The Good The Samsung Galaxy Discover has Muve Music downloads, a removable battery, and an SD card slot.
The Bad The Discover suffers from slow processor and data speeds, short battery life, and poor call quality.
The Bottom Line The Samsung Galaxy Discover is an affordable prepaid Android choice, but weak call quality and short battery life make the Kyocera Hydro a better Cricket option.
Low-cost Android humbled by poor performance
Don't be fooled by the $129.99 Discover's Galaxy brand name; an elite Samsung smartphone this isn't. While it offers Cricket's excellent Muve digital music service for a low no-contract price, its many flaws, one being its 2-year old Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS, are tough to live with. Indeed, the Discover's main competition on Cricket, the $139.99matches the Discover spec for spec yet has better battery life and call quality. For just $10 more, that adds up to money much better spent.
After I saw the Samsung Galaxy Discover in person it became instantly clear to me that this is no premium handset. The device's black and faux-silver chassis is conservative, almost drab and its plastic construction is miles away from the luxurious metal and high-grade polycarbonates you'll find in more expensive phones.
Still, measuring 4.59 inches tall by 2.42 inches wide and 0.47 inch thick, the Discover doesn't take up much space. Its dimensions and light 4.44-ounce weight are also practically identical to the, Cricket's similarly-priced Android. Of course the Hydro's standout feature is its water resistance, a trait the Discover lacks.
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