LG 500G for Tracfone
This is another contribution from my friend “Otis 226,” who frequently posts in the comments section on this blog. With me being so busy with moving my family into a new house, Otis 226 kindly agreed to contribute his thoughts on this model for a LG 500g review on this blog. I have also tested it personally, and contributed to his conclusions where I felt it necessary for clarification or to offer a different point of view.
I definitely agree with his opinions the vast majority of the time, though. Here is what he had to say:
This is the much-awaited full QWERTY keyboard phone that Tracfone released a few weeks ago [Update 6/8/11: It is now available for Net10 as well]. It operates on the GSM band, as the ‘G’ in the name indicates. Before I get into the pros and cons of this handset, I must say I’ve had a lot of fun and some frustration checking it out. I will make a fair number of comparisons with the phone I currently use as my ‘main’ Tracfone, the LG290c. When appropriate, I’ll try to compare it to other Tracfone models I’ve had some experience with. Right off, this phone just feels good in my hand. I liked that the very first time I picked it up, and still do.
The first weekend I had it, I brought it along to a botanic garden I visited, and used the camera, video recorder and the MP-3 player. This was all before the phone was even activated.
The handset measures 4.58×2.35×0.51 in. and weighs in at a comfortable 2.93 oz., about the same as the LG231c flip phone, and a nice change after the bulkier 290c. It is powered by a 950mAh Lithium Ion battery, (LGIP-531A) rated at 3.7v. Standby time is rated at up to 9 days and talk time, up to 5 hours on a charge. My testing in the first week used the phone’s functions heavily and battery capacity seemed excellent, so I have no reason to doubt these claims.
The screen is just slightly smaller than that of the LG290c, but a larger font seems to make up for that. Both phones screens seemed equally sharp and clear to me. In full sun, however, it is very difficult to make out what’s on the screen. I tried it with both white and black backgrounds, and it didn’t seem to help either way.
There is room for 1,000 contact entries in the phone book, 500 text messages, 100 calendar entries and 100 To-Do list entries. You can also store 50 each of notepad and “secret” notes, (with 1,000 character capacity ), 50 bookmarks and 100 entries of call history. The ability to use five separate alarms is also available. I have no idea if any of these numbers can be increased using the external memory, but I doubt it. A nice feature with the alarm function is that it will work even when the phone is powered off and then give you the option of keeping the phone on or letting it stay off.
Text messages are limited to 1600 characters and 160 characters per page, (something I found out by being the wordy person I am – the first test text msg. I sent cost me 1.5 units, as it was 3 pages long!) There is 7 mb of built-in memory, and the micro SD card slot will accept a card up to 4gb, no larger.
This handset does come with the DMFL feature, a 1.3 mp camera, and video recording capability. Bluetooth connectivity appears to be full and unlocked by Tracfone with this model. There is a voice recorder, which gives the option of making your recordings ‘MMS msg. size, 30 sec, and 1 min. or no limit as to time. There is not any voice activation or voice command features with this handset.
Getting to my first major pet peeve about the LG500G, there is no full manual for this phone, which really makes no sense to me at all, since there is one for the LG800G, as well as the LG501C model, which hasn’t even been released by Tracfone as yet, though it is showing up on their activation phone list and should be coming soon.
Well, that’s all I’m going to cover for this installment of the review. In a few days I’ll post more details, and wrap things up at the end of the week. If you can’t wait that long, though, I’ll let you in on my conclusion – the 500g is a pretty good little phone for the money! If you want to order from TracFone.com now, click here, or for Net10, click here. And don’t forget to use promotional code GI2011 (on either site) when you check out to save $5 off the total price.
Also, as I write this, TracFone is offering free overnight shipping as part of their Father’s Day promotion, so you can take advantage of that too.
As I said, I’ll be posting more about this phone shortly. You can follow along with all the updates on the LG 500g on the LG 500g review index page.