Review of the LG 305C Touchscreen Phone from Tracfone
This review by de9w2dsl will provide specs and features for the LG 305C, along with likes and dislikes, and where you can buy the phone for the best price.
|Tracfone LG 305C Review|
The LG 305C uses the CDMA Verizon network and is very similar to the LG 306G which uses AT&T and other networks. If you know which network is better in your area, you can go with the appropriate phone, otherwise you might want to read our GSM vs CDMA Review to learn more about the two network options.
As we mentioned, the LG 305C is very similar to the LG 306G (click for our review), in fact they share almost all the same features. the key difference is that the LG 305C will use Verizon service.
The LG 305C is a touchscreen phone with a 3.2" screen and has 3G and WiFi connectivity. It is not an Android phone however, and thus does not have access to the wide variety of apps Android users enjoy.
Let's take a look at the features for this phone, followed by the phone specifications.
LG 305C Features and Specs
This phone comes with most standard features Tracfone devices usually come with like Voicemail, Caller ID, etc. It also comes with some other great features:
- WiFi and 3G access for Mobile Web Browsing
- Triple Minutes for Life
- 5 Home Screens
- 2 MP Camera and Recorder
- SMS/MMS messaging (text/picture)
- 4 GB Micro SD card included
- Up to 32 GB Micro SD Card
- Bluetooth 2.1
- MP3 Player
- Gravity/Tilt sensor
- 1000 Entry Phonebook
- Alarm, Handsfree speaker, voice recorder
LG 305C Specs and Size:
- 3.2" Touchscreen
- Size: 4.08" x 2.47" x 0.47" (inches)
- Weight: 3.80 OZ
- Battery: 3 Hours talk time, 10 days on Standby
Most of the features for the LG 305C are similar to many of Tracfone's other touchscreen phones like the LG 840G, LG 306G and LG 800G. But the main difference, which we mentioned above, is that the LG 305C uses CDMA towers.
Let's get into what we like and dislike about the LG 305C to better understand if it will fit your needs and how it compares to other devices.
LG 305C Review - Likes and Dislikes
Starting with What We Like:
There are two big things we like about this phone, and they go together (kind of). They are WiFi and CDMA cell service. Why we like these features is because this is the first non-android phone that uses Verizon CDMA towers, and has WiFi. So for everyone out there who has been using phones like the LG 505C or Samsung R455C, you may want to consider switching to the LG 305C just for the WiFi feature.
|LG 305C Review|
Another great feature is the included 4 GB Micro SD card which you can use to store lots of picture and music on. You can then use the MP3 player feature for the music. Transferring music to your phone from a computer can be done by either connecting a cable or putting the Micro SD card into a card reader.
Battery life for the LG 305C is good, with the standby time longer than most smartphones. However, the LG 306G has 17 days on standby while the LG 305C only has 10. This may be due in part to the way CDMA technology interacts with the phone.
Lastly, we like that the LG 305C does not use the '3 buckets' system that all new Android smartphones use. When you add minutes to the LG 305C they all go into one 'bucket' and are automatically tripled. If you are a heavy texter, using a phone with the single 'bucket' for minutes will allow you to have more texts.
We also want to mention that Promo Codes will also work on the LG 305C (but don't work on Android phones).
Dislikes for the LG 305C
When evaluating dislikes for the LG 305C, there are not many. It is a very solid phone that does the basic stuff of calling and texting well. But it doesn't exceed expectations much, and some users have found a variety of minor problems (which many phones have).
Two of the features which we wish were better are the camera and operating system.
The camera is 2 MP which is OK for quick pictures and for use on the phone, but if you want to actually use the pictures for anything beyond social media, the quality might not be there.
The LG 305C uses a proprietary Java based operating system which basically means you can't access apps like you would on an Android phone, with the same ease. You can still install apps, but there are less options to choose from.
The LG 305C has mixed reports regarding GPS ability. It appears to have GPS listed as a feature, but none can be found on the phone. It may be that the GPS is for use in emergency situations only.
Overall, the LG 305C has many great features, and the dislikes will probably not be a issue for most.
Overview and Where to Buy the LG 305C
We are excited about the LG 305C because it offers WiFi while using a Verizon CDMA cell service. Be sure to check if your area is usable for Verizon before you buy.
|LG 305C on Amazon|
The LG 305C is available both online and in stores and retails for $40, but we have found the LG 305C at half price for just $20 on Amazon. (we also found the LG 305C on eBay at the same price!)
For further information about this phone, check out the interactive LG 305C tutorial
We would recommend the LG 305C if you're in an area where Verizon service is your main option. But you may want to look into some of the other phones Tracfone has.
Tracfone currently has a wide variety of phones, ranging from Android Smartphones to simple flip phones, and even iPhone 4/4S on their BYOP program. If you're looking for phones, visit our Cell Phone Reviews page for more information.
If you're interested in learning more about Android phones, check out our recent post with the 6 Major Differences between Android and Non-Android phones.
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