I love my iPhone, and Apple in general, but if I had had the choice when I got it, I would’ve chosen a smart phone that was slightly more in alignment with my values. Up until now, consumers who wanted to buy an eco-friendly smartphone didn’t have any real options. But now, thanks to Samsung and Sprint, you can get a phone that gives you many of the same tools and functionality as other smartphones, but also comes with some green features.
The Samsung Reclaim is made of 80% recyclable materials (mostly corn-based plastic), doesn’t come with a paper manual, and features recyclable packaging printed with soy-based ink. And each purchase of a Reclaim leads to a $2 donation to The Land Conservancy. Of course, I wish Samsung had gone a step further by making the phone from recycled materials and packaging and that it came with a solar-powered charger built in or netted a larger donation to The Land Conservancy, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
It’s impressive that Samsung has make such a valiant effort to make an eco-friendly phone that actually meets the needs of today’s consumer. The phone comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a One-Click social networking interface that allows you to connect to services like Twitter and Facebook, a must for today’s smartphone users. It also comes with a 2 megapixel camera, GPS, Bluetooth, and expandable storage. But what makes it really incredible is the fact that it costs just $50 with a two-year Sprint contract, after several rebates.
I don’t know that I’ll be switching from my iPhone anytime soon, but this makes me really happy to see the next innovation in green cell phone technology.