The Good The Samsung Galaxy Prevail has an elegant design and a surprisingly decent camera. It's eligible for Boost Mobile's reduced-rate plan.
The Bad Boost Mobile turned off the Prevail's Android 2.2 hot-spot capabilities. Also, call quality could be better.
The Bottom Line The Samsung Galaxy Prevail marries sophistication with good value to become Boost Mobile's best smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy Prevail (Boost Mobile)
When we first heard the rumors of a new Samsung Galaxy phone for Boost Mobile, we envisioned a handset very much like thefor U.S. Cellular; in other words, the next clone in the black, ultraglossy Galaxy S line. To Samsung's credit, the Galaxy Prevail is its own phone, with a sophisticated--even elegant--design: a sloping screen, dark, metallic accents, and a soft-touch finish on the back and sides. The Prevail is Boost Mobile's second Android smartphone, and runs Android 2.2 Froyo.
The handset's more upscale fit and finish, however, belie the modest, even disappointing, specs, such as its 2-megapixel camera. On the other hand, the lower-end and midrange components make for a more affordable phone that's appropriate for Boost Mobile. The Galaxy Prevail costs $179.99 without contract; the $50 monthly plan includes unlimited voice, text, and data. The Prevail is also eligible for Boost's Shrinkage plan, which knocks down your monthly bill to as low as $35 after a total of 18 on-time payments (each set of six on-time payments lowers the bill by $5).
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