization aspects with the device, but it even offers the Sprint ID service that enables you to download specific ID packs that are theme based. Even though the default ID pack places a recycling logo as its wallpaper, it doesn’t go beyond that to promote any green initiatives. However, you can download the “Green” ID pack that tastefully complements the handset’s focus.
From the address book to the calendar, most of the core applications with the Samsung Replenish remain unchanged from what we’re normally adjusted to using. Contacts and appointments are synced properly, but it’s nice to see that you can also sync your contacts from social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Without a doubt, the physical keyboard is the best option to side with when it comes down to inputting text, but it’s worth noting that you’re forced to use it because there is no support for a portrait on-screen one. Surprisingly, there is a landscape one, which is extremely constricted in space, but it’s still more than responsive in keeping up with our rate. Nonetheless, we’d suggest sticking with the physical keyboard for all your needs.
Even for an entry-level handset, the Gmail experience is vastly intuitive since it incorporates most of the recognized features found with the desktop experience. Of course, you can set up other email services besides Gmail, which require just your email address and password to set up for the popular services, but for others that aren’t the usual ones, you might be asked for additional things like server addresses and ports.
Thankfully, there aren’t that many bloatware apps preloaded with the handset – which is nice of course. However, being the Sprint bound device it is, there are quite a few Sprint branded apps on board from the get-go – such as Sprint Football Live, Sprint Hotspot, Sprint Mobile Wallet, Sprint Music, Sprint Radio, Sprint TV & Movies, and Sprint Zone. In addition, the only two other third party apps preinstalled are Telenav GPS Navigator and ThinkFree Office.
1. Lynnsd (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)
This is a great phone. I am a former Palm Pre user and this comes pretty close in features as to what I loved about the Pre. Battery life is not great...but the way this phone responds and sets things up is not too Droidy for me. I would recommend this phoen to those on Sprint looking for something that is more than a toy.
2. whyaneed2no (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Feb 2012)
I bought four of them for my family due to a deal Sprint was having waiving the monthly smartphone fee (which personally I think is a sneaky add on - who would have a data package for a non-smartphone?). Although my husband and son's phone froze a good bit, my daughter's and my phone were ok,....up until mine died. They SAY that it has corrosion damage due to water. I NEVER EVER had it close to water, not even close to steam!!! I think it may have just been because it overheated. I had previously seen someone complain about this very same thing, but haven't yet been able to find that complaint again. However, I have seen a few complaints about overheating. EVEN THOUGH IT"S LESS THAN 5 MONTHS OLD, THEY SAY I HAVE TO PAY FOR A NEW ONE!
3. fredboso (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)
For the record I was told by my provider's tech that the corrsion issue is a constant problem with new, out of the box phones. I have never gotten my phone near any water and took it in for the same issue only to be told I'd have to shell out a $35 to replace a phone that I have not had for two months!!! I guess there's a reason they have a 14 day return policy on "deffective" phones. If this is a manufacturer issue, then why are the still selling the phones knowing that this is a perisistant problem?