Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy Precedent Android Prepaid Cell Phone (USES SPRINT TOWERS) Reviews

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  1. Ratchet&Spank says:
    150 of 155 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great entry level Android smart phone., October 5, 2011
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    Ratchet&Spank (USA) –

    This review is from: Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy Precedent Android Prepaid Cell Phone (USES SPRINT TOWERS) (Wireless Phone Accessory)

    I bought this at Walmart for $150 a few weeks ago to replace the cheap-o flip phone I’ve had for years. If you’re like me and are upgrading from a standard cell phone, I think you’ll really love it. If you’re switching from an iphone or Galaxy S, you’ll definitely notice the lack of bells and whistles. Although, it might be worth loosing a few features to save money. I’ve heard some reviewers mention the phone has froze on them to the point they had to take out the battery. This has not happened to me and I use it quite a bit.

    PROS:
    – 3G and wi-fi are fast and work great. I’m able to watch youtube videos and listen to music through Pandora on 3G with no problem. I haven’t tried Netflix on 3G, but it worked well on wi-fi.

    – Full access to the Android app market.

    – Only $45 a month for unlimited everything. Through Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint that would cost you over $100

    – Decent battery life. It will make it through the day with normal use. And by normal I mean an hour on the phone and an hour or two on the internet. If you only make calls it will last you 3-4 days.

    – GPS worked fine the one time I used it. Although it did make the battery drain a lot quicker…which is normal.

    CONS:

    – This phone uses Sprint’s network and the reception is hit or miss. I sometimes have to walk outside to get a good signal depending on where I am. Check Sprint’s coverage map to make sure it will work in your area.

    – No flash support. It doesn’t even worth with the flash app. Apparently there’s not enough ram or something.

    – Barcode scanner app doesn’t work. It doesn’t have the right type of camera.

    Hope my review was helpful. If you’re wanting an affordable smart phone that works well without having to fork out a hundred dollars a month to use it, look no further.

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  2. Coleman says:
    42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great “Everyday” Phone, February 13, 2012
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    Coleman

    This review is from: Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy Precedent Android Prepaid Cell Phone (USES SPRINT TOWERS) (Wireless Phone Accessory)

    I’ve had Straight Talk for about five or six months now, and have had the Samsung Galaxy Precedent for that much time as well. From what I understand, ST phones go on a phone-by-phone basis of what kind of service will work for it. A majority of ST phones run Verizon, and the Samsung (as well as some other smart phones) runs off of Sprint. That’s the first thing I’m addressing here: If you are located in an area where Sprint is used and supported, this phone should connect just fine. Otherwise, be careful.

    I live in a rural city, and Straight Talk told me that my phone does not work in my area. That’s basically to cover their butts, because if you check the Sprint coverage map this town is covered and I can attest to it. Not great signal like all the other Verizon users around here, but I haven’t dropped a call yet.

    Moving on to the actual phone itself: This has been my first smart phone, and by all accounts I am very impressed. It’s a very “everyday” phone and it shows. It sure as heck won’t run anything fancy like Dead Space (heck, sometimes Angry Birds will stutter a bit), but I can very quickly hop onto Facebook, forums I frequent, my email, Twitter, and even use an app called TuneIn Radio to listen to the radio here and there. You can have it run off of the 3G network or use it’s Wifi capabilities, especially in my area 3G isn’t super fast but I can still stream music from it.

    I’ve been using my phone as much more than a phone. It’s been my MP3 player (16GB micro SD card), it’s been my Internet source for my laptop with tethering to 3G (Airports with Boingo!, you are terrible and I’m SO GLAD to have this phone to bypass that service), it’s been my GPS for when I’ve been lost in the past, it’s been my go-to quick Google search, etc etc.

    I have also managed to root the phone and get rid of a lot of the pre-installed software. Which brings me to another point: The battery could be much better. I’ve had to go through with a root uninstaller app and get rid of some software that would otherwise take up resources. I’ve bought an app called JuiceDefender Ultimate that I switch on when I’m trying to stretch out my battery life. I’ve had to go through the phone settings and ensure that profiles/accounts aren’t being updated every minute, either off or every hour, etc. With all that said and done, a full charge will usually last me at least two to three days, but when the phone is on it’s factory settings this could be significantly shortened to five to seven hours. (If anyone knows where to buy a good replacement battery for this phone to make it last longer, I and other Amazon users would really appreciate it! 🙂 )

    Overall, the phone itself is a very good “everyday” phone. Now, about Straight Talk: there are multiple methods of payment, thankfully, such as going through their website, using Walmart.com, going to Walmart and picking up a card, or calling customer service. I recommend NOT calling customer service. In fact, as much as I LOVE my phone, Straight Talk needs to overhaul it’s customer service. I didn’t have an old number to transfer to this phone, so I didn’t have to put up with that – however, there are been multiple accounts of users having bad experiences doing this (while a minority say that switching to their old number went through in about ten or so minutes and was painless). I’ve had to call in on a bank statement problem with ST once (turned out to be the bank all along), as a genuinely confused customer I wasn’t too satisfied when I was being accused to trying to get another month of service when the reality was it was my banks fault. Maybe if, instead of blaming me, just telling to check with my bank first we wouldn’t have had a bad experience and worse misunderstanding.

    I am a guy that doesn’t like having their hand held when dealing with electronics and I want to know what I’m paying for exactly. I know I’m paying $50 a month for a phone with unlimited everything, and I try to figure out what I can and can’t do with my phone on my own. If you usually end up calling customer service and technical support for a lot of your electronics, I wouldn’t recommend Straight Talk. That doesn’t mean I haven’t had to call technical support before, but I don’t do it on a frequent basis.

    Overall, I’ve been pretty satisfied with the Samsung Galaxy Precedent and would recommend it to anyone who needs a general phone (with it being more than a phone).

    PROS:
    – Great audio quality on the phone, including the speaker on the back of the unit and earpiece for calls.
    – Multiple methods of communication, such as GPS, WiFi, 3G, and Bluetooth. I use my Rocketfish RF-MAB2 bluetooth headphones with the phone, which is great as a pair of headphones for music and to quickly switch to a phone call when needed.
    – Phone can be rooted giving you more control. Tethering is great when you can’t get to a hot spot, or the…

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  3. Phyllis Long "bookworm" says:
    76 of 85 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Love the phone… HOWEVER…., September 28, 2011
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    Phyllis Long “bookworm” (TexasPanhandle) –
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    This review is from: Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy Precedent Android Prepaid Cell Phone (USES SPRINT TOWERS) (Wireless Phone Accessory)

    …. The phone itself is great. Others will hopefully tell you more about the phone and all that it does. I’m not very techy. If it makes calls and texts, thats good with me. This phone does a whole lot more than make calls and texts, and I had a lot of fun getting to know the phone.
    The bad thing, unfortunatly, is that in the area that I am in most of the time, there is no signal. I live and work in a rural area, and this phone evidently runs off of different towers than the other straight talk phones. The service on this phone is non-existent for much of the roads I travel. Service was in and out throughout the day inside the building that I work in. When I *was* able to make a call from inside the building, the person I was talking to had trouble hearing me. Some texts went through, some did not.
    I’m pretty dissapointed, I really wanted this phone! But if it can’t make a call the majority of the time, its just not going to work for me. So if you’re in a rural area, think twice!
    I will say, Straight talk would get 5 stars from me for switching my phone back to an older one when I called them to tell them this one wasn’t going to work for me. They were freindly and efficient.

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