This phone fits snuggly in one of today’s most recognizable smartphone families. And, trust me, this family is humungous—there are so many devices it’s difficult to keep up. But the company that made this device is successful precisely because of its “more is better” approach; that applies to not only the sheer amount of phones, but its software offerings as well, which are largely maligned in the smartphone world. By most people, at least.
It hasn’t actually been that long since this device was announced back at CES 2012; some people might still be stuck on a two-year contract with it, enticed by its bottom dollar price. On the inside, the handset came equipped with a dual-core CPU, LTE, 4-inch display, 1GB RAM and 5-megapixel camera. Not the most powerful device on paper, but it wasn’t meant to be a flagship, merely something you could pick up because you needed a phone.
Out of the box this mystery handset ran Android 2.3—that seems ages ago—and was marketed as being “eco-friendly” because of its recycled materials. It feels pretty nice actually, better than other devices in this company’s lineup, though it’s pretty thick for its size—a sure sign you know it’s an older device. The screen, too, was WVGA, which isn’t anywhere near up to snuff with today’s top-tier handsets, but we’re not here to judge this handset.
Have you guessed what it is yet? The textured back is an enormous hint. There was nothing groundbreaking about this device aside from its recycled body. It performed adequately, looked nice, and felt substantial. It also carried a pretty low price tag, which was its main draw among more flagship handsets. Even though the device was announced last year, you likely won’t see any of these surviving as we head into the end of 2013.
Last week’s Guess the Phone was, as many people quickly guessed, the original Galaxy Note.