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Review: Samsung M570 Restore

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Sprint is in the middle of re-vamping its online music store. Historically, it has used Groove Mobile's mobile music service, but that has changed. During testing, Sprint's music store was completely unavailable due to the revisions taking place behind closed doors. That means I was only able to test the on-board music player.

The Restore's music player falls into the category of music software that's so bad, I'd recommend you not even bother. The music player forces you to sit through a 30-second launch of the non-existent Sprint Music Store first, only to tell you that it's not available before taking you to your music library. Preposterous that it can't just go straight to the music app.

Next, the menus are boring and bring nothing new to the mobile music experience. There are also no advanced features or settings. The Restore offers only the simplest version of playback.

The biggest problem in my book (and this probably won't bother too many people) is that the music player won't play albums in the correct order. The software doesn't see Track 1 - Track 10, it sees Track A through Track Z. This means albums are played back in alphabetical order rather than numeric order -- in other words, all jumbled up. That ticks me off.

The Restore gets points for including a 3.5mm headset jack, but honestly, use an iPod instead.

 

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