Tracfone Motorola GSM EX431g Review

The Tracfone Motorola EX431g is an entry level full QWERTY device for use with Tracfone. It offers the popular Triple Minutes for Life and retails for $39.99. Features rubberized buttons for that velvety feel we all love. This is a feature phone for those of use concerned with making/receiving calls and texting. While this is worthy of it's $39 price tag, we would steer you towards the Samsung s390g because it's got a superior feature set and is only $10 more than this phone.

Carrier Tracfone

Release Date May 2012

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Motorola EX431g Specifications

Motorola User Interface
Proprietary Tracfone UI

Phone Dimensions
4.02"x 2.47" x 0.52"

Phone Weight
4.29 OZ

Form Factor
Candy bar Full QWERTY

Screen Size:
2.2" Diagonal 1.35" x 1.78" actual dimensions

Carrier Technology:
GSM via AT&T or TMobile

Battery Life:
Up to 4hrs talk time, Up to 10 days stand by

Excellent Camera resolution:
2.0 MP

v 2.0

Charge and data cable port
Standard Micro USB

Headphone Jack
Standard iPod type size - 3.5mm

Maximum Micro SD card Support
Supports up to 16Gb support. micro SD card not included.

Motorola EX431g Features

GSM, compact design, Full QWERTY rubberized buttons,MP3 player, FM radio, good picture quality, video recording

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The Motorola EX431g is an entry level full qwerty device. The selling points here are the compact size, full rubberized keys and QWERTY design. The interface is the typical proprietary Tracfone that is used across all of their entry level devices. Keep in mind that this is a standard feature phone so there isn't a whole lot in terms of options here. This phone is for those who want an affordable device that lets us talk and text. The EX431g does a pretty good job of that.

Looking around the phone we find a pretty basic layout that's common on most of these devices. Just below the screen we have two soft keys bracketed by the Send and End keys. In the center, we have a select key surrounded by the directional navigation keys. Squarish, measuring about 1/4"x 1/4". The space bar is a shade under 1" and the keys are rounded and are raised off the face of the phone by perhaps 1/16". Overall, the keys are really easy to text with and the rubberized feel makes them easy to find and use.

Overall, this is a fairly basic device without any real thrills and frills to it.


Feature wise, there isn't a whole lot to write about. Remember that this is a $39 device so there isn't a ton of stuff to find. Of mention here are the 2mp camera with video recording, the FM radio and mp3 player. The phone does have a microSD port so you can use a memory card of up to 16gig. This means you can connect the phone to your computer and transfer files to and from the phone. Aside from that, there isn't a whole lot more to mention in the feature department.


Texting is the highlight of this phone, at least when it comes to the keys. They are easy to locate even when not looking and the rubberized feel makes them pleasant to press. Their size makes for easy texting even for those of us with sausage fingers. That said, the texting interface isn't the best because there are a whole lot of key presses involved for sending a text. You have to toggle between the message body, sender and subject by pressing the Options and a few other selections. It would have been much nicer had the phone had all the fields on one screen but that isn't the case.

Calling Area

The ex431g is GSM, as such you will be assigned either AT&T or TMobile so you will have excellent coverage whether you are home or roaming.

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Wrapping it Up

Our conclusion is that for the $39 you get a fairly good device. The main highlight here are the rubberized keys which in our opinion are the best in show on the Tracfone line up. The negative is the fact that the texting interface isn't very fast to use. For the money, we would opt for the Samsung S390g as it offers better features and has a better texting interface. The keys aren't as nice on that phone but that's fine considering the S390g has a much better feature set.