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First Look: Samsung Galaxy Prevail

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First Look: Samsung Galaxy Prevail

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The Samsung Galaxy Prevail is Boost Mobile's first CDMA Android smartphone. It's not as flashy as the other Galaxy phones, but it's a pretty good deal. Find out more in our First Look video.

-Hey, everyone. I'm Bonnie Cha, Senior Editor at CNET.com, and I'm here with your first look of the Samsung Galaxy Prevail for Boost Mobile. This is the carrier's first CDMA Android smartphone. I'd say it's a very welcome addition to their smartphone line-up. It's more of an entry-level device. So, even though it carries the Galaxy name, it doesn't have all the higher end features as the other Galaxy phones. But, that shouldn't stop you from considering the phone. First off, it's got a pretty nice design. The glossy face here is attractive and there's a soft touch finish on the back and sides to give it a more premium feel--something even most of the other Galaxy devices don't have. I like that it's compact and light, too, but without feeling too fragile. On front, you've got a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen. It's definitely not the largest or sharpest screen, but we weren't expecting that either considering that it's more of a starter smartphone. Plus, it's still clear and bright enough to read text and view media, and if you need to zoom in, you can use the pinch-to-zoom feature or switch to landscape mode. As you may have already noticed, the Galaxy Prevail offers a pure Android experience, so there's no TouchWiz UI running on top of Android 2.2. I personally don't mind TouchWiz, but I definitely prefer the stock Android UI, so I was excited to see that on the Prevail. Boost Mobile throws in a few extra apps with the phone as well, including the Swype virtual keyboard, Twidroid, ThinkFree Office, and Poynt for searching for nearby places. The phone has GPS as well as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 3G support. On back here, you've got a 2-megapixel camera. There's no flash, but when I did a couple of quick test photos last night, I was actually pretty surprised at how well they turned out. The pictures came out sharp and with bright colors. And powering all of this goodness is an 800 megahertz processor. Sure, it's not the latest dual-core chipset or even single-core, but, again, remember that it's an entry-level smartphone, so it's not going to pack in all the bells and whistles. Plus, in the short time I've had the phone, things have been running smoothly. We will, of course, continue running tests, so be sure to check out our full review for the final verdict. So far though, the Galaxy Prevail is looking like a pretty good deal for Boost Mobile customers. It'll be available in late April for $179.99 and that's without a contract. The monthly plan is $50 and that includes unlimited voice, text, and data, so, all in all, a great value. I'm Bonnie Cha and this has been your first look at the Samsung Galaxy Prevail.

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