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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Centura - Tracfone

Samsung Galaxy Centura - Tracfone

SPECIFICATIONS
Category
Prepaid/No Contract
Carrier
Straight Talk, Tracfone, Net10,
Form Factor
Bar, Touchscreen
OS
Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, so far upgradable to 4.0.4
Size
Weight     4.4 oz.
Product Dimensions (inches)    4.44" x 2.40" x 0.45"
Camera
Rear facing 3.0 MP
No Front facing camera
Digital Optical Zoom     3X Digital
Features - Shot Modes, Auto, Night, Party, Sunset; Geo-tagging; Camcorder
Battery
Standby - Up to 10 days*
Talk Time - Up to 7 Hours*
Battery Type and Size
Lithium Ion, 1500 mAh
Memory
Internal Memory
4GB NAND + 512MB RAM
External Memory/microSD™ Capacity
Up to 32GB
Network
SAR value - Head 1.39 W/kg
SAR value - Body 0.92 W/kg
Connectivity
Features - Bluetooth®; Wi-Fi®; HTML Browser; GPS
CPU
Processor Speed - MSM7625A (800MHz)
Type - Qualcomm®
Display
Main Display Resolution: 320 x 480 pixels
Main Display Size: 1.92" x 2.89"
Main Display Technology: 262K TFT
User Interface
Widgets; Accelerometer
Features
GPS Navigation - Yes
Premium Camera - Yes
Audio
Compatible Music Files: AAC, AAC+, AMR, MP3, OGG, MIDI, SP-MIDI, WAV, WMA; Audio, Streaming; MP3/Music Tones
Video
Video Player; Compatible Video Files: H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VP8; Video, Streaming
Fun and Entertainment
Downloadable Content; Wallpapers, Animated
Business & Office
Microsoft® Office-compatible
Messaging Options
Email; Corporate Email; Picture Messaging; Text Messaging; Instant Messaging; Video Messaging; Predictive Text (T9®/XT9®)
Calling Functions
Speakerphone; Voicemail; Speech-to-text; Picture Caller ID; Multitasking; Airline Mode

Mama Melissa got me this phone from HSN.com for Christmas last year. I got TIRED of trying to grab free wifi from spots on my Coby tablet when I went places and Tracfone FINALLY got Androids on their service, so Mama Melissa picked one up for me!
I've used Tracfone and their phones off and on for the past 15-16 years, and I LOVE their coverage and reception. I've never dropped a call with them.
This phone was part of a bundle, which included a blue hard plastic snap-on case (which I have since replaced with a 'smoked clear' gel case), a $25 credit to the Google Play Store, an USB charging wire, earbuds and a car cigarette charger.
This is pretty much an entry-level Android smartphone, running Stock/Vanilla Android 4.0. No Touchwhiz overlay and MINIMAL bloatware, if any. Only BLOATWARE that I see are the Google apps I don't use.
Being an Android smartphone, it is fully compatible with the Google Play store.


The phone, in sleep mode


Phone Screen, locked


Phone Screen, unlocked


Screen shot of the unlocked screen. Widgets shown are the Battery Solo Widget and the Tracfone My Account Widget.

The only downfalls of this phone are
~it drains the battery fairly quickly. I've NEVER gotten over 3 days standby time on this device. The battery is only 1500 mAH, so it's NOT much better than an iPod Touch 4th or 5th Gen models. I find myself charging every other night.
~Your data drains quickly as well. It's been approximately 5 weeks since those photos were taken and I've gone through 148 MBs of data, and that is with 5 minutes of usage a day to check weather and an email glance. I try to keep WiFi active at home, but the WiFi is off when the phone is in standby mode.

As far as how a disable person can use this phone, it will vary. Those with decent and better motor skills will not have much of an issue. Those who shake a lot will have a more difficult time operating the touch screen. There ARE accessibility controls under the Setting panel, but the customization options are very slim. Depending on your disability, some options will be useless to you. There is one option that I do like, but I don't use it myself, and that is the 'Show Touches' option under the Developer Options. This option puts a opaquish dot wherever you touch the screen. This could be useful to people with visual impairments.
The Samsung Galaxy Centura is available at Tracfone.com for $129.99, Dollar General for $100 or Walmart for $99.99 (on Straight Talk ONLY).

FINAL VERDICT
Tracfone gives you all the benefits of having a smartphone without the hefty price tag of a contract. The Samsung Galaxy Centura Tracfone is a great phone for kids, older folks, those new to the Android platform and high-functioning disabled people.
STARS: 
WOULD RECOMMEND: Possibly... (I think I'd recommend the ZTE Valet quicker)

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