Boost Mobile has been seemingly firing off on all cylinders in their campaign to get post paid consumers to possibly rethink converting to prepaid plans. If you’re anything like me you probably have a contract touting more than an acceptable amount of lines on your family plan “sharing” minutes and data. You probably felt like in order to get the latest Smartphone prepaid definitely wasn’t an option. Entering into the arena is Boost Mobile, with their newest lineup of phones that rival any top phone carrier in the market.
99% of the newest phones on the market are touch screen, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but count the number of times these screens freeze it can be unreliable and a tad nerve wrecking. So when I saw that Samsung was coming out with the Array – something so simple and easy to use I was immediately curious to see how it stacks up in real life.
First day I bought the phone to work it immediately drew the attention of the non-techie co workers I have. You know the ones that scoff at you when you come in with your new shiny gadget with a zillion different features and all you really want to do is make a phone call? I found that instead of the normal “Oh goodness, what useless item does gadget girl have today” I got “Oh, can I see your phone?”-hmmz interesting. By the end of the day they liked the fact that they didn’t need to ask me any how-to’s or explain any of the features. They said it made them feel self sufficient.
So I challenged myself to solely use the Array for an entire day and see how I survive. It took me approximately two hours to realize this doesn’t have a touchscreen and continuing to tap the screen won’t make it so (I’m lying it took maybe all day – don’t judge me). I found that surprisingly the call quality was super clear without being overly sensitive. Overly sensitive= when you call your mom on your lunch break and you can hear her chew, swallow and digest her lunch but completely missed everything she said. My signal never dropped nor did my signal strength fall below 3 bars. In my office that is more than worth the purchase.
After a couple of hours I started to realize this phone was much easier to keep track of. It’s small enough to fit in my pocket but it feels so good in my hands I tend to carry it without feeling the need to throw it in my purse whenever I finish a text. The phone never froze and I liked the fact that I could choose to use a keyboard or not – I found myself leaning more towards the keyboard. The keyboard is a decent size but I wouldn’t suggest someone with fairly large fingers to even attempt. Needless to say this phone has me rethinking my post-paid plan.
With minimal use the phone lasted a good 6 days without needing to be charged. After a full days usage I had about 10% battery left by bedtime, which for me isn’t too bad.
I achieved my mission and lasted an entire 24 hours relying on the Array as my sole mobile phone, however because I am completely impatient I had to use my tablet to search the net.
This phone is perfect for first time smartphone users, parents who want a phone for their teens but refuse to cough up $300, people who simple want to talk and talk – no muss no fuss.
For my lifestyle and life this phone wouldn’t work for me, however Boost Mobile has no contracts, free activation, unlimited talk, text and email for $50/month and is powered by the Nationwide Sprint Network. This phone is also available on Sprint-but will require a contact. Another added bonus is for every six months you pay on time they decrease your bill by $5. Score!