"Great phone, but don't compare it to iPhone or Evo."5.0 starson by bigkampe
Pros: Cheap monthly unlimited plan ($50/mo),
responsive and clear screen,
great call quality,
good battery life (if you know what you're doing).
Cons: Screen is a little small, but this aids battery life,
the audio alerts are a bit loud and the lowest setting is still a bit loud,
could stand to have more internal memory.
Summary: I've been on Boost Mobile for 7 months. Before that, I had the G1 on T-Mobile. I got a Blackberry 8530, but when this phone was announced I bought it upon release. I am NOT disappointed! It's a great phone that's basically a bare bones Android platform. Unlike other carriers, Boost doesn't load their phones with a ton of useless yet memory intensive programs. The phone is fast, responsive, and has exceeded my expectations.
People that complain about battery life: you absolutely MUST manage your applications with a program like Advanced Task Killer (ATK). This is true for all smart phones, even the most high-end ones. Anything you have on your phone may be continuously running in the background. This requires power. I kill all unnecessary programs when I don't need them automatically with ATK, and when the screen is off, the apps are forced to stay off. Also, turn down the screen brightness. I can get 2 days of fairly heavy internet, calling, and phone use between charges.
If you're on Boost, or considering Boost, you will not be disappointed with this phone. The hardest part of Boost is getting switched over originally because their automated system is a bit tough to navigate. I'm sure going to a Boost store would eliminate that. I pay $45/month because I'm on the shrinkage plan and I have friends that complain about paying $100/mo with other carriers. In a year, I'll be paying $35/month!!!!! What other company offers an unlimited play for that price??? There's a stigma with Boost, but until other companies offer a $50 or $60 per month plan, I will not switch.
Oh, and one final note, this isn't the Ferrari of phones, but it is a V8 Mustang or Camaro. The Prevail keeps getting called an "entry level phone." That's just plain incorrect. It's better than other low-end Android phones like Sprint's Sanyo Zio. I get constant 3G service and even in rural areas I have not had a problem with service. In fact, a few months ago I was in Devner, CO driving the VERY remote peak-to-peak highway, and I had service almost 100% of the time.