December 13, 2016

Samsung Galaxy Sky (S320VL) Review - Tracfone Android

Tracfone Samsung Galaxy Sky (S320VL) Review

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Tracfone Samsung Galaxy Sky Review
The Samsung Galaxy Sky has a 5" touchscreen, quad-core processor with 1.5 GB RAM, and runs Android 6.0. It also has 16 GB internal memory, something very few smartphones from Tracfone have at this time.

We recently reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Luna, which has a number of similarities to the Sky, although it differs in screen size and internal memory. We will look more closely at how these phones compare, and several others from Tracfone, further along in our review.

Tracfone has released a number of new smartphones in 2016, and the Galaxy Sky, which was released in November, might be one of the best budget friendly options yet.

Lets look at the quick facts for the Galaxy Sky to get an idea of what it offers.

Samsung Galaxy Quick Facts
The Good:
-16 GB internal memory
-Android 6.0
-5" Super AMOLED HD touchscreen

The Not so Good:
-Only 5 MP camera

A major complaint that consumers have had with Tracfone is their lack of smartphones with 16 GB internal memory or more. The majority of Tracfone smartphones only have 8 GB memory, which fills up fast even if you only load a handful of apps. The Galaxy Sky comes with 16 GB which can hold a lot more apps, photos and more.  The ZTE ZMAX 2 is another option that also has 16 GB internal memory.

Of course, there are plenty of unlocked smartphones that have 16 GB internal memory or more. Take a look at our list of the Best Unlocked Smartphones to use with Tracfone BYOP for some ideas or go straight to our BYOP page.

But there are some more great features on the Sky, so let's take a look at the full list of features and specs.

Samsung Galaxy Sky Features and Specs

Below are the features, followed by the technical specifications
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 4G LTE Capable using CDMA network (Verizon)
  • WiFi, GPS
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Alarm Clock
  • MP3 Player
  • 5 MP Rear Camera, 2 MP Front Camera
  • Handsfree speaker
  • Access to over 1 Million Apps on Google Play Store
  • Proximity and Accelerometer Sensor
  • 3 Home Screens
  • MMS (Picture and group) messaging 
  • Caller ID, Voicemail
  • Triple Minutes for Life (on regular airtime cards)
Samsung Galaxy Sky Specs
  • Size: 5.60" x 2.79" x 0.31"
  • 5.0" Super AMOLED Touchscreen 720x1280 resolution (HD)
  • 1.2 Ghz Quad Core Processor
  • 1.5 GB RAM
  • 16 GB Internal Memory (with MicroSD card slot for up to 128 GB external memory)
  • Battery: 2600 mAh with 25 Hrs Talk Time, 13 Days Standby

The Galaxy Sky is a little larger than many of the older smartphones from Tracfone such as the LG Ultimate 2 or Samsung Galaxy Stardust, but at 5", it is still a convenient size that will fit in most pockets or purses. Notice that the screen is Super AMOLED, which means deeper blacks, and in some cases, better battery life.

Let's take a closer look at some of the key features on the Galaxy Sky with our full review.

Samsung Galaxy Sky Review

Below we share what we like about the Sky, and what we don't like.

What we Like about the Sky:
There's a lot to like about this phone, but some of the key features that make it popular are the battery life, internal memory and Android OS.

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Samsung Galaxy Sky front, side and back. Notice the rounded edges and slim design.
The battery life on the Samsung Galaxy Sky is very good compared to most other smartphones. The Sky doesn't have a large battery, but a combination of the screen, processor and operation system help conserve power to make it last all day with normal use, or nearly two weeks on standby. A longer battery life is something everyone can enjoy, whether you use your phone often or not.

Android 6.0 comes with a number of improvements, fixes, and upgrades (including better battery performance). One of the improvement is better integration of external Micro SD cards, however, it doesn't appear that the Sky is able to fully integrate external storage as if it were internal storage. .

Speaking of storage, the Galaxy Sky has 16 GB, with about 11 GB usable space. This is a great improvement over many of Tracfone's other smartphones.

Additionally, the combination of 1.5 GB RAM with the quad-core processor is more than adequate for the phone to handle most activities and apps.

We also want to mention the touchscreen, which has HD resolution and good colors. As we mentioned above, the 5" screen is a comfortable size for many and looks great, qith good colors and sharpness.

The Samsung Galaxy Sky packs nearly everything we would want in a budget smartphone from Tracfone. But there are some negatives we want to mention.

What we Don't Like:
The main drawback with the Galaxy Sky is the front and rear camera. The rear camera is only 5 MP, while the front is 2 MP. The quality is reasonably good, but at such a low resolution, you will probably want something better to capture any important memories.

It also appears that external Micro SD cards may not be integrated as internal memory the same way many other Android 6.0 devices are able to do. We're not sure why there is a difference with the Galaxy Sky, but will add additional information as it becomes known.

Finally, the Samsung Galaxy Sky does come with a handful of apps most users won't want, but it is possible to remove some of them, or at least disable them. Most phones come with a variety of pre-installed apps, so this is not something specific to the Sky.

That concludes the issues we've found with the Sky. It is a well rounded phone in most ways and ideal for moderate smartphone users upgrading from an older Tracfone smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy Sky Overview and Comparison to other Smartphones

The Galaxy Sky brings some very popular features at a reasonable price to Tracfone users who have been waiting a long time. While the camera is not a strong point, the phone does excel in many other ways, especially battery life, screen quality, and overall performance.

Compared to the Samsung Galaxy Luna, the Sky is a little more expensive, but also has twice the internal memory, and a larger screen. They both have the same processor, RAM and cameras.

The Samsung Galaxy Sky is a significant improvement over many older Tracfone smartphones like the LG Ultimate 2, Moto E and Samsung Galaxy Stardust for many reasons, but especially the 16 GB memory and Android 6.0 OS. They phone will be smoother and faster than older devices, as is to be expected.

While we do expect Tracfone to continue to release smartphones with similar or improved features in 2017, the Samsung Galaxy Sky is a great phone, and, with some of the airtime bundles below, a great deal.

For additional information on how to use the Galaxy Sky, take a look at the interactive tutorial.

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Samsung Galaxy Sky on Amazon
Where to Buy the Samsung Galaxy Sky:

HSN - Available with 1350 Minutes and accessories - $129 (best value)
eBay - Available with $25 airtime card - $129
Amazon - With Airtime bundle - $119

Prices may change, and HSN will probably sell out sometime in the near future.

That concludes our review of the Samsung Galaxy Sky. We are excited about the improvements this phone has over older smartphones. Let us know your thoughts or questions in the comments below.

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21 comments :

Joseph Smith said...

Another great review of a Tracfone, thanks. I would like to upgrade from my LG L41C but one of my favorite apps requires a compass to work. I cannot find any spec on this phone that lists that it has a compass. Can you tell me if it has a compass? I bought the LG Rebel and it did not and went back to my LG L41C so I could use Sun Surveyor Lite.

Lutz & Ruth Ann said...

Purchased and received a ZTE Max Duo 6" in late November.
A few days ago it developed this glitch:
1. Turn on and Tracfone splash screen appears.
2. After a while the home screen appears with the balloons in the back ground
3. Few more seconds and the home screen App icons appear.
NOTE: None of the App icon will react to them being pressed.
4. After a few more seconds the screen goes blank and then reappears without the App icons, just the home screen with the balloons.
5. This now alternates every 2 seconds, Home screen with and the home screen without App Icons.
It will correct itself after a HARD Reset loosing all data.
But then came back a day later.
Have you heard anything about this?
HSN/ZTE will replace it but I'm hesitant to have a phone that has a glitch.

Traci said...

Just bought this phone a little over a week ago. I love it. However, I dropped it and the screen shattered. Genius phone repair says they do not have a replacement screen for this phone. What do I do? Where can I get a replacement screen?

Traci

Lutz & Ruth Ann said...

Message to Traci,
If you are with TracFone it's cheaper to buy a new phone with another year of service and minutes than paying for the repair even if you could find the screen.

B. J. Zolp said...

Does anyone know if the SD card can indeed be used as internal memory or is it different like the article suggests?

Joseph Smith said...

I just took a look at the manual for the Samsung Galaxy Sky and I do not see anything that says that a SD card can be used as internal memory. I would use the chat to ask the question with customer service. 16 GB is not much, but much better than 8 GB that come with most Tracfones. Also remember that an App must be written by the programmer to be able to be moved to the SD card when it is used as internal memory. Not all Apps can be moved to the SD card.Here is a link to the manual. http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/UM/201607/20160726002127375/TFN_SM-S320VL_SKY_EN_UM_FINAL_MM_6.0__WAC.pdf

Kathy Whatnot said...

Wished they offered more white phones,would sell more as they are apple like. Very hard to find white in the newer lineup,love tracfone!

Anonymous said...

I bought the Samsung Sky in December 2016 from HSN with 1350 min., data, text. Best Tracfone I've had, and I've been a customer since flip phones. Set up was great and they even rolled over all the unused time from my ZTE which I'd had for a year. My husband's been on Samsung for years, and he's impressed with it too. The AMOLED screen is amazing. I would recommned this phone highly. I showed it to some people locked in contracts, and they want to get one too as soon as their contracts are up. They could't believe the deal this was.

Lorie Bradford said...

Just purchased the Samsung Galaxy Sky last week. Went from an Iphone to this. I will never go back to an Iphone! I love this phone! Has so many features that the Iphone doesn't offer, and it's faster, sleeker and better battery life! Not to mention you can't beat the price! I wish I had done this sooner!

Braden Janssen said...

I bought the phone from HSN in Nov. Said 1350 minutes pre loaded and if I used WIFI the minutes would
not subtract. I keep calling Tracfone. minutes deduct. I keep calling and they say they have forwarded for help but it still is not fixed. Any help here would be appreciated.

Like the phone and do not use it much but it subtracts every call and text when it is on WIFI. One text subtracted 6 minutes. How can one text subract 6 minutes?

Braden Janssen said...

I purchased this phone from HSN. They said it would not subtract minutes when connected to WIFI. It is always connected to WIFI and subtracts minutes for phone calls and all texts. I am really upset about this. am calling them all the time about this. Any help would be appreciated. Not fixed yet after 2 months.

Anonymous said...

Bought the Galaxy Sky from HSN in Dec. 2016; activated the phone on Jan 15 and on Jan 29 the phone all of a sudden could not find a network and gave a message that it had an invalid network locked SIM card. Called Tracfone and told me that I needed another SIM; they were going to send in 1-2 days thus putting me without a phone. I decided not to wait and returned the phone to HSN and reactivated my prior phone which was an Alcatel Pop Icon phone I had over a year without a problem. When Tracfone transferred the phone, I lost data and texts which I was not happy about, The customer rep was not very nice. There must be a defect in this Samsung phone and considering their track record, I will not buy another Samsung

Anonymous said...

Get a google voice account and phone number. When connected to Wifi does not deduct for texts or minutes for me on LG41c.

Lori Lustmann said...

QVC Has this as a today's special value today for $99 If interested.

RickiLynn said...

Wifi only saves you data, not calls or text.

Anonymous said...

I received this phone a couple days ago. I bought it from QVC for $99. It replaces my LG Ultimate 2 that I have had for more than 2 years. It was a great phone, but it was time for an upgrade. The Samsung Galaxy Sky is much faster, has more storage, has a newer version of the Android operating system, and the display is beautiful. The quality of the sound on calls is also very good. I do wish the Sky had an LED indicator like the LG Ultimate 2 (one feature I do miss), however, I installed an app called NoLED which puts icons on your sleep screen to let you know if you missed a call, or received a text or voicemail. For now, that solution is fine.

I used Tracfone's website to activate the new phone and transfer my number and data/minutes/texts from the old phone. It worked like a charm, I was up and running with the new phone in less than 10 minutes. Everything transferred just fine, and I also received all the promotional data/minutes/texts included with the QVC offer.

I really appreciate this blog. I learn a lot here.

Shannon Blake said...

Apple sucks...

Anonymous said...

How come the ebay link only lists 8GB internal memory but this review says 16gb? I also checked the amazon link and can't find the internal memory listed anywhere, only how much expandable memory it has via SD... perhaps it's a typo on the ebay site? Also, the HSN site links to galaxy grand prime, not the sky... or is it the same? But when I search "galaxy sky" it takes me to a different phone bundle for 179, so is that a mislink? So many names, ahh... Anyway, thank you for this in depth review, I always rely on this site for my tracfone needs!

Anonymous said...

Using Google hangouts with Wi-Fi won't subtract minutes for texts or phone calls. You don't even have to have service to use Google hangouts, just a WiFi connection. Turn off your data and try it out. Otherwise phone calls and texts always use minutes on Tracfones.

Anonymous said...

Just now snagged a cdma Sky on QVC for 104.82 plus shipping minus a $5 off coupon. 3 happy years with a Tracfone LG L41C came to an end because it went skinny dipping in the washing machine. Did the math and realized, when you minus the included minutes, the phone is almost free. Tracfone rocks!

Anonymous said...

Are all Samsung Galaxy Sky models J3? I just purchased this phone from QVC and I'm looking for protectors and have come across a lot of Samsung Galaxy J3 Sky but I don't want to get the wrong thing. I cannot find anywhere on the phone anything about J3.