By Stephen Schenck | November 7, 2011 7:26 PM
It can be difficult getting excited about the introduction of lower-end smartphones, especially with our sights already set upon quad-core handsets. They’re still an important part of the market, and for many users, can represent their first exposure to smartphones. US Cellular has announced that it’s adding to its line-up with the Samsung Repp; how does it stack-up against the rest?
With an 800MHz processor, 3.2-inch HVGA display, and three-megapixel camera, the Repp reminds us of a slightly-smaller Samsung Admire. It arrives running Gingerbread, and has 2GB of internal flash storage. US Cellular will start selling it free on-contract or for about $140 on a pre-paid plan.
The Repp should make a good alternative to the HTC Wildfire S on US Cellular. Though the models are very similarly-equipped, the Repp has a slight edge on processor speed, and the Wildfire S wins-out with camera resolution. Both may be free on-contract, but the Repp really shines as the winning choice for going pre-paid, since the Wildfire S demands nearly $230.
That said, the Repp might not make the most sense when compared to slightly more powerful models. HTC’s Desire may be an aging handset, but it’s another model you can get free on-contract with US Cellular, and it beats the Repp in display size, screen resolution, processor speed, and camera resolution; the most obvious downside is that it comes with Froyo. Of course, that pricing situation may change as the carrier modifies its promotions, but for the moment the Repp only seems to make sense as a pre-paid handset.