Feature phones are almost out of the market and budget Android phones are now slowly ruling this space. Though feature phones can support Internet, music, chat and social networking, users seem to prefer Androids over JAVA. Samsung has recently launched the REX series feature phones to cater to the masses. Those who do not want to spend on an Android, can opt for these phones while still keeping most of the features of the same. We had the REX 90 with us for a while and here is our experience.
3.5-inch Display, 312MHz CPU, 20MB Storage
Design and build
The success of the Samsung Galaxy series has seen Samsung rise to the top of the market. The REX 90 sports the same look as that of the Galaxy S3, which definitely will draw sales. The REX looks almost identical to the S3 except in the overall size. It has a white glossy exterior with a silver chrome trim around the entire body. The front features the 3.5-inch TFT display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. Above the display panel is the earpiece and two small windows for the light and proximity sensors. The bottom of the display highlights the physical Home button and on either side are two feather-touch capacitive buttons for Call and End. The volume rocker is seen on the left side while the right side has the power/standby button. A micro USB PC interface-cum-power port is available on the bottom and a 3.5 mm audio headset jack is located on the top. The rear sports the main camera, but there's no flash to support night shots. The entire shell is rugged and firm, but the glossy white surface would not last long if handled carelessly. The phone has a small form-factor candy-bar style and fits in the palm very comfortably, allowing you to use the phone with one hand.
Dual-SIM, 1000 mAh battery, hot-swap SIM 2 and microSD card
The REX 90 is a simple phone with trendy looks. This dual-SIM (DUOS) handset features both networks online simultaneously to be able to swap between both lines. Yes, you can get calls on SIM 1 even though you are talking on SIM 2. What’s more, the SIM 2 slot is a hot-swap port, which means you can remove or replace the SIM card without having to switch off the phone.
Micro USB PC interface and charging connector, 3.5 mm audio out
The OS runs on a 312MHz processor (XMM2230 chipset); it is not as fast as we expected, but is good enough for the OS it runs. The 3.5-inch display is bright and crisp and very responsive to touch – benefiting the UI. The onboard storage is just around 20MB for very basic storage, but this can be expanded using the hot-swappable microSD card slot. The main camera is 3.2MP without a flash. Connectivity options are Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0—GPS and 3G are the missing options. Other features include an RDS FM radio with recording option. The handset is loaded with a few social networking, gaming and productivity apps and the user can download a lot more from Samsung’s online store via the Samsung Apps software installed on the phone. Other apps included are a file manager, voice recorder, BT messenger and a few others. Lastly, the REX 90 is fuelled by a 1000 mAh battery, with the manufacturer claiming around 15 hours of talktime. Considering the phone is not as feature-rich for watching videos, high-end gaming or even 3G Internet, the battery life should give you at least two days at a stretch, if not more.
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