Welcome to my in-depth Samsung Galaxy Proclaim Review. This phone is available for both Straight Talk and Net10, and has been available since summer, 2012. I purchased the Proclaim when it first came out, and have owned and reviewed dozens of prepaid phones over the last 10 years. At the time I bought it, this was the most advanced Android device I had ever owned, though I had extensive experience with the iPod touch from Apple. I had also previously used the Samsung Galaxy Precedent on Straight Talk prior to the Proclaim, and have since gone on to try out further Android devices.
I hope the following information will be beneficial for you as you decide which model to get for your next phone.
General Overview and Appearance
The Samsung Galaxy Proclaim uses the Verizon 3g network, which is noteworthy since when it first came out, it was by far the most advanced Straight Talk or Net10 phone to operate on Verizon’s network infrastructure. Since the debut of the proclaim, other Verizon-based devices have followed, including the LG Optimus Zip and, perhaps most famously, the iPhone.
The design is a rather unremarkable at first glance – just a functional 3.5-inch touch screen device. It is reasonably compact and weighs in at just a shade over 4 oz. On closer inspection, though, I really like how the contours and shaping make the Proclaim feel more sleek than it really is. For starters, the back of the phone is quite curved (see picture above), making it feel slimmer than it really is both in hand and in your pocket.
More interesting, though, is that the front of the phone has a slight concave curve to it as well. The effect here is that the device seems to slightly “wrap around” your face as you hold the phone to your ear, bringing the microphone ever so slightly closer to your mouth. And in your hand, the contouring of the glass makes operation of the touch screen a little more ergonomic as well.
I like the looks of the Proclaim (as you can probably tell), and it feels durable but somewhat “plastic-y” in hand. If you prefer a heavier device and/or a metal body, you won’t like the Proclaim. And one thing I would note here – DEFINITELY put a screen protector on your phone as soon as you get it, before you use it at all. It’s such a small price to pay and easy to do, and could save you a lot of trouble down the road. If you don’t cover up the screen, you’ll inevitably incur some nicks and scratches that will make the display much less desirable to look at.
Aside from the concentric circle “TracFone” logo just above the top of the screen, there is nothing to outwardly indicate that this is a prepaid device. And once you are using the phone, the operating system operates just like any other Samsung Gingerbread phone. The only minor thing to note is that the default browser is set to open to the TracFone mobile homepage, although of course you can change this in the settings.
The Proclaim uses the Samsung Touchwiz 3.0 lite user interface, which is Samsung’s own adaptation of Android and very common. This version offers five home screens that can be customized with widgets, folders and shortcuts.
The feature list is pretty standard for today’s Android phones. Here is a brief list of features on the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim:
operating system 2.3 “Gingerbread,”
3 mp camera
3.5” HVGA display at a resolution of 480 x 320p
external microSD card slot
2 GB microSD card included, upgradeable to 32 GB
Samsung Galaxy Proclaim – How does it function as a phone?
I have enjoyed good reception on this device in my area, and it seems to pull in a signal as well as any other Verizon smartphone I’ve compared it to. Other users have reported similar results.
Voice quality is good, but let’s be honest, who actually talks on their smart phone any more? But seriously, the Proclaim won’t let you down when when you do need to make voice calls. The call volume is adequate and the audio is clear.
Battery life for me has been good, but of course this can vary tremendously with a phone as sophisticated as this, depending on your own usage patterns. I consider myself to be a moderate to heavy user, and probably use my phone to check email or open an app or two at least twice per hour, and for several extended sessions of 15 minutes or more per day. I also use it to play music or other audio all day long, and in my experience it still lasts all day without a charge.
Of course, there are certain activities that are known to dramatically affect battery life. For example, when I mentioned playing music, I am playing files that are stored locally on the phone. If you stream music via an app like Pandora or Slacker, that will tax the battery more. Also, as an experiment, I tried loading up my home screens with as many widgets as the space would allow. Since these were refreshing often and pulling in new content to display, even when the phone was in my pocket, that seriously hampered my battery life.
That’s all I’ve got for now. Please head over to Straight Talk or to Net10 to find out if this phone is available in your area, or continue reading part two of my review by clicking here (Link coming soon).