The Good The Samsung Admire has a simple, straightforward design with enough features to keep you busy and entertained. We appreciate the support for the Gingerbread OS and the access to MetroPCS' new Rhapsody Unlimited Music service.
The Bad The Samsung Admire had variable call quality with low volume and occasional audio cutouts. We had problems with the speakerphone in particular.
The Bottom Line The Samsung Admire offers the accessible design and functional feature set that you'd expect from a starter Android phone, but call quality wasn't up to our standards.
Samsung Admire SCH-r720
The Samsung Admire marks another step in Android's continued march onto phones from prepaid carriers. Made for MetroPCS, the Admire isn't long on features, but it offers more than enough to keep you occupied for both a little play and some work. The simple design is easy to handle, though not exactly sturdy, and the display is bright without being completely beautiful. On the whole, we'd say that the Admire is a decent device with some bonus features but variable call quality. Your experience may be different, but we'd prefer to stick with a few existing Android models in the carrier's lineup. The Admire is just $129 without a contract, but you'll need to select at least a $50 per-month unlimited data and calling plan.
The Admire has a fairly typical smartphone design. With its rounded ends it's not nearly as rectangular as many of today's Android handsets and we like how the ribbed texture around the edges gives it a comfortable feeling in the hand. At 4.6 inches tall by 2.4 inches wide by 0.5 inch thick the Admire fits easily into a pocket. It's a tad heavier than it looks at 4.14 ounces, but it won't weigh you down. The plastic skin doesn't feel entirely sturdy, so we'd take care not to drop it repeatedly on a hard surface. The Admire comes in two versions: a bright red or a more restrained gray.
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