Our friends over at Boost Mobile have sent us the Galaxy Rush for us to review! This is a new lower-end Android device for the carrier, and is part of the new Samsung devices that have launched. While it is not as high-end as the Galaxy S II 4G, it still packs a punch with certain features like Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a nice design. It’s price also wont dig as deep into your pockets at $149.99, plus the monthly plan you choose. But should you get the Boost Mobile Galaxy Rush as your next device? We will answer that in the full review which begins right now!
The Boost Mobile Galaxy Rush is a small and compact device. It is 0.47-inches thick and weighs 4.2-ounces, so you can feel it in your hand when you are holding it. And it fits in with previous design elements from other Samsung devices. On the back you have the silver-ish gray design, that has some sightly visible lines going back and forth. This adds a nice design element to the device, you also have the classic aluminum siding that goes all the way around the device. On the back you also have a speaker, a Samsung logo, and a 3-megapixel camera with Flash. If you pop the back cover off you will find the 1750mAh battery . Above the display you have a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, ear piece, and a Samsung logo. Below the display you have 3(three) touch buttons, those being menu, home, and back. your micro SD card slot and volume rocker can be found on the left hand side. The Galaxy Rush has a dedicated camera shutter button on the right hand side as well. This is always a nice feature to have on a device, as it makes it easier to take a photo. The top of the device has the power/sleep button and headphone jack, while your micro USB port is on the bottom of the device. Similar to the Galaxy S II 4G there is no Boost Mobile logo on the outside of the device, but your certainly see it in the software.
The Galaxy Rush for Boost Mobile packs a punch in some places, while in other places it takes some hits. It has a 3.5-inch HVGA TFT touchscreen display that has a resolution of 480 X 320. While the display can be quite bright, the images are not as vibrant, crisp, or realistic like they are on higher-end devices. For example it is not as good as the display on the Boost Mobile Galaxy S II 4G. When you get into the operating system itself, the keyboard is very small and is hard to type on. The Galaxy Rush is stuck on Boost Mobile’s 3G Network as well, they were not invited to join the 4G WiMAX party. And you get a 1GHz processor with 768MB of RAM that will keep the device going, but does sometimes slow down a bit. I would have to like to see a 1.2GHz processor make an appearance on the Galaxy Rush, so that it could move faster and be better at multitasking. On the bright side it is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a lighter Samsung Touch Wiz and Boost ID. You get around 2GB of internal storage and you can expand up to a 32GB micro SD card thanks to the micro SD card slot! I was very disappointed with the 3-megapixel camera with flash on the back of the device. Usually, Samsung packs a very nice camera onto their phones but it is a missed opportunity on the Galaxy Rush. The quality of the image got distorted quite quickly and colors were not very vibrant, and at times there was an overcast on the image. And while the camera application does have a panorama and smile shot mode, they do not help so much with the quality of the camera on this device. For a quick snap here and there you should be fine, but this not a camera for everyday use. The front facing camera has around the same quality of the back camera, but at time it did perform a little better. Overall, the Boost Mobile Galaxy Rush’s hardware is on both sides of the spectrum.
Now, I was both happy and surprised when I saw that the Galaxy Rush was getting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich at the box with just a 1GHz Processor with 768MB of RAM inside. But, it turns out that it performs quite well most of the time. Of course if you have a good amount of applications it will slow down a bit and everyone once in a while a swipe might not work, but for the most part you are fine. It has a little bit of Samsung Touch Wiz, but Boost ID gives the user the freedom to choose a customizable user interface. You get the Boost ID installed out of the box, this adds pre-set to handy applications and setups some widgets for you. And of course you can customize this theme and the other themes to your liking. The Boost ID Pack gives it more of Ice Cream Sandwich kind of feel. In terms of pre-loaded applications you get the Google App Suite, YouTube, Mobile/Boost ID, airG, Facebook, Boost Zone, Samsung Apps, Play Store, Memo, Visual Voicemail, TeleNav GPS Navigator, and more! There are not too many pre-loaded applications on the device, which is always a good thing!
The Boost Mobile Galaxy Rush is a simple low-end Android device. It has an okay 3.5-inch HVGA TFT touchscreen display, a 1GHz Processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and others. On the other side of the spectrum it does not have 4G WiMAX support you will have to use the 3G network, a not-so-good 3 megapixel back camera, and at times the software can become slow. But, if you are looking for a low-end easy to use Android device the Galaxy Rush for Boost Mobile maybe the device for you. It retails for $149.99 and then you can pair it will the monthly plan from Boost Mobile that best fits your needs. For More Information On The Boost Mobile Galaxy Rush, Please Click Here. We would like to thank Boost Mobile for providing us with a copy of the “Boost Mobile Samsung Galaxy Rush”.