In the years since Android was first released, we've seen a lot of forgettable handsets running Google's now-ubiquitous software. The Samsung Galaxy Prevail falls in the middle of that spectrum: It isn't a high-end superphone, but it also isn't as limited as many disposable prepaid smartphones. At $180 with no contract, the Prevail is pretty tempting. But does it offer enough to justify such a ho-hum device?
This is a clamshell-style phone with a large, 3.2-inch touch screen. The top and bottom of the phone are rounded, while the rest is flat with a standard layout for controls including call, power, volume, and camera buttons. Flanking the touchscreen are wide bands of space that house the Boost Mobile and Samsung logos.
The Prevail runs on the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system, which includes support for social networking accounts (like Facebook and Twitter) and an integrated e-mail client that can handle multiple POP, IMAP, and Exchange e-mail accounts. Other typical Android features include the Android Market, GPS with turn-by-turn voice navigation, the standard music player, YouTube, and Google Talk for chatting. There's only 124MB of internal phone storage, but Boost ships the Prevail with a 2GB microSD card to get you started.
This cellular phone is compatible with CDMA networks. It supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The Prevail's 2-megapixel camera and camcorder may not sound like much when so many budget phones boast a whopping 3.2-megapixel shooter, but it delivered fairly decent images.