We just switched from a major carrier to Straight Talk. The original phone that I got for my wife for her plan was an OK phone but over all it was pretty clumsy for her and she didn't care for the particular interface, but the phone was free so she suffered through it until we could pick out a different one. The LG505C does have a much friendlier feel to it than her previous Samsung R445C. The touch screen dialing on this phone is a lot handier than the smaller buttons on the Samsung model. The LG is also more customizable for themes, backgrounds and ringtones/alerts. This phone does support a microSD card so all of your pictures can be saved to the card. A built-in calendar on the phone for to-do lists is also very nice. Phone volume for calls/ringtones/alerts is very audible. My wife sets a lot of reminders and alarms for herself and she can hear them throughout the house. Pros- easy interface, durable phone, size is just big enough to still be able to hang on to it and yet still small enough that it fits easily in your pocket. There is also a decent number of covers available from with Walmart or 3rd party sources. Supports microSD card. Cons- the touch screen can be a little tough at times. In order to scroll in messages you have to do it deliberately, yet also because of that it will sometimes open a message that you didn't intend to open. Although it supports a microSD card, if you want the phone to use the card correctly you will have to save off your files from the card to your computer and then format the card in the phone for LG's purposes before loading your files back. Also, when choosing an alert or ringtone from your card it won't just read it from the card; it copies the whole file over to the internal phone memory. Also, camera on the phone does not have a flash. All of these things are still minor in the big picture. Overall, it is a very decent phone for the price.
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