Samsung had released another environment friendly phone and it’s called Samsung M580 Replenish. Much better from its predecessor the Samsung Reclaim or Samsung Restore it now comes in the shape of a Blackberry. Made from nearly 100% plastic so it’s saving the environment while saving your money and that’s a win – win situation.
Calling quality is good as it has clarity and the earpiece is loud enough but when in loudspeaker mode the headphones will have some muffled sound but overall it’s a good calling experience. Ringtone and vibrate alert is quite weak but still able to notice it.
Screen of the phone is pretty decent and barely visible under the sunlight unless you look directly at the phone. By tilting the phone a little bit will result a washed out screen so visibility is not great. The screen can easily be noticed the pixelated resolution at only 240 X 320 pixels. Brightness from the phone is not too good as well.
Messaging using the Samsung Replenish is almost like using a Blackberry. You can either use the QWERTY keyboard to type but there is a second way. Tilting the phone to landscape mode will have an on screen keyboard. The response from the keyboard is quite fast and experiences no lagging at all. Gmail is available for Google users as well. There is Gtalk on board but you can install additional apps like Yahoo or Windows Live from the Android Market. The phone lacks social networking apps. All it has is Tweetercaster so you have to download social networking apps from the Android Market.
The Samsung Replenish has only a meager 2 mega pixel camera. Picture quality is not so great using this phone as it produces muddy pictures. The colors and contras are all unbalanced and sometimes the picture will get too bright or not bright enough at different situations. Taking pictures outdoors is not well at all with all the digital noise present. Recording video is even worse with serious lagging and also pixelated looks. Audio quality from the recording is sound muffled as well.
Browsing the internet is a good experience. The QVGA display plus a small screen makes words at web pages difficult to read unless you pinch zoom in or double tap to zoom. Scrolling the pages is no problem at all and the response is quite fast. The only thing missing here is that this phone does not support Flash.
The phone has a stock music player and it plays music well with the speaker from the phone. Sound is loud as well with very little distortion only. Video player supports very limited formats because of the low performance processor. It will be able to play Mpeg4 800 X 480 resolution videos. Video playback is smooth but it is available is landscape mode only and portrait mode is not available.
The Samsung Replenish has excellent battery life. After a full charge it can last about 36 hours from occasional phone calls, messaging, web browsing, and also video playback. There is an additional solar back cover that can be bought. After 1 hour under the sun to recharge the power the phone can last up to 20 minutes talk time. Basic Bluetooth v3.0 and GPS is available as well.
Pros and Cons
Camera and video quality is downright terrible as it is. Limited video is supported in this phone plus the display is not so great from this phone as well.