"The best reason yet to go no-contract"4.0 starson by moveleft
Pros: Slim and light but does not feel cheap. Elegant, understated design. 2.2 is a big improvement for Android. Screen is sharp and crisp. Call quality on both ends has been great. Few lags when operating and decent battery life. LOUD ringer and call vol.
Cons: Though better than a year ago, Android on-screen keyboards lag behind iPhone. You still have to play "guess if the widget will fit" and please stop yammering about it being an open OS when pre-installed crap-apps cannot be deleted.
Summary: I switched to Boost a year ago after back to back Android flops (HTC Hero, Samsung Moment). Though I still miss my iPhone, I don't miss the $100+ AT&T bill. I have never dropped a call or had a single service issue with the Boost/Sprint service. The phones, however, were eh. I went from a non-smart to a Blackberry and spent three months convincing myself that it wasn't such a bad phone after all. Of course, that was just a mindgame I played with myself. With the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Prevail on Boost, not only did I happily ditch the Berry, I am blown away by how great this handset is. The Android groupies can whine all they want, but iPhone is still king. With that said, this is the first time in a year that I have not felt slighted and frustrated by my post-iPhone devise. The video review here by Jessica D. is, as always with her pieces, pretty spot on and relevant to those of us who don't spend every waking moment obsessing over our mobile phones. When I first took the phone out of the packaging, I was impressed by by the slim profile and compact size of the phone. It's almost the perfect size for a daily use device. It feels light in your hand but not cheap. The seams are tight and create elegant lines. I find the lower left side placement of the camera button to be annoying at times but overall, really nice work from Samsung. You will hear the snob faction of Android users refer to this as a "low end" Galaxy device. Honestly, that does a disservice to the device. No, it's not the phone you are going to watch a two hour movie on and Boost has disabled wireless tethering (but left everything else intact) but I have no use for the tethering feature nor do the vast majority of users. I also have no desire two watch full length TV and movies on a phone. With these two issues meaning little, really, I don't feel that the Prevail is low end anything. Plus, while the high end gang gets that nasty wireless bill every month, I'm spending $45 and get unlimited everything. As you can see, I hit the first Boost Shrink milestone and my bill went down $5. Of course, the phone is not perfect. I had to buy a keyboard app to make the on-screen QWERTY less annoying, the Android Market is still a cluttered mess with way to many apps that literally do the same thing and others that are just junk. On the OS front, Google has done a great job of improving Android. 2.2 is a pleasure to work with, especially after my Android experience last year and three month in that sad Blackberry OS. Still, I genuinely like my phone again. I've seen the phone as low as $149 online and on ebay (new, factory sealed). That's a bargain and almost a steal. I paid #179 at BestBuy and took advantage of an in-store offer than gave me a free $50 Re-Boost credit. That's a full month of service, with five bucks to spare. If you have thought of dumping your contract carrier but didn't for fear of sub-par service or shoddy phones, this phone on Boost will erase all of those worries.