OFFICIAL: TracFone Samsung R455C reviews/thoughts
Alright.. So I'm sure a lot of us are curious about TracFone's newest phone, the Samsung R455C. I bought two and they came yesterday. $59.99 + tax each is a bargain (plus 15% cashback thru FatWallet) since it has TMFL which will pay for the phone in no time. I've been waiting for something "nice" to come out on the CDMA side of things and this is it!
My activation went smoothly, programmed it OTA via *22890 and I was up and running. Only junk part is that I had 1230 minutes and only 1100 transferred. I decided it was worth losing 100 minutes to not have to deal with customer care. My gf's R455C for some reason took her through a manual transfer by entering codes, and then the phone wouldn't do OTA programming for a good 5 hours. Not sure what the deal was, because we have the same area code, same old phone (LG 220C), transfering to the same new phone (R455C).
Verrrry nice. Well worth $60, I'd probably pay up to $100 for it considering it has TMFL. The screen is nice and big, the keyboard is super convenient for text messaging, and I'm so glad there's an updated phone on the CDMA side of things. It feels solid enough; it doesn't feel like a $300 phone (because it's not) but it does not feel overly cheap either. I'm happy with its build quality. No squeaks or loose feeling parts, and the keyboard slides up and down smoothly.
Call quality and reception:
So far, very good. Verizon has excellent coverage where I live so reception isn't really ever a problem - but I can say that sound quality is good. I'm picky about that and I'm happy. Speakerphone is good too, and the earpiece and speaker get pretty loud. No problems here.
VERY convenient with the keyboard. For some odd reason you can use T9 with the QWERTY keyboard (default setting) but it makes it lag a little bit since it tries to predict the word. I turned T9 and it's much more pleasant to type on the QWERTY keyboard. The front keypad works good with T9 but obviously the full keyboard is better.
Meh. The WAP browser is decent but this is definitely not meant to be a data-centric smartphone wannabe. You can download a Facebook java app but it's slow and cumbersome. Internet speed is not bad but again, this isn't something you really want to buy to use for the internet. It does cost 0.5 units/min like the other TracFones, and the right softkey is also a shortcut to the browser like most other TracFones - if you accidentally start the browser, there's time to back out without getting charged. I forget which TracFone I had (Moto C261?) that charged me 0.5 units as soon as I pressed the browser button.
Comes with a 1100 mAh battery, which has held up well with my initial setup. It uses a microUSB charger (port is on the top of the phone, not my favorite spot but oh well) which is convenient since that's what the rest of my phones use. I'll report back later as I use it more. My LG 220C would last at LEAST 1.5 weeks since I rarely used it.
Dialing 411 takes you to the junk automated TracFone directory assistance number. I used to be able to dial ##411 and get around it, but not on this phone. Any combination I try takes me to the automated TracFone 411. Not a big deal because numbers can be looked up on the internet, but I really liked being connected to Verizon 411 on my old LG.
Camera & bluetooth:
The camera seems decent - I'll have to take more daytime shots and upload them - though it is only 1.3 MP and there's no flash or auto focus. Basically what I'm saying is, it's decent as far as cell cameras go but don't expect too much. Bluetooth appears to NOT be crippled which is nice, and I attached a picture of the supported profiles.
It has a microSD slot!! I really like when phones have one because I have a folder of custom ringtones that I usually put on my new phones. Sound quality of the ringtones is EXCELLENT, but I think that's due to the great speaker that's built-in. I bet it would be nice to load up some MP3s and play it on the speaker. My custom MP3 ringtones work like a charm and sound awesome. You can of course have custom wallpapers and I save the camera pictures to the SD card so I can quickly upload them to my computer.
Overall, I'm very pleased with the phone. I think $60 is a bargain since it includes TMFL. This is definitely for the people who talk and text. This would NOT be good for constant web browsing, but the web browser is nice enough if you're just checking something quick once in a while. I can't stress how nice it is to have a more current phone on the CDMA side. I tried the LG 501C but didn't like it - it's collecting dust somewhere around here.
Feel free to ask any questions. My primary phone is a Samsung Galaxy S II but I've had a TracFone since 1999/2000 which has always been my trusty spare phone. I like having a backup phone on the Verizon network. My use for this phone is basically a little bit of talk and text - my TracFone doesn't see heavy use. BUT -- I am pretty picky, and I'm happy with this phone.
PICTURES! I took them with my Radar 4G so they're not perfect, but they came out better than I anticipated.
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Primary: iPhone 6s Plus 64GB, Galaxy Note 5, LG G5: 5 lines, 3x $5 Android web, 1x $2.99 T-Zones
Secondary: TracFones: iPhone 5s [AT&T] & iPhone 6 [Verizon]
Mobile Broadband: ZTE Z915 LTE hotspot (5GB for $10) + iPad Mini Retina w/ T-Mobile LTE