Which Tracfone Device is the Best?
This a popular question here on TracfoneReviewer, and we will share with you which Tracfone smartphone is the best overall phone, as well as compare it to the other options available.
|Our Pick for the Best Tracfone Device|
Note – This post is a little outdated. Visit our List of the Best Tracfone Cell Phones (2017) for a more up to date list.
Tracfone has released many new phones over the last year for use on their wireless prepaid network. This includes mostly Android powered smartphones. And we’re expecting them to continue to release newer and better phones.
It is also possible to bring your own phone to Tracfone. This opens the door to many more devices, although it is still somewhat limited. Visit our Tracfone BYOP page for the full list of phones.
With all these different devices, sometimes we just want to know which one is the best phone to buy?
We are here to answer that question! We will cut to the chase and just tell you, and then explain why:
TracfoneReviewer’s pick for the best phone as of January 2015 is the LG Ultimate 2.
Before you jump to the comments section and post why it isn’t, we do want to say that the LG Ultimate 2 isn’t the best phone for everyone. It has certain features that make it the best phone for most people.
So we will compare the LG Ultimate 2 with several other phones, which may be better options for you, including the Alcatel Onetouch Icon Pop, Moto E, and Moto G and share why the Ultimate 2 wins overall.
LG Ultimate 2 Comparison
The LG Ultimate 2 has a lot of great features that put it well beyond many other Tracfone devices. But there are some other recent phones which have great features as well.
We will be quickly covering some of the other best phones currently available from Tracfone, and hopefully giving you a better idea about what each phone offers, and which one might be the best for you.
Let’s get started.
LG Ultimate 2 Vs Alcatel Onetouch Icon Pop
|Alcatel Onetouch Icon Pop|
The Alcatel Onetouch and Ultimate 2 were each released about the same time, in November 2014. They each offer a lot of great features, with several similarities like Android 4.4, 5MP rear camera with front camera (and autofocus), 1 GB RAM, WiFi, GPS, etc.
But there are also some key differences which we will go into now.
One of the most obvious differences when comparing these phones is the size difference. The LG Ultimate 2 has a 4.5″ screen while the Alcatel has a larger, 5″ screen. However, the Ultimate 2 has a higher pixel density, so images might look slightly better on the Ultimate 2.
For processing power, these two phones are fairly similar with the Ultimate 2 using a 1.2 Ghz Dual Core and the Alcatel using a 1.2 Ghz Quad Core. The extra cores on the Alcatel Onetouch help it keep up with the large screen, and increase its multitasking ability.
Now for a major difference that isn’t always clear. The Alcatel Onetouch comes with about 2 GB of usable memory on the phone to store apps and other information. The Ultimate 2 has closer to 5 GB of internal storage. Both phones also have external memory slots, but not all apps are transferable to external memory, and it is usually nice to have more space for storage.
So as you can see, both phones offer great features, but in our opinion the LG Ultimate 2 is the better phone overall. But if you want the largest screen, go with the Alcatel and you won’t be disappointed.
LG Ultimate 2 Vs Moto E
|Tracfone Moto E|
The Moto E was also released about the same time as the LG Ultimate 2 and shares some similar features like 1.2 Ghz Dual Core processor, 1 GB RAM, 5 MP camera, Android 4.4, WiFi, GPS, etc.
Yet it lacks some important features, like a front facing camera or autofocus.
The Moto E also has a smaller screen, at 4.3″, but with greater PPI.
The Ultimate 2 beats the Moto E on internal storage, with the Moto E only coming with around 2GB of usable space. Both phones have external SD card slots.
Where the Moto E does excel is in battery life and performance. It is a well made phone that can keep up with almost all modern apps and any other requirements, and easily last the full day on moderate to heavy use. The LG Ultimate 2 also does well performance and battery wise.
In the end, the Ultimate 2 wins because of the features the Moto E just doesn’t come with. Yet the Moto E is a great choice for those who don’t need to take selfies, and don’t need a lot of space for apps.
LG Ultimate 2 Vs Moto G
Well, the Moto G sounds familiar right? It should, because it is the big brother to the Moto E, and improves over that phone in many great ways that put it on par with the Ultimate 2, such as 5 MP rear camera and 1.3 font camera with autofocus, 1 GB RAM, Android 4.4, 4.5″ touchscreen, WiFi, GPS etc.
Before we get further, one major difference between these phones is that the Moto G only can be used with the Tracfone BYOP program, which means you have to find a phone that was previously used on Verizon, and then go through a process to activate it on Tracfone. For some, this has been an easy process, for others it has been much harder. The Ultimate 2, on the other hand, is activated normally with Tracfone, as you would any other Tracfone branded device.
Now for some more key differences. The Ultimate 2 comes with 6 GB of internal spaces, with over 4 GB of it usable. The Moto G has 8 GB, with over 6 GB usable. However, the Moto G does not have an external SD card slot, so no extra memory can be added.
The screens for both phones are the same size, but the Moto G has a much better screen quality and resolution, at 720×1280, with the Ultimate 2 using 800×480.
For processors, both phones have 1.2 Ghz, but the Moto G processor is Quad Core and the Ultimate 2 has only a Dual Core. The Moto G has a slightly newer processor and graphics, making it better at handling the latest apps.
Battery life for both phones is very good, but the Moto G has been crafted specifically with power saving in mind, leading to a full charge easily lasting two days with low to moderate use.
The Moto G beats the LG Ultimate 2 in many categories, yet we have a hard time giving it the top spot because it isn’t as easy to find and activate, which is a big factor.
In the end, the LG Ultimate 2 is close or even with the Moto G on many features, but is easier to use with Tracfone, and has the ability for extra memory. It’s a close call, but we choose the Ultimate 2.
If you’re looking for the best specs, go with the Moto G on Tracfone BYOP (and that post will help give you the information you need to make it happen).
Where to Buy the LG Ultimate 2
The LG Ultimate 2 is widely available on Amazon, eBay and other online retailers. The best deal is to buy it bundled with minutes, where you can often save $50 or more. Check out these deals:
LG Ultimate 2 with 1200 Minutes on eBay for $149/free shipping
We hope you found this comparison useful, and that it helped answer your questions. If you have more questions, or wish to share your opinions, use the comment section below.
For a complete list of all the smartphones available from Tracfone, visit our Android Tracfone List. You will also be able to compare key features from each of the phones to help you choose the best option that fits your needs.
Visit the Cell Phone Reviews page for an index of all our reviews and a great place to start when shopping for a phone.
Finally, we recently completed a Beginners Guide to Tracfone, which shares a lot of useful tips and information and may be helpful even if you’ve been with Tracfone for a long time.
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