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Review: Samsung Replenish

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Screen

The Replenish's screen measures 2.8 inches across the diagonal and offers a relatively measly 240 x 320 pixels. You can easily see pixelated edges to icons, images and text from an arm's length away. Clarity is sometimes lacking, and the overall effect leaves the display looking fuzzy. Brightness is also a weak element. It was very difficult to use outdoors, and colors were not as impressive as on most other displays made by Samsung. Color me unimpressed.

Signal

The Replenish performed adequately on Sprint's CDMA network. In my office in northern NJ, it snagged two bars of signal strength. In and around the metro NYC region, it remained consistently connected, and never dropped Sprint's signal entirely. During my testing period, the Replenish didn't drop any calls, nor did I miss any. It survived the NJ vault test (local super market), and allowed me to make calls and send texts even when it showed no bars. Data sessions, however, required the Replenish to show at least one bar in order to connect. Speedds were a bit on the slow side for an EVDO phone.

Sound

Call quality was very good. I was pleased with the clarity of voices coming through the earpiece, which, by the way, is capable of eardrum-threatening volumes. Even set to max, it didn't distort or break up. I didn't notice any hissing, noises, or other nonsense getting in the way of conversations. The speakerphone worked well, too. It was plenty loud, and calls were just as clear. The vibrate alert and ringtones were a bit on the weak side, though. You'll easily hear the phone from a few rooms away, but if you're on a different floor, you might miss it.

Battery

The Replenish has excellent battery life. During my tests, it consistently lasted 36 hours between charges. That means you can unplug it on Monday at 7AM and go to 7PM Tuesday without a problem. No matter how I used the Replenish - voice calls, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, messaging, browsing - battery life remained the same.

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