November 28, 2016

Samsung Galaxy Luna (S120VL) Review - Tracfone Smartphone

Tracfone Samsung Galaxy Luna (S120VL) Review

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Samsung Galaxy Luna Review
The Samsung Galaxy Luna is a budget friendly smartphone released by Tracfone in late 2016 to use with their prepaid cell phone network.

The Luna features a 4.5" touchscreen, 8 GB internal memory, 1.5 GB RAM, 5 MP rear camera and runs on Android 6.0.1. It has 4G LTE capability and uses Verizon's CDMA network. In general, it has pretty standard features and specs for a Tracfone smartphone device, with a few improvements.

Tracfone continues to release a variety of smartphones, including the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (as well as the iPhone 5S). The Samsung Galaxy S5, S6 and S7 have also been available through Tracfone for several months now and offer high-end performance at prices of over $500.

But they are still heavily focused on budget devices listed between $50-$200 because that is where the largest demand among Tracfone users exists.

Don't forget that you can also buy an unlocked smartphone, and bring it to Tracfone. We just created a list of the Best Unlocked Phones to use with Tracfone BYOP so take a look if you want some ideas. You can also visit our BYOP page for more information on how it works.

let's get back to the Luna, and look at the quick facts:

Samsung Galaxy Luna Quick Facts

The Good:
-Android 6.0.1
-Reasonable Price

The Not So Good:
-Only 8 GB Memory
-5 MP Rear Camera

One of the key features on the Luna, and the reason it may be a good phone to upgrade to for some Tracfone users, is that it comes with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. This is a very recent version of the Android operating system, and has some nice improvements over past versions which we will explain more about later.

The majority of Tracfone's low cost smartphone devices have only 8 GB internal memory and 1 GB RAM. This includes many of the recent phones we've reviewed like the ZTE Citrine, LG Rebel and LG Treasure. If you have used smartphones with limited memory and run into the problem of filling up your storage, you may want to consider a phone with more internal memory, such as the ZTE ZMAX 2 or unlocked phone options.

We've just added the Luna to our List of 10 Tracfone Gift Ideas, follow the link to see the other Christmas gift ideas!

Lets take a look at the full list of features and specs for the Samsung Galaxy Luna, followed by our review.

Tracfone Samsung Galaxy Luna Features and Specs

Below are the features, followed by the technical specifications

  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 4G LTE Capable using Verizon CDMA Cell Network
  • WiFi
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • MP3 Player
  • Alarm Clock
  • Access to over 1 Million Apps on Google Play Store
  • 5 MP Rear Camera and 2 MP Front Camera
  • Caller ID, Voicemail, SMS, MMS
  • Triple Minutes for Life (on regular airtime cards)

Samsung Galaxy Luna Specs

  • Size: 5.22" x 2.73" x 0.35"
  • 4.5" Touchscreen at 800x480 resolution
  • 1.2 Ghz Quad Core processor
  • 1.5 GB RAM
  • 8 GB Memory (with MicroSD slot for up to 128 GB additional memory)
  • Battery: 2050 mAh with 19hrs talk time, about 20 days standby

There are a couple of interesting features to notice about this phone. First of all, it appears to have 1.5 GB RAM with a 1.2 Ghz quad core processor which is a step up from many other low cost Tracfone smartphones and will allow it to multitask much better. The Luna also has a long standby time, which is due, in part, to the newer operating system.

The Samsung Galaxy Luna is one of several great Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals we've shared, so take a look so see where you can buy it at a discount, and some of the other phones available for super low prices.

Let's dive into our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Luna where we will share the key features on this phone that make it good, and any drawbacks that might exist.

Samsung Galaxy Luna Review

What we Like about the Luna
This is a phone that comes with a few small improvements over other recent smartphones released by Tracfone that actually might make a big deal for some users. We like that the Luna comes with 1.5 GB RAM, Android 6.0 and a reasonable price.

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Tracfone Samsung Galaxy Luna Review

We would like to see more phones from Tracfone with 2 GB RAM, which allows the phone to run more applications at once, and generally means better performance. But this is a lot to ask for in a budget smartphone, and 1.5 GB is an improvement over 1 GB which is what almost every other recent smartphone from Tracfone offers.

The most notable feature on the Luna in our opinion is that it comes with Android 6.0.1. This version of Android was released in 2015, but only newer phones are using it. Most of Tracfone's other smartphones use Android 5.1 or older.

Android 6.0 brings several improvements, including a 'doze' feature which does a number of things to improve battery life (and leads to a much longer standby time compared to most other smartphones). Android 6.0 also allows greater external memory support, which were lacking in several of the previous Android versions. What this means is that the 8 GB of internal memory may not be so limiting, and users should be able to load apps, music, photos and other content onto the external MicroSD card (once the card has been set as 'internal memory').

Finally, the Luna is widely available for about $109 with an airtime bundle from HSN and QVC, or closer to $80 for just the phone from Target, BestBuy and other retailers. (Target offered the phone for closer to $40 on Black Friday)

The Samsung Galaxy Luna is a smaller phone, but packs some good performance and features for the price, and we would see this phone outperforming many older Tracfone smartphones.

We we Don't Like
What is key to remember about the Luna is that it is a budget smartphone, which means that certain corners are cut to keep the cost low. In the case of the Luna, it comes with a somewhat small screen, low resolution camera, and low internal storage.

Screen size on a smartphone is a matter of personal preference. Many smartphones now come with a screen size of 5.5 inches or more, which is great for viewing photos or videos, but may be bulky when trying to fit into a pocket or purse. The Luna has a 4.5" touchscreen which is a little smaller, but may be more convenient for some users. The screen appearance and resolution is good, but nothing fancy.

Samsung Galaxy Luna only comes with 8 GB memory, which for many, isn't enough if you plan to run a variety of apps, store music and photos, or keep other content. However, the Luna does support up to 128 GB external MicroSD card, which should allow users not to expand the internal memory, although we haven't fully tested this yet.

Finally, the front and rear cameras on the Luna are more of an afterthought. And while they do a reasonable job, they can't compete with most modern smartphones camera capabilities. If you only plan to use the camera for occasional photos in good lighting, then it should be fine. Otherwise, consider a phone with an improved camera.

That concludes the main drawbacks we noticed on the Samsung Galaxy Luna. It performs very well compared to many of Tracfone's other smartphones, but isn't going to keep up with smartphones like the Moto G4 or iPhone 5S (but they are twice the price).

Overview and Where to by the Samsung Galaxy Luna

The Luna is a small, but capable smartphone that is ideal for low to moderate smartphone users. But it has potential, with the ability to integrate the external storage, it could end up with the ability to store quite a lot via a MicroSD Card.

Compared to the LG Rebel, which also has a 4.5" touchscreen and retails for a similar price, we would choose the Samsung Galaxy Luna for the newer Android OS, more RAM and overall better value.

Compared to older smartphones like the LG Ultimate 2, LG Sunset, and Samsung Galaxy Stardust, we would also recce mend the Galaxy Luna simply because of the newer Operating System which has a number of performance and security updates.

The Samsung Galaxy Luna is available from several online retailers, and from retail stores like Target and WalMart.

Find the Samsung Galaxy Luna on eBay Bundled with airtime for $69
Find the Samsung Galaxy Luna on HSN bundled with airtime for $109
Find the Samsung Galaxy Luna at Target for $109
Find the Samusng Galaxy Luna at BestBuy for $109

There are also several Cases on Amazon available for the Luna.

View the Samsung Galalxy Luna Interactive Tutorial.

That concludes our review of the Samsung Galaxy Luna, we hope you have found it useful and let us know if we've missed anything, or if you have any questions.

If you're new to Tracfone, check out our Beginners Guide to Tracfone which provides details on how Tracfone prepaid service works, and some other helpful tips.

We've also created a Guide to Activating or Transferring service to a Tracfone Smartphone or BYOP device.

We will also be sharing details soon on the Samsung Galaxy Sky, a very similar phone with a 5" touchscreen also available through Tracfone.

Thanks for visiting!

November 8, 2016

Tracfone Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals 2016

Black Friday Cell Phone Deals for Tracfone and Unlocked Smartphones

Full list of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for 2016 on both Tracfone and unlocked smartphones you can bring to Tracfone. TracfoneReviewer will continue to update and add to this list as more deals become available!

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Tracfone Black Friday Sale 2016
Black Friday is the largest day for deals and discounts, and we are here to share all the best cell phone deals for Tracfone, as well as unlocked devices you can bring to Tracfone's BYOP program.

While not many of us like the crowds on Black Friday, we all do like getting a good deal, and for most of these deals, you can get them online so there is no need to get stuck in a crowd!

This Black Friday deals list includes both Tracfone cell phones that are on sale, and also phones that are unlocked, and can be used with Tracfone through their BYOP program. Tracfone allows consumers to bring their own phone, and more and more people are doing just that. Visit our Tracfone BYOP page to learn more about how this weeks, and what the requirements are for your phone.

We will be posting and updating the latest Black Friday ads and deals below throughout the month of November, and will also share Cyber Monday deals as we get closer to the end of the month.

If you're new to Tracfone, or a little confused about how it all works, our Beginners Guide to Tracfone is a great place to start and learn some of the basics. We have also created a Guide to Activating Smartphones with Tracfone if you're switching or activating a new phone.

We also just created a List of the Best Unlocked Smartphones to use with Tracfone BYOP so take a look if you're interested!

We can also use your help! Leave a comment with any deals you find that we missed and we will add it to the list, and be forever grateful!

Now let's take a look at these deals.

Tracfone Black Friday Deals List 2016

Below are all of the Black Friday deals for Tracfone. We will continue to add to this list and update it.

Tracfone - Visit Tracfone's Sale Page
Tracfone usually offers several phones at a discounted price for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Amazon - Visit Amazon's Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals
Amazon always has some of the best discounts, especially on unlocked phones, and below are some of the special deals on both Tracfone devices and unlocked smartphones
-Daily deals - These change often, and consist of a wide variety of items
-Unlocked Phones
We expect the Moto G4 and/or Moto G4 Play to be on sale from Amazon during Black Friday and Cyber Monday
-Tracfone cell phones- No Tracfone Black Friday deals from Amazon

WalMart - Visit WalMart's Black Friday page
Offering several Straight Talk phones, but nothing for Tracfone at this time.

Target - Visit Target's Black Friday page
Offering the Samsung Galaxy Luna at around $50 (50% - 65% off)

Kmart - Visit Kmart's Black Friday page
Offering the LG Rebel for $20 ($60 off)

BestBuy - Visit BestBuy's Black Friday page
Offering the LG Rebel for $20 ($60 off)
Offering the Unlocked Alcatel Pop 4 Plus for $50 ($100 off)
Offering the Unlocked ZTE Axon 7 Mini for $200 ($100 off)
Offering $120 off an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7

Newegg - View Newegg's Black November Deals page
Variety of unlocked smartphones on sale

Dollar General
No deals on Tracfone cell phones

eBay - Visit eBay's Black Friday page

HSN - Visit HSN's Tracfone page

QVC - Visit QVC's Tracfone page

That's our list of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for Tracfone. At this time, it doesn't have a whole lot of deals, but as we get closer to Black Friday we will add all the details. We hope these help you find the best deal on a new phone. If we've missed any deals, let us know in the comments.

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November 2, 2016

Tracfone Promo Codes for November 2016

Tracfone Promo Code List - November 2016

Below are the latest promo codes for November 2016. TracfoneReviewer strives to provide the most accurate codes, and be sure to check out some of the other valuable reviews and news we provide about Tracfone.

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Tracfone Promo Codes for November!
Each month Tracfone releases new promotional codes to get additional minutes for free. We find, track and post these codes for our readers to use and enjoy for free. We never require you to do anything to view the codes

Tracfone uses promotional codes as an incentive for their customers. To get the free minutes, simply use a promo code when purchasing or adding an airtime card to your phone. In most cases, the bonus time is also automatically added.

Some codes may only be used once, or are not available in every geographical location. Promo codes are not supposed to work on Android smartphones, but we've been getting reports that they may in fact work in some cases.

Tracfone has continued to release more and more smartphones to use with their prepaid network. We recently reviewed the ZTE Citrine and ZTE ZMAX 2.

You can also visit our BYOP page for details on bringing an unlocked phone to Tracfone, or our Cell Phone Reviews page for all our reviews.

Remember, each promo code is for a certain airtime card, but can also be used on cards of greater value. So if you have a 200 minute card, the code for a 60 minute card will also work.

Now, let's get to these coupon codes!

Tracfone Promo Codes - November 2016

Below are the latest codes that are valid and working for November 2016.

60 Minute Airtime Card use code 12745 for 60 bonus minutes

120 Minute Airtime Card enter 51574 to receive 20 free minutes (or try the code above)

200 Minute Airtime Card add 36796 or 30433 to get 40 additional minutes

450 Minute Airtime Card (no new codes - use any of the above codes)

1 Year/400 Minute Airtime Card use 12572 for 250 extra minutes

These are the promo codes for November. We hope you enjoy the free minutes! Remember, we also have many more code options on our main Tracfone Promo Code page.

Don't miss out on the latest list of Deals, Discounts and Sales including great BYOP phones. We also included details on some new phones Tracfone released.

To stay up to date, follow us on Facebook where we share each new post, as well as other tips, news and deals.

Finally, see our comparison of Regular airtime cards to the New Smartphone only codes - Which one is a good deal?

Thanks for visiting, and leave a comment with which code you tried and how it worked!