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Samsung Evergreen (AT&T)What's better than a $30 texting phone with a few extra goodies? A model that's eco-friendly in addition to being budget-kind.
I'm Jessica Dolcourt from CNET.com and I've got, in my hands, the Samsung Evergreen. This is a quick messaging phone that AT&T is offering for only $30 with a 2-year contract. It's got a 2.4-inch QVGA display, nothing special, but it looks sharp enough and bright enough. Below the screen are the Talk and End buttons and two slightly dished out buttons for the other navigation functions. In the center is the four-way toggle and select button. All the keys were easy to handle and the dial pad keys felt nice and roomy. The slideout QWERTY keyboard is also really nice. It's roomy without being too wide. You've got a lot of the usual external features like a camera shutter but you've also got this interesting convenience key on the side that you can use to launch apps. There's also no dedicated headset jack. The Evergreen has a 2-megapixel camera and a micro SD slot that holds up to 16 gigabytes external memory. We find the back cover and the body rather cheap and plasticky feeling. Inside, there's a whole bundle of AT&T's preloaded apps and services like their mobile browser, AT&T Navigator, the social networking app, an online store, and the subscription AT&T Music service that will cost you about $5 a month. Now, the Evergreen is an eco-phone as well. It's made with 70% recycled materials and the packaging is made from 80% recycled materials and printed with soy ink. There's also some themed apps, wallpapers, and ringtones that reflect the earth conscious tenor of this phone. Overall, the Evergreen is a pretty good messaging phone for a nice price but those who want e-mail should keep looking. The fact that it's made from recycled materials is icing on the cake. I'm Jessica Dolcourt and this has been the Samsung Evergreen for AT&T.