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LG Phoenix review

5.7/10 AVG.

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The LG Phoenix currently has an Informr score of 5.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 5 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The LG Phoenix is an entry-level Android smartphone released in April of 2011. Although a low-cost smartphone, the Phoenix's design and specifications are on par with today's handsets.

Also known as the Thrive, the Phoenix has a 3.2-inch TFT capacitive touch screen with a 320 x 480 display resolution. It has an accelerometer that automatically rotates the user interface to landscape mode when the phone is tilted to 90 degrees.

The Phoenix's 600 MHz ARM II processor and Adreno GPU may be a little bit behind, but it is surely powerful enough to run the latest Android applications.

In terms of internet connectivity, the Phoenix can browse the internet through Wi-Fi and 3G HSDPA networks with speeds up to 7.2 mbps. It runs on an Android Froyo operating system with a powerful Google V8 JavaScript Engine, great for speedy web browsing with the onboard Chrome browser.

In addition, the Phoenix sports a 3.15 megapixel auto-focus camera that is capable of shooting high-quality 2048 x 1536 pictures. The phone package includes a 2 GB microSD card and allows up to 32 GB of memory expansion. With a large 1500 mAh power supply, the phone lasts for 430 hours on standby mode and 7.5 hours of talk time.

The LG Phoenix offers an attractive package for anyone searching for a inexpensive Android smartphone with a solid build design, powerful features, and the versatility of the Android Froyo operating system.

Need to Know: LG Phoenix

1. Entry-level Android smartphone with a low price tag. (The Good)

2. A 1500 mAh battery is impressive enough to squeeze in more than 7 hours of talk time. (The Good)

3. Despite being an Android smart phone, there is no office document or PDF viewer. (The Bad)

4. The 3.2 TFT capacitive touch screen has poor sunlight visibility. (The Bad)

Operating system
600 MHz
Screen Size
3+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


Just like the other handful of variants before it, the LG Phoenix is still an acceptable basic Android smartphone, and more importantly, it’s the perfect gateway device in moving people up from feature phones. However, its late arrival on AT&T’s lineup is indeed alarming – espe...

- John V., PhoneArena

As far as entry-level Android phones go, the LG Thrive is certainly one of the better options out there. It's also available prepaid via AT&T's GoPhone network, which is another plus for those who don't like two-year contracts. However, if you have a choice of networks, you might consider th...

- Nicole Lee, Cnet

Based on my previous experience with other Optimus One phones, I had high expectations for the LG Phoenix and it did not let me down. The processor kept up with most everyday tasks and made everything smooth with little to no lag. This may not be a high-end phone, but it is definitely a viable optio...

- Sydney Arnold, Phonedog

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Common Questions

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

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

If your Phoenix 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 Phoenix's screen size is 3.2 inches with x pixels resolution.

600 MHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM7227 600 MHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

150 MB

Internal memory is 150 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 20 days standby time.

LG Phoenix Specs

Release date April 16, 2011
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm MSM7227 600 MHz
Internal Storage 150 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Software CD, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 20 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Silver, Dark Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.4 x 5.9 x 1.4 cm (4.5 x 2.3 x 0.6 in)
Weight 130 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 3.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
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
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
3+ megapixels
4x digital
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Geotagging, ISO, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels), up to 120 minutes
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, PPT, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (ThinkFree Office)
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG Thrive, LG P505

Data tethering available on Phoenix only 2GB microSD Card Installed
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