OFFICIAL: TracFone Samsung S425g reviews/thoughts
I bought a S425g to replace my LG 420g on AT&T, and to go along side my R455c on Verizon. The S425g was $99.99 on eBay with a 1yr 400 minute airtime card, which triples to 1200 minutes since this phone has Triple Minutes For Life. It will presumably retail from TracFone for $59.99 like the T404g and R455c QWERTY slider phones.
Note: This phone is 3G capable which is new for TracFone. That means access to more coverage, possibly better service, and faster internet on the phone.
No problems at all. I transferred all 900 minutes from my old LG 420g to this phone and it was active and transferred within 15 minutes.
Build quality is good. The QWERTY keyboard is fairly easy to type on and it feels sturdy. For the price, absolutely no complaints. I like that there is a dedicated camera button which is becoming a thing of the past on newer smartphones, but I think it's one of the most convenient buttons!
Call quality and reception:
So far, good. Call quality on this 3G TracFone is better than my old 2G TracFone. I haven't traveled with it yet but having access to AT&T's 3G network should make for better coverage. The phone should fall back to 2G/EDGE ("E" on the phone) if 3G is not available. Speakerphone gets fairly loud which is nice.
Very easy. Since this is a GSM phone, it allows 2295 characters (it will stitch multiple messages together, though on the receiver's end it may come individually) compared to the 160 on CDMA TracFones. The QWERTY keyboard really helps for text entry. I'm really good with T9 but you can't beat having a full keyboard.
Being that this phone is 3G, things load much faster. Your internet experience is still limited because of the phone's browser being so simple, but it works great for checking email, Googling, or going on Facebook. No complaints for what it is. It's not a smartphone so don't expect one. It also has an email option which I haven't tried yet; it's a separate menu item.
Comes with a 1000mAh battery. Battery life seems to be decent. It's been on for 72 hours now and it's down to 3 bars. It came somewhere between full and 4 bars, and I haven't even charged it for the first time yet, so I'm happy.
Comes with a 2.0 megapixel camera, compared to the 0.3 megapixel camera on my old LG 420g and the 1.3 megapixel camera on the R455c. It takes decent pictures, nothing spectacular but good enough to make a 4x6 if you take it outdoors in good light.
I think this is a great phone for TracFone. It's 3G, has a slide out QWERTY keyboard, has good build quality, and it has a few extra features over the CDMA R455c - most notably, a neater looking music player, voice recording, and email. It also has lots of internal memory (100mb+) AND will accept a microSD card for additional storage. If AT&T (GSM) works better for you than Verizon (CDMA), this is an easy phone to recommend.
Note about internet/data charges: it appears that the newer 3G models are charging per kilobyte/megabyte, which makes internet browsing cheaper (compared to the standard 0.5 units per minute on older TracFones) for me but MMS aka picture messaging costs a whopping 9 units (compared to 1.5-2 units regularly) if you're sending a large 500kb picture. Supposedly you can get this corrected by contacting TracFone but I haven't done that yet.
Of course, here are some pics! They're taken from my Radar 4G so they're nothing spectacular, but you get the point
Castrol EDGE 0W-20 is my drug of choice.
Primary: iPhone 7 Plus, Galaxy Note 5, LG G5: 5 lines, 3x $5 Android web, 1x $2.99 T-Zones
Secondary: TracFones: iPhone SE [AT&T] & iPhone 6s [Verizon]
Mobile Broadband: ZTE Z915 LTE hotspot (5GB for $10) + iPad Mini Retina w/ T-Mobile LTE