For those who are hankering to get a taste of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but do not want to shell out a lot for a phone, perhaps Boost Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Rush could be a nice option.
This single-band 1900 CDMA phone, which targets consumers on a budget, offers very basic smartphone features for its price of $149.99. This price does not tie users to a contract with the mobile carrier as with other companies.
Among the phone’s features is an HVGA TFT LCD screen measuring 2.02 x 3.03 inches, or 3.5 inches diagonally. This display has a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels. The candy bar phone is driven by a MSM8655 Qualcomm processor running at 1GHz and comes with 2GB of ROM and 768MB of RAM. It is also equipped with a microSD card slot that supports up to 32GB of extra memory. Users also get to enjoy TouchWiz UI, the Samsung Widget Gallery, and full access to the Google Play Store on this handset. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are the wireless connectivity options available.
This phone gets its power from a 3.7 Volt, Lithium Ion, 1750mAh battery that according to Samsung has up to nine hours of talk time and around 14.5 days of standby when fully-charged.
It also offers two cameras. Its main camera comes with a 3.0 MP sensor and other features like 4X Digital Zoom, Autofocus, Geo-tagging, and Online Image Uploading. Moreover, it has several shooting modes like Single Shot, Panorama, and Smile Shot to aid users in capturing perfect images. Video recording is likewise possible.
Its built-in music player is compatible with MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, OGG, QCP, AMR, M4A, MID, AWB, QCP, as well as streaming audio. As for video, the handset is compatible with MPEG4, H.263, H.264, and streaming video.
Its calling function is one of its best features, mainly because of the supposed good call quality on the device. This calling function also comes with Voicemail, Visual Voicemail, Voice Recognition, Speech-to-text, Text-to-speech, and Photo Caller ID options, among others.
As for its appearance, the phone is covered in a shiny plastic casing with a thin silver-colored stripe as accent.