Galaxy Appeal

AT&T announced the Samsung Galaxy Appeal today, another addition to its prepaid smartphone lineup. The Appeal will be unique because it will be the first prepaid smartphone that offers a QWERTY sliding keyboard. As more smartphones drop physical keyboards, there is still a large contingent that demands them, so it's good to see the option in the prepaid category.

The Appeal, like many of the other prepaid options, will feature lower end specs. Here there are:

  • 3.2-inch HVGA TFT 480 x 320 screen
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 512MB RAM
  • 1.8GB ROM
  • 800MHz processor
  • 3MP rear-facing camera
  • SD slot that supports up to 32GB
  • Made with 80& recycled materials

AT&T prepaid data plans are as follows:

  • 1GB - $25/month
  • 200MB - $15/month
  • 50MB - $5/month

If you're interested in the Galaxy Appeal, it will be released on June 5th to Walmart stores. On July 15th, it can be purchased from other AT&T GoPhone locations.

Source: AT&T


Reader comments

Samsung Galaxy Appeal coming June 5, brings a prepaid QWERTY slider to AT&T


"The Appeal will be unique because it will be the first prepaid smartphone that offers a QWERTY sliding keyboard."

Samsung Intercept and LG Optimus Slider on Virgin Mobile? :/

Have you succeeded using an Optimus Slider on AT&T? The Galaxy Appeal is not only the first prepaid slider for AT&T, but a rare gem in the GSM world since most other prepaid smartphones with sliding keyboards are for CDMA carriers.

Seriously why still make these crap phones. Really gives Android (and the manufacturers) a bad name. People will get these and think Android sucks and get iphone when they switch to contract plans. I like when they take older flagship phones and make them prepaid. (i.e. Virgin's Evo V 4G)

Anything released as of now should be at least 480x800 res/1 ghz cpu/3.7in slcd screens (like the Droid Incredible) All of these parts must still be somewhat cheap to produce a sub $200 off contract phone)

So prepaid users deserve the leftovers postpaid customers didn't want to buy? I'm not down with that.

While your suggested specs would make me happy, provided the phone also has a hardware keyboard, the truth is most users on prepaid don't care about specs. They want something that can make calls send messages and download apps. Most users on prepaid who are really obsessed with specs buy their phones outright from specialized online phone retailers.

Because these are perfect devices for teens who want a smartphone, but may not take care of them like we would. Enough with the egalitarian attitude; they all serve a purpose whether you like it or not.