Samsung Galaxy Prevail

AKA: Samsung SPH-M820, Samsung Galaxy Precedent
6.4/10 AVG.
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The Samsung Galaxy Prevail, although not a high-end smartphone, is certainly a solid option for the Boost Mobile customer looking to upgrade their handset.

- Dan Seifert , MobileBurn 

Reviews summary

6.4/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 7 reviews

Boost Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Prevail is, in a lot of ways, stuck in the middle. While it isn’t a high-end superphone like the Samsung Galaxy S III, it isn’t as limited as disposable prepaid handsets either. It is best described as a mid-range handset with mid-range features and perhaps, even a mid-range price tag. Is there anything about the Prevail that truly makes it worth getting?

The Galaxy Prevail is reasonably well-equipped, albeit with fairly outdated features. It comes with an 800MHz processor to handle processes in its default operating system, Android 2.2 Froyo, and also has a mere 117MB of internal memory that can be used for storage before relying on external microSD cards up to 32GB. It does boast a 3.2-inch touchscreen display, though, which is bigger than the ones found in other similarly priced devices. And fortunately, the native resolution on the screen is HVGA, which makes it a clean step ahead of most entry-level Android smartphones.

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Connectivity-wise, it has Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS, and support for microUSB 2.0. The standard package includes a free 2GB microSD card, and with free cloud storage services like Dropbox, saving external copies of texts or other documents should be a piece of cake.

Ultimately, this handset has to be viewed as a simple phone that can get the job done and would likely be good for those who are looking for something just a little bit higher than entry-level.

Need To Know: Samsung Galaxy Prevail

1. Features a rather sizable screen with an acceptable native resolution. (The Good)

2. Complete with all the latest wireless and wired connectivity options. (The Good)

3. Pre-installed operating system is more than a bit dated with Android 2.2 Froyo. (The Bad)

4. Performance on a hardware level leaves much to be desired. (The Bad)


Specs summary

Screen
3.2"

The Samsung Galaxy Prevail's screen is 3.2 inches with 320 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
800MHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM7627-3 800 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 9 days standby time, 390 minutes (2G).


Prices (Where to Buy)


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Reviews summary

6.4/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 7 reviews

Boost Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Prevail is, in a lot of ways, stuck in the middle. While it isn’t a high-end superphone like the Samsung Galaxy S III, it isn’t as limited as disposable prepaid handsets either. It is best described as a mid-range handset with mid-range features and perhaps, even a mid-range price tag. Is there anything about the Prevail that truly makes it worth getting?

The Galaxy Prevail is reasonably well-equipped, albeit with fairly outdated features. It comes with an 800MHz processor to handle processes in its default operating system, Android 2.2 Froyo, and also has a mere 117MB of internal memory that can be used for storage before relying on external microSD cards up to 32GB. It does boast a 3.2-inch touchscreen display, though, which is bigger than the ones found in other similarly priced devices. And fortunately, the native resolution on the screen is HVGA, which makes it a clean step ahead of most entry-level Android smartphones.

Show more

Connectivity-wise, it has Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS, and support for microUSB 2.0. The standard package includes a free 2GB microSD card, and with free cloud storage services like Dropbox, saving external copies of texts or other documents should be a piece of cake.

Ultimately, this handset has to be viewed as a simple phone that can get the job done and would likely be good for those who are looking for something just a little bit higher than entry-level.

Need To Know: Samsung Galaxy Prevail

1. Features a rather sizable screen with an acceptable native resolution. (The Good)

2. Complete with all the latest wireless and wired connectivity options. (The Good)

3. Pre-installed operating system is more than a bit dated with Android 2.2 Froyo. (The Bad)

4. Performance on a hardware level leaves much to be desired. (The Bad)

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Reviews (6.4/10 Avg. rating)


Certainly a solid option for the Boost Mobile customer looking to upgrade their handset

from MobileBurn (5 years ago)

The Samsung Galaxy Prevail, although not a high-end smartphone, is certainly a solid option for the Boost Mobile customer looking to upgrade their handset. It benefits from the full Android ecosystem, as well as Sprint's nationwide 3G network for solid data capabilities. The build quality is very ni... More

The Samsung Galaxy Prevail, although not a high-end smartphone, is certainly a solid option for the Boost Mobile customer looking to upgrade their handset. It benefits from the full Android ecosystem, as well as Sprint's nationwide 3G network for solid data capabilities. The build quality is very nice, and there is abundant use of soft-touch rubber on the phone's body to provide extra grip. Boost will be selling the Prevail for $179.99 with no contract commitment, and it is eligible for Boost's $50 per month unlimited plan that provides unlimited talk, text, and web usage. Based on our experience, we think that the Prevail is the best phone in Boost's current line-up, and a great value. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anybody on Boost looking for a great way to step into the smartphone world.

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7.8/10

Finicky touchscreen and frustrating keyboard options

from Engadget (5 years ago)

With a $180 price tag, you'll get the Prevail for a song given what you'll otherwise pay for a smartphone off-contract (upwards of $500, usually). Along with the affordable $50 monthly unlimited data plan, we were inclined not to be snobbish about the details -- a plastic finish here, a lower-resolu... More

With a $180 price tag, you'll get the Prevail for a song given what you'll otherwise pay for a smartphone off-contract (upwards of $500, usually). Along with the affordable $50 monthly unlimited data plan, we were inclined not to be snobbish about the details -- a plastic finish here, a lower-resolution camera there. But we just can't excuse a touchscreen so finicky that we were constantly selecting the wrong link, email, or map destination, and even making mistakes in games. Even once we swapped out the oversensitive Swype keyboard for the more reliable stock one, we spent more time than usual on simple tasks, such as composing emails. We're not above saving money on middle-of-the-road handsets, especially as a means to dirt-cheap data plans. But a phone that will slow you down isn't worth it.

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5/10

Performance is adequate enough to recommend

from Phonedog (5 years ago)

I said this a few times in the video review for the Prevail and I'll say it again here. In all areas, the Prevail is about what you would expect. It's an inexpensive mid-range smartphone from a prepaid carrier. Yes, it did lag sometimes. Yes, the display is not the best one out there. Yes, the camer... More

I said this a few times in the video review for the Prevail and I'll say it again here. In all areas, the Prevail is about what you would expect. It's an inexpensive mid-range smartphone from a prepaid carrier. Yes, it did lag sometimes. Yes, the display is not the best one out there. Yes, the camera is disappointing. Overall, it did it's job with no amazing bursts of speed or heightened performance. There are better phones on the market in this same category, but there are also worse ones. The Prevail is right in the middle but at the top of the pack for Boost Mobile customers.

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The Prevail gives Boost users a lot of Android-powered goodness for their buck

from PC Magazine (5 years ago)

If you're a Boost user and looking to upgrade to a smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Prevail is a no-brainer. It's even cheap enough, and packed with enough functionality, to attract users that hadn't ever considered Boost before. So as far as performance for price is concerned, you really can't go wro... More

If you're a Boost user and looking to upgrade to a smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Prevail is a no-brainer. It's even cheap enough, and packed with enough functionality, to attract users that hadn't ever considered Boost before. So as far as performance for price is concerned, you really can't go wrong with the Samsung Galaxy Prevail.

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8/10

Sophistication with good value

from Cnet (5 years ago)

The Samsung Galaxy Prevail is an unusually beautiful device considering its reasonable off-contract price. While the screen specs themselves are an acceptable HVGA resolution, it's the obsidian-smooth surface that makes the face so touchable. We found the 2-megapixel camera produced better images th... More

The Samsung Galaxy Prevail is an unusually beautiful device considering its reasonable off-contract price. While the screen specs themselves are an acceptable HVGA resolution, it's the obsidian-smooth surface that makes the face so touchable. We found the 2-megapixel camera produced better images than we'd expect for its megapixel count. Call quality was one weak point in our tests, but we will say that we never lost a call or had to halt a conversation because we couldn't understand what we were hearing. We can't complain about 3G data speeds or overall performance either, all of which means the Prevail handily takes the top spot as Boost Mobile's best smartphone. It may not be as high-end as a dual-core, 4G phone, but it's a handset that's worthy of the Galaxy name, and one we wouldn't be ashamed to pocket.

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7/10

The Prevail's best feature is its price

from Phone Scoop (5 years ago)

The Samsung Galaxy Prevail is a solid little phone. It performs well on all the benchmarks, such as calling, battery life and messaging capabilities. The hardware is perhaps a little vanilla-looking, but its good controls and nice feel make up for that. It comes with bare-bones Android 2.2 Froyo, an... More

The Samsung Galaxy Prevail is a solid little phone. It performs well on all the benchmarks, such as calling, battery life and messaging capabilities. The hardware is perhaps a little vanilla-looking, but its good controls and nice feel make up for that.

It comes with bare-bones Android 2.2 Froyo, and in my book that's a good thing. Sure, it may not have the whiz-bang features of HTC's Sense or Motorola's MotoBlur, but that also means far less bloatware and annoyances. With the Prevail, it all just works. What it lacks in stock software can easily be assuaged by the Android Market.

Beyond the device itself, the Prevail's best feature is its price: $180 with no contract. You can buy it free and clear for less than two Franklins and you still get the benefit of Boost's CDMA prepaid service. That's a win-win.

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Bought it less than a month ago, looking for new (better) phone :{

(3 years ago)

I bought the prevail because it was inexpensive and was on my phone plan. This is definately a case of you get what you paid for. The screen freezes constantly. I cant hang up. It dials recently dialed numbers randomly. I found out later my daughter has the same phone with the same problems.

I bought the prevail because it was inexpensive and was on my phone plan. This is definately a case of you get what you paid for. The screen freezes constantly. I cant hang up. It dials recently dialed numbers randomly. I found out later my daughter has the same phone with the same problems.

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4/10