Review of Samsung's bio-plastic M560 Reclaim for Sprint
Entry-level devices took a huge leap forward this summer with the release of the Samsung M560 Reclaim, which, at $49.99 provides, a smartphone-like experience in a compact form that is eco-friendly.
My initial impressions with the device were impressive. When I heard it was composed of bio-plastics I was curious as to what it would feel like in my hands, and I immediately found it sturdy in all respects.
The Reclaim is a slider device that opens vertically to expose the full QWERTY keypad beneath. I really like the size and feel of the phone. At 93mm x 59mm x 17mm (3.68in x 2.33in x 0.67in) in size and weighing 99g (3.5oz), the Samsung Reclaim is surprisingly small for everything that it can do. The model I reviewed came in a color called Earth Green, though the Reclaim is also available in Ocean Blue.
When closed, a standard d-pad handles basic navigation, while two soft keys, end/power key, talk key, back/clear key and speaker key handle more specific tasks. The d-pad is extremely simple yet fully functional, with the ability to do everything from navigating WAP pages to scrolling through emails.
The left side of the device contains a 3.5mm headset port and dedicated volume buttons. Along the right edge are a camera button, a micro-USB charging port, and a microSD memory slot.
The Reclaim features a 2.4-inch, 262K-color QVGA (320 x 240 pixel) TFT display that is generous in size compared to the relative size of the device. I found the screen easy to read in most conditions, although bright sunlight may prove problematic. Color depth is good for an entry-level phone consistent with this price point.
Review by Marc Lynde on Thursday September 17, 2009