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Review: Samsung M570 Restore

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The Restore is an inexpensive messaging device for Sprint that offers the tree hugger (said with the utmost respect) a less guilt-inducing alternative. It uses recycle materials, and can be recycled when it reaches the end of its useful life. It comes in recycled, bio-degradable packaging. It uses a power-efficient charger. And the battery life is good, so you'll be plugging it in less. I hope these are important to you, though, because there are indeed trade-offs.

The Restore is a sideways slider and is somewhat bulky. The hardware is mostly good. The full QWERTY keyboard, for example, works really well, but the trackpad is a little overly sensitive.

One Click is a decent feature phone operating system, though we'd like to see it evolve a bit. It has seen only the most incremental of updates in the last two years.

The Restore offers only the most rudimentary social networking features, and lacks IM. Threaded SMS is present, as is support for a number of different email providers.

The camera and video software are simplistic, and the 2 megapixel shooter delivers only average results. The music player is simply not up to par and fails to equal many other entry level feature phones out there.

Signal performance was good, but call quality was spotty. The browser is mostly limited to WAP sites, and HTML may as well stand for "Hey, Too Much Lagging!"

For the environmentally conscious Sprint customer, it's worth looking at, but be sure to weigh the options first.

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