Note: This is a quick overview of my LG 505c review – for a more in-depth, three-part review series on this device, check out my full review by clicking here.
The LG 505c, first and foremost, is NOT a smartphone. You will NOT be able to add Android or iPhone apps. Because of the smartphone-like appearance, some people seem to have the mistaken impression that they will be able to use the 505c like a true smart phone. As long as you get past that important point, there are definitely some positives about this model.
First, the 505 is available from TracFone, Straight Talk, and Net10, with regular price of $89.99 on all three. This phone uses the Verizon network, which is an absolute requirement for many people as Verizon offers the best coverage in the U.S. as a general rule (though this, of course, may vary locally).
If you happen to go with the TracFone version of this model, you’ll also get the “triple minutes for life” feature, which can save you a lot of money.
The large screen size makes for easy viewing of whatever is on the display. The QWERTY keyboard gives nice flexibility for quickly composing longer text messages, although you can also use the on-screen keyboard on the touch screen if that’s your preference.
As far as the “extras” on this device, there are some pluses and minuses. The ringtones and contact list works very efficiently and met all my expectations. The built-in mp3 player, also, works quite well and I found it nice to carry only one device instead of a separate phone and mp3 player. The camera, however, left me wanting more. On a device of this price, I expected more than 1.2 megapixels. Further, it does NOT have video recorder.
In summary, this is probably the most full-featured non-smart phone from any of the three prepaid carriers listed above, if you want something on the Verizon system. But I still feel like it’s kind of stuck in the middle. For another $100, you can get a very solid Android phone in the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim that uses Verizon, though that will require you to get on the $45 monthly plan.
If you prefer to keep your costs down and go month-to-month for your service, the LG 501c, LG 235c, or Samsung r355c provide a similar set of features at a lower cost (though lack the triple minutes feature on TracFone). So if you are one of those consumers who find yourself looking for something in this middle ground, you might want to check out my full review at the link below: