Samsung Galaxy Core Prime
The Samsung Galaxy Core Prime features 4.5-inch WVGA display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable memory. There is a 5 megapixels, autofocus camera with LED flash on the back, as well as 2 megapixels front shooter. The phone runs Android KitKat 4.4 and is powered by 2000mAh battery.
The Samsung Galaxy Core Prime is most commonly compared with these phones:
|Resolution:||800 x 480 pixels, 207 PPI|
|Colors:||16 777 216|
|Features:||Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor|
|System chip:||Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 8916|
|Processor:||Quad-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit|
|Storage expansion:||microSDXC up to 128 GB|
|OS:||Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4)|
|Main camera:||5 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image sensor)|
|Video recording:||1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)|
|Features:||Video calling, Video sharing|
|Dimensions:||5.17 x 2.69 x 0.35 inches (131.3 x 68.4 x 8.8 mm)|
|Weight:||4.59 oz (130.0 g)|
|Keys:||Left: Volume control; Right: Lock/Unlock key|
|LTE (FDD):||Bands 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 28(700 APT)|
|LTE (TDD):||Bands 40(2300)|
|UMTS:||Bands 5(850), 8(900), 1(2100)|
|Data Speed:||LTE, HSPA, UMTS|
|SIM type:||Micro SIM|
|Features:||Album art cover, Background playback|
Connectivity & Features
|Wi-Fi:||802.11 b, g, n; Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct|
|USB:||microUSB, USB 2.0|
|Features:||Mass storage device, Charging|
|Location:||GPS, A-GPS, Glonass|
|Other:||Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync|
|Notifications:||Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone|
|Other features:||Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording|
|Date approved:||Oct 02, 2014|
|FCC ID value:||A3LSMG3609|
|Simultaneous Transmission:||0.58 W/kg|
|Wireless Router:||0.54 W/kg|
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Samsung Galaxy Core Prime review: This simple smartphone can't top rivals
There's nothing flashy in the phone's basic gray design, the unimpressive screen is a struggle to read in broad daylight, and the camera is generations behind. Still, Verizon's network runs on high speed and the phone's price puts it among one of Big Red's lowest. That's $7 per month on the 24-month Verizon Edge plan; $30 with a new, two-year contract; or $168 when you buy it at full retail and contract-free.
MetroPCS, meanwhile, sells the Core Prime for $130 without a contract, but I saw it on sale for $50 after a mail-in rebate.
While completely fine for a starter smartphone, it's still worth shopping around. The Galaxy Core Prime may be the cheapest on both carriers' current rosters, but a few dollars more will buy you slightly better phones as well. (Read on for more!)
Design and build
- 4.5-inch screen, 800x480 resolution
- 207 pixels per inch
- 5.2 inches by 2.7 inches by 0.35-inch (131.3 by 68.4 by 8.8mm)
- 4.59 ounces, 130 grams
I hate to say that when you've seen one Samsung you've seen them all, but that's certainly the case for this pleasantly predictable Galaxy Core Prime. Its rounded corners and physical home button leave no question about the name stamped onto the phone's backing. That black-gray backing shimmers in the light and pops off, like most Samsung phones (except the new Galaxy S6 series) to reveal the battery and microSD card slot within.
Its right and left metallic silver-colored spines remain sleek and nearly unadorned, with the exception of the power/lock button on the right and the volume rocker on the left. A 5-megapixel camera and flash on the back sling photos, while the 2-megapixel front-facing shooter takes mediocre selfies.
How about that screen? The 4.5-inch display helps keep the handset smaller than supersize phones of 5-inches and more, but that 800x480-pixel resolution plays a sad trombone. Indoors, the screen looks lighter gray (and more reflective) than surrounding screens, and images, Web sites and videos appear pixelated and a little colorless. Outdoors under the rays, onscreen images wash out and copy is harder to read. This is pretty normal for phones like this, but still worth pointing out.
One thing to note: the Galaxy Core Prime got hot over time, but to be fair, warm summer days don't help. You might want to keep an eye on this.
Interface and apps
- 4.4.4. KitKat
- Loads of preloaded apps
The Galaxy Core Prime runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat, which isn't the latest version of the OS (Android 5.1 Lollipop is), with Android M coming up soon. If this handset updates, which it might not, it'll be to the Android M taste treat I believe, and skip Lollipop entirely.
Samsung has placed, as it always does, its TouchWiz interface on top of Android, which gives it the same character it does to its brethren. Samsung also brings you a few extra apps and settings, like Ultra Power Saving Mode and an easy mode that simplifies the home screen layout. You can also rearrange the quick settings panel (part of the notifications drawer) to access toggles in the order you want.
On the Verizon model I tested, Big Red heaps about 20 carrier apps and partner services on the phone. You'll find, for instance, a heap of Amazon apps, various Verizon apps for managing your account (and then some), NFL Mobile, some game demos and Hotels.com.
Intense as the collection may be, you can at least neutralize (though not uninstall) this haul of preloaded apps through the settings menu.
Camera and video
- 5-megapixel camera (defaults to 3.9)
- 2-megapixel front-facing camera
- 720p video recording
Finding your way around the camera app means two things in the Galaxy Core Prime. You can tap on Mode to take you to settings like Auto, panorama, Beauty Face, best photo, continuous shot and sports mode. The other option leads you to the Settings menu, which pulls up items like the photo resolution, ISO and metering, white balance and exposure, grid lines and geotagging (there are a few more selections besides).
Beware! For some motivation, which Samsung is not alone in heeding, the Galaxy Core camera default tunes to 3.9-megapixels out of the box, rather than the full-strength 5-megapixel. This does change the aspect ratio from 3:5 for the 3.9-megapixels and 4:3 (which is now typical) for the maximum resolution. If you aren't paying attention, you'll wind up taking a lot of lower-res photos that don't come across as nice or detailed as all of your friends'.
Calibrated at the height of its capacity, the Core Prime's camera captures brightly colored outdoor photos that contrast with its rather bloodless images in low-light situations. Here's the age-old question: do you take indoor photos with flash or without?
Flash produces a bright light that makes everything a little brighter and clearer, but it's also fake as sin. Flash-free shots require you to let go of perfection in exchange for authenticity, but you also have to willingly stomach a fair amount of graininess and indistinction. Here, you'll be asking for second helpings of both.
Self-portraits here, like all the photos, incite a trade-off. The 2-megapixel front-facing camera takes exceptionally grainy selfies, both with Beauty mode engaged and au natural. Indoor snaps look gray and outdoor portraits are brighter and more sanguine. I'd stick to outdoor environs if I were you.
Video on the Core Prime's 720p HD camcorder is like everything else on the phone: serviceable, but not very impressive. Indoor recordings look wan compared to the vibrancy of the real world, and audio pickup is weak for anyone who isn't you (you'll hear your own voice quite clearly, though). You'll have better luck sticking with outdoor, well-lit scenes that don't record a lot of sound.
- 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
- 8GB of internal storage; 1GB of RAM
- Up to 128GB of expandable storage
- 2,000mAh battery (removable)
Equipped with a lower-powered processor, the Galaxy Core Prime isn't the zippiest phone in the kingdom. The good news is that this 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm chipset is the same one found in virtually every phone of this level, so the Core Prime is right on par with its closest rivals.
Navigation remains responsive as you're scrolling through screens and menus. Verizon's fast network in my testing area (more on that below) helps videos and songs stream fairly quickly. The Core Prime does dawdle a couple seconds between camera shots, which is also pretty typical for a lot of handsets, but you can switch to "continuous mode" to take burst shots. That's a definite bonus.
The poor screen resolution and slower internal motor take a toll on gameplay, especially when you compare a title on a high-end handset. Still, I wouldn't get too worked up about it. Game developers try to optimize graphics so their wares are immersive on any level screen. That certainly was the case for Riptide GP2. The game didn't play as smoothly, cleanly or responsively as it does on faster phones, but that didn't wipe out its fun factor.
You can see from the Geekbench 3 and 3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited benchmark tests that the Galaxy Core Prime falls far behind the top-tier Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG G4 in graphics processing. While the Core Prime plays casual games and popular titles just fine (especially since many games are optimized for mobile), these numbers make it clear that it lacks the sheer horsepower of premium devices.
Samsung says the Core Prime's 2,000mAh battery will last for up to 10 hours on 3G talk time, up to 9 hours on video playback, and up to 11 hours of Wi-Fi Internet time. In CNET's continuous looping video test, the Core Prime's performance exceeded expectations, lasting 10 hours each in both tests.
Of course, it could last longer or shorter for you, depending on how you use your phone. Streaming videos and live maps navigation uses resources (and data!) at a faster rate than, say, sending texts. Either way, the phone should last a full 8-hour work day without causing you consternation, though you'll need to plan to charge it completely at least once per day.
Network speeds and call quality
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 b, g, n
I tested the Galaxy Core Prime in the San Francisco Bay Area on Verizon, which has a pretty strong network in my area (you may not share the same experience).
The Speedtest.net diagnostic app measured consistently high data speeds that usually hovered between 30 and 40Mbps downlink, with upload speeds typically in the 20Mbps range. Of course, there were some dips as well, into single-digit territory; coverage variations happen.
Real-world tests pretty much support the app's findings, with pages loading quickly through LTE. Large files took longer to download over Verizon's network, just like they would with any network. Videos and music also streamed without hiccups.
Wi-Fi protocols support 2.4GHz networks rather than faster 5GHz networks, so keep in mind that uploads and downloads won't be quite as fast as your peers with top-tier handsets. Very large files, like a movie file, will take much longer to download, depending on the file size.
I tested the Core Prime's call quality in San Francisco. Calls were generally static-free, though voices sounded a tad muffled and robotic on both sides. Otherwise, volume came across strong at the middle of the scale, and distortion was scarce. As always, it's tricky to separate network performance in a certain area from the phone's hardware capabilities, so just understand that your experience might differ.
Is this the entry-level Android phone to buy?
Samsung's Galaxy Core Prime is about as simple a smartphone as you can find anywhere. If that's what you're looking for, the Core Prime's low $168 price on Verizon and $130 cost on MetroPCS will certainly draw you. It's a one of the best options for MetroPCS in this price bracket, and the phone I'd probably pick (the next best phone I'd recommend, the LG Stylo , which costs twice the price.)
However, for Verizon customers, a few dollars more can pocket you a phone with better features and performance.
For Verizon customers, the LG Lucid 3 ($200) shares most of the Core Prime's specs, but with slightly larger screen (4.7 inches versus 4.5), slightly better resolution (960x540-pixels versus 800x480), and higher-capacity battery (2,440mAh versus 2,000mAh). The Lucid 3 also bests the Core Prime with 1080pHD video (versus 720p) and built-in wireless charging. Its only downside is the 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera, versus the Core Prime's 2-megapixel shooter.
You should also seriously consider Verizon's Microsoft Lumia 735 ($192). For about $25 more, you get a much clearer screen that's only a little larger (1,280x720p) and a higher-resolution camera combo (6.7-megapixels on the back, 5-megapixels on the front). If you frequently use Google services, or plan to download a lot of third-party apps, Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system won't work well for you. If you like to keep things simple, the Lumia 735 is the better phone.
If you don't mind going off-carrier, the Motorola Moto E 4G LTE is a slightly cheaper buy at $150 off-contract. It shares nearly identical specs with the Core Prime at a much lower cost. The Core Prime's 2-megapixel front-facing camera does beat out the Moto E's 0.3-megapixel selfie shooter. That said, the GSM-only phone won't work with Verizon's CDMA network technology, so you'd need to buy a separate SIM card and plan.
While the Galaxy Core Prime is fine for what it is, I recommend going with one of those other handsets.
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Samsung Galaxy Core Prime
ExecutiveMusings (Dec 27, 2014) on Gadgets 360
Within a day of the SIM Card being activated , the display runs into major problems. Instead of replacing the customer care centre says 7 days is over and wash their hands off .if i purchase on a saturday afternoon and i complain early morning the next saturday , i cannot figure out how 168 hours have elapsed . Overall I would recommend buyers to avoid this handset .
Wither Assassin (Jul 31, 2016) on Gadgets 360
I mean its a pretty good quality android/samsung for the price you can get it at. It has good features and is easy to use but like others said it is missing a gyroscope but that only affects pokemon go ar mode for me lol. But ive had no problems and my friend has dropped his one many times and not a single crack
Tonya Haines (Feb 25, 2015) on Gadgets 360
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 up to the expectations.
Kenneth Knutson (May 21, 2016) on Gadgets 360
So far I really like the phone. I haven't had it for very long. However, just for any potential buyers...there is no gyroscope. Which really sucks for me as I wanted a phone with a gyroscope in it. Everything else works fine so if a gyroscope isn't a necessity for you then go for it. If so, then don't be tricked like I was.
Narayan Mohanta (Nov 28, 2014) on Gadgets 360
Mike Mc (Jul 11, 2016) on Gadgets 360
The page says that this phone has a gyroscope on it. I just bought this phone and it does not have one.
Richard Wiggins (Apr 22, 2016) on Gadgets 360
phone has limited reception .when your in a store/or sitting in your car. sorry I bought it.sound is really quiet.too touchy.jumps sceens bad rating
Les Wynne (Jan 17, 2016) on Gadgets 360
i recently got a samsung core prime prepaid for christmas . and yesterday when I woke up there was no way to connect too the internet, ( google facebook youtube and the like) went to telstra shop and the person there said i should change my account as that was the problem so I would have 1 month left of $50 credit which I should use or lose, now I hardly use $30 credit a month, then he said i would have to recharge with another $30 dollars so I rang telstra tech help and for 4 hours the person was trying to get me to change so many settings and in the end he said I should take it to the telstra shop so they can pesonally and manually look at it as he had basically given up . can anyone advise me how to reconnect to the internet before i take it into the telstra shop tomorrow.
Chandan Sahoo (Aug 1, 2015) on Flipkart
good delivery .nice phone under 10 k . battery is good. enjoying 4g lite awesome thanks flipkart for another good product and thanks hi-tech seller
Arifuddin Mohammed (Dec 26, 2019) on Flipkart
This is currently one of the best smartphones. I have watched the full and non stop video review covering camera with lot of samples, gaming, otg test, full HD video playback, benchmarks, battery performance on load, display quality & touch response, in call sound & clarity, speaker output, etc on youtube on 'Budget Smartphone Review' channel
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