LG 505c Review Conclusion

by pbushx2 on December 18, 2012

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:

Straight Talk TracFone

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

LG 505c, for TracFone, Net10, and Straight Talk

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).

For more details on this model, click on one of the links below to visit the brand of your choice:

Straight Talk TracFone

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

RogerD December 18, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Know the phone reviews have been slow coming – let me make a suggestion. Few (if any) of the reviewed phones here are selling much now. Time to skip ahead, forget the obsolete stuff, and review what really is selling. The LG840G is selling like hotcakes, and it is not difficult to see why. As close to a smartphone as Tracfone has been. Capacitive touchscreen, Wi-Fi, 3G, and a solve for some of the LG800G problems.

I quit my beloved Moto W376G for the LG800G with mixed thoughts. It ended up to be a good transition that minimized the learning curve to the LG840G. Touchscreen operation is different, and might be somewhat intimidating to users of older phones!

to a lesser degree the older LG800g.


pbushx2 December 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Point taken, Roger. Thanks for your helpful suggestion. I have just recently activated the 840g and will be getting going on that review just into the new year. Do you have any experience with the 840g?


paul December 18, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Happy to read your reviews once more. Could you please tell me which Tracfone has the best sound for voice? Does “Car Mode” vs “Outdoor” vs “regular make a difference in the sound quality?
thank you.


pbushx2 December 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Hi Paul
For all time, I really like the Motorola w376g. It’s not the sleekest or most modern-looking phone, though (released in 2008) and can be hard to find. It also has several other limitations that make it less attractive than more recent phones.
For current phones, I like the Samsung 425g a little, but it’s really hard to top that 376g.


Fran Wessel January 19, 2013 at 1:18 pm

I agree that the Morotola W376g was my favorite, except for the awful camera. If the camera had been decent I’d still be using it. I loved the flip phone cover that keeps from pocket/purse dialing, the flashing light that show you have a message, the long battery life. It was a winner. If only they’d upgraded the camera…..sigh.
Now I’m using the LG 500. I’m a casual phone user, but I want a great camera, a real keyboard, (no touch screen for me.) A usable calendar, contacts, text and unit converter, calculator are the things I use more than the phone function. So I guess I’m still searching. Keep me up to date on my quest…


pepper January 28, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Hi pbush….great to see you back! Hope the baby is doing well.

I have been using the 840g since the fall and I am absolutely in love with the phone. Every issue I had with the 800g seems to be addressed, the biggest being the fussiness of the 800g’s keyboard. I had actually given up the 800g in favor of the 900g on Net10, however Tracfone works out to be cheaper for me.

It seamlessly connected to my wifi and I am able to go to sites other than Tracfone. The browser is pleasantly quick compared to any other tracfone I have used.

Call clarity is decent, I am not happy with the speakerphone though. It tends to be a bit choppy, at least on my model.

Also, and this is small thing….the screen does not orient. I don’t know if that is normal to do on a phone, or if I’m just a bit too used to my tablet.

One thing that I have noticed is that if for some reason the 3G isn’t strong enough, the phone will automatically revert to regular GSM (at least I think that is what happens….a techie I am not!). This happens everytime I’m in the grocery store I shop at. But I am always able to make calls.

Reception is pretty decent. My main judge of this is whether it I get a signal in the school kitchen I work at. I do, however, it’s not as strong as many of the other newer tracfone/net10 models I have owned (18 different models and counting!) that do actually get a signal in the building. There is one dead spot that very few of the phones I have had are actually able to make a call. This one unfortunately is not able to make a call in that area.

I ordered a cable to so I can load some music on it. Somewhere I had one, but we bought a house and it’s amazing what you lose when you move! Should be here next week and if you would like to know how that works, just let me know.

The hardest thing is finding a case for it. I ordered one back in November from Fatorder.com and it was finally delivered January 2nd. However, the cover is way to tight, the headphone jack port does not line up correctly and you cannot charge the phone with the adapter that comes with the phone. According to customer service at f/o you have to use a “special” charger. But, alas, they could not tell me what that special charger was.

Hope this helps


pbushx2 January 30, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Hey pepper – always good to hear from you! Thanks for the kind words.
Your comments are helpful and very much appreciated! Mind if I incorporate them into my review (when I finally get to it!)?
Also, what are the models that actually pulled a signal in your dead zone? I’ll venture a guess on a couple of GSM models – w376g, 900g, and just maybe the w409g?


Bob January 30, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Just two comments regarding the 505c, and your review:

1) Near the top of your review, you stated that the 505c is a “Verizon” phone…yet my 505c runs on U.S. Cellular. I bought the phone right after it came out, and that’s the way it came. I don’t mind at all since USC’s coverage in my area is probably even better than Verizon’s, and all I use the phone for anyway is as a phone. Additionally, while there were choices in the phone/network menus of my old LG220c that indicated that it would automatically switch between the two networks when signal strength would call for it, I haven’t seen any choices in the 505c’s menus to indicate that it has this capability.

2) The phone that I replaced with the 505c is a 220c. You stated that the 505c comes with the same charger as several other LG phones, including the 220c. While the two chargers do look extremely similar, the one that came with the 220c is rated at 5.1V/700mA, and the 505c’s charger is only rated at 4.8V/400mA. The 220c’s beefier charger also has a heavier, round cord instead of the cheesy, small, flat wire on the 505c’s charger. Since the 220c’s charger was already plugged in (behind a dresser) when I got the 505c, I continued using it with the 505c and have had no problems…in fact, I suspect that it charges the phone more quickly than the 505c’s charger would, due to it’s 43% greater output. While I never did try the 505c’s charger with the 220c, I imagine that it would work…though probably more slowly.


pbushx2 January 30, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Hey Bob
Thanks for filling in the weak areas of my review. You are, of course, right on both accounts. Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge!


pepper February 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Hi there… you are more than welcome to use the comments!

You are correct on the W376g and the 900g receiving signals in the “dead zone”…also the Moto EX124g and the LG500g are a few of the others I can remember of the top of my head. I never owned the W409g so I am unable to speak for that one!

I received the cable and was able to easily put music on the phone. The music will play through the speaker which is a nice change from having to have to use headphones.

I can’t seem to use the music I put on as a ringtone. Again, there may be a way to do this, however, as previously stated, I am not too much of a techie so this might be a user issue!

All in all, I am still quite happy with this phone!

Take care.


matt March 19, 2013 at 10:41 am

do you have a table of the CDMA tracfones with triple minutes? for phones I care about phoning: signal reception/broadcast & handset audio fidelity

a bonus would be BlueTooth for my fancy car gear


Chris April 18, 2013 at 11:19 am

I just bought a LG505c and I think this one is going to be a keeper. I previously had LG600g which I loved but texting was a pain since one has to use the keypad (no querty) and they are small keys. I had an LG800 also that I thought I’d upgrade to but the browser kept turning on and the touch screen kept calling people when I scrolled up or down so I got rid of it. I just have a phone for emergencies only and seldom text but like convenience and technology. This one brought me to the upgrade point I needed. Larger screen and querty board just makes calls and texting so easy for my older eyes. I can find things on it faster too. I have an iPod touch that does almost evrything else a smart phone can do so the LG505c is perfect for me. It doesn’t have video but then again my iPod does so I am covered. Sound much louder too. Oh and this one has triple minutes where my LG600 has only double. I paid 25.99 for it on eBay from Shopselldeal (it was sold as brand new) Tracphone website sells it for 90.00 and Walmart 70.00. I think I did good.


Chris April 19, 2013 at 3:31 pm

if you use the voice recorder you can record your own ring tone or transfer an mp3 tune to use via bluetooth. I don’t like any of the ringtones on any of the phones or any downloads so find and create my own. Saves the fee of buying one.


CrunchyCookie April 20, 2013 at 1:31 am

Attention: the most expensive phone in Tracfone history is down from $90 to $25. Get it while it’s hot!


Vicki June 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm

I would like to know if there is a way to reduce the listening volume on the LG 505c. When I receive a call, the callers voice is so loud I have to hold the phone away from my ear. Thanks!


DaveR January 29, 2014 at 12:28 am

Don’t listen to RogerD (first comment). There are a few of us that are slow on the up-take of new technology. I am new to cell phone texting and thinking about purchasing the LG505C ( $5 and 3x minutes). It may be old (like me) but they are still selling and your review was interesting. Tried the LG840C and had trouble with the touch screen. Made more typing errors when trying to text. Wife had same problem. Currently have the Samsung S425G with slide out keyboard and like it. The LG505C seems to be a step up from the S425G with the touch screen. Dave R.


pbushx2 January 30, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Hi Dave
I recently got the 505c for my father-in-law, and I think he likes it pretty well. It is his first qwerty phone. One thing to watch out for is that this 505c is a CDMA phone (mostly Verizon network), and the 840 and 425g are both GSM (most likely AT&T, possibly T-Mobile), so your coverage may change if you make this switch. It might also take a little longer to get the number switched over if you do that. It could be a few hours, up to a full day.


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