Samsung Galaxy Rush (Boost Mobile)

Technical Details

  • Android 4.0 & Get Android Apps on Google Play
  • 3.5 Touch Screen
  • 3MP Camera with Flash + Video camera and 1.3MP Front Facing Camera
  • 1GHZ Processor
  • What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, quick start guide
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Item model number: Galaxy Rush

Product Description

The Samsung Galaxy Rush with the latest Android OS, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, makes for a powerful, customized consumer experience. The large 3.5 inch screen with a 3 MP rear camera and a 1.3 MP front facing camera allows for face-to-face chatting and the easy sharing of pictures and videos. Android Ice Cream Sandwich Operating System The Samsung Galaxy Rush runs the Android 4.0 operating system (dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich), which adds powerful new ways of communicating and sharing while improving on the best Android features: easy multitasking, rich notifications, customizable home screens, resizable widgets, and more. The updated Ice Cream Sandwich interface features an onscreen navigation bar that replaces the hardware buttons for Back, Home, and Menu found with older Android-powered phones. Key Features Android 4.0 Get Android Apps on Google Play 3.5 inch Capacitive Touch Screen 3 MP Camera with Flash + Video camera 1.3 MP Front Facing Camera Wi-Fi GPS Enabled 1 GHZ Processor Stereo Bluetooth Capable Visual Voicemail Internal Memory: 768MB (RAM)/2GB (ROM) External Memory: up to 32GB (SD Card not included) Services: Boost Zone, Mobile ID, Google Mobile Apps Headset Jack: 3.5mm Vital Statistics The Samsung Galaxy Rush measures 4.84 x 2.36 x .47 inches. What's in the Box Samsung Galaxy Rush handset, battery, charger, USB cable, activation kit, and getting started guide.

By Swamiji CH
I have had five Samsung cell phones, over the past few years --and without exception, they have been excellent quality. I have owned their X475, two X495s (neither, gave up), Galaxy Prevail, and Galaxy Rush (as of this writing).

Since I have had this phone for roughly a week, here are my first impressions:

The Rush replaces the Prevail, I understand, and it has many improvements, over the previous OS. The main problem I have had, is getting used to the slightly different layout of some of the menus and System Settings. For instance, I had to turn on 'sync' in three different places, before all my email would auto-sync with my online accounts (I'm using two, different (onboard), email clients). Some things, within the email, are totally different than OS2.3, but the changes are welcome --even though I am having a little trouble getting used, to the differences. Other apps, I have tried, are listed below.

The GMail email client has changed, a little, with some of the menus being at the top, rather than under the Menu key --another, welcome change.
Downside: One must individually check the emails for deletion* --unlike the vanilla client, GMail could learn, from that, but is, otherwise, a decent enough, email client.

The vanilla email client allows one to change accounts from one screen (within the last-chosen account), when opened. It also enables one to go to other folders, in a quite-friendly manner. *Email deletions are easy, since it offers a 'Today' and 'Yesterday' check box, and deletes all items, for that period.
Downside: Forwarding, a email, leaves the original email address(es) intact, but doesn't show them in the preview. The only recourse, is to uncheck the option for keeping the original email in the one being sent.

A disappointment, so far, is the fact that I seem unable to change the font size for email, from within the email client(s), or other apps. There is a font setting in Settings | Display | Font Size that is, apparently, system-wide --except for the Desktop icon fonts. Whereas this isn't necessarily a bad thing, I was comfortable with adjusting fonts in the different apps, to suit my preferences. Just one more adjustment, between phones, I guess. There are always trade-offs, and this one doesn't seem all that objectionable.

The wifi seems to work very well, and seems a little more sensitive than the Prevail, was, in the same locations in my home.

One can reveal the Notifications, without having to unlock the screen. From there, one may also access Settings, and toggle the wifi, bluetooth, GPS, one Sync setting, and screen rotation. This, is an extremely welcome addition.

The hands-free phone call is made more simple, as well: while one must avoid saying names into the Voice Dialing feature because of mistranslations, reciting a phone number is usually (if not always) successful. Tapping the Speaker icon isn't a race against the screen saver, either, because there is no auto-lock, engaging, in a couple seconds. The synthesized voice, is understandable!! The speaker is very clear, and the microphone seems adequate to the occasion. The bluetooth is of good quality, as well.

Internet browsing is basically the same as always. The built-in client is a-ok, and the bookmarking has a facelift.

This smartphone will accept Firefox Mobile browser.