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Samsung Restore M570 Review

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Interface and Phonebook:

We find the same One Click UI on the Samsung Restore that we’ve seen on most mid-range Sprint devices in the past.  There is a new Sprint Zone tile (an app we also find on the HTC EVO 4G) which acts as a portal to games, apps and downloaded content as well as quick links to some featured downloads.  There are some genuinely useful tiles, such as Google, Where and an RSS feeder as well as others like ESPN, E! and ABC News that personalize the experience.  Even if the interface is nothing new it is still a good carrier UI which allows the user to customize the device to their liking.

Home screen - The interface of the Samsung Restore M570 - Samsung Restore M570 Review
Sprint Zone - The interface of the Samsung Restore M570 - Samsung Restore M570 Review
Main menu - The interface of the Samsung Restore M570 - Samsung Restore M570 Review

Home screen

Sprint Zone

Main menu

The interface of the Samsung Restore M570


The phonebook now allows users to store a contact’s address, birthday, company and job title as well as the other standards such as numbers, email and memos.  Up to 600 entries can be stored, each with as many as 7 numbers.  As is standard Nuance is the provider for voice dialing.

Phonebook - Samsung Restore M570 Review

Phonebook



Multimedia and Camera:

Music Plus - Samsung Restore M570 Review

Music Plus

Since it is a 3G phone the Samsung Restore offers access to Sprint apps such as Navigation, TV and Music.  We first saw a hint at Sprint’s new Music Plus service on the BlackBerry Bold 9650, but the Restore gives us a better insight.  When we tried to load the service we were greeted with “Grand reopening…soon!  Our new store for music tracks, ringtones, and ringback tones will launch soon.”  We have been told that in addition to integrating all music services into one portal, the new store will offer 100% DRM-free downloads.

Samsung has impressed us with their feature phone cameras and the Restore is no different.  Despite the relatively low 2 megapixel resolution it managed to snap clear shots with good detail and color reproduction.  There was some noise in our low-light test, but the results were way better than we’d have expected.  As long as the quality continues we won’t knock them too hard for not upping the pixels in this class for nearly two years.  It also offers some advanced shooting modes like mosaic and panorama and allows minimal tinkering with the white balance and brightness.  A newer feature in Sprint dumbphones is the option to auto-upload photos to a pre-set place such as your email, Photobucket, Snapfish or YouTube.  It’s not as elegant as the Kin Studio, but it’s something.


Samples taken with the Samsung Restore M570 - Samsung Restore M570 Review
Samples taken with the Samsung Restore M570 - Samsung Restore M570 Review
Samples taken with the Samsung Restore M570 - Samsung Restore M570 Review
Samples taken with the Samsung Restore M570 - Samsung Restore M570 Review

Samples taken with the Samsung Restore M570


Strong light - Indoor samples - Samsung Restore M570 Review
Medium light - Indoor samples - Samsung Restore M570 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Restore M570 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Indoor samples



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posted on 17 May 2011, 08:15

1. EmilyEED (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 May 2011)


This is the WORST phone I have ever have. It is so sensitive that it calls people all of the time by accident. It called my boss a 12 am while I was sleeping- AWFUL!!

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 18:07

2. GeekMovement (Posts: 1505; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


The thing I like about this phone is that it is claimed to be eco-friendly. Made out of recycled materials. It works at least. I never go harsh on my cellphones, but after a few months, it started freezing, rebooting on its own, and the trackpad has always been too sensitive. The ringtones on it are boring and the only good side is that it is comfortable typing a message although the keyboard is far from being great. I still have this phone, obviously don't use it, but it's an emergency backup. Design is not too bad. Camera quality obviously isn't going to be awesome and the build is somewhat sturdy so that's ok. Battery life is good so no problem there.

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Display2.7 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (150 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.60 x 2.10 x 0.60 inches
(117 x 53 x 15 mm)
4.30 oz  (122 g)
Battery1160 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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