- Jon Murdy , TechRadar
It's busy at the bottom, and the Core Prime struggles to stand out.
- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop
An updated handset that improves upon its predecessor's specs while maintaining a low price point.
- Decent camera
- 4G support
- NFC support
- Great battery life
- Removable battery
- MicroSD support
- Weak processor for more than basic use
- Limited internal storage
- Washed out, low-resolution display
While making a budget phone requires compromises, the increasing market competition has lead to major advances in features in recent years. Does the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime make the right compromises to stand out?
Let’s see what reviewers are saying!
The Core Prime takes the typical Samsung design and converts it into an all-plastic affair. However, reviewers didn’t mind the plastic shell. GSM Arena noted, “It's shiny, but not glossy and glistens under the light. It hides fingerprints quite well.” The plastic shell also means a removable back for swapping batteries on power-hungry days.
Coming around front, you’re greeted with a 4.5-inch, 800-by-480 TFT panel. Unfortunately, reviews weren’t stellar. TechRadar said, “With today's HD-optimised web content, browsing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime shows up some unsightly artifacts and leaves a generally drab impression.” Many reviewers also noted that the screen’s colors were dull and visibility in sunlight was difficult.
Powering the phone, you’ll find a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 processor. PC Advisor UK summed performance up well, saying, “In general use the phone feels fairly zippy but there's the occasional slowdown and also slight delays when launching apps.” However, don’t expect 3D games to run smoothly.
Media lovers will find the phone’s support of microSD cards essential for enjoying their favorite movies and music on the go. The phone only offers 8GB of internal storage, with roughly 3GB taken up by the OS and pre-installed apps. As the phone runs Android 5.1.1, there’s no support for Android Adaptable Storage to help things out either.
The battery life was a popular point among most reviewers. While the battery is only 2000mAh, the phone's relatively low specs offer plenty of use on a single charge. GSM Arena noted, “The phone will last you three days of use, two if you push it harder.”
The camera was equally well received. The 5MP rear camera includes a flash and autofocus. There’s also a 2MP front-facing lens for selfies and video chat. Expert Reviews UK put the camera to the test and said, “While its resolution isn't as high as other budget smartphones it produced some remarkably decent shots when I took it outdoors, as colours were rich and vibrant with very little noise on show.”
Overall, the biggest problem most reviews pointed out about the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime is the price. TechRadar summed up opinions on the phone well, saying, “In an increasingly competitive low-end smartphone field, the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime fails to stand out or excel in any way. It will meet your day-to-day demands, but you can do better for the money.”
Reviews (5.2/10 Avg. rating)
It's surprisingly quick for a budget phone
The main problem with the Core Prime, though, is its age. When it first came out in 2014, it had fewer handsets to compete with, but ever since Motorola completely rewrote the rulebook on what we should expect from cut-price smartphones with its Moto G and Moto E handsets, the Core Prime just can... More
The main problem with the Core Prime, though, is its age. When it first came out in 2014, it had fewer handsets to compete with, but ever since Motorola completely rewrote the rulebook on what we should expect from cut-price smartphones with its Moto G and Moto E handsets, the Core Prime just can't cut it against its modern rivals.Less
Yet another good enough"low-end phone from Samsung
In an increasingly competitive low-end smartphone field, the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime fails to stand out or excel in any way. It will meet your day-to-day demands, but you can do better for the money.
In an increasingly competitive low-end smartphone field, the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime fails to stand out or excel in any way. It will meet your day-to-day demands, but you can do better for the money.Less
A good budget phone but not the best
If you love Samsung Android phones then you'll like the Galaxy Core Prime. It does lack a few features, but the missing ambient light sensor is one cut corner too far. For only £79, we prefer Vodafone's Smart Prime 6. It has a 5in 1280x720 screen, better cameras and an ambient light sensor.... More
If you love Samsung Android phones then you'll like the Galaxy Core Prime. It does lack a few features, but the missing ambient light sensor is one cut corner too far. For only £79, we prefer Vodafone's Smart Prime 6. It has a 5in 1280x720 screen, better cameras and an ambient light sensor. Plus it runs an essentially plain version of Android.Less
Covers most bases at a reasonable cost
The Samsung Galaxy Prevail LTE offers a lot of value for the dollar. It costs $130, which is higher than the $49 - $99 price points for most Boost phones, but far less than today's flagships, which Boost sells at full price of $450 - $600. That $130 gets you an attractive handset that makes quali... More
The Samsung Galaxy Prevail LTE offers a lot of value for the dollar. It costs $130, which is higher than the $49 - $99 price points for most Boost phones, but far less than today's flagships, which Boost sells at full price of $450 - $600. That $130 gets you an attractive handset that makes quality calls, offers solid network performance, and has just enough battery life for most people.
Samsung's TouchWiz user interface still feels heavy-handed, but it offers a lot of flexibility throughout. For example, the extra options in the phone app are a nice touch. The messaging and media apps run the norm, but I wish the Snapdragon 410 processor provided a bit more horsepower.
The camera held up better than I expected it to for this class of device. It's not going to help you win any photography awards, but it does well enough for most daily photography needs.
In short, the Samsung Galaxy Prevail LTE is worth a look if you want a good all-around phone that won't break the bank.Less
Gets some things right, but pricing is not one of them
Samsung has so many devices that it's creating sub-brands for its brands. The "Core" line houses entry-level devices aimed at the mass markets in developing countries, slotting under the larger "Grand" devices. Now there's "Prime," which, based on deduction, should mean for now a 64-bit Snapdrago... More
Samsung has so many devices that it's creating sub-brands for its brands. The "Core" line houses entry-level devices aimed at the mass markets in developing countries, slotting under the larger "Grand" devices. Now there's "Prime," which, based on deduction, should mean for now a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 chipset and a better camera.
The latter was very true for the Galaxy Grand Prime, the 5MP/1080p selfie camera impressed. The same can't be said about the Galaxy Core Prime as it misses the mark on the pricing - specs are suited for an entry-level device, but the price tag puts it in competition with more capable devices.
The screen was easily the biggest disappointment. Its low contrast ratio will stare back at you every single time you use the device. Not having an HD resolution is forgivable (especially with good viewing angles), but the image quality is below what cheaper devices offer.The Snapdragon 410 chipset does a good job of running the software and while we're glad Samsung trimmed the fat off TouchWiz (to leave more room in the 8GB of built-in storage), we do wish it had kept some of the positive changes - like the excellent proprietary music player or the performance tuned web browser.
The camera does a solid job of video recording (as long as you remember to disable the continuous autofocus), but it could have done a better job for stills. It lacks HDR and there isn't even a fun mode like animated GIFs as a consolation prize.
The optional LTE might pull the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime ahead of some of its competition, but if you're looking at a budget device you're probably not paying for a solid enough data plan to make tethering worthwhile. And we're not 100% sure why we'd want LTE on an 800 x 480px screen with a slow(ish) web browser. The optional dual-SIM sounds much more useful.
Too expensive for what you can do with it
It's a basic phone with a expensive name. I will not be getting another one.Less
Glitchy and annoying, but it gets the job done
I got this phone at a MetroPCS authorized dealer when I went to reactivate my service. I previously owned a Galaxy Light, and when offered a free phone as a part of a deal that was going on, I jumped at the opportunity - I had my Galaxy Light for about a year, and it was starting to get a little laggy and I wanted a bigger screen, and I was under the impression that the Core Prime would have more storage space than my Light, but I think that was just a miscommunication. I really wish I would have just kept my old phone. To start, the Core Prime is glitchy and unresponsive at times. Here is a list of the glitches I've run into: Upon receiving my new phone I launched the play store to install my favorite apps that I keep on all of my devices, and when I entered the first two letters - didn't matter which letters - of an app's title, I got an error message that said the play store had stopped. Thinking it was just a minor glitch, I relaunched it, and was met with the problem once again. I eventually had to search for all of my apps in the browser and view them in the play store before I was able to install them. The second glitch I encountered was a very irritating notification that Hangouts has stopped, which even now appears about once every 10 minutes, even though I have disabled Hangouts and have never actually launched/used it before. I have no music on my Core Prime at the moment because I don't have enough storage space for my collection [about ~4gb worth] and despite this, my phone will play a sample song from Samsung and blare it through my headphones, sometimes I am not even able to turn the volume down, as when I do, something in the system pushes against me and continues trying to crank the volume. I have also noticed from time to time that my phone will glitch and click on random things, and it's not even like I accidentally brush my hand over the screen, sometimes, I'll have it laying a good two feet away from my on my bed as I work on my laptop and I'll still notice that an audio book gets paused, or random youtube videos in the suggestions bar are being clicked on at a rapid pace. I have also had a problem when connecting my Core Prime to my pc. I've tested this on several other computers, so I know it's not just a problem on my end. No matter which option I select under the USB connection settings, I cannot access any of my pictures when viewing my files in the windows explorer. I've searched the web for a solution to this countless times and still have yet to find an answer. Now, about the operating system. The version of Android that came pre-installed on my Core Prime [5.1.1 currently] is the worst version I've seen in a while, and I've been using Android products since late 2012. It seems that Android is trying too hard to be Apple, and frankly, its really annoying. One of the most annoying changes to the os/programming is the functionality of the button on the bottom of the device, to the left of the home button [I'm blanking on the actual name]. For quite a long time now, I've gotten used to pressing and holding down the home button to manage and switch between the apps I have running. Now, the left button takes on this role, when before, it brought up menus with additional options depending on the app in use. I find this extremely annoying as I still have a hard time getting used to that, and it makes things way more complicated than they need to be. I'm not sure if this is a glitch or not, but another thing that really irks me about this phone is the lock screen. Upon turning the screen on, you have about half a second to begin putting in your pin number, which is a challenge in itself because of how unresponsive the screen is. I've only ever had problems with screen responsiveness on the lock screen. everything else seems to work just fine. I don't know if it's just my fingertips, or what, but I always have a hell of a time putting in my pin. Honestly, I'd rather they bring back the rectangular buttons than these small, unresponsive circular ones. I'm probably leaving out a lot about this product, because in truth, I've never attempted to write an in depth review of a phone before. Overall, the Core Prime is riddled with glitches and the changes made to the functionality and the operating system are very arbitrary and inconvenient. Had this phone not been free, I'd have asked for a refund a week in. But now, I'm kind of stuck with it. I wouldn't even call this a starter phone, because of all of the glitches I've had to navigate and try to fix. I don't think a first-time Android user would have an easy time trying to fix these issues, when I, an Android user for a little over 4 years now, haven't resolved half of the ones I've come across. In terms of just using the phone for basic talk/text/web surfing, it's not entirely terrible, but all of the issues I've encountered really put this phone toward the lower end of the scale. I wouldn't recommend this phone to anyone, especially if you're a first-time Android user. If glitches and problems are your kind of deal, you go right ahead, buddy.Less
GOT ONE FOR CHRISTMAS, I HATE THIS THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lives up to expectations...and more..
First of all this is decent choice for peoe who're looking for smartphones within 10k INR with standard specs. I've been using the phone for little over 2 months and I'm quite satisfied with it. Previously i had the bad impression on low end/entry level Samsung smartphones as they tend to hang a lot and with no decent features or price:performance ratio. But this phone proved to be one of Samsung's best entry level sets. Before i make any further comment i should clarify the specs of the modle SM-G360H/DS does not go at par with the specs mentioned in most of the sites. The original specs are: 1) ARM cortex A7 quad core processor @ 1.2ghz 2) 1gb RAM(952mb usable) 3) Mali 400 GPU 4) 2000mah battery(can also be fitted with a 2600mah battery) 5) Onboard 8gb memory(of which 2.50gb is reserved for system purpose) These are the basic specs that needs to be kept in mind. The set comes with android kitkat 4.4.4. With 1gb ram the set works smoothly with very little/negligible lags(while incoming mass messages in whatsapp). Gpu performance is quite imressive, ran games like riptide gp2, temple run oz, the sims 3, asphalt 8 airborne, rail rush, etc in high graphics with no lags. There were lags with 1080p blu-ray .mkv videos occasionally when played with onboard video player, but it gave no lags when played with vlc media player. The onboard music player-google music player, is somawhat below average, the music quality is average(as compared to my previous lumia 620), but there’s an alternative player which is available on google play store-PowerAmp player which improves quality greatly. The phone does not have any inbuilt battery saver, however it features the UPS(ultra power saving) mode, which extends battery life considerably but greatly limits functionality. Since it comes with kitkat 4.4.4 non google applications can be now transferred to the SD card. Since its an entry level phone, it lacks many tweak options for various apps and the OS itself. For example: 1) The size of the widgets cannot be changed 2) No light sensor, so no auto brightness 3) No onboard battery save option(although theres Ultra Power Saving-UPS mode which extends battery life considerably but limits functinality drastically) 4) Average pixel density 5) Few bugs(seldom appears) with the keyboard 6) Google play music will not open fully when a random sng is played directly from SD card(touching anywhere on screen will terminate the temporary sound player) 7) No onboard photo edit application These are most of the occasional troubles one might face, now for the better part: 1) Quite maneuverable, slim 2) Smooth functionality for the most part 3) Virtually no issues with games or videos played 4) Satisfactory battery performance for a full working day(with internet turned off when not needed, fair bit of browsing(3g) and chats, watching videos, taking pictures, listening to songs for an hour or so, about an hour or 2’s talk, fair bit of gaming, etc(tested with battery doctor)) 5) Huge application support 6) 64gb-128gb external storage support 7) Most of the applications can be disabled if not needed, thus increasing battery perfomance So in a nutshell the phone is quite good but comes with a price too high for its class- 9600 INR. There are other great choices in this range such as the redmi 4g note, Zenfone 5, lumia 535, etc. Core prime is definitely a great improvement over the much hated core 2 and lives upto the expectations.Less
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