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LG Beacon review

Feature phones nowadays are as advanced as they have ever been. In the past, even a high-end feature phone would never be confused with a real smartphone. But now, feature phones are actually sophisticated and pretty powerful. One example of such a phone is the LG Beacon, a touchscreen-equipped handset with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It’s available through MetroPCS in the US as one of the few options worth considering if you do a lot of mobile messaging.

The Beacon is a tri-band CDMA handset that supports 1xRTT data. It lacks Wi-Fi but otherwise, it’s a pretty well-connected mobile phone, with Bluetooth wireless, USB, and support for microSD cards. Its hardware features include a 2.8-inch 240x400 touchscreen display, 1-megapixel camera, speakers, and a standard headphone jack. But by far its biggest hardware feature is its slide-out 4-row QWERTY keyboard, which is a boon for mobile messaging buffs.

The software on the Beacon is not the most feature-rich, but it gets the job done. It may take some getting used to, but once you are familiar with the set up of the icons and such, you will find that the software is not that hard to handle.

The Beacon comes with a 1,000 mAh battery as standard. This gives it nearly 7 hours of talk time per charge, although battery life will be determined ultimately by actual usage.

It may not offer much in terms of advanced features, but the Beacon is certainly a good pick for those who are simply looking for a reliable device for calling and texting at an affordable price.

Need to Know: LG Beacon

1. Long battery life. (The Good)

2. Built-in 4-row QWERTY keyboard. (The Good)

3. Small and low-resolution touchscreen display. (The Bad)

4. Lacks built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. (The Bad)

Operating system
Screen Size
1+ MP

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Screen Size

The LG Beacon'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, MicroSDHC (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1000 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 20 days standby time, 420 minutes.

LG Beacon Specs

Release date September 29, 2011
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
800/1700/1900 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No
Internal Storage 90 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.09 W/kg
Body: 1.17 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1000 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 Up to: 420 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 20 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.3 x 5.3 x 1.7 cm (4.1 x 2.1 x 0.7 in)
Weight 124 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.8 inches
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
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 Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
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 Depends on system memory
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 Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features Yahoo Mail, AOL
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
1+ megapixels
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
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
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
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG Exchange, LG MN270

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