The Tracfone Samsung Centura is the second in the all new Tracfone Android line up. The Centura retails for $129.99 and is a compact phone with a 3.5″ touchscreen. The notable feature on the Centura is the fact that it comes with a newer version of Android in the form of Ice Cream Sandwich. Despite the entry level specs, the operating system makes this phone perform admirably. To be honest though, I think the price on this one is a bit high because the ZTE Valet can be had for $30 yet comes with same specs. That is of unless you like paying for something with better name branding in the form of Samsung. Note that you cannot use the Straight Talk Centura with Tracfone service or vice versa. Samsung Galaxy Centura Availability
Be aware that the Centura CDMA technology so you will be activated with either Verizon or Sprint. You will not be able to transfer your sim to this if your current Tracfone has one.
Samsung Centura Specifications
The Samsung Centura has what would be considered entry level specs. If you’ve been using Tracfone phones, however, the specs are light years ahead of what you’ve been used to. For starters as is the case on most of these type Androids, the Centura comes with an 800 mhz processor. Which as mentioned previously, performs very well when paired with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operation system. This is one area which I am puzzled as to why the Centura is $30 more expensive than the ZTE Valet because that device comes to you with a newer Android version. At any rate, the rest of the specifications are as follows, 3.0 megapixel digital camera with video recording capabilities. This may not sound like much but keep in mind that this is twice the resolution as previous Tracfones.
Downloading apps and data on this phone will also be considerably faster because it comes with 3g speed downloads and you also get WiFi connectivity which lets you use data without using up your data units. Finally are the GPS capabilities which no previous feature Tracfone came with.
All in all, you will be quite impressed with this phone when compared to other feature Tracfones.
The Samsung Centura comes with all Google features fully enabled for you to use. Do keep in mind that features that use data such as Google Play, Facebook, Netflix, etc will be limited by the amount of data minutes you have on your phone. That said, you can always switch to WiFi and continue using features and/or downloading apps. In case you are new to app downloading, keep in mind that you will need to create a Google account in order to access the Google Play app store. You can do this from either the phone or from your computer. Once that’s created, you can sign in and start downloading away. You will need to give Google your credit card info if you plan on downloading the paid apps.
GPS Navigation and Google maps is another very handy feature on the Centura. Keep in mind that this too uses data so you probably don’t want to use it too much if you plan on keeping your costs down.
There are tons of features that Android will give you over the traditional phone. Facebook for example will be much faster and easier to use on the Centura. We browsing will also be more like browsing on your computer and will be 1000 times better than on any previous Tracfone you have owned.
To Buy the Centura or Not to Buy
The Centura is a fine phone. The only problem I have with it is that it costs $30 more than the ZTE Valet yet it does not really offer anything better than that model. Actually, all of the specs are basically the same. That said, if you rather have a brand you are familiar with then the Samsung Centura will make for a great Tracfone Android and will bring you much more joy than your current Tracfone feature device.
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Tracfone Samsung Centura Specs at a Glance
Tracfone Samsung Centura
|Dimensions||Height 4 1/2″ x Width 2 1/4″ x Thickness 1/2″|
|Style||Compact Candybar Touchscreen with 3 1/2″ screen|
|Network & Technology||CDMA cellular data network and WiFi – Activated with Verizon or Sprint|
|Processor Speed||800 mhz|
|SD Card/Internal Memory||4gb Included – Up to 32gb compatible|
|Android OS||4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich|
|Digital Camera/Video Rec||3 mp|
|Screen Size||3 1/2″|
|Battery||11 days stand by & up to 8.5hrs talk|
|Below Screen Button Types||Capacitive touch buttons|
|Audio Jack & Charging||Standard 3.5mm iPod type / micro usb charge/data|