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LG 505C review

6.7/10 AVG.

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The LG 505C currently has an Informr score of 6.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 3 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Sizable touchscreen display
  • Built-in QWERTY keyboard for messaging

What's bad

  • Internal storage space is very limited
  • Short battery life

The LG 505C is a full touchscreen handset that also happens to have a built-in QWERTY keyboard. This keyboard slides out from behind the display and remains hidden when not in use. As you might have guessed, it comes in handy when it comes to long bouts of messaging on the go.

The 505C’s screen measures 2.8-inches diagonally, which is sizable for a phone of its kind. And while it only comes with a very small amount of internal memory, its contact list can hold up to 1000 entries and it can even send and receive files via Bluetooth wireless connectivity. It carries a 1-megapixel camera as a bonus.

As a simple feature phone, it offers a good amount of value for money. However, when compared with full-fledged smartphones in its price range, the 505C is made to look like an overpriced model that is to be avoided at all costs.

Operating system
Screen Size
1+ MP

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Common Questions

LG released the 505C on May 24, 2012.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the LG 505C user manual here.

LG backs up the 505C with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your 505C has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact LG support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find LG's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The LG 505C's screen size is 2.8 inches with x pixels resolution.


There is a processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

1+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 1+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

90 MB

Internal memory is 90 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 950 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 10 days standby time.

LG 505C Specs

Release date May 24, 2012
Regions available USA
800/1900 MHz
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Internal Storage 90 MB
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.84 W/kg
Body: 0.5 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 950 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time No
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) No
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.2 x 5.1 x 1.7 cm (4 x 2 x 0.7 in)
Weight 124 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors Unknown
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.8 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY, Touchscreen
Navigation Type D-pad, Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard Yes
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client No
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera
1+ megapixels
Dual lens
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Effects, Night mode, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID No
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Interesting spec review...

the specs indicate that the capacity MicroSD card is 16 GB. I use a 32 GB MicroSD and it works just dandy. Otherwise I believe it is the perfect 'starter phone' for those who do not want or need all the perks of advanced smartphone technology.

I Really Like This Phone !

I have had this phone for about 3 months and it works perfect !, for talking , texting and data !. I have no complaints. I bought it new for about 75.00, with free shipping.

Nothing works.......buyer BEWARE?

This new lG 505C Lemon does not work. No bars in my home, I have to walk up a hill to test it out and get only one bar, that also includes large towns near me like Doylestown and New Hope. Cannot receive or answer a call. Missed calls, that I cannot answer does not show up on screen Cannot access...More
This new lG 505C Lemon does not work. No bars in my home, I have to walk up a hill to test it out and get only one bar, that also includes large towns near me like Doylestown and New Hope. Cannot receive or answer a call. Missed calls, that I cannot answer does not show up on screen Cannot access my micro sd photos or music, have tried both my micro sd loaded with graphics. The battery does not hold a charge with the few phone calls I made outdoors or tried to use for photos. It has been charged daily just to make test calls to my husbands trac cell phone. Tracfone is non reponsive, sent me this peice of crap at $90 pluss shipp. Phone no bars, no reception, cant answer. Worst cell phone ecperience of my life. I wrote, emailed and faxed Tracfone, the got referred to Brightpoint reverse logistics. Also I tweeted them multiple times. No reviews becasue you cant even get a call or activate it from your home, since the battery is crap and no bars for reception. Mytriple minutes are almost used up with just test calls. Most of the calls I made out were test calls to my husband from both a home land line and his cell. The list goes on and my patience wore out, My husband Carlos, who also speakes Spanish, spent many hours and days trying to correct the situation over the last 2 weeks. He input multiple codes that did not take, given by outsourced customer from all over the World. I'm relentless and need a phone for emergencies and other necessary communication. Since I don't chat my usage is minimal. Will put this on Utube as I am now recording all the grief tracfone has put me thru, and no solutions or refunds.The sent me the phone but now they want me to go to the expense and more torture, of sending it to another company without any compensation. Dont buy this phone, LG should be informed there is no quality control. Less

In all fairness, if a phone is being used in a dead zone, that isn't a strike against the device. That's something you should be complaining about to your provider. As far as the SD issue, have you enabled mass storage? For the record, Tracfone is not a great network to begin with. If you want good service, you should try going to one of the major providers who have already spent the time and money to build their network. Sounds like the majority of your problems are with Tracfone, not the Q.

Tracfones work great where I live, I've had them for years and now my husband does. The phone is a LEMOM, so is the bettery that came with it and probably the Sims to. Its all recorded now on video and photos. If and when tracfone delivers better customer service, it is the best deal out there, for someone like me who does not chat, or enjoy shooting the breeze or flapping my jaws. the phohe is the lG500C, and is defenctive and was sent out defective.

Then you received a defective unit. This happens with every device, regardless of model. In smartphones the battery can drain faster due to excessive applications being left running in the background.

The Tracfone / Straight Talk service does not have their own networks and do not build them. They buy bundles of minutes from the big providers: ATT, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon (yes all of them) and then resell at a discount using re-badged "last years" model phones or discount phones and lower prices. If you do not need the latest-greatest phone ... the no contract phones are an excellent deal. BUT ... you MUST select a phone that has service in the area you will be using it. Even for your Zip code, the different phones in the Tracfone line up use different networks. The GSM phones work off the ATT or T-Mobile network and the CDMA phones work off of Sprint or Verizon. The network you get depends on the phone you chose. You can discover the network by researching the phone before you buy it. You discover what network works best in your user area by using a friends phone or by local knowledge. Putting your Zip Code in on the tracfone site does NOT bring up all tracfones. If you know Verizon works best in your home, but it is not the dominate carrier in your area, your zip code will NOT give you the list of phones that will work for you. You can put in a different Zip (where Version is dominate) and see different phones on their sites. When you activate, give them your local Zip and you get a local number. To the Originally Posted response: You did not do your homework and find out which phone will work best in your home/area. Your battery life is shortened because your phone is constantly searching for a network tower. Neither is the fault of the phone. Just the wrong phone for your area.

The problem was solved, the Tacfone I had purchased from their webstore for my area code was wrong, they sent me an LG505C. I'm in an ATT area, not Verizon, so they should have sent me the 505G which is correct for ATT. Mike I do my homework and made a foolish mistake by buying online instead of just going to a Kmart or Walmart in my area that has the Gphones. My new Tracfone LG800G purchased from a nearby WalMart is great, and it was setup direct by Tracfone Headquarters after my fax to the CEO. As of this moment the tracfone is on its way back to Indianna where it came from.

Barb_26302 I went through the same thing. I needed the C instead of the G. What I need to know is how do you set up to use the MP3?

I would like to know how to set up to use the MP3 for it?


How do I get on Facebook on my LG 505C. It tells me 909 Application Failure.