The Good The Samsung Array has a simple user-friendly design with a spacious and comfortable keyboard. Call quality is top-notch.
The Bad The Array's display has a low resolution. Media and Web features deliver a poor experience.
The Bottom Line The Samsung Array excels at communication, but anyone wanting more out of a phone should look elsewhere.
A simple and solid feature phone
If you don't want a smartphone, but still want to text like mad, then take a long look at the Samsung Array. Sure, its design will transport you back to the previous century, but you're left with a user-friendly and simple feature phone with reliable performance. As it's built primarily for communication, other features aren't worth the effort, but that's really the whole point of the Array in the first place. It's available with both Boost Mobile and Sprint, though pricing will vary between the two carriers. Sprint charges just $19 for the Array, but you'll have to sign a new two-year contract and send in to get a $40 rebate. Boost charges $59.99 contract-free. Either way, it's a deal and much better than paying the full price of $219.
The Array's low-key design is one we've seen many times before. But in this case, that's not a bad thing. After all, there's not much you can really do with a slider messaging phone to make it unique. Rather, it's more important to design a roomy keyboard and a sturdy construction.
Fortunately, the Array accomplishes both points. It doesn't have rubber sidings or an extra-thick plastic shell, but the slider mechanism should withstand normal wear and tear. It takes more than a gentle nudge to open and close the phone, but you can perform both actions with one hand. The keyboard beneath is quite spacious and comfortable. It has four rows of buttons so most letters double up with a number, a symbol, or punctuation. That's not a problem as I was able to type relatively quickly while using the Shift and Function keys. The long space bar is smack in the center of the bottom row between a dedicated ".com" key and four arrow controls. All of the buttons are plastic, but I liked that they're not completely flush. Also, the top row of keys isn't squashed up against the bottom of the slider.