Compare Straight Talk Verizon Android phones – LG Optimus Zip vs Samsung Galaxy Proclaim
In Q1 2012, the number of postpaid users has dropped for the first time ever so prepaid becomes option that many users are turning to or start thinking of. So why would we compare Straight Talk Verizon Android phones, more precisely, the only two existing at this point, LG Optimus Zip vs Samsung Galaxy Proclaim?
Straight Talk is a prepaid wireless provider that uses Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile’s network to offer service. Since Verizon Wireless has the largest and most reliable coverage of all, many users would love to use their service but they are way too expensive on contract as well as off contract. Their prepaid offer includes an $80 a month plan with unlimited talk, unlimited text and 1GB of 3G data with the Samsung Illusion, priced at $169.99.
Why pay an $80 a month for unlimited talk and text and 1GB of 3G data when at Straight Talk, you can have similar service for $45 a month or plus international calling for $60 per month. In fact, the hidden limit at Straight Talk seems to be around 100MB per day or 2GB per month, which, if overused, ends up badly. Many users have reported that their accounts have been terminated without warning or explanation, not just for exceeding data but text and talk as well so one must be modest in usage.
Also, comparing to monthly plans that other prepaid carriers are offering, carriers like Virgin and Boost Mobile that use Sprints coverage or T-Mobile prepaid, whose plans are also quite inviting(including $30 Walmart exclusive plan), Straight Talk is still among the most affordable ones. But considering that Straight Talk uses all these networks including AT&T, we will compare these some other time but right now, let’s get back to options available on Verizon network.
In order to get the clearer picture of what users can choose from, we need to compare Straight Talk Verizon Android phones, LG Optimus Zip vs Samsung Galaxy Proclaim. First, both phones are priced the same, $179.99 even though Proclaim is slightly advanced in some aspects.
Both are Gingerbread phones but Proclaim comes with faster processor, 1GHz, comparing to Zip’s 800 MHz, which in practice, does make the phone running smoother. Proclaim also has a larger display, a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen comparing to Zip’s 3.2-inch touchscreen and features as IM, Speech to Text and other.
However, LG Optimus Zip has something that many users find quite handy, a physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It also has more memory included, 4GB memory card oppose to 2GB on Proclaim while the rest of the features are mostly present on both phones. Those features are 3G conectivity, Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, a 3-megapixel camera with video capture, microSD card slot for up to 32GB of storage, proximity sensor, Gravity Sensor / Tilt & Shake, MP3 Player and more.
So these two Straight Talk Verizon-powered Android phones are the same class, mid-range phones, specs-wise with the only major difference in choosing between only-touch phone or the one with physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
If you are wondering if Verizon’s Samsung Illusion might be a higher end phone than the ones compared, well, it is quite similar actually.
For those who want higher-end phones pared with Straight Talk’s affordable monthly plans, they can go with BYOD but this option only applies to AT&T or T-Mobile GSM handsets, which excludes Verizon network.