Green Friendly Touchscreen Mobile Phone

>> Monday, October 19, 2009

Consumer cell phones are amongst the most environmentally damaging of electronic products. Each phone is made up of a bevy of toxic materials, and with dozens of millions sold and discarded to landfills each year, it’s no wonder that cell phone companies are square in the targets of green advocacy groups.

Samsung’s Blue Earth cell phone aims to diffuse some of the criticism labeled at the company by offering consumers a debatably green friendly handset. Announced back at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year, the handset is made mostly of recyclable materials, including old water bottles, while the packaging is paper printed with soy ink, which sounds about as hippy dippy as it gets.

However, the Blue Earth appears to be a capable little phone. It’s a touchscreen device with a 3.2 megapixel camera, FM radio, Bluetooth, 3G support and a microSDHC slot, as well as the usual support for music and video codecs. The phone is also low power, sucking up only 0.03 watts in standby, and can be recharged via the solar panel on the back of the phone.

More info at the Samsung web site


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