CNET First Look
Samsung Galaxy Admire 2 pumps up the musicMuve Music and a good camera make this midrange LTE Android a keeper, though the phone does have some faults.
I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET. Allow me to introduce the Samsung Galaxy Admire 2 for Cricket Wireless. This is a prepaid phone that costs $250 off contract. It's very compact. Has a 4-inch screen. Pretty good pixel density and brightness on this one, it seemed a little bit dim on Autofocus sometimes especially indoors. This phone is based off of the Samsung Galaxy S3 model. It's also the exact same phone as the Samsung Galaxy Axiom on US Cellular so there are a lot of similarities. Has the sort of brushed metal finish but it is all plastic, very high gloss, feels very nice on the hand, slips into pockets. It is pretty heavy though and that's noticeable if you hold it up to your ear for a long time or if you're holding it for a while. But you will grow use to it. I carry a heavy purse anyway, so I don't really notice it. The phone runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Samsung's TouchWiz interface on top. One of the biggest, most important in software features of this phone is that it comes with Cricket's Muve Music service. Now you pay for that along with your rate plan and what you get in exchange is unlimited downloads for songs also ringtones that you can make. I think it's really good value. Unfortunately, the software is a little stuttery. It did halt and completely crash on me more frequently than I thought it should, so beware. This phone runs on a 1.7-gigahertz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core processor, it seemed pretty speedy. There's a 5-megapixel camera on the back with flash and a front-facing camera as well. Camera quality is very solid. I took satisfying pictures that I can share with other people, upload online, and this is definitely a high point for this mid-range phone. The Admire 2 is also outfitted with 4G LTE capability but you're only going to find that if you're in Cricket's 4G footprint. If not, you're gonna be surfing slow 3G speeds like I did. I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET. You can check out my full review of the Samsung Galaxy Admire 2 at CNET.com.