Samsung Blue Earth, solar mobile phone that works

After a particularly rainy and cloudy winter even in the south, spring is already among us in all its splendor. Long days, good temperature and sun that recharges us with vitamin D.But the astro king can also be used to recharge a mobile phone and reduce our CO2 footprint with very little effort.

So we have looked for a solar phone and on the way we have found the proposal of Samsung and Vodafone, the Blue Earth, which we have analyzed for Xataka.

Samsung Blue Earth, an attractive solar mobile

Not everything in the world is having an advanced phone. Sometimes a simple and practical terminal is necessary, and many consumers would be very happy with the Samsung Blue Earth that we have tested in Xataka for you.

Despite being a solar phone, Blue Earth does not have to hide from sight. With electric blue as a color, the phone is compact, light and the differences with a current touch screen terminal would have to be found in its size and in the back, where we find the reason for this Samsung phone: a solar panel. It takes up the entire back shell and only space is left for the 3.2-megapixel camera lens it also has.

With this solar panel we can recharge the phone using even an artificial light source. But we get the best performance in direct sunlight. More or less with an hour of sun we can store energy for a couple of calls of four or five minutes long. If we remember that the plastic of the case comes from recycled materials, the feeling of using a less bad phone than the average comforts us.

An important fact that we must take into account is the impossibility of recharging the phone with sunlight if the battery is completely exhausted and therefore we do not have the phone turned on. In that case we will need the classic charger.

That having a touch screen and good design is not at odds with having an ecological phone seems great to us, but nowadays, a phone with those characteristics seems that it would be better focused if the screen could be seen on very sunny days or that its configuration added a more extreme resistant profile, with water and dirt at the top.

The screen has left us with contradictory feelings. It looks great, is very bright, is capable of displaying up to 16 million colors, and has a resolution of 400 × 240 pixels. But those excellences indoors are not so many when we take it out on the street on a sunny day, which is what hits a phone like this, and in Eco mode, the brightness is weak to beat the star king.

In spite of everything, the answer when we put our fingers on it is correct. We will pull it to manage the operating system with striking icons and the already famous TouchWiz panel.

Solar phone with WiFi and GPS

Being a solar phone has not been good features to this Samsung Blue Earth. This terminal has WiFi connectivity and Gps integrated, in addition to a 3 megapixel photo camera that without being outstanding, meets its objective.

Also included is FM radio and the ability to play music and video.

To complete the ecological note, this Samsung Blue Earth has a pedometer with which the phone informs us of the savings in CO2 emissions when we walk compared to making the same journey by car.

The ecological desire is evident even in the packaging, made from recycled cardboard and that we can reuse in the form of a photo frame or a cube to store the pencils.

Xataka's opinion

Despite being an intensive user of the mobile phone, this Samsung Blue Earth has caught me. Its solar panel is not something practical to recharge the terminal, but it does serve to keep us charging the phone throughout the day without spending energy.

It is very pleasant to be working in natural light and to put the phone on the table so that it stays on as much battery as possible without apparent energy expenditure. Its touch screen, web browser or built-in email (as in other Samsung terminals), along with the Gps or WiFi connectivity, complete a phone that shares aspects of two opposing worlds.

If Samsung endowed this terminal with greater resistance to water or sealed it against dust and sand, taking it on an adventure would be a must.

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