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Review: Samsung Replenish

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The Replenish is the latest Android device from Sprint to use the Sprint ID concept on top of Android 2.2.2 Froyo. Think of the IDs as themes, and you'll be all set. If you want, you can set the Replenish to behave in stock Android 2.2.2 mode. The Replenish ships with the "Green" ID installed and active.

Sprint ID packs are collections of applications, home screen settings, wallpapers, shortcuts and widgets that are based on a theme, such as the Replenish's sustainability theme. When a Sprint ID pack is activated, it completely reorganizes all the details of the home screen based on that particular theme. In the case of the Replenish, it offers shortcuts to environmentally-friendly products, services, and information. Other themes include: Business Pro, Essentials, Sprint, Auto Enthusiast and others.

Once installed, each theme can be customized itself and then saved. Finding and installing the themes isn't difficult, but nine months after the first Sprint ID phones emerged, there are still only a handful of ID packs. Worse, each ID pack downloads and installs a predetermined set of applications. You can quickly end up with a lot of bloatware and applications/services on your phone that you'll never use

Aside from the Sprint ID packs, the Replenish behaves as any other Android 2.2 device.

 

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