Just Delivered: Samsung Galaxy Centura Android Smartphone (SCH-S738C)

Subject: Mobile | July 5, 2013 - 08:00 AM |
Tagged: smartphone, sch-s738c, Samsung, just delivered, galaxy centura, android 4.0.4

Just Delivered is a new section of PC Perspective where we share some of the goodies that pass through our labs that may or may not see a review, but are pretty cool none the less.

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I recently decided to move away from AT&T and try out a Straight Talk plan on the recommendation of friends. Moving to Straight Talk also meant getting a new phone though, because when I went to Straight Talk last month AT&T compatible SIM cards were still not available.

Long story short, I ended up getting the Samsung Galaxy Centura smart phone and Straight Talk's $45/month no-contract offering, which is around half of what I was paying AT&T! The phone itself cost $100.

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The Samsung Galaxy Centura is a smartphone that operates on Verizon's network and runs Android 4.0.4. Not the latest and greatest Android, but Samsung has not "blessed" the phone with its TouchWiz UI and it is a nice step up from the Samsung Infuse 4G's Android 2.3 OS that Samsung never bothered updating further (heh).

The Samsung Galaxy Centura is model number SCH-S738C (GP). It measures 4.44" (H) x 2.4" (W) x 0.45" (D) and weighs 4.4 ounces. The front of the phone features a 3.5" 262K TFT touchscreen with a resolution of 320 x 480. A small speaker grill and Tracfone logo sit at the top, while a Samsung logo and three capacitive buttons sit below the screen. The buttons are menu, home, and back. The front of the phone is black and surrounded by a glossy blue bezel that also matches the battery door.

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The back of the phone has another Samsung logo, a speaker grill, and a 3MP camera capable of shooting 3MP stills and 640 x 480 video. The back of the phone comes off and doubles as the battery door. Samsung has put several clips along the edges to hold it in place, and may actually be a bit too secure as it can be hard to get the door off.

A standard 3.5mm headphone jack is located along the top edge of the phone, a power button is located on the right side, and two volume buttons are located on the left edge. The bottom edge includes a micro-USB connector.

Internally, the Galaxy Centura features a Qualcomm MSM7625A SoC with a single core Snapdragon S1 processor (45nm, Cortex-A5) clocked at 800 Mhz, an Adreno 200 GPU, and a CDMA cellular radio. Additionally, the SoC is paired with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage (expandable via a microSD card under the battery door), and a decent 3.7V, 5.55 Wh, 1500 mAh battery. Other internal hardware includes an accelerometer, GPS, Bluetooth radio, and Wi-Fi radio. I am not as familiar with CDMA as GSM, but the Centura operates on Verizon's equivalent to AT&T's 3G network for data and vocie (though not at the same time). It is currently connected to Verizon's EVDO Rev. A:8 network. As far as network data speed, the fastest results I have been able to get, as measured by speedtest.net, are 1,276 kbps down and 487 kbps up.

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While it had no problems running Android games at decent frame rates, 3DMark mobile pushed it to its limits. It scored 536 in the Ice Storm benchmark and 281 in the Ice Storm Extreme benchmark, for example. Unfortunately, this 3DMark app was not available when I had the Infuse 4G so I am not able to offer up comparison results.

Now that the specifications and pricing is out of the way, I can talk a bit about first impressions. I have been using the smartphone for a couple of weeks now, and it is a fairly solid device, especially considering the price of the hardware (and the monthly plan is cheap too). It is noticeably slower at some tasks than my old Samsung Infuse, but that is to be expected with slower-clocked hardware. With that said, performance was actually much better than I expected it to be. The phone is able to run apps and games without issue, though when multi-tasking the game frame-rate starts to dip. Switching between applications (especially with a game running) is not as snappy as with my Infuse, but not terribly slow either. I'm not sure if it's the newer version of Android or not, but the software side of things seems to work well on this hardware.

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The physical smartphone is plastic, but it feels well built. Admittedly, I have dropped my new phone quite a few more times than I would have liked (heh), but it has held up really well. It has not yet gone plastic to concrete yet though. Dropping it on tile and carpet has not caused any issues, however. When holding the phone and using the touchscreen, there is no creaking of the battery door and it seems to stand up to pressure without problems. With that said, I do have one complaint about the physical hardware, and that is that when holding the phone in the landscape position, the end of the back cover next to the speaker grill gives too much and makes a creaking noise when pressed in (say, when playing a racing game). That is the only area that exhibits that issue, however. It is likely due to the fact that Samsung carved out a bit internally for the microSD card and speaker underneath the back cover on the phone itself whereas the rest of the phone's back cover fits snugly to the back of the phone.

Overall, I'm happy with the phone, it gets excellent signal where I live now and is a good Android (albeit 4.0.4) experience for only $100 for the hardware. If you are off contract right now and thinking about switching to one of the many MVNOs (and live in an area with good Verizon coverage), I'd recommend trying out the Samsung Galaxy Centura from what I've experienced thus far. It is not the latest or fastest hardware by far, but it has great price/performance.


July 5, 2013 | 08:39 AM - Posted by Tri Wahyudianto (not verified)

Hi Tim, if you doesn't satisfy with just android 4.0.4, i suggest u upgrade it using custom ROM to android 4.2.2. trust me it really worth it your time.

July 5, 2013 | 08:45 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

That's a good thought, I may give flashing a custom ROM a try at some point :).

July 19, 2013 | 10:15 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

i need up with my phone can yo help me pls

September 16, 2013 | 11:05 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I downloaded my personal email account onto my computer. I decided I don't want it on my phone. How do I remove it from my phone?

December 1, 2013 | 01:03 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

You can just remove the email account from the app to delete what is on your phone and stop it from syncing.

April 22, 2015 | 10:00 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I downloaded my personal email account onto my computer. Would like to remove or operate manual - how?

April 23, 2015 | 08:35 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Would like to remove my email from phone Samsung Smart Tracfone

August 21, 2014 | 08:36 AM - Posted by Helen (not verified)

How do I send and receive a text? I have a TracFone, does a text cost more in minutes than a phone call?

August 6, 2013 | 04:31 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Read ur comments at pcper.com. I am curious about flashing custom roms. this my first smartphone. Had it for three weeks. Thx

August 6, 2013 | 08:30 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Well, I have not yet flashed anything custom onto it so i can't speak to that experience yet :). 

January 9, 2014 | 05:30 AM - Posted by Toby Nixon (not verified)

I upgraded my last phone. It was highly successful. I will let you know. In the meantime, can you explain why not 4.1 in the first place?

August 25, 2013 | 08:22 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Any idea how to use voice search? Ive had this phone almost two months and this morning a voice search tool popped out of no where and as weirdly as it showed up it disappeared...

October 26, 2013 | 04:35 PM - Posted by Lynne (not verified)

Tap on message icon (for texting)then tap as if to send a text to a contact. A keyboard comes up and immediately to the right of the 123Sym key is a microphone symbol. If that symbol looks like a little gear, press and hold that gear symbol and it should pop up the microphone choice. Tap that to change it to microphone. But first of all, before all of this,on the lower left bring up system settings and go to Language and Input.Click a checkmark into Google voice typing. That turns on the feature and allows you to voice type on Google, emails, and any search bar on your phone by just touching the Microphone symbol and talking into the phone.

June 21, 2015 | 01:21 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

what about texting?

June 21, 2015 | 05:35 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Press and hold the keyboard settings key on the keyboard (the wheel looking icon in the lower left of the keyboard.) The microphone and setting icon will pop up. You can release the key and now hit the microphone icon. It will replace your settings icon.
To switch it back just hold the microphone icon and wait for the icons to appear again and select the settings icon. I know it seams odd but that's the trick.
Also you can press and hold the smiley face and all the other face options will pop up. You have to keep holding and drag your finger to the face icon you want and the button will change to that face.

October 18, 2013 | 03:48 PM - Posted by Jeff M (not verified)

I am going to buy the samsung sentura and U spoke of up grading. How do I do that?
Jeff M

September 29, 2013 | 05:34 PM - Posted by Ron (not verified)

So you can upgrade to a higher vs. of Android? How do you do that? I am getting my phone from Tracfone on Tuesday.
Thanks, Ron

November 11, 2013 | 07:39 AM - Posted by jeremy (not verified)

was wondering if u could give any advice on ur custom rom.rooted the phone just fine.tried area 51but nothing seems to stick.any advice or tips would be awesome.

February 23, 2014 | 11:22 AM - Posted by scottt (not verified)

How do I upgrade to the 4.2 u talkd bout

May 19, 2014 | 11:44 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

How do you turn on the group chat?

July 5, 2013 | 12:52 PM - Posted by Bill (not verified)

A great little review of something most reviewers skip right over in favor of the "cool" stuff. I'll also backup what Tri mentioned and say that you should look into custom roms of the Android 4.2.2 variety. Jelly Bean is noticeably snappier than ICS.

That being said, I'm kind of surprised at how low the specs are on that phone, even taking into consideration it's low price. My old Samsung Vibrant that was introduced 3 years ago had better specs. I now know why it brought so much money used!

I think for $200 more the Nexus 4 makes a very compelling argument for spending the additional money. However, if you're on a budget or just don't really care about having the the extra speed, or more importantly if you aren't one of those people that play every game on your phone, this little Galaxy Centura is a great option to have.

July 6, 2013 | 02:18 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

how does it do screenshots i did it once but can not remember how

July 6, 2013 | 03:37 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Umm, I'm not sure what the key combo is, I usually use an app that has a timer and such and sits in the notification area.

July 13, 2013 | 09:35 AM - Posted by Cal (not verified)

Use the down volume/power button combination

July 27, 2013 | 05:45 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

Ah, thanks for the tip!

May 19, 2014 | 12:17 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

My phone was scree shooting just fine but now it wont work at all, im stumped and cant figure this out! It updates regularly and just did yesterday. I tried turning it off and on but still nothing.

June 13, 2014 | 09:59 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

screen capture : powerbutton + down volume....(same time)

June 28, 2014 | 03:20 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Press the power button and the volume down at the same time until you hear the click/snap

June 28, 2014 | 03:20 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Press the power button and the volume down at the same time until you hear the click/snap

July 8, 2013 | 12:00 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

Hi everyone, just a quick update to note that refilling the plan by adding a new service card proved to be easier than expected. I called the number on the service plan card, entered the PIN on the keypad and that's all it took. No phone tree hell, in other words :).

I have not yet tried these features, but it is possible to add the cards online, purchase in bulk and save a couple of bucks, or add extra cards to a reserve.

July 11, 2013 | 12:24 AM - Posted by TomDent (not verified)

To do the online refill features, you have to make an account on mystraighttalk.com (which of course is free and really simple). I usually have my laptop with me most of the time and spend a lot of time on it, so it's easy just to go online, log in, and add air time (either by typing in the pin number off a purchased card or using a credit card on the site). I also use the reserve feature often and it's really come in handy since I started using Straight Talk a few years back. I recommend to anyone that is trying Straight Talk for the first time (or current customers who haven't done it yet) to go ahead and make an account online. It can make things more convenient at times.

October 26, 2013 | 04:38 PM - Posted by Lynne (not verified)

I made it even easier by setting up a charge monthly to my credit card. They charge your card once a month and it's hassle free. Love not having to worry about it. And I love this phone

August 1, 2013 | 11:21 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I have had Straight Talk for 3 years with no complaints. Adding minutes on line is a piece of cake!

November 17, 2013 | 02:29 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yes bulk is possible they have 3 month 6 month and 1 year cards and still at the same price as it would cost for them each month!

July 11, 2013 | 06:40 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I have had this phone for one month. And now my 3g is not working period. I just refilled it yesterday and thought that would work. I have done everything possible to get it to work and does not work.

What else can be done to get this to work. I cannot make phone calls and I am wasting money on something I am not able to use.

July 12, 2013 | 02:30 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

I have not run into this issue. You should find a way to call Straight Talk and see if its an issue on their end. What does your phone show on the Settings > Status screen? Is it connected to the network at all?

August 25, 2013 | 09:42 PM - Posted by Cathy (not verified)

Purchased the centura 3 weeks ago..returned it because I had no service in areas I used to with my old phone..The second centura same problem, spotty service, I have to shut down completely or remove the battery and then the 3 bars show up again, so I have to keep checking to see if I have service..
I do like this phone but what good is it if u can t send or receive calls..may go back to my old flip phone from str talk... Frustrated!

October 26, 2013 | 04:40 PM - Posted by Lynne (not verified)

They normally check to see if the service is available in your area. I've never had a problem, but when I first got this phone they checked to see if my zipcode was in the available area.

September 18, 2013 | 08:16 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Call *22890

November 23, 2013 | 07:32 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

First make sure you haven't accidentally disabled data. Data can be found in the settings menu. otherwise they sometimes take away your 3g if they feel you are abusing it. some reasons are; downloading copyrighted material that is pirated, using 3g to excess(they can slow your speed at 2Gigs and cut it off at 3, but often don't.), or using your mobile device as a hotspot.

December 11, 2013 | 12:00 AM - Posted by cedric (not verified)

use program number *22890

February 4, 2015 | 06:22 PM - Posted by Kimberly Prince (not verified)

I believe the update number is *2890# (I think you've an extra "2"?)hit SEND. "IF" either one works, you'll get a recorded message from Verizon saying: "you've successfully updated your phone".

July 14, 2013 | 03:30 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It sounds like u used up tour data plan

July 15, 2013 | 10:54 AM - Posted by kathie (not verified)

I have this phone and I can not figure out how to get it to speak/text
Instead of writing text.can anyone help me.

July 17, 2013 | 12:39 AM - Posted by Lynne (not verified)

First go to your settings and under language and input, make sure to check google voice typing. Then when you bring up your keyboard (as like to send a text) at the bottom of the keyboard, there is a 123Sym square and right next to it should be the mic symbol. If that isn't there, and instead there's a little gear symbal, press and hold that and the mic will pop up to allow you to change to the mic. Hope that helps

July 18, 2013 | 08:23 PM - Posted by Vivian (not verified)

Thanks Lynne. You helped me! I was getting frustrated trying to figure it out on my own. I was about to download the owners manual.

October 26, 2013 | 04:42 PM - Posted by Lynne (not verified)

lol that's 300 and some pages

August 18, 2013 | 03:42 PM - Posted by Carol (not verified)

Thank you for this tip. I love it!

October 29, 2013 | 04:34 PM - Posted by Linda (not verified)

Lynne- thank you for the instructions re: speaker text. I went through 2 phones because I couldn't find it (although my old phone had it) & customer service couldn't help me!! Overall, the phone is fine when it works but the customer service for this company is the absolute worst.

December 14, 2013 | 09:45 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I just got the same straight talk Galaxy Centura phone and I was reading this trying to figure out talk to text features as well, and my mic symbol is not there. I went under settings and Google Voice Typing is checked (it says automatic under it, and I've even tried unchecking, then checking again, turning the phone off and back on, etc.) But in my texts beside the 123sym is the cog button for settings. No Mic button to be found anywhere. Also, my "Continuous Input" option is greyed out and unable to be checked or unchecked at all. If this is not a feature of the phone I don't see why it would even be there in the first place, so I'm assuming I'm missing something.

One other thing, how do you use your own music/tones for ringtones and text tones? I do not have an SD card I just download them into my phone using Myxer.com and cannot figure out how to assign them to anything. Granted I've only had the phone for like 6 hours now but I have turned to the web for answers. Help please?

October 24, 2014 | 12:56 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Wow was this a HUGE pain in the @** ok first download any mp3 ringtone you want or have to use etc. Plug your Samsung Galaxy Centura into your computer using the provided usb cord. Ignore the pop up window when asked what you want to do. I'm using windows 7 so open the download or piece of music etc that you want to use as you ringtone with windows media player. In the top right corner of the screen that's playing your tone/song hover over the 3 little squares with the back arrow it says switch to library click it or the song will finish playing and then you can click go to library. Once in the main windows media player library screen on the right you will see your song/tone/mp3 in blue under unsaved list. Right click on your songs/tone/mp3 name and choose open file location. Once file location is open your song/tone/mp3 will be highlighted in blue. Now look to the left list you will see your phone, mine starts with SCH- go over and left click the little arrow to the left of the SCH (your phone) to expand your phones files. I have a microSD card in, so I have 2 expansions under my phone SD Card and USB storage, if your USB storage folder isnt already expanded, click USB storage now and a drop down will appear
mmsyscache
alarms
android
data
DCIM
download
MBSTGO
MBSTPH
movies
music
notifications
pictures
podcasts
ringtones

Finally left click you highlighted song/tone/mp3 hold it and drag it over to ringtones. If you want it for a personalized notification left click hold and drag it to notifications. Now look on your phone system settings click sound then phone ringtone. your ringtone should now be there, click on it hit ok to set and BAM!!! your done. Same for Notifications, if you drug your song to notifications go to settings, sound, notification and it's there. Hope this helps someone because I was ready to pull my hair out literally, why they make this so much harder and confusing than it has to be. Enjoy!!!!

December 14, 2013 | 09:46 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I just got the same straight talk Galaxy Centura phone and I was reading this trying to figure out talk to text features as well, and my mic symbol is not there. I went under settings and Google Voice Typing is checked (it says automatic under it, and I've even tried unchecking, then checking again, turning the phone off and back on, etc.) But in my texts beside the 123sym is the cog button for settings. No Mic button to be found anywhere. Also, my "Continuous Input" option is greyed out and unable to be checked or unchecked at all. If this is not a feature of the phone I don't see why it would even be there in the first place, so I'm assuming I'm missing something.

One other thing, how do you use your own music/tones for ringtones and text tones? I do not have an SD card I just download them into my phone using Myxer.com and cannot figure out how to assign them to anything. Granted I've only had the phone for like 6 hours now but I have turned to the web for answers. Help please?

December 14, 2013 | 09:47 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I just got the same straight talk Galaxy Centura phone and I was reading this trying to figure out talk to text features as well, and my mic symbol is not there. I went under settings and Google Voice Typing is checked (it says automatic under it, and I've even tried unchecking, then checking again, turning the phone off and back on, etc.) But in my texts beside the 123sym is the cog button for settings. No Mic button to be found anywhere. Also, my "Continuous Input" option is greyed out and unable to be checked or unchecked at all. If this is not a feature of the phone I don't see why it would even be there in the first place, so I'm assuming I'm missing something.

One other thing, how do you use your own music/tones for ringtones and text tones? I do not have an SD card I just download them into my phone using Myxer.com and cannot figure out how to assign them to anything. Granted I've only had the phone for like 6 hours now but I have turned to the web for answers. Help please?

November 19, 2014 | 09:01 PM - Posted by Tonya (not verified)

Thank you Lynne. I accidentally found out that I can speak rather than try to press these little keys on the keyboard. Didn't remember how to find it until I looked for help. Now I don't have to call TracFone.

July 17, 2013 | 12:43 AM - Posted by Lynne (not verified)

And of course, when you want to speak instead of type, you touch the mic symbal to start the mic each time

February 19, 2014 | 11:17 PM - Posted by Leon77 (not verified)

This phone is full of bugs and seems to be incomplete in many regards. I too cannot see a way to use the voice to text feature while writing a post or a text. There is no microphone icon on the keyboard on this phone.

July 16, 2013 | 08:06 AM - Posted by Sean (not verified)

To talk instead of text, go into the message and in the taskbar, or black bar with the notifications, and while your in a message you should see a keyboard up top, click on it and you can use it, but it usually messes up after a few times if using it and will fix after time but if theres an app i would rather use that instead because the voice is from google and you need 3G to use it

July 17, 2013 | 12:41 AM - Posted by Lynne (not verified)

the voice typing works great on this phone. One of my favorite features. Works on your emails, app searches etc

July 16, 2013 | 08:04 PM - Posted by Nikki (not verified)

Quick question does the phone support Sims Free Play?

July 18, 2013 | 09:10 AM - Posted by kelly (not verified)

I just got this phone and kinda hate it. I dont like the text feature where it trys to assume what you are texting and I end up spending way to long trying to send a text. I guess it is some kind of auto-spell feature. How can I turn it off? I dont need my phone helping me text, I can do it! Please help :(

July 19, 2013 | 07:37 AM - Posted by Blackwell2433 (not verified)

When you go to your text messaging, click on your "Type message" as if you are going to type a message. At the top left of the phone there will be a little keyboard icon, slide down from the top and you should see "Select Input Method." Click on it and now you will see "Google Voice Typing, "Samsung Keyboard" and "Configure Input Methods." Click on Configure Input Methods. Now click on on Samsung Keyboard and turn off "Predictive Text." Done.

October 26, 2013 | 04:54 PM - Posted by Lynne (not verified)

I hated that also. Spent more time trying to take out what it thought I wanted to say. System settings>language and Input. You'll see Under Default it says Google voice typing (which I have checked because I like to voice type alot) and under that, Samsung keyboard. To the right on the same line as samsung Keyboard, there are those funny little connector lines. Touch that and it will bring up keyboard settings. About half way down is Predictive text. If that is on, slide it off with your finger to the left. That turns it off. Hope that helps.

October 26, 2013 | 04:55 PM - Posted by Lynne (not verified)

I hated that also. Spent more time trying to take out what it thought I wanted to say. System settings>language and Input. You'll see Under Default it says Google voice typing (which I have checked because I like to voice type alot) and under that, Samsung keyboard. To the right on the same line as samsung Keyboard, there are those funny little connector lines. Touch that and it will bring up keyboard settings. About half way down is Predictive text. If that is on, slide it off with your finger to the left. That turns it off. Hope that helps.

October 26, 2013 | 04:55 PM - Posted by Lynne (not verified)

I hated that also. Spent more time trying to take out what it thought I wanted to say. System settings>language and Input. You'll see Under Default it says Google voice typing (which I have checked because I like to voice type alot) and under that, Samsung keyboard. To the right on the same line as samsung Keyboard, there are those funny little connector lines. Touch that and it will bring up keyboard settings. About half way down is Predictive text. If that is on, slide it off with your finger to the left. That turns it off. Hope that helps.

July 20, 2013 | 03:41 AM - Posted by Nikki (not verified)

Can someone tell me if this phone runs the ibotta app smoothly?
I want to get this phone but pretty much only if it runs this app..

September 16, 2013 | 11:45 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Does your phone get the ibotta app? Did you figure it out? If so, please let me know how. I am so frustrated about this myself.

July 20, 2013 | 02:42 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

does it have a memo pad

July 25, 2013 | 10:00 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I don't believe so, but you can download an app. I used Color
Note. You can get post-it style notes (either checklists or text.)

July 24, 2013 | 11:43 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Anyone else lose service randomly and it won't recover without turning it off and back on? It seems to happen most when texting and I lose texts.

August 20, 2013 | 02:23 AM - Posted by Steve (not verified)

Had that happen one time. It was while texting too. I got this phone in may.

December 7, 2013 | 07:37 PM - Posted by anonymous (not verified)

On my last smart phone i had a task manager where i could go and close open windows and also delete ram...does this phone do that also. Help please

December 7, 2013 | 07:37 PM - Posted by anonymous (not verified)

On my last smart phone i had a task manager where i could go and close open windows and also delete ram...does this phone do that also. Help please

December 7, 2013 | 07:39 PM - Posted by anonymous (not verified)

Can you help me find task manager on this phone

July 24, 2013 | 10:53 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I made a video and then some pictures afterwards. In order to get back to that video for viewing,I must go through every picture first. Is there a quicker way?

July 27, 2013 | 05:48 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

You could move the video(s) to a different album or use a media player like VLC to play videos instead of the gallery app. There does not seem to be a 'sort by type' option in Gallery, unfortunately.

July 25, 2013 | 12:18 PM - Posted by Judy (not verified)

down loaded ringtones, but cannot seem to be able to use them on the galaxy centura, any help?

August 1, 2013 | 06:57 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

download the ZEDGE app. lots of ringtones

August 13, 2013 | 12:39 AM - Posted by Lastblast (not verified)

I found that you need to convert the MP3 files into .OGG files in order for it to recognize them and use them for ring tones.. Not too hard once you figure out how to do it, just another feature that should have been on this phone like everyone else's but doesn't seem to exist.

Guess what I am saying is my wife's phone has no issues using MPG type files as ring tones, but I have to connect to a computer, dig into the file system on the phone, convert my MP3 files into .ogg files and insert them into the ringtone section on the phone...
I really am hating this phone more and more.....

September 3, 2013 | 12:56 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

how did you do it can you explain. i have tried and didnt get anywhere.

September 24, 2013 | 08:05 AM - Posted by eddie (not verified)

no you dont have to convert files. copy the file to the ringtones folder using xplore, or whatever file manager you use.

July 26, 2013 | 01:10 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Why does my samsung s738c show a yellow triangle, as if it is the wrong batter when I try to charge it? I have the correct battery. I even ordered a new one to be sure. Won't charge.

?

July 27, 2013 | 05:50 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

Hmm have you tried a different charger? Since you've tried a second battery, it suggests that it might be a hardware issue with the phone itself. Hopefully it is still under warranty.

July 26, 2013 | 04:50 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Do you know if this Galaxy phone can be hooked up to the Bluetooth in a new Prius????

July 27, 2013 | 05:50 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

The phone does have a Bluetooth radio, so it should be possible.

October 26, 2013 | 04:59 PM - Posted by Lynne (not verified)

Yes, I have it paired with my new Elantra

December 5, 2013 | 11:12 AM - Posted by Bill (not verified)

Yes, you can hook up to your Prius Bluetooth with no problem.

December 5, 2013 | 11:14 AM - Posted by Bill (not verified)

Yes, it works fine with a Prius Bluetooth.

July 29, 2013 | 10:17 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

So if I wanted to upgrade the Samsung Galaxy Centura to a later version of Android where do I locate the upgrade and how do you install? Please provide a link. Thanks

July 31, 2013 | 05:04 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

i have this phone, not even a month and im having probs with it erasing my contacts, anyone else have this prob? i put the names in and a day or so later they r gone... i put an sd card in it too

July 31, 2013 | 05:05 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

i cant sync my phone to my ford truck, it has bluetooth so im confussed?

August 1, 2013 | 09:06 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

please give us the answer about upgrading the Android version on the Centura. I will use this info to decide whether or not to buy this phone.

August 3, 2013 | 01:40 PM - Posted by Lastblast (not verified)

I purchased this phone 2 months ago and have been pretty frustrated with it. I realize you get what you pay for but some of the issues I have had compared to my wifes Huawei Ascend Plus drive us both crazy.
First off, why didn't they install a file manager.
2nd, google seems to have made it to were you cannot shut off their apps. I was trying to figure out why my phones battery was going dead in 3 hours on standby mode and tried to shut apps off and found out you cannot do any thing with stuff that has to do with google.

I am still having issues with the battery draining down on stand by but it seems to be specific to where I am at the time. even though it shows full bars on 3g the phone will lose 25 percent of its battery just in standby mode unused.

All in all I really hate this phone, but I love straight talk... that is unless you have to call their support center, good luck with that one..

August 6, 2013 | 08:36 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Yeah, I was a bit perplexed as well when trying to get at files, not sure why Samsung did not include one. I have been using an app from the Play Store called "File Manager" by Rhythm Software for the few times I need one and it works well.

Hmm as far as battery, one thing you might check is what apps you allow to use background data services. I usually keep my screen brightness around the halfway mark with Wi-Fi on but BT and GPS disabled and see pretty good battery life.

Hope it helps.

August 6, 2013 | 11:00 PM - Posted by lastblast (not verified)

Hmm, well, I have no idea what was causing the drain, I had already did what you suggested and was trying to figure out how to shut off all the Google apps that were running. I then ended up shutting off the sound to the phone and the next thing you know I got battery life again. But then I had no alert if I got a text or phone call. And then all of a sudden a day later after running the phone on quite mode I decided to test it again and turn the sound back on. Now all of a sudden everything is ok.
It’s the most quirky piece of crap I have ever dealt with. They make everything so difficult to work around, and what baffles me it’s the same Android operating system as my wife’s Huawei Ascend Plus but yet lacks all the things that makes hers so easy to use. This phone has come close to going out a window on multiple occasions.
Like I said, Same Android OS yet a totally different phone, doesn’t make sense… Shame on you Samsung because I bought you because of your Name, otherwise I would have bought the Huawei Ascend Plus.
I had mentioned something about Samsung not even including a file manager on their review site and they refused to publish my review…
I had a old Nokia E71 that was smarter than this so called Smart phone.
For $100 I guess I got what I paid for, btw, I have been with Straigh talk for almost 3 years, love them but not their cust support center.

April 28, 2015 | 10:01 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I use aapp called 2x battery it helps alot but it will drain the more you use your phone with the 2x battery I only have to charge the phone once every 24h in standby mode more often if I use the Phone

August 3, 2013 | 07:28 PM - Posted by Wendy (not verified)

I hate my Samsung galaxy centura, the time resets itself ay least 3 times a day, it does not have EST in the menu, I cant use my personalized ringtones I have downloaded, they are there but cant be used. and I cannot find Contact list or phone log.

August 6, 2013 | 04:24 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Contacts are listed under the menu listed as "people" on my screen it is beside the play store (factory settings) phone log is under the call screen look at the top menus .... Swipe screen to the left :)

September 17, 2013 | 09:59 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I had this issue until someone told me to change the Calendar out of australian time to Central (where I live). No more crazy times switches every few hours. (keeping fingers crossed!)

August 12, 2013 | 10:06 PM - Posted by Colin (not verified)

This phone has an SD card slot but appears to be unable to move apps to it. I've had a similar problem with a Samsung Galaxy tablet. this makes no sense but I've tried a lot of different ideas and had two different IT guys look at the situation and still no solution, except that the phone just won't do it.

August 13, 2013 | 04:24 PM - Posted by Dave (not verified)

Anybody know how to sync Facebook contacts? I can't find the option anywhere on the phone or app. Didn't have that problem with my LG.

August 15, 2013 | 10:36 PM - Posted by karen (not verified)

I have had this phone for a couple days now and find that I am not receiving all calls and texts...I talk to people saying "I tried to call or text you" and I got NOTHING. Can I call the company and have them fix this or did I just get a BUM phone?

August 16, 2013 | 12:13 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Well, initially this was a good phone. Worked well, had some great apps and features, but now I'm starting to dislike it on a massive scale.

Now it continuously claims that I have no memory left on the internal drive when I try to send a text to someone. However, in the phone's system, under status and storage and all of the categories, I see nothing that could be interfering with my texting. My phone storage says that I have a bit over a hundred Mb free, and I even have a 16 Gb SD card too!

Does anybody have any idea why I cannot text and why this problem with the 'memory' capacity is happening? I already tried contacting StraightTalk directly, but they were no help at all.

I'd rather not have to contact them again, because I know if I do, I'll probably end up in an argument with the rep. about their service and support.

Seriously, I need help. I'm not looking forward to having to buy another phone and have wasted my money on this one.

August 17, 2013 | 11:44 PM - Posted by Lastblast (not verified)

From my experience on other phones your phone storage of 100 megs seems a little low. And from past experince I had some of my biggest issues with no phone memory. That being said is there anyway you can free up its memory by moving apps and saving text on your memory card?
I have the same phone as you but have not run into this problem yet, but that is how I would approach it when it happens to me. Free up your phone memory, start moving and deleting things.
Worse case a factory reset would free it up, but make sure you have what you need backed up.

August 16, 2013 | 06:37 PM - Posted by Lnida (not verified)

the outer volume is not working I cant here it ring I have check volume it is not on silent it just vibrates had anyone had this problem and how did you fix it

January 18, 2014 | 01:25 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I am having the same problem now. Did you ever figure out what the problem is??? If so, how did you fix it?

August 19, 2013 | 04:34 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

To anyone else who has the Samsung Centura, does it have a flash? I have taken pictures with my Centura but I cannot find a flash function on the phone. Does one exist and if so where do I find it?

August 22, 2013 | 12:57 AM - Posted by Ryanps7 (not verified)

Sorry to tell you this.
It does not have a flash at all.

August 22, 2013 | 12:49 AM - Posted by Ryanps7 (not verified)

.I hate that you can move apps to the .sd card .
Has anyone found a way to do it. I know the s4 had the same problem .

So Samsung gave it a new ROM in an update but I ind on the on the Centura
Yet.
di did not eve the mode on their website. When I talk to customer service they could not even find the model in their system. Pretty sad considering its been out for a few months now

August 22, 2013 | 12:54 AM - Posted by Ryanps7 (not verified)

And to answer ? Right before from August 19th.. no it does not have a flash.

September 1, 2013 | 07:43 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

How do you replace the usb port where you plug the charger in

September 1, 2013 | 09:39 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I just bought one of the StraightTalk Samsung Centura s738V. This is my first smart phone, but the kids have had them for a few years with different carriers. I am wondering if anyone has figured out why the time changes and backs up. Mine seems to go back 6 hours from my Central time zone back to GMT. It has done it 3 times in 24 hours. Last time I looked, the time zone was grayed out because I have it set to auto update, but it was showing Mountain time zone there. This is my first Verizon and maybe I am not really using their towers? I haven't been able to isolate when it does it, but I am using my home Wi-Fi and time and time zone are both on auto update. This phone is useless if you can't trust the time. I am ok with hacking and trying things since I am still under my 15 days to take it back and I didn't port my number to it.

Android ver. 4.0.4
Bandbase ver. S738CWYMC1
Kernel ver. 3.0.8-1207620
build number. IMM76D.S738CWYAMC1

Any thoughts?

September 17, 2013 | 10:02 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Was told it was in the Calendar--change it out of australian time.

February 4, 2015 | 06:32 PM - Posted by Kimberly Prince (not verified)

I too had same prob. I'm trying to rmbr exactly it wasn't just chk'g if your time zone but, in initial Samsung settings I had to check off a box about it setting with my network. If someone else can elaborate how to get to that section. I chkd my time zone&it was still nvr right time. Til I remembered being asked somewhere from the start, if I wanted my carrier to keep the time. Meaning over WIFI updates.

September 6, 2013 | 10:34 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

i just purchase this phone last night and cannot make calls. Keep getting the Verizon message saying call has to be completed with credit card, etc. What to I need to do to correct this problem.

September 6, 2013 | 02:30 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Dial *22890 to activate your phone.

September 6, 2013 | 07:42 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I have full scale of 3G on my Samsung Centura at home if go somewhere without service and come home, I have to restart my phone to get service again. Sometimes I am restarting several times a day. Is there any fix for this?

September 8, 2013 | 04:51 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Can you play temple run on it or subway surfers?

September 10, 2013 | 08:15 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I love this phone and the plan, though in the last week or two have had it jump back 6 hours at random and as I use my phone as my alarm clock it has let me down a couple times. Have you run into this and if so have you found a remedy??

September 13, 2013 | 07:23 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

can u play temple run

September 13, 2013 | 11:33 AM - Posted by Mickey (not verified)

I cannot get internet service in places i have had it before?? Help!! It says "No Internet connection" I can only get it when i am at home and have WiFi. This is My first App phone and only had this one a month so i am a rooky and complete dummy so any help on this would be greatly appreciate :)

January 12, 2014 | 10:10 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

im having the same issue

March 25, 2014 | 12:12 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I am having the same problem. I cannot access Facebook if I'm not on wifi. I tried turning off the Wi-Fi. I bought this phone so I could access the internet. Tracfone needs to respond.

March 25, 2014 | 12:13 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I am having the same problem. I cannot access Facebook if I'm not on wifi. I tried turning off the Wi-Fi. I bought this phone so I could access the internet. Tracfone needs to respond.

September 14, 2013 | 02:20 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

wat kind of games can u play on it

September 15, 2013 | 05:06 PM - Posted by bvmaltese (not verified)

Does anyone know of an App to combine contacts/peoples information such a phone number, address, email, etc...
I know I can do one at a time but I have hundreds of contacts that are now listed 3-5 times each. I have a Samsung sch-s738C Android 4.0.4.

September 16, 2013 | 11:11 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

How do I remove my personal email account from my phone?

September 19, 2013 | 10:20 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

this phone from straight talk has issues with memory. the sd card can only camera storage cannot use app 2 sd. update jelly bean 4.2 fixes issue

December 30, 2013 | 01:42 AM - Posted by Joylinn

How do I update jellybean 4.2 onto my internal phone?

September 20, 2013 | 04:50 PM - Posted by meinhare (not verified)

Hello, I was wondering if you could comment on GPS. Does it use data, or is it independent? I have a motorola xoom tablet in which the GPS is independent, no wireless or 3G signal is needed. not sure how this works, but wondering if this phone operates in a similar way.

Thanks for your feedback

December 1, 2013 | 01:08 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

You can use the GPS without using data, though you can also supplement it by allowing the phone to triangulate using cell towers.

September 21, 2013 | 07:56 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

what do I use too update to 4.3 and where do I get the update from?

September 21, 2013 | 02:44 PM - Posted by Janet (not verified)

just got this new phone, samsung galaxy cen tura...I want to send a text message but all this words keep poping up. how do I turn it off or make it type want I want it to say example 'this' comes out as 'these'. no mention in my manual how to change it. on my old phone I had it and it gave me choices but not this one.
frustrated

September 22, 2013 | 11:08 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I dont have a galaxy yet, but this sounds like a spell check or the correcter is on.

July 21, 2014 | 02:14 AM - Posted by you can call me V (not verified)

Idk if u have figured it out yet but on the keyboard there is a little button by the space bar that looks like the settings button. Click it. Just turn off predictive text.

July 21, 2014 | 02:15 AM - Posted by you can call me V (not verified)

Idk if u have figured it out yet but on the keyboard there is a little button by the space bar that looks like the settings button. Click it. Just turn off predictive text.

July 21, 2014 | 02:17 AM - Posted by you can call me V (not verified)

Idk if u have figured it out yet but on the keyboard there is a little button by the space bar that looks like the settings button. Click it. Just turn off predictive text.

September 21, 2013 | 05:24 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Can the OS be upgraded as suggested in an earlier post? If so, how?

September 22, 2013 | 01:20 AM - Posted by shannon (not verified)

I am wanting or needing to convert this phone to apk format.aLSO IS THERE firewall or some kind of blocker in there. Unfortunately I am using this phone to "monitor". I am being to I need to convert to the apak as it does not support .jar extensions?..all greek to me.I am new to all this "smart phone" business, but need help please

September 23, 2013 | 10:22 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I ordered this phone from HSn and TracFone
I wanted to know from those who own own now.
What functions does the Google Voice work with?
What all can be done using it?
Thanks everyone...

September 23, 2013 | 10:23 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I wanted to say also that Etsy and Ebay have nice cases for this phone

October 8, 2013 | 07:06 PM - Posted by Pollack john (not verified)

I went the HSN TRACFONE route myself. I think the smart phone is great ..... it's as smart as the user. It takes awhile to learn all the different features, but once you learn them it's a great phone. I'm sure they will soon publish smart phones for dummies, if there isn't one already out there somewhere. It can do pretty much anything that a tablet can do.

October 8, 2013 | 07:07 PM - Posted by Pollack john (not verified)

I went the HSN TRACFONE route myself. I think the smart phone is great ..... it's as smart as the user. It takes awhile to learn all the different features, but once you learn them it's a great phone. I'm sure they will soon publish smart phones for dummies, if there isn't one already out there somewhere. It can do pretty much anything that a tablet can do.

October 9, 2013 | 04:36 PM - Posted by Pollack john (not verified)

I went the HSN TRACFONE route myself. I think the smart phone is great ..... it's as smart as the user. It takes awhile to learn all the different features, but once you learn them it's a great phone. I'm sure they will soon publish smart phones for dummies, if there isn't one already out there somewhere. It can do pretty much anything that a tablet can do.

September 23, 2013 | 10:24 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I also found nice cases on Etsy and Ebay for this phone

September 23, 2013 | 11:06 PM - Posted by Cole (not verified)

Can you show the battery percentage?

September 26, 2013 | 08:33 PM - Posted by shannon (not verified)

I am trying to get apk files to open on this phone. I was told to dowload Java but it keeps feezing out. These files were turned into apk from .tar and .jar. I got them turned into apk but they wont open. I am using this application to monitor.Any advice please.

September 26, 2013 | 10:09 PM - Posted by Betty (not verified)

Phone on emergency call won't go off I turned the phone off waited still the same??need help

December 2, 2013 | 09:03 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Usually you get this through accidental handling. If you have screen lock on and you hit the power button it brings up the keypad (for your pin) - below the keypad is the emergency call button, which allows you to make that call without entering your pin. I got the same thing and just entered my password I set up to lock my phone and it got me off the emergency message and gave me my home page back.

February 8, 2014 | 07:56 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You are a lifesave my friend. thank you. Tracfone did not that. Had me open a problem ticket. Thank you again.

February 8, 2014 | 08:07 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You are a lifesave my friend. thank you. Tracfone did not that. Had me open a problem ticket. Thank you again.

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