Tracfone LG505C With Full QWERTY and Touchscreen

The Tracfone LG505c is the first and only CDMA full QWERTY device available from Tracfone. What does this mean to you? Well, for starters, if you live in a CDMA only coverage area or if you have better CDMA coverage than GSM you can finally have a decent phone and save cash at the same time with Tracfone. It does not have all of the features we would like to see on a phone at this price but it's still a good enough device that we can honestly say is worth the purchase price.

Carrier Tracfone

Release Date May 2012

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LG 505c Specifications

Brand
LG User Interface
Proprietary Tracfone UI

Phone Dimensions
4.05"x 2.03" x 0.68"

Phone Weight
4.29 OZ

Form Factor
Landscape Slider with Full QWERTY and Touchscreen

Screen Size and Resolution:
2.75" Diagonal 1.45" x 2.40" actual dimensions

Carrier Technology:
CDMA via Sprint or Verizon

Battery Life:
Up to 3hrs talk time, Up to 10 days stand by

Signal:
Excellent Camera resolution:
1.3 MP

Bluetooth
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 8Gb support. micro SD card not included.

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LG505c Features

CDMA, compact design, Sliding QWERTY with Touchscreen, good web browsing, built in mp3 player, excellent picture quality, excellent texting interface and capabilities

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What's Included


What's included
  • LG 505c
  • Charger Plug
  • Battery
  • Battery Cover
  • Manuals

Comments

At first glance, it's hard to believe that this phone actually has a sliding keyboard because it is so compact. In fact, it's probably one of the smaller phones offered up my Tracfone. Looking at it from the side, it finally becomes obvious that it does indeed have the sliding QWERTY as it is a little thicker than the non QWERTY models. That said, the thickness not offensive by any means.



Now for a phone tour. The LG505c is not flashy by any means. It is a rather low key device as there are no decorative trims of any kind. The layout is pretty straight forward with the send/end and multi function round button just below the screen. On the top edge, we find the 3.5mm ipod type headphone jack, on the right we have a screen lock button, the microSD card slot and camera. On the left, you have the volume buttons and charge port. Sliding the keyboard out, we see a standard 4 row key layout. The keys are made of a hard plastic and are backlit white. The keys are of the rectangular, measuring about 1/4" by a little over 1/8". The only negative here is the space bar as it measures just about 1/2".

Overall, as we mentioned, the layout is very straight forward. There's nothing flashy here just a functional layout that's very user friendly.

Features

Feature wise, the standouts are the web browser, mp3 player and digital camera. We mention the browser because unlike Tracfones of yesteryear, this one actually has a quite functional browser which launches to a Tracfone gateway page. There are links to Facebook and a few other things keeping the need to type down to a minimum. Please don't get us wrong because this isn't a the best browsing phone in the world, but it certainly does the job a whole lot better than previous phones. Also keep in mind that the phone does eat minutes when browsing so you probably want to keep that to a minimum, perhaps a peek at your Facebook here and there.

As far as the mp3 player is concerned, works like a champ. You can have up to 8gb sd card so that's plenty of music for you to listen to. Due to it's compact size, it can easily be worn when jogging and the like. As with most mp3 players, you can create playlists and such.

We really liked the digital camera on this phone. The pics were fairly clear for the resolution. They were not as grainy as other similar phones of this resolution so you can actually take some pretty decent pics with it. On the downside, it does not have a video recorder.

Texting

Texting is where this phone really shines. It's got several neat little features. One in particular is the PEN feature which gives you a little box where you can draw letters and the phone translates it to text. You can use a retracted pen to make it more accurate. Another neat little feature is the ability to add multiple recipients (up to 5 at a time). When the phone is closed, it uses the standard alpha numeric key where you type whatever number corresponding to letters. Extract the keyboard to use the QWERTY keyboard interface.

Calling Area

As we mentioned at the outset of this review, the phone is CDMA so it will use either Sprint or Verizon depending on your area. This isn't really a positive or negative, just something to be aware of. Feature phones of this nature don't use 3g or anything so they will perform just about the same on either CDMA or GSM assuming your area gets good coverage.

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Wrapping it Up

To sum it up, the LG505c is a nice little phone for the money. It's not the best phone Tracfone has released but it's probably one of the better CDMA models if not the best. The price is a little high for our taste but I would say it's worth the cash.