June 4, 2020

Samsung Galaxy A20 (S205DL) Tracfone Review

Tracfone Samsung Galaxy A20 (S205DL) Specs and Review

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Tracfone Samsung Galaxy A20 Review
Tracfone Samsung Galaxy A20

Featuring a 6.4" touchscreen, Octa-core processor, 32 GB storage and much more, the Samsung Galaxy A20 is a feature packed phone with great capabilities and one many users are looking forward to.

Newly released for Tracfone in June 2020, the Galaxy A20 is the big brother to the A10e which is already available. These two phones from Samsung share a number of the same features including octa-core processor, Android 9 Pie, and internal storage of 32 GB. But the A20 has a much larger screen, 4,000 mAh battery and 3 GB RAM. 

Tracfone offers a variety of different phones from top manufacturers and it has been some time since Tracfone released their last Samsung device (other than the A10e), the Galaxy J7 Crown. One of the big changes in the new Galaxy device is the increase in storage from 16 GB to 32 GB which will make many users very happy to see.

A number of new phones have been released by Tracfone over the last few months, including the Moto G7 Optimo MAXX, and you can keep up with all the new phones in our Latest List of Tracfone Smartphones.

Let's take a look at the pro's and con's for the new Galaxy A20:

Samsung Galaxy A20 Quick Facts:

What we Like:
-32GB Storage
-large 6.4" screen with HD display
-Android 9.0 Pie (with update to Android 10)
-Dual rear facing cameras

What we Don't Like:
-Low resolution screen

While the A20 is a little expensive for some, it does bring a number of great features together in one device, including several many users were disappointed not to see in the Galaxy A10e. 

Will it all be worth the price tag? Time for the full list of features on specs on the S205DL A20.

Tracfone Samsung Galaxy A20 Features and Specs

Below are the features followed by the technical specs
  • Android 9.0 Pie (With update to Android 10)
  • 4G LTE (Verizon)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Alarm Clock
  • GPS
  • MP3 Player
  • Standard 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • Hearing Aid Compatible
  • Access to over 1 Million Apps on Google Play
  • Voicemail, Caller ID, Call Waiting
  • USB Charger
  • Compatible with Samsung Gear Smartwatches
  • Facial recognition for unlocking
Samsung Galaxy A20 Technical Specs
Size: 6.23" x 2.93" x 0.31" in (5.96 oz)
Camera: 13 MP Rear Camera with 5 MP Ultra-wide and 8 MP Front Camera with LED Flash, Autofocus
Screen: 6.4" HD Super AMOLED Infinity display (720x1560 resolution)
Processor: Octa-core (2x1.6 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6x1.35 GHz Cortex-A53)
Memory: 3 GB
Storage: 32 GB internal storage, supports up to 512 GB MicroSD Card
Battery: 4,000 mAh battery (non-removable) with talk time up to 28.8 hrs, standby 17 days

Many consumers are familiar with the Samsung brand as they are a global manufacture and the largest consumer electronics maker (by revenue) in the world. They are based in South Korea and have a broad lineup of smartphones with their high end device, the Samsung Galaxy S10, a contender for one of the best phones in the world.

The Galaxy A20 does get some of the classic design elements of Samsung phones with a familiar layout for the charging and headphone ports and it also features an edge-to-edge Infinity Display.

Now let's get into the details with our review of the A20.

Samsung Galaxy A20 Review (S205DL)

The display is a large, 6.4" screen with edge-to-edge coverage and just a very small bezel at the top and bottom of the phone. It has a resolution of 1560x720 with a screen ratio at 19.5:9 and pixel density of 268. While the pixel density is not as good as many of Tracfone's other smartphones, it isn't that noticeable and the screen is actually very bright and clear, thanks to the Super AMOLED Infinity display which also gives it some great viewing angles. 

This phone follows the current trend of making smartphones with a larger screen but only really increasing how tall the device is to allow users to still grip the phone comfortably.

The A20 has one of the largest screen sizes available from Tracfone and is a great option for those who enjoy watching lots of videos or other media on their phone.

Samsung Galaxy A20 Review and Specs
Tracfone Samsung Galaxy A20 (S205DL) Review

Internal Specs - Processor, RAM and Storage

Featuring an Octa-core processor, 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage, the Galaxy A20 is one of only a few smartphones currently available from Tracfone with these specs. The Moto G7 Optimo MAXX being one of the other options.

The internal storage of 32 GB gives consumers about 21 GB usable space after the OS and other apps that come pre-installed. The A20 will also accept a microSD card up to 512 GB.

Many users will be happy to see the 3 GB RAM that come with the Galaxy A20 which help it with multitasking and gaming.

And finally, the Octa-core (2x1.6 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6x1.35 GHz Cortex-A53) processor performs most tasks very well and keeps up with the majority of apps and games without any problems.

The Galaxy A20 features dual rear cameras with a 13 MP main camera and 5 MP wide angle with AF, LED flash, panorama and HDR. On the front is an 8 MP camera for selfies. The cameras perform well, but are not up to the same quality as higher-end devices. For a phone with an impressive camera and a reasonable price, consider the Pixel 3a.

Video with 1080p@30fps is available from both the front and rear cameras.

Battery life for the A20 is good with a 4,000 mAh non-removable battery. Most users will get a full day of use out of the phone and some low to moderate use will lead to two days of battery. Fast charging allows this phone to be fully charged in just 2 hours.

Android OS
The Galaxy A20 comes with Samsung One UI which adds a unique look and feel on top of the Android 9.0 Pie operating system. Some of the unique features you get include optional theme and icon packs from Samsung.

Android Pie comes with a number of new features and improvements over previous versions including gesture navigation, app usage statistics and time limits, and adaptive battery for improved performance.

Users are reporting the Galaxay A20 also gets an automatic update to Android 10.

Tracfone has now also released the Samsung Galaxy A01, which comes with Android 10. Take a look to learn more.

Check out the Best Apps for Android Phones.

Samsung has given the A20 a sleek and polished look that makes it appear much more expensive than it is and follows a number of design trends from the more expensive Samsung Galaxy S10. The back of the phone is made from plastic but looks very good. On the right side of the phone are the traditional volume and power buttons with the 3.5mm headphone jack and USB Type C on the bottom.

The bezels on the touchscreen are kept to a minimum with just a bit of space at the bottom of the phone and the overall design is clean and simple. We have a fingerprint sensor on the back, and the phone has facial recognition software for unlocking.

With a number of great features and strong performance, the Galaxy A20 will be a popular choice from many Tracfone users and especially those who enjoy a lot of videos or other media on their phone. 

The devices large size and weight might make it less desirable as a backup or emergency device. 

Comparison - Galaxy A20 vs A10e vs Moto G7 Optimo MAXX

The Galaxy A20 shares a number of similarities with the Galaxy A10e including the processor, storage, and operating system. But the A20 comes with the larger screen, more RAM and dual rear cameras.

The A20 offers a little more for the price compared to the A10e, but be aware of the larger form factor.

The Moto G7 Optimo MAXX is the closest competitor to the A20. The MAXX has a smaller, 6.2" screen, but comes with the same RAM, storage, Android OS, and fingerprint sensor. The Optimo MAXX also has a larger, 5,000 mAh battery and is less expensive, but only has a single rear camera.

Both are very comparable phones, but with the lower price compared to the A20, the Moto G7 Optimo Maxx may just edge out the Samsung device for many users.

Where to Buy the Samsung Galaxy A20

The A20 is currently available from a third party online retailer. We will update as more sources become available.

Learn more about this device with the A20 device tutorials and user manual.

This concludes our review of the Galaxy A20, we hope you found it useful! Leave a comment below with any thoughts or questions.

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Anonymous said...

DL model phones work with all tower carriers. Plus lots of the new Verizon based Tracfone phones does not have CDMA.

utahman1971 said...

Only reason those Tracfone phones directly from them sucks, is that they don't update their OS, and they lock them only one side of carriers only. No more buying directly from Tracfone for me. I bought mine, A20 Factory Unlocked at Best Buy. Uses CDMA and GSM networks. I am using it on Tracfone right now. All I did was take my S7 Edge sim from Tracfone and popped it in, and worked as soon as phone was turned on. Carrier phones are way too limited to use anymore. Plus, you get no OS updates to major update to next OS either. I get that on the factory unlocked phone. Two major updates. Android 10 and 11. Have not got 10 yet but hopefully soon but better than being stuck on Android 9 Pie the whole time.