Review: Samsung Instinct S30
The S30 makes some noteworthy improvements to the original Instinct. The hardware is better all around. It feels like a more fully-realized device. The vast improvements in signal strength and responsiveness of the resistive touch display are the two things that make us happiest.
Other new additions are the ability to send IMs, set an EQ for your music and better access to third-party apps.
These don't make up for the aspects of the S30 that haven't changed at all. Too much of the software (including the bad parts) is carried over almost exactly as-is. I was hoping for better camera software, and there was none to be found. Adding a flash or autofocus to the S30 would have been great, but Samsung skipped it.
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What's worst is the poor call quality I experienced. Quite honestly, it had the poorest call performance of any phone I've tested in recent memory.
But, if you're a Samsung fan, and a Sprint lover, the Instinct is a solid, budget, alternative to some of the higher-end touch phones that have flooded the market in the last 15 months.
Bottom line, if you want an inexpensive touch phone that is easy to use, the S30 may be the phone for you.
Review: Samsung Galaxy J3 for Boost Mobile
The Galaxy J3 may not look like much, but it performs far better than its meager price point would suggest. It's not perfect, but this low-cost Android smartphone for Boost Mobile is a good pick if you're looking for something in the middle of the pack.
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This inexpensive, unlocked Android smartphone is smaller than its predecessor and yet better in many ways. The Blu Life One X2 Mini is a fine little phone for those who prefer or need to change networks often.
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LG's second take on its stylus-equipped smartphone is easier to use and performs better than its predecessor. The Stylo 2 is also well made, inexpensive, yet laden with Android and LG goodies.
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The BlackBerry KEY2 takes the basic design of last year's phone and makes improvements all around. The phone has a decent-sized screen, physical QWERTY keyboard, and metal chassis.