Hands-On: Samsung Reverb, Rush, Array
The Galaxy Rush is the latest phone from Samsung to grace the shelves of Boost Mobile. It carries the Galaxy name forward in a mid-range, slab-style phone akin to the Samsung Stratosphere or Lightray.
It's a chubby phone, but still manages to feel compact in the hand thanks to the smaller, 3.5-inch display. I like how it nestle into the palm, but the materials are decidedly lower in quality when compared to the Reverb. The battery cover, in particular, feels cheap and breakable. The design of the Rush isn't as classy as the Reverb, and definitely not as drool-worthy as the GS3, but it doesn't disappoint, either.
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The buttons placed on the outer edge of the phone are all in their expected spots. The volume toggle and power/lock screen are easy to find and work well. The microSD card slot is stuck in the left side of the phone and is protected by an annoying hatch.
The user interface will be familiar to any tried-and-true Boost customer. It uses the Sprint/Boost iD concept, and can be customized with numerous themes and iD packs. The screen was not impressive at all, not in terms of resolution nor brightness.
The Rush's performance was so-so. It wasn't dreadful, but it wasn't speedy and fluid, either. My guess is most people who pay $150 for this pre-paid smartphone will feel that they got their money's worth.
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Samsung Array / Montage
2.4" display 240 x 320 pixels
QSC6155 processor 0.125 GB RAM
1,000 mAh battery
Memory Card Slot, Hardware Text Keyboard, Headphone Jack (3.5mm)
Samsung Galaxy Rush
3.5" display 320 x 480 pixels
MSM8655 processor 0.75 GB RAM
1,750 mAh battery
Headphone Jack (3.5mm), Memory Card Slot