Excerpt: If you are looking for an eco-friendly mobile phone with decent multimedia messaging options, Sprint’s Restore SPH-M570 from Samsung is the best choice. Let’s roll on to the full review to examine its features more closely.
Summary: I categorize cell phones into three primary classes: low-end phones, featurephones, and smartphones. On the featurephone front, the Samsung Restore is one of my favorite devices. With a trendy and professional design, the phone offers a great QWERTY keyboard for messaging, along with data-centric applications like Sprint TV and Sprint Music.
Pros: Good QWERTY keyboard, strong signal strength, and decent battery life make the Restore a nice option for the texting crowd. It's also eco-friendly.
Cons: The 'speaker' and 'back' keys are where you would expect the 'send' and 'end' keys to be, leading to a bit of a learning curve.
Summary: A rather strange phone due to its unusual positioning, user interface and menu setup. Samsung and Sprint position it as a "green" solution, marketing their adherence to environmental cause, but as this is one of only two "green" phones Sprint sells (the second one is Samsung Reclaim that Restore is actually replacing, but at this point they are still sold side by side) and one of a few "green" phones made by Samsung out of 75,000 models company releases each year...
Conclusion: With 84 percent recyclable material, the Samsung Restore is made with environment concerns in mind. The phone’s casing contains 27% post-consumer recycled plastics and the packaging is 100% recyclable with soy ink print. Beyond the eco-friendly features, the Samsung Restore offers a very nice video experience, good GPS performance and a full serving of messaging and social networking. It’s a great phone for the price with a contract.
Pros: Very nice keyboard, good video performance., Pro: Very nice keyboard, good video performance.
Cons: Still waiting for the Sprint Music Plus store to open., Con: Still waiting for the Sprint Music Plus store to open.
Conclusion: on the Samsung Restore was unfortunately subpar, with callers saying we sounded as if we were deep in a cave. They also complained that our voice sounded gravelly. On our end they sounded much better, but slightly muffled. We were actually sent a unit by Sprint and one by Samsung and both exhibited the same call issues, so while this is not typical of Samsung it does seem to be a valid concern on the Restore.
Pros: Great build quality, Crisp display, Camera performed well
Cons: Call quality left a bit to be desired, Keyboard could have some more feel to it