Release Date August 2011
4.5" x 2.3" x 0.5"
Full QWERTY keyboard for fast texting
Screen Size and Resolution: 1.4"x 1.8" - 2.2 Diagonal"
Battery Life: approximately 3 hours talk time and up to 10 days stand by
Micro SD card
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We were initially impressed by the build quality of the 501. The QWERTY keyboard has a quality feel to it with it's hard plastic keys. We were expecting a full featured device but found that the 501 was missing key features that it's LG500 counterpart has. Namely, the MP3 player, SD card and ability to use Java apps. While the lack of MP3 and SD Card was disappointing, the device is the best out of the limited CDMA options offered by Tracfone or Net10.
A 360 tour around the phone reveals that the 500 is a fairly basic device with all the action happening on the front of the phone. Just below the screen, we find a directional navigation key with embeded select button. 2 soft keys and the usual Send/End/power keys. On the right you find the volume buttons and on the left you find the USB port. Since this phone has no mp3 functions, there is no headphone jack to speak of.
While the LG501 is a solid performer on the basics, there aren't a whole lot of extra features to talk about. Unfortunately, this phone does not come with an mp3 player or expandable memory so you can't really install Java apps. This is one area where the LG501 falls short. It does have a decent camera , video recorder and Bluetooth. All that being said, the rest of the phones in the CDMA line up aren't exactly world beaters in the features department either so for now, the LG501 is as good as it gets for the CDMA crowd.
The LG501C is a good phone especially if you are texter stuck in a CDMA area. The phone performs well were it counts. As we've mentioned, however, it's limited by way of features. If you are stuck in CDMA land with no GSM, then the 501 is probably the phone to get as the rest of the Tracfone/Net10 CDMA line up is still stuck in the 90's. At $39, the price isn't bad so all in all, the 501 is a good choice but mostly by default.