In the effort to further green their product line, Samsung is offering its new Blue Earth solar-powered touchscreen cellphone. This recently announced product will be available starting in the UK later this year.
Samsung should be congratulated for the desire to be more green but the greenness of this phone perhaps has less to do with the solar power on its back and more to do with being made from recycled PCM plastic and that it’s free from toxic substances such as brominated flame retardants, beryllium and phthalates. It also has an eco-mode that changes the backlight duration and screen brightness and even includes a pedometer which suggests your CO2 emissions savings of walking instead of driving. Sounds groovy in a Samsung marketing group meeting but lets be real here – how often is your normal user going to use that feature and how much energy does a cellphone use compared to the energy used in the manufacture, mining, transport and marketing of yet another cellphone and you still need to purchase cell phone service.
Considering most people keep their phones in their purse or pocket, I can’t figure out how the phone will get and adequate charge from the solar panel. However, unless you walk around outside with the phone glued to your ear (literally, as otherwise your hand will block the solar panel!) I don’t see how this will work, unless the solar is just optional auxiliary power and the real power comes from a standard lithium battery.
As cellphones and similar gadgets don’t really use that much power to begin with, I don’t see this any significant source of reduction of CO2 and is more of a marketing lure than anything. Rumors of the iPhone, iPod and other apple handheld devices getting solar power maybe prompted Samsung to get ahead of the game.
from Green Upgrader