LG501C Review


The LG5o1g is a CDMA QWERTY candy bar phone offered by Net10 and Tracfone. This is the CDMA variant to the LG500g. Interestingly, it costs slightly more and has less features (no mp3, sd card, java). That being said, this is the only CDMA QWERTY so it's an excellent option for those who have a limited selecting due to the CDMA only phone limitations. Carrier Tracfone and Net10

Release Date August 2011

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LG500g Specifications

Manufacturer
LG

Dimensions
4.5" x 2.3" x 0.5"

Weight
2.82 oz

Form Factor
Full QWERTY keyboard for fast texting

Screen Size and Resolution: 1.4"x 1.8" - 2.2 Diagonal"

Technology:
CDMA

Battery Life: approximately 3 hours talk time and up to 10 days stand by

Signal:
Great

Camera resolution:
1.3 MP

Bluetooth
Yes

Charge/data cable
Micro USB

Headphone Jack
Standard 3.5mm

Micro SD card
No

LG500g Features

Full QWERTY, camera, video recorder, html mobile browser. Buy affordable accessories and cases for your LG501g

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First Impression

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.

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Usability

Being a full QWERTY phone, the LG501 is quite functional in the texting and web browsing department. The 5 row keyboard has keys that are nicely spaced to keep fat fingering to a minimum. The web browsing experience is good though still on the basic side since the built in browser does not support much by way of Javascript pages. Overall, the LG501 is a solid performer on the basics and certainly a step up from other Tracfone CDMA offerings. Of course it would have been nice to see the same functionality as the GSM version.

Features

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.

Conclusion

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.

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