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CO2 Emissions Eco-friendly Reclaim cell phone by Sprint and Samsung

Published on October 12th, 2009 | by Timothy B. Hurst

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How Green Is the New Sprint 'Reclaim' Phone?



Eco-friendly Reclaim cell phone by Sprint and Samsung

The new green-themed Reclaim made by Samsung is more than your standard phone with slick green branding — though there’s a bit of that too.

What’s green (or blue), smaller than a deck of cards and will remind you to unplug the charger from the wall after charging? The Reclaim, the new green-themed smart phone made by Samsung for Sprint, is loaded with a bunch of green content, a handful eco-conscious accessories and an attention to sustainable packaging that make it more “green” than most other phones out there.

But you can’t just slap a case made from forty percent corn plastic, dip it in green paint and call it green, can you? The folks at Sprint sent me the new Reclaim so I could answer those questions myself.

The phone

Out of the box, I was first struck by the small size and light weight of the Reclaim. As I test-drove it, I barely noticed the 3.5-ounce phone in my pants pocket. I even found myself looking for it a couple of times even though I had it right there on me. But for a small phone, it packs a pretty good punch.

Easy to navigate and operate, with Sprint’s one-click navigation which brings features like GPS navigation, messaging and web portals like Facebook and Google to the front and center of your interface.

While some like this stuff front and center, an electrician friend of mine who recently got the phone told me he didn’t want all of the shortcut keys on his main screen, telling me they were too big and that he just wanted a picture of his daughter up there.

The phone had good sound and video quality on an especially large screen for such a small device. The 3G speed was a little clunky at times, but that can at least be partially to be explained by the weakish Sprint signal at my house where I did most of the tinkering with the features

A 2.0 megapixel camera with portrait mirror for capturing mobile video and the ubiquitous twenty-first century self-portraits. The Reclaim is also smart enough to ask you if you want to share the pic you just took on the internet via flickr, facebook and YouTube. Have other digital media? A well-placed Micro SD memory card slot on side makes transferring digital audio and pictures a snap.

It took me a little while to get accustomed to the slide-out QWERTY keyboard—particularly the fact that it didn’t need to stay open after dialing a phone call and that closing the slider wouldn’t end a phone call—the functionality of the slider was smooth and well-engineered.

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is the founder of ecopolitology and the executive editor at LiveOAK Media, a media network about the politics of energy and the environment, green business, cleantech, and green living. When not reading, writing, thinking or talking about environmental politics with anyone who will listen, Tim spends his time skiing in Colorado's high country, hiking with his dog, and getting dirty in his vegetable garden.



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    I wondered why you wrote – ‘[...] paper stock that clearly had some percentage of recycled content in it[...]‘? How is ‘some percentage’ discernible? 100% recycled paper comes in every grade of paper from photocopier/proof grade, to high quality art board you couldn’t tell from the same item made from virgin rain forest timber. The idea that recycled paper has flecks of colours and fibres throughout or is in any way different in appearance is so out of date.

  • http://www.oneworldnet.co.uk Peter Simmons

    I wondered why you wrote – ‘[...] paper stock that clearly had some percentage of recycled content in it[...]‘? How is ‘some percentage’ discernible? 100% recycled paper comes in every grade of paper from photocopier/proof grade, to high quality art board you couldn’t tell from the same item made from virgin rain forest timber. The idea that recycled paper has flecks of colours and fibres throughout or is in any way different in appearance is so out of date.

  • Bryan

    I understand it takes 60 hours of sunlight to fully charge this, I think some sort of kinetic motion energy capture technology, sort of like the flashlights you shake, would be better, miniturized, newer technology but something on this principple, and then we could just charge by walking, and shake the phone when the battery is low. Way more practical than solar. Solar should be for static applications, and some new tech should be used to capture energy from every vibration we can. Our washing machines probably could power a few lamps, if it were law that any new machine sold had motion energy recapture technology, it could be everywhere rather quickly. I wonder what is possible, or if the amount of energy is minimal. At the very least I want to see exercise equipment and small devices power themselves.

  • Bryan

    I understand it takes 60 hours of sunlight to fully charge this, I think some sort of kinetic motion energy capture technology, sort of like the flashlights you shake, would be better, miniturized, newer technology but something on this principple, and then we could just charge by walking, and shake the phone when the battery is low. Way more practical than solar. Solar should be for static applications, and some new tech should be used to capture energy from every vibration we can. Our washing machines probably could power a few lamps, if it were law that any new machine sold had motion energy recapture technology, it could be everywhere rather quickly. I wonder what is possible, or if the amount of energy is minimal. At the very least I want to see exercise equipment and small devices power themselves.

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