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Samsung Galaxy Centura (Straight Talk)

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Samsung Galaxy Centura (Straight Talk)
 
3.7

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Really good buy but has drawbacks.

It's a nice looking phone, the displays are nice, and its pretty liquid. The battery has life issues and the phone locks up alot when performing task but other than that its a...Read complete review

It's a nice looking phone, the displays are nice, and its pretty liquid. The battery has life issues and the phone locks up alot when performing task but other than that its a nicely built phone. Little pricy but good for tracfone. had for almost a yr now definitely recommended.

Battery Life
I charge it every night and its dead by the time I get home with minimum use and screen brightness.

Display/Screen Quality
I has a nice screen and its customize with apps and pictures. No problems with it besides when it looks up.

Call Quality
Im really surprised it has pretty good call quality. I can keep up with calls to my friends with iphones so yeah.

Ease of Use
Its pretty fluid in use but it does lock up....alot. Whether it be on youtube or the internet, I even had the camera lock up a few times. However the apps do come out right mostly, if it doesnt lock up. Calls are pretty sweet and good. Texting is an ease once you get the auto assist turned off.

Durability
I have had mine for almost a year now and its still holding up. The lockups get worse over time though and the battery still has issues with its length. Also heat is really an issue when you watch videos for awhile.

Design
Design wise, its a really nice looking phone. Like mentioned before it does have a few operating issues and the battery life isnt the best but system usage its livable. If you need a phone for using for quick searches and calls then it would be good for you.

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This particular phone freezes often but works excellent otherwis

This product works well. It does tend to freezes quiet often but other then that it works just fine. It has many apps that can be downloaded to it. Also has a good...Read complete review

This product works well. It does tend to freezes quiet often but other then that it works just fine. It has many apps that can be downloaded to it. Also has a good amount of space. All features work well. The camera look pretty good but could be better. The resolution is alright for this product's camera. The phone is exceptionally easy to use. Every feature is easy to find and manage. Music or videos when played sounds loud and you are able to hear it well. The videos appear good considering the small screen. They are visible and are it good quality when using the YouTube or any video app.

Battery Life
Battery life lasts 4 to 5 hours when fully charged.

Display/Screen Quality
The screen it small but It still looks alright.

Ease of Use
Is not complicated to use at all. It's very easy to understand and to work with.

Durability
This phone can last through a lot. Mine has skid down pavement, landed on it's screen, been tossed fallen on the parking lot but manages just fine. Scratches yes but has not cracked.

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4.0

ok for a cheap phone

Comments about Samsung Galaxy Centura (Straight Talk):

Not a horrible smart phone, but not the greatest either. I like the android operating system but a lot of apps are not compatible with this phone that I have used in the past. Battery doesn't really last, I had to replace mine after about 6 months. You definitely want to have some sort of hybrid case on this phone, it's somewhat fragile. It isn't super fast as far as internet goes, but it does it's job. I personally wouldn't buy another but if you are new to smartphones this will probably work for you. I prefer iphone and their operating system.

Battery Life
Battery charge doesn't even last all day, the battery itself isn't great, mine was replaced before I even had the phone 6 months

Display/Screen Quality
screen size is decent and clear

Call Quality
haven't really had any issues with the call quality, they seem clear

Ease of Use
This is a very easy to use phone, especially for beginners. It has a tutorial when you first turn it on to show you how to do everything on it.

Durability
It is somewhat fragile in my opinion. It definitely needs some sort of hybrid case to protect it.

Design
It has a nice design, not too big, not too small.

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4.0

Good phone for the price

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from Bountiful, UT

Comments about Samsung Galaxy Centura (Straight Talk):

This phone was good on storage. The sounds was clear on calls. It is a good looking phone.
The more apps you add the slower it runs. But for a cheap phone it does a good job.

Battery Life
Even on days where I was not on the phone much, I still have to charge it everyday.

Display/Screen Quality
Clear image and good picture quality.

Call Quality
The calls were very clear and the ring tone is loud enough for me to hear.

Ease of Use
This phone is not complicated. It is very user friendly.

Durability
I only had it for 7 months but during that time it was a good solid phone.

Design
I like the design and the color. Fits nicely in my hand.

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3.0

You get what you pay for!

Comments about Samsung Galaxy Centura (Straight Talk):

I bought this phone to use with Straight Talk service and for something like that it suffices. It however fails in comparison to an I phone or a Blackberry as such. It has been a decent, yet small dependable phone. One of the worst aspects of it is the battery life. I have had phones for years and this is by far the worst phone I have had as far as battery life. It is hard to pick up on screen usage as far as how things work. I have had the phone for months and am still adjusting to it. The apps are not as high tech as other phones but it all depends on what you are looking for. Most of the apps are available through Google Play Store that are with other phones. One of the greatest aspects of this phone is the durability. I have dropped this phone more times than any other phone I have had and it has never messed up. Again, on the negative side, this phone locks up sometimes, not so much, but more than other phones I have had and I have had most every kind. This good news is that you can take the back off, take out the battery, put it back in and then it works fine. This could also be just a problem with mine and does not necessarily mean that it is that with all of the phones this brand. It is very cheaply priced and therefore I would say that it is definitely worth the price for the person who wants a phone with internet capabilities but isn't quite as tech savvy enough to want a more sophisticated phone.

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In fairness to the makers of this phone, I live in an area where the coverage I have affects the phone's battery, and that could be part of the reason why the battery stays so drained.

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5.0

Good First Smartphone

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from USA

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This phone is my first smartphone. It was very easy to get used to and easy to understand. I have had no problems with navigating through my various apps and other features on the phone. It does lag and freezes now and then but I haven't had too many problems with that. I've had this phone almost a year now and it has held up much better than any previous cell phones I've had. It seems to be quite durable as I have dropped it many times and it still looks like new. I don't like that I have to continually wipe my fingerprints off of the screen but that can be stopped with a screen protector.I also noticed the longer I've had it, the less the battery holds a charge and my phone has to be put on the charger at least twice a day and sometimes more, depending on how much I am using it. Apps and any internet activity seems to drain the battery quicker than any other activity on this phone. I love the camera on this phone although I sometimes have to take multiple shots to get a good picture. It is not a good camera for action shots as they always come out blurred. If you switch it to take video, it does a great job with that. Overall, I am very happy with this phone and will continue to use it until it either quits working or becomes obsolete for my technology needs.

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4.0

The Little Phone That Could

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from USA

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I have had my Centura for nearly two years at this point and I am amazed at haw well it has held up. I cracked the screen very badly several months ago but have experiences no issues using the touchscreen even when it was broken. I have been very pleased with this phone's efficiency. I have dropped this phone, it has been shaken and vibrated violently, and had my baby sister decided to modify it, and still it survives. The call quality is ver good, precise and clear, with very little background interferance. I would definitely recomend this model to anyone as a first-time smartphone. The speaker quality is extremely good, I often use my phone instead of my ipod to listen to music whilst I am washing dishes, doing laundry, and other housework. I also like to use it to stream music to have playing in the background during my study sessions. All-in-all, this is a good, sturdy, dependable little phone.

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3.0

Cheap android phone for starters..

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I got this on a black Friday deal for cheap money. You get what you pay for. I have had some issues with it freezing up a lot. The camera shuts off when I want to take a quick picture. There is no flash and the pictures are blurry at times. You have to really focus to get a good shot. Many times I have had to redo the time. I'm not relying on it as an alarm anymore, I was almost late getting my kids up for school. Sometimes the apps won't work when you press them on. The battery life is so so , it depends on what you have running. I also have anti virus and a clean sweep app so that helps get rid of the junk files. I have a drive to get all my stuff printed and that is great. All my stuff is synced to my gmail/ google account and even my calendar is synced. That helps keep me on schedule. The games are easy to set up. My son has his minecraft game on there and it works without freezing. The calls are clear, I haven't had any dropped yet. This was a phone to replace my 2.3 android optimus dynamic . So far I haven't had to upgrade my memory to 8..just using my 4 right now and deleting apps that I just don't like. All in all it is a decent phone, just be ready for freeze ups..if that doesn't bother you then you are golden.

Battery Life
eh.. it could be better, but my friends all have I phones and they are constantly charging them more than I am. So I just put 7 down.

Display/Screen Quality
The screen is bright and easy to navigate. Sometimes it freezes up or the touch screen won't work.

Call Quality
sounds clear and no calls dropped..

Ease of Use
Easy to use..even my husband who still has a flip phone can figure it out.

Durability
So far so good. I don't even have a case or screen protector on it (getting them soon). I have babied this phone.

Design
With it's sleek design it is small enough to fit in my side pocket of my cross body purse. It feels decent, a little heavier then my old phone .The size is also a nice fit in the palm of your hand. It also makes it a great texting phone but you have to remember it is a touch screen.

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4.0

Really good buy but has drawbacks.

Comments about Samsung Galaxy Centura (Straight Talk):

It's a nice looking phone, the displays are nice, and its pretty liquid. The battery has life issues and the phone locks up alot when performing task but other than that its a nicely built phone. Little pricy but good for tracfone. had for almost a yr now definitely recommended.

Battery Life
I charge it every night and its dead by the time I get home with minimum use and screen brightness.

Display/Screen Quality
I has a nice screen and its customize with apps and pictures. No problems with it besides when it looks up.

Call Quality
Im really surprised it has pretty good call quality. I can keep up with calls to my friends with iphones so yeah.

Ease of Use
Its pretty fluid in use but it does lock up....alot. Whether it be on youtube or the internet, I even had the camera lock up a few times. However the apps do come out right mostly, if it doesnt lock up. Calls are pretty sweet and good. Texting is an ease once you get the auto assist turned off.

Durability
I have had mine for almost a year now and its still holding up. The lockups get worse over time though and the battery still has issues with its length. Also heat is really an issue when you watch videos for awhile.

Design
Design wise, its a really nice looking phone. Like mentioned before it does have a few operating issues and the battery life isnt the best but system usage its livable. If you need a phone for using for quick searches and calls then it would be good for you.

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5.0

It's ok

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from Carmi, IL

Comments about Samsung Galaxy Centura (Straight Talk):

Overall I like this phone pretty well. It does have some ups and downs. As others has mentioned this phone does freeze up quite often. But you do have all the access to apps, and online activity on the go. It sure keeps my kids busy for sure. They love it!

Battery Life
The battery does drain pretty quickly even when not being used and the display brightness turned way down low.

Display/Screen Quality
It has excellent display screen quality!

Call Quality
Alot of time when you are trying to answer a call the phone will freeze up making it impossible to answering the call. Also some times the phone will start sounding real muffled or like its under water, but after turning it off and back on again it works fine. Over all I am satisfied with the performance of the calls.

Ease of Use
At first it took a lil bit to figure this phone out, but I have never had any other experience with a smart phone either. It must been pretty easy my young children had it figured out before I did. After I got used to it, it was pretty easy.

Design
I like the design, small enough to fit in a pocket, it is really slim.

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3.0

Looks nice, doesn't perform nice.

Comments about Samsung Galaxy Centura (Straight Talk):

This is the first Samsung cell phone that I have not been completely satisfied with. This phone LAGS BAD, and it closed out of my apps constantly because of errors and if I wanted to make a phone call, hope it's not an emergency because you'll be waiting a minute for it to start dialing. Can't believe how bad this phone compared to other Samsung products that I have had. I'm usually very pleased with them, not with this phone.

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3.0

This particular phone freezes often but works excellent otherwis

Comments about Samsung Galaxy Centura (Straight Talk):

This product works well. It does tend to freezes quiet often but other then that it works just fine. It has many apps that can be downloaded to it. Also has a good amount of space. All features work well. The camera look pretty good but could be better. The resolution is alright for this product's camera. The phone is exceptionally easy to use. Every feature is easy to find and manage. Music or videos when played sounds loud and you are able to hear it well. The videos appear good considering the small screen. They are visible and are it good quality when using the YouTube or any video app.

Battery Life
Battery life lasts 4 to 5 hours when fully charged.

Display/Screen Quality
The screen it small but It still looks alright.

Ease of Use
Is not complicated to use at all. It's very easy to understand and to work with.

Durability
This phone can last through a lot. Mine has skid down pavement, landed on it's screen, been tossed fallen on the parking lot but manages just fine. Scratches yes but has not cracked.

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