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Hands On with the Samsung Admire 2 and Discover for Cricket

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May 22, 2013, 12:38 PM   by Rich Brome

Cricket today showed a sneak peek of two Samsung phones coming this summer. The Admire 2 sports a 4-inch screen and 4G LTE, while the Galaxy Discover is more basic with its 3.5-inch screen and stock Android interface. We checked them out. Read on for our first impressions.

from Cricket Communications

The Galaxy S III has been a hot seller on Cricket, exceeding all forecasts, as they tell it. It's also boosted Samsung's brand quite a bit. But Cricket is a prepaid carrier, and not everyone can afford a $600 phone. With that in mind, the Admire 2 is an attempt to bring some of that Samsung mojo - and 4G LTE - down to a more reasonable price point.

 

Samsung Admire 2

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(If the Admire 2 looks familiar, that's because it's also known as the Axiom for U.S. Cellular; they're the same phone.)

The Admire 2 indeed has a high-quality feel to it. It's all plastic and you'll know it to hold it. But certain details like the physical home button have a premium feel to them, and the overall build quality seems excellent for this price range.

The side keys work well. The 4-inch display is solidly mid-range. It's leaps and bounds better than the one in the Discover, but certainly no match for the displays now shipping in high-end phones. The memory card slot has a hatch on the side for easy access.

 

Samsung Admire 2 Interface

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The Admire 2 runs Android 4.1 with Samsung's TouchWiz interface. TouchWiz brings welcome features like lock screen shortcuts, notification shade quick settings controls, and Samsung's excellent camera interface.

Look for the Admire 2 on Cricket this summer, or U.S. Cellular is currently offering it as the Axiom.

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