CNET First Look
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is $200 well spentThe $180 prepaid smartphone isn't perfect, but it's one of the best phones you can buy in its range.
Right now there are some pretty decent phones you can get for under 200 dollars, all in, and this one is one of the best. I'm Jessica Dolcourt, for CNet, and this is the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime with Cricket Wireless. Now, this is a budget phone. So you have to expect that the specs are going to be okay but not great, good for what it is. We've got a five inch display here, which is very good. However, the resolution is very low for phone this size, 960 x 540. You would want 720p at the very least. It's got 8-quad core, Snapdragon 4x processor, 1.2gHz. Somewhere between the screen and the processor, videos and games look kind of choppy. It's not gonna ruin your day. You can still immerse yourself in them, but this definitely one Sign that this is a budget device. Another is that it's got android 4.4 Kit Kat that's not up to date. Lollipop is the most recent. However, you're still going to find everything you need, like Google Now. On the back, we've got an eight megapixel camera. It takes very decent shots, especially in broad daylight. It's got auto focus and flash, and those are very good things. Impressively, the front has a 5 megapixel camera. It's got a lot of selfie controls and modes, like for airbrushing and also for taking a wide angle selfie. Now, this phone does have a removable battery, which a lot of fans are going to like. And there a 64 GB micro-SD card slot underneath that battery. So that's going to augment the storage on here, which Tops out at eight gigabytes. Right now I will say that this is the best phone that I've encountered in the sub $200 category. So if you're looking for an inexpensive device that will still do you proud, then I would definitely take a look at this one. Be sure to check out all my pros and cons and the full review of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime at cnet.com. [MUSIC]