The Good The Samsung Galaxy Reverb is compact, has long battery life, Android 4.0, and packs a removable battery.
The Bad Clad in plastic, the Galaxy Reverb's design is far from luxurious and its lack of 4G is a letdown.
The Bottom Line If it wasn't for the HTC One V, the long-lasting Samsung Galaxy Reverb would be Virgin Mobile’s best Android smartphone.
This Android lasts long and packs a great camera
Samsung’s $249.99 Galaxy Reverb is hard proof that smartphone options on prepaid carriers are getting better every day. Sold by Virgin Mobile as its current Android flagship, the compact handset features a good-size 4-inch screen, a nimble camera that snaps pleasing pictures, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Of course, the Reverb’s plastic construction isn’t a showstopper compared with other Virgin Mobile options such as the stylish HTC One V. Still, if you’re looking for a solid Android mobile on Virgin or an excuse to shred your two-year contract and sign up with a prepaid carrier, the Samsung Galaxy Reverb is a great way to do it.
Measuring 4.8 inches tall by 2.5 inches wide by 0.45 inch thick, the Galaxy Reverb is small in stature and cut from the same mold as Samsung’s myriad other phones. It’s crafted from lightweight plastic that helps the Reverb tip the scales at a mere 4.5 ounces but lacks the premium polish of metal. For example, the HTC One V (Virgin Mobile) is chiseled from a single block of aluminum lending it a luxurious feel. Despite its metallic body, the One V manages to be a lighter 4 ounces as well.
That said, the Samsung Galaxy Reverb’s conservative black color scheme with faux silver trim around its gently curved edges gives the handset a handsome appearance. Above the screen is a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for self portraits and video chatting. Below the display sit three Android capacitive buttons for menu, home, and back represented by backlit icons.
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