Samsung Galaxy Sol Prepaid Cell Phone for Cricket Wireless:Make calls, send texts and browse the Internet with this Samsung Galaxy Sol for Cricket. Front and rear cameras let you take clear photos and videos, and the voice recorder function lets you make nots while on the go. Take out a Cricket plan for this Samsung Galaxy Sol, and enjoy fast speeds over its 4G LTE network.
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Delivers outstanding overall performance for opening and running applications, flipping through menus, running home screens and more.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
New colors and typography, new ways to control when and how you receive messages, and new security features, including Android Smart Lock, which secures your phone by pairing it with a trusted smartwatch or other device.
4G LTE speed
Provides fast Web connection for downloading apps, streaming content and staying connected with social media.
5" Super AMOLED touch screen
High-definition touch screen displays texts, e-mails, games, photos and videos with clarity.
5.0MP rear-facing camera
Capture images and videos on the go. Built-in LED flash. Also includes a VGA front-facing camera.
8GB internal memory plus microSD slot
Provides plenty of storage space for your contacts, music, apps and more. Expand storage up to 128GB by adding a microSD card (sold separately).
* Phone activation required before use.
Requires purchase of a Cricket Refill Card or eligible Debit/Credit Card to set up new service.
Great hardware, but intentionally disabled!
Posted by: hoopydrood from: on
Long story short, not recommended until the phone gets root; save your $50 - $100 and buy a different phone worth the money.
As per usual, these phone companies (in this case, Cricket and Samsung) advertise 8GB of space, but you will get no where near that. Since we're not naive enough to believe that we'd get access to all 8GB of the advertised amount, we should be able to assume that we'd have access to a decent portion of that space for, at the very least, apps. However, upon first boot, you'll unfortunately find that the OS and bloatware that comes from both Cricket and Samsung takes up around 6.5GB of that advertised 8GB. A few of the bloatware apps can be uninstalled, but a large portion of the apps can only be "turned off" but never removed. This may, if you're lucky, open up about half of a gigabyte. However, that said, I had already maxed out all the available space with two days of owning the phone with nothing more than just apps that I find necessary--not even talking about fun or superfluous apps here.
You might say to yourself, "It's no problem, this phone can take a whopping 128GB memory card!". And you'd be right; it can take a 128GB memory card (which frankly, is why I even bought it), which would make this phone perfect as is, if only Cricket/Samsung left in the ability to use the memory card as extended internal space--but they didn't, and so you can't! Since you can't, this makes the phone's ability to handle a memory card of that size all but useless. You can put a lot of photos and videos and whatever other files you like to keep on your phone on the capably large memory card, but that's about the extent of it.
If you're not yet convinced, you might be thinking that you can just move the apps manually, one at a time, to the memory card. You'll find yourself heartbroken yet again, as you realize that (obviously) the bloatware you can't remove cannot be moved over to the memory card and, for some absolutely unknown yet undoubtedly stupid reason, most app developers don't allow or bother including the feature that allows you to move their apps to the memory card--apps that have no clear reasoning for needing to be on the internal memory at all!
This phone would actually be fantastic if it was "rootable": the phone has a beautiful and bright AMOLED screen; it's blazing fast with little to no lag; the battery life on it is amazing (I was able to actually use it constantly for two whole days before needing to charge it). But since the phone is so new, no root has been found for it and probably won't in time for this phone to be worth your time. And since you can't fix Cricket and Samsung's intentionally disabled phone, you'll be stuck with it, filled with regret that you didn't just buy something better.
This phone is simply not recommended at all. It's a great piece of hardware as a great price, but Cricket and Samsung have gone our of their way to disable the phone, rendering this seemingly great phone into a piece of garbage. It would be good for old folks and as a temporary back-up phone after you get stuck with it because you were too lazy to take the phone back before your 15 day return period was up.
Take my advice: look elsewhere.
39 out of 43 found this review helpful.
Best choice for a Prepaid phone
Posted by: RMNola from: on
I am part of that group that shied away from the Apple phones- a cheapskate at heart that loves a phone that I can tailor to my needs.
With that in mind, the Samsung Galaxy Sol was perfect in my book. Yes, finding a case for this bad boy locally will be difficult (I ordered mine online) but the 2 times I dropped it without a case, the paint did not chip. There were no scratches, even when it fell on concrete. (Of course I was not risking that again.)
Since it is a prepaid phone, I could choose plans for what I need. There was an option to make my phone a mobile hotspot which I snatched up immediately. The speed and graphics were nice, especially for the price I chose to pay for my phone.
My fave 2 things I love about the phone are its size, and its battery life. It's not too tiny for my large fingers, and yet it can fit in my jeans pockets just fine. And it lasts longer off a charger than most other smartphones in the market.
5 stars, all the way. Best Smartphone purchase of my life.
P.S. get the insurance plan. It's a smartphone, so once the touch is gone you're doomed. But the plan covers repairs/replacement for a fraction of the cost of a new phone.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
I love this Samsung Galaxy Sol 4G phone.
Posted by: Will201631 from: on
I bought the Samsung Galaxy Sol 4G LTE phone on May 9th 2016. I loved the Alcatel OneTouch Flint 4G phone but I realized having a smaller screen was better for me. Anyways LOVE this phone a lot. Texting is very fast. Phone is super responsive. Have had zero issues. The 5" HD Super Amoled Screen is beautiful. So many features and customizations you can do with this phone. Like the Best Buy site says 1.3 ghx processor. 1.5 Gb ram. 2600 mAh battery which I love. With the DU Battery Saver app things are awesome. The 5MP rear camera is really nice. better than the Alcatel OneTouch's camera. Audio is outstanding. It's an autofocus camera but you have to tap the screen for it to autofocus. Hey i'm ok with that. Call quality? wow amazing. I love it. No echoing no static that I can think of. People heard me loud and very clear. And if you want to send a video MMS it's up to 1min 15secs long. Crazy. Video quality isn't that great but hey it's something. If you want to send a voice message it's maxed out at 10min 38sec. Audio quality is amazing. Anyways whoever see's this review go to my YouTube page Reaper2065 and you'll get a full in depth review of the phone. It's about 40mins long. I know but I needed to get all the features in and everything. Check it out.
20 out of 25 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Jay3 from: on
I think the phone is very nice, so far I have had no issues. The problem is with useless apps that eat most of the internal storage and cannot be moved to an sd card. Increase the internal storage and I can give a higher star rating.
11 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Mintzz from: on
As another reviewer said, all the memory is taken up with bloatware, leaves under 2 gigs left. Of course most of the pre-installed apps cant be moved to an sd card or deleted. Nice looking phone but it is being returned today.
20 out of 28 found this review helpful.
Great phone at a great price.
Posted by: DaqJ from: on
I have had other brands of phones, but once again, Samsung delivers with this great phone.
Highly recommended as a second phone, or the best phone for your teens and college kids.
Does everything, and fast.
I have purchased more than 1.Samsung Galaxy SOL (j321az)
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Posted by: DogLady from: on
With only a small amount of storage I've installed 15 apps,moved all pics and photos to SD card.Great phone,will never drop hundreds of dollars on a phone.This phone does it all,and was 49.99 on sale.Cant beat that,and at this price can get a new phone more often.Marshmallow OS is awesome!Love my Samsung.Takes nice pics.If your looking for all the bells n whistles Samsung 7 edge is 600+$..Cant go wrong with this phone.
5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Nice phone.....but no memory to work with
Posted by: pwg11129 from: on
I loved the phone....os 6.0 marshmellow......but out the box , u have 1.2gb of memory to work with. And apps cant be stored/moved to the external sd card. Major fail.....i was only able to have maybe 7-10 apps.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Great Buy for the Money
Posted by: Kmmitche from: on
Very pleased with Galaxy Sol - I bought 2!! Thanks
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Great, fast phone. Limited storage.
Posted by: st1tchy from: on
I love the Galaxy SOL, but I will love it even more once there is a root option for it. The internal storage is only around 3GB usable, so there isn't much space for installing apps and storing data. I have a 32GB SD in it, but Samsung doesn't like you moving apps to the SD card so storage fills up quickly.
All in all, it is a great phone, especially for the $50 I paid for it.