The final section of this user review of the LG 505c by TracFone will focus on some of the “extra” features. This includes the camera function, and ease of connecting this phone to your computer, as well as a final conclusion on this phone overall. In case you missed them earlier, you can find all parts of this review by clicking here to visit the LG 505c Review index page.
As with all sections of this review, it was written specifically about the TracFone version of the 505c, but all comments here apply equally to the Net10 and Straight Talk models of the same name. The only exception here is the Triple Minutes for Life feature, which is unique to TracFone.
The handset can be connected to a computer either by using the blue tooth function or a micro USB cable, which is an optional piece of hardware I unfortunately, don’t own. What I can say is that this handset easily connects via blue tooth to the three computers I’ve tested it with, and transfers files back and forth without difficulty.
You may save up to 20 different blue tooth devices on the phone, and use each (one at a time). My testing has involved an iMac with built in blue tooth capabilities, a pc laptop and desktop, both requiring a blue tooth dongle to communicate with the phone. So, I imagine that use with a stand-alone blue tooth device (other than another phone or computer) should work seamlessly as well.
The camera is a basic 1.2 MP affair, and has a few options, but less than the owner’s manual would have us believe. Unless I’m missing something, I see no way to take multiple shots or to adjust the quality of the photo; besides using one of 3 resolutions offered. There is a self-timer, adjustable from off, 3, 5, and 10 seconds.
There are brightness and lighting options available but are very limited. Video mode is not offered. In these times of 10 MP phone cameras, this one is barely better than a VGA type, and definitely leaves something to be desired.
Before you read on about my experience with the extras, you might want to visit the site of your chosen “flavor” of Tracfone/Net10/Straight Talk to see what’s all available:
Perhaps I’m too critical, as I rarely use my phone to browse the web. Others may find it adequate.Although the browser does not seem to be restricted by TracFone, it is very slow and very frustrating to use. I also found that using the touch screen while browsing caused me more errors than when inputting via the touch screen in other areas. Of course this could just be me, knowing I was ‘on the clock’, so to speak. But I wouldn’t want to be surfing the web using this phone except in a rare instance or emergency situation. The integrated web browser leaves a lot to be desired as far as I could tell.
As for the scheduling and organizer functions, I found most to be adequate and similar to those on my LG290c. The notepad function on the LG505c allows 300 and not 150 characters, which is an improvement. The alarm function allows the setting of up to 10 alarm times. I did like the voice activation and voice dialing capabilities. It doesn’t work perfectly, but it does seem to be as functional as others I’ve used on recent TracFone models. One of the big disappointments for me was the voice recorder, which doesn’t allow the user to pause the recording or the play back, making this feature next to worthless as far as I’m concerned.
There are 25 ring tones included, along with an additional 10 message tones. Of course additional tones can be purchased, (some costing over 30 units, when I checked).
When I first checked the games, I assumed 3 Java games were included, but only a short demo of each was available. The free mode and career mode were both disabled and need to be purchased.
Other tools included are the same as most recent TracFone offerings with the exception of one called drawing panel, where you can use your finger to doodle on the touch screen in different colors. You can save these doodles and actually send them to someone if you so desire.
Internal memory of the LG 505c is 90 MB, and it will accept up to a 16 gig micro SD card. The music player supports MP3, WMA, ACC and ACC+ formats. Sound, in general, from this phone’s speaker is tinny to my hearing, so using a pair of ear buds to listen to music is definitely recommended. The MP3 player does allow for the creation of playlists, which is nice.
LG 505c Review Conclusion
In conclusion, I’d say that it is nice that TracFone has decided to bring out a touch screen phone at a reasonable price, for its customers who, like me, are more the ‘casual’ cell phone user. I believe that hard-core types won’t settle for less than Straight Talk handsets, and most of the younger people I know want, or already own, iPhones! There is a 60 page user’s manual available for this handset, but don’t count on all the details being correct. As in the past, TracFone apparently had the manufacturer tweak certain features to its own specs.
I mostly compared this handset to the LG290c, which is still my TracFone of choice for CDMA, and the LG500g, on the GSM side. For someone wanting to try a reasonably priced touch screen phone, this will be a good starting point. The other really positive thing I can comment on is the nice sized and responsive QWERTY keyboard, making it great for all who text a lot.
Finally, the triple minutes for life is a very positive and motivating feature. For myself, I believe I will stick with the 290c at this point and keep waiting for TracFone to come out with what I consider the ideal pre-paid phone. But I can see how others would be happy with this phone, as long as you know what to expect (which you will after reading the preceding pages of this review).
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