Tracfone LG505C or Tracfone LG500G

LG505C or LG500G, that is the question. You might think that the LG500 might be the better choice, after all, it is only 20 bucks while the LG505C is 90 bucks. So you might be thinking, what does that extra $70 buy me? Check out the table below.

 

LG500g

LG505C Availability in your Area

 

 

LG505c

LG501g Availability in your Area

 

Display Actual: 1.4″x1.8″

Diagonal: 2.2″

Actual: 1.4″ x 1.8″

Diagonal: 2.2″

Measured Physical Dimensions 4.05″ x 2.0″ x .50″ 4.50″x2.3″x.65″
Technology CDMA GSM
Speaker Yes Yes
Ringtones and Sounds Vibration; MP3 ringtones Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Speaker Yes Yes
Headphone Jack 3.5mm (standard iPod type) 3.5mm (standard iPod type)
SD card slot Yes, up to 8 gb max. Side port. Yes, up to 8 gb max. Rear mounted battery removal required.
Camera 1.3 mega pixel 1.3 mega pixel
Video No QVGA@15fps
USB microUsb 2.0 microUsb 2.0
Email Client No No
Messaging SMS/MMS SMS/MMS
Text Messaging Signature Yes No
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
FM Radio No No
MP3 Player Yes Yes
Downloadable Apps No Yes – Java
Extras Alarm, Voice Recorder, Calendar,Organizer, calculator, World Clock, Stopwatch, Unit Converter Alarm, Voice Recorder, Calendar, Organizer, World Clock, Stopwatch, Unit Converter
Price $89.99 $19.99
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GSM Vs CDMA Technology

The first thing to consider is whether GSM or CDMA is best suitable for your area. You can get an idea on this coverage area page. If you have better coverage with say Verizon instead of AT&T, then you would want to go with the LG505c. If AT&T offers better coverage, then go with the LG500g.

Form Factor

The obvious difference, is the form factor. The LG505c has both QWERTY slider and touchscreen, while the LG500g, only offers the front facing keyboard and no touchscreen.  Also, the LG505c offers more screen real estate.  Finally, their is a considerable size difference between the two phones.  The LG505C, is more compact than the LG500, while the LG500 is much slimmer than the LG505. Finally, the LG505C offers a much more spacious keyboard than the LG500.

Java App Support

Despite being cheaper phone, the LG500g supports Java apps including installing Opera mini whil the LG505C does not.

Features

Features wise, they are essentially the same besides the Touch/qwerty difference. Both phones can perform essentially the same thing. The LG505 has a more polished interface than the LG505 but that’s about it.

Video

Interestingly, the more expensive LG505c does not have video recording capabilities though I did find the digital camera to be of better quality despite the same resolution. I’ve never found the video on these phones to be worth recording so that’s not a big deal.

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