hutch48, 29 Apr 2015Operation rules are totally opaque. Whatever happened to menus? I totally question a phone sys... moreI'm not going to call someone St***** when they said it themselves. Each carrier has it's own method of accessing voice mail, but in general you can hold down the 1 key on the keypad and it will call the voice mail box. The voice mail box logo is even printed below the 1 key on the telephone keypad so how St**** can you be. It is not for me to say.
On my carrier (Wind Mobile (Canada)) I can not only hold down the 1 key to access my voice mail, my carrier allows me to text message a code and it will access the voice mail box as well.
Canadian guy, 27 Nov 2015since I've had this phone for about 8 months now.. I've noticed that the battery life time is ... moreYes but unlike the Sony, the Core's battery can be replaceable. I myself am using a 3rd party EB-L1L7LLU battery instead of the native EB-L1L7LLA battery. The two are basically the same and the EB-L1L7LLU is a lot cheaper than the EB-L1L7LLA. The LLU version was made for their Duos Core version of the phone which is has a dual SIM card capability and a 2200 mAh battery. The LLA version is for the Core LTE which is a single SIM card phone with a 2100 mAh battery.
The current average price of replacement (3rd party) LLA batteries is $20, while the LLU version averages $5 or less. And I can find higher mAh versions of the LLU (4600) than the LLA (2100) version of the battery. The mAh rating tells us how long the battery can last as it holds a bigger charge (mAh = milli-Amps per hour). Bigger charge = longer lasting battery.
hudson, 25 Dec 2015I power off the phone but it keeps turning back on by itself. Help!You are selecting power OFF from the power off menu when you press and hold the power button? Or are you simply tapping the power button once? Because tapping the power button puts the phone into standby which isn't the same as power off. You need to select the power off option in order for the phone to turn off, if you press any button while it is powering off you will cancel the operation.
Bobo, 15 Dec 2015How do I get this phont to connect to my windows 10 using file manager to move files.Change the setting, "What to do with the device", when it pops up on Windows 10 to choose the default action when the device is plugged in. But if file transfer is your only concern you can use an APP called, "Shareit", which was created by Lenovo for use with their tablets but I have it installed on my Lenovo tablet, Samsung Core phone and Windows 10 PC. Without a WiFi data service or a DATA plan I can move files between devices by using the WiFi Direct link.
I current move files from my tablet to my phone, my phone to Windows and from Windows back to the tablet all without turning on DATA Wifi though it will turn on WiFi, it will direct connect between the devices instead of actually using a data plan. It moves files at 54Mb/s lightning fast!!!
Anonymous, 26 Dec 2015Does it have any front camera?Yes, the front facing camera is a poor 768k quality camera (VGA), while the rear camera is only 5M (1280x720). While the overall spec's don't seem impressive the speed of the quadcore 1.2 Ghz is plenty fast with zero lag time.
Stormin5167, 16 Jan 2016I just bought 1 after my S3 was acting up &now I heard that samsung Isn't making these any... moreThey will still honor the warranty for phones with a one year warranty for original equipment owners. As for new phones, this model has been replaced by the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime which has a larger screen (5"), bigger back camera (8M) instead of the Core's 5M and front camera (5M) instead of the Core's 768k (VGA).
With the increase in megapixels of the back camera the video capture has been increased to 1920x1080 on the Grand Prime instead of the Core's 1280x720. The only other difference is the Core has an on-board 16Gb memory which can be expanded to 64Gb using microSD cards. The Grand Prime only has 8Gb on-board memory which can be expanded to 128Gb. And that it comes installed with Lollipop 5.0 whereas the Core comes with Ice Cream Sandwich 4.2.2 natively which can be upgraded to Kit-Kat 4.4.2.
But everything else internally is basically identical... same amount of RAM (1.5Gb), same screen resolution 540 x 960 pixels (@245 pixel density). They both even have mobile hot spot, which I find very useful for WiFi only tablets. and Bluetooth 4.0 which I use with my Bluetooth 4.1 Bluedio headphones!!!
I just bought 1 after my S3 was acting up &now I heard that samsung Isn't making these anymore. Does anyone know if this is True? & if so, how are we to get replacement parts or whatever etc? What if the phone starts acting up or just fails? I hardly use it & the battery in it goes down Fast. I bought this phone not quite 2 months ago. Thx guys
How do I get this phont to connect to my windows 10 using file manager to move files.
since I've had this phone for about 8 months now.. I've noticed that the battery life time is garbage. It lasts less than 24 hrs while my wife's Sony m2 will last days of her constant use and me i barely pick up the phone unless its to play CoC..
After 8 months i shouldn't be having to recharge at least once daily.
Bought this phone in early February of 2015 to replace my recently stolen/lost Galaxy S4.
I still use this phone and it works great. I have dropped it a handful of times and apart from one small scratch on the screen it has proven to be a seemingly quite durable phone. (I do not use a case)
The phone is fast although it occasionally lags a very small amount, it is hardly noticeable.
It has pretty decent battery life although after 9 months of use the battery has noticeably decreased. However it charges fairly quick.
In short, it is an excellent phone if you want a Galaxy but can not afford the S.
The FM Radio portion of this and any other phone listed under "Connection", isn't a feature to be used like an entertainment device for listening to music. If it actually had an FM Radio we could tune and listen to tunes, it would be listed under, "Features". The FM Radio means it can transmit and receive FM radio frequencies meaning it can possible cause and receive interference if held too close to an actual FM Radio.
Even in the manual the word, "Radio" is mentioned 15/14 times, but they all point to interference with the exception of one mention which mentions, "Swype Radio" which I am not entirely sure what they mean, as the phone does NOT have Swype (TM) built in anymore like it did when Android phones were running o/s: Gingerbread 2.5 as in a previous phone I had.
When that phone's o/s upgraded to 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Swype was removed and in Samsung phone's replaced with Samsung's version of Swype which I hated so I bought Swype from the Play store and have used it since. My previous phone was a dual-core 1.5 and I thought moving down to a quad-core 1.2 would be a slight decrease in speed, but boy was I wrong.
This phone is frikken amazing. It is faster and with it's double speed downloader option (both WiFi & data are turned on). Stuff that even on 4G that took a minute or two to download only takes mere seconds now.
The only few parts I hate about this phone are it doesn't have an, "Auto" feature under screen brightness which I solved by downloading the, "Power Toggles" APP, which not only gave me a software controlled, "Auto" screen brightness, it allows me to preset toggle brightness steps as well as many other one touch features.
In dim or dark environments, when waking up the phone while in screen lock mode, the screen only flashes on for 2 seconds then turns off again. In bright or lit environments it stays on up to 5 seconds before turning off.
While viewing photos in the gallery, the gallery sub menu doesn't stay on the screen as long as I would want especially if I want to delete/share/edit that photo. The sub menu drops down for less than one second in some cases and retracts as fast as it appeared so I have to tap or pull down several times to get it to stay long enough to hit the delete button.
The left button (Menu) has been changed from menu/sub menu into a task manager on first tap. To get the menu/sub menu we have to tap and hold now. Also tap and hold on this button in gallery mode to make the gallery sub menu to appear but it too also disappears after a split second.
Overall I am happy with this phone regardless of it's small annoyances. Biggest bonus was the included charger is now a 2.1A charger unlike previous chargers which were only 1.0A. It takes an hour or less to fully charge the phone.
No FM Radio in my SM-G386W with Telus... And with my searches all others SM-G386W doesn't have.
Am I wrong ?
Operation rules are totally opaque. Whatever happened to menus? I totally question a phone system where you have to go online to learn how to do the most basic things. I'm not stupid, but it took me weeks to find out how to listen to voice-mail messages.