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Rusty Shackleford's review of the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime (GSM)

original version, submitted Aug 7, 2016, 9:12 PM:

Terrible phone

I don't need a high-end smartphone and I do not expect the performance of something like an iPhone 6s, but I do expect more than what this phone delivered which was a continuously sluggish and rage-inducing performance. My previous phone, an LG Optimus something-or-other, had either equivalent or slightly worse specs on virtually everything, yet its performance was noticeably better than this sorry excuse of technology. I only switched to this phone because the LG's microphone failed. I should not be able to count the seconds it takes between tapping a text control and the appearance of the keyboard. Launching the keyboard should always be virtually instantaneous no matter what. Most modern smartphone contain an easy-to-reach cellular data switch; in fact most Androids have that in the little shortcut menu that appears when you swipe down from the top of the screen. Not this phone! Like most Androids you can edit this list and cellular data is not even an option in that list! Another issue is that once you get into your cellular data options the means of restricting cellular data usage by apps is the poorest on any cellphone I have ever opened. This confirms to me that Samsung intentionally crippled the experience with this phone because these are all issues with simple software design. There is no reason why this basic functionality was omitted other than its being intentional. If you get a call while you are already on a call you can forget answering it because the user interface simply will not allow you to answer that incoming call. After owning this phone for only 7 or 8 months I finally exposed it to the rage that I had fantasized exposing it to nearly since day 1.

edited Aug 7, 2016, 9:15 PM to the current version:

Terrible phone

I don't need a high-end smartphone and I do not expect the performance of something like an iPhone 6s, but I do expect more than what this phone delivered which was a continuously sluggish and rage-inducing performance. My previous phone, an LG Optimus something-or-other, had either equivalent or slightly worse specs on virtually everything, yet its performance was noticeably better than this sorry excuse of technology. I only switched to this phone because the LG's microphone failed.

I should not be able to count the seconds it takes between tapping a text control and the appearance of the keyboard. Launching the keyboard should always be virtually instantaneous no matter what.

Most modern smartphone contain an easy-to-reach cellular data switch; in fact most Androids have that in the little shortcut menu that appears when you swipe down from the top of the screen. Not this phone! Like most Androids you can edit this list and cellular data is not even an option in that list! Another issue is that once you get into your cellular data options the means of restricting cellular data usage by apps is the poorest on any cellphone I have ever opened. This confirms to me that Samsung intentionally crippled the experience with this phone because these are all issues with simple software design. There is no reason why this basic functionality was omitted other than its being intentional.

If you get a call while you are already on a call you can forget answering it because the user interface simply will not allow you to answer that incoming call.

Another thing was that the loss of the 4th button on the bottom of the phone was very noticeable, but that 3 button thing is a Samsung thing. I missed that dedicated settings button.

After owning this phone for only 7 or 8 months I finally exposed it to the rage that I had fantasized exposing it to nearly since day 1.

 

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