Specs summary


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


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


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

2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.


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


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).

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

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The Galaxy Prevail is reasonably well-equipped, albeit with fairly outdated features.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)

Reviews (6.4/10 Avg. rating)


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

from MobileBurn

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 expe... Full review


Finicky touchscreen and frustrating keyboard options

from Engadget

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 u... Full review


Performance is adequate enough to recommend

from Phonedog
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... Full review
PC Magazine

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

from PC Magazine
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... Full review

Sophistication with good value

from Cnet

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 mea... Full review

Phone Scoop

The Prevail's best feature is its price

from Phone Scoop

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 Marke... Full review


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

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. Less

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Full Specs

Release date April 29, 2011
Regions available USA
800/1900 MHz
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A
SIM Card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.2 Froyo

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Processor Qualcomm MSM7627-3 800 MHz
Internal Flash Memory
RAM 384 MB
ROM 512 MB
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.84 W/kg
Body: 0.56 W/kg
Languages English, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Headphones, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
390 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.3 x 5.7 x 1.2 cm
(4.5 x 2.2 x 0.5 in)
Weight 108 grams
(3.8 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 320 x 480 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 3.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type WAP 2.0, HTML
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi Yes
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 3x digital
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info Geotagging
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters QVGA (320 x 240 pixels)
Front Camera  
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, PDF, PPT, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SPH-M820, Samsung Galaxy Precedent

2Gb MicroSD card included
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