Editors' note: Since features on the Samsung Seek are very similar for the Sprint and Boost Mobile versions, we'll only summarize them in this review. For full details, consult our review of the Samsung Seek for Sprint.
The Seek has a 600-person address book with 20 polyphonic ringtones for customizing your contacts. It has a vibrate mode, voice dialing, a speakerphone, a calculator, a notepad, a calendar, and a world clock. Text and multimedia messaging are onboard, along with social-networking tools like instant messaging, and Facebook and MySpace apps. The phone has a Web browser, GPS, Bluetooth, and an e-mail app that supports popular Web mail in-boxes and other POP3 and IMAP services. There's also the Boost Navigator app you can subscribe to for $9.99 per month or $1.99 per day
The Seek has a simple music player that requires expandable memory to work. Again, the Seek supports microSD cards up to 32GB in capacity. Its basic 1.3-megapixel camera works, but its photos are indistinct around the edges, with slightly dull colors. You can save images as wallpaper or as a photo ID.
We tested the Samsung Seek in San Francisco using Boost Mobile, which is a Sprint Nextel subsidiary. The Seek operates on Sprint's CDMA network, while other Boost handsets use Nextel's iDEN network. The Seek's call quality was more than passable, with strong call volume and natural-sounding voices that were unfortunately slightly muffled. White noise and a high-frequency whine accompanied many of the calls on our end.
On their end, callers said they could tell we were on a cell phone and said we sounded muffled. However, the call quality never impeded the conversational flow. The Seek's speakerphone sounded a little scratchy from our end, which is typical. It sounded muffled, garbled, and had an echo from our caller's end.
Since the Seek only supports 2.5G network speeds, surfing the Web on it was slow. For example, CNET's mobile Web site took 20 to 30 seconds to load.