LG 505c Review
EDIT 5/30/2012 – The LG 505c is finally now available from both Straight Talk and TracFone (no Net10 version yet, but I’m not sure why). To keep up with my full review of this new phone, head over to www.LG505c.com.
Another new phone is apparently headed in our direction. Thanks to The_Sweeper and TracFancier, both of whom pointed out that a tutorial is up for the new LG 505c. The big news here is that it’s a CDMA touch-screen phone, something that Net10, Straight Talk, and especially TracFone users have been waiting on for a long time now.
First, I need to be clear that I am not sure if it will be TracFone, Net10, or Straight Talk, or some combination of those three. The tutorial itself doesn’t say which brands will get this phone, and because the site is used to host tutorials for phones from all three brands, it’s not possible to tell for certain which will get this phone. However, there are a couple of clues pointing to the LG 505c being included on Net10 and TracFone. The tutorial shows directions to “Get Pending Minutes” and an option to add a promo code when redeeming airtime.
Further, some of the other specs seem to indicate that it will go toward the lower end of the price spectrum. Namely, it will support 1xRTT (“2.5G”) data rather than the newer, faster EVDO (“3G”).
The big, good news about this phone is that includes a couple of things people have been looking for from the TracFone and Net10 brands. First, it has a touch screen. But beyond that, it also has a slide-out physical qwerty keyboard. So you’ll be able to take your pick on input methods.
It will also be the first CDMA device for TracFone to include an mp3 player and microSD card slot. The bluetooth appears to support file transfer, making for an easy way to get pictures off the phone. Speaking of pictures, though, the camera specs are a slight disappointment. The max resolution is just 1.3 megapixels, and there appears to be no video recording function.
One other notable feature on this model is voice command, and you’ll also find the usual list of organization tools like alarm clock, calendar, and calculator. It’s impossible to tell for sure at this time whether you’ll be able to add java apps on this device, but based on what I’ve read so far it seems unlikely.
That’s about all I’ve got for now. But I will definitely be interested in taking a look at this phone as soon as it is available, and when I get my LG 505c review underway I’ll update this post with links to more info.