Samsung Replenish review: Boost Mobile's cheapest Android phone

If you're on a tight budget, Boost Mobile's $100 Replenish gives you a QWERTY keyboard and Android Gingerbread without a contract.

Samsung Replenish
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Boost Mobile isn't just about offering phones off-contract, it's also about style. So if you're a phone that lands in Boost's lineup, you might be the hot stuff.

Or you could just be a good bargain. The Samsung Replenish was an entry-level Android phone to begin with when it first emerged last spring for Sprint. It grew from Android 2.2 Froyo to 2.3 Gingerbread since then, which keeps it pretty fresh.

Not so fresh is the smaller screen, which can make reading a challenge. I'm on the fence about the portrait-mode QWERTY keyboard, which is narrow but types pretty well, and the 2-megapixel camera, which did well with outdoor shots, but stumbled once you brought it indoors.

At the end of the day, it'll either be the keyboard or the price that draws people to this humble device, not a flashy camera or a cutting-edge design. At $100 without a contract, it's Boost's least expensive Android player.

Watch the video, see the photos, and read the pros and cons in our full Samsung Replenish review.

About the author

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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