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Samsung Galaxy Prevail (Boost Mobile) review

Review by Dan Seifert on Wednesday April 27, 2011.

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3.9 stars

(How we score)

Android 2.2 Froyo ecosystem, good battery life, decent still photos
slower processor, no Flash support, poor video capture

The Samsung Galaxy Prevail for Boost Mobile is the first Android smartphone to utilize Boost's CDMA(INFO) 3G network (provided by Sprint). Previously, Android phones on Boost were iDEN(INFO) devices that were hampered by excruciatingly slow data speeds, so this finally gives Boost's Android fans the ability to properly use an Android smartphone with Boost's affordable plans.

The Galaxy Prevail features a 3.2-inch HVGA (480 x 320 pixel) touchscreen display and an 800MHz processor. Unlike many Samsung Galaxy family smartphones, the Galaxy Prevail lacks Samsung's custom TouchWiz user interface enhancements. The Prevail also sports a 2 megapixel camera with no HD video recording capability.

Despite some of the phone's lower end specifications, the Prevail offers a solid Android 2.2 Froyo experience for the novice Android user who might be transitioning from a feature phone to their first smartphone. The processor did not hold back the Prevail from zipping through menus and home screens with ease, and we were easily able to accomplish many standard tasks that we would expect a modern smartphone to do. Since the Prevail runs Android 2.2, it has the full benefits of the Android ecosystem, with many apps available to install and add functionality. Boost has pre-loaded some select, basic apps such as Twidroyd for Twitter, SCVNGR (a location based social networking app), ThinkFree Office, TeleNav GPS navigator, Layar augmented reality, and Boost's own Hookt social networking app. We were a bit surprised to see that Facebook for Android was not pre-installed, but that is easily downloadable from the Android Market. The Prevail will not likely be able to handle intense 3D games, though, thanks to the smaller screen and slower processor.

The browser is the standard Android 2.2 browser, and we found it to be acceptable for our usual browsing needs. Pinch-to-zoom is enabled and pages scrolled easily enough once loaded. It does not support Adobe Flash Player, though, due to its lower end processor.

Although the camera offers a relatively low 2 megapixel resolution, pictures were not bad at all. Colors were accurate and detail was acceptable from the sample shots we took. We would have liked to have seen autofocus capabilities, but we did appreciate the dedicated camera key on the side of the phone. Video quality left more to be desired, as the video tended to be fairly choppy.

Call quality was good, and on-par with other Sprint 3G phones that we have tested in our area. The speakerphone was loud, although it did get a bit crackly when the volume was turned all the way up. Callers did not express any complaints regarding call quality when we were using the Prevail.

Thanks to a large 1500mAh battery, its smaller screen, and its slower processor, the Prevail was able to easily power through a day of solid use, and sometimes even more. We were able to go an entire day using phone calls, messaging, web browsing, email, and even GPS navigation for about an hour.

The Samsung Galaxy Prevail, although not a high-end smartphone, is certainly a solid option for the Boost Mobile customer looking to upgrade their handset. It benefits from the full Android ecosystem, as well as Sprint's nationwide 3G network for solid data capabilities. The build quality is very nice, and there is abundant use of soft-touch rubber on the phone's body to provide extra grip. Boost will be selling the Prevail for $179.99 with no contract commitment, and it is eligible for Boost's $50 per month unlimited plan that provides unlimited talk, text, and web usage. Based on our experience, we think that the Prevail is the best phone in Boost's current line-up, and a great value. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anybody on Boost looking for a great way to step into the smartphone world.

On the next page you will find a set of sample images taken with the Prevail's 2 megapixel camera.

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Dan Seifert
Dan is MobileBurn.com's Editor-in-Chief. Based in Poughkeepsie in New York, Dan can be found on Twitter as @DCSeifert.

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