The biggest selling point of the LG 511c is the fact that it uses Verizon’s CDMA network. For years now, Straight Talk (as well as sister brands TracFone and Net10) have had a limited selection of phones available to users who need coverage from the Verizon network. Indeed, the selection still lags behind what is available for GSM phones, but the LG 511c marks a big jump forward for CDMA users.
The 511c is kind of a dual-action phone, with both a touch-screen and slide-out physical keyboard. In my opinion, this offers users the best of both worlds, but I can also see how some people would prefer to have one or the other and spare the bulk that is necessary to provide both. The specs are as follows: 4.2″ x 2.2″ x 0.6,” and 4.7 ounces. It does seem rather bulky and hefty to me, especially when compared with something like the Samsung Galaxy Precedent which was also released for Straight Talk recently.
The feature list is pretty lengthy, including the following:
- 3″ Touch Screen
- Slider/Full QWERTY Keyboard
- 3G CDMA Data
- 4 Home Screens
- 2.0 Megapixel Camera and Video Recorder
- Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
- MP3 Player (cable and microSD™ card up to 16GB not included)
- MMS Picture Messaging
- Mobile Web Services
- App Capable
- Hands-free Speaker
- Voice Command
- Voice/Sound Recorder
- Battery Talk Time up to 4 hours, standby up to 9 days
- Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC) Rating: M4/T4
All that being said, however, I must point out that it is NOT a smart phone. You will be able to add apps from a small selection of free and paid “java” apps, but these are different than what you’d see offered for Android, BlackBerry, or iPhones. The selection is more limited, the installation is more technical, and the apps are generally less helpful than the more polished applications for the aforementioned phone operating systems.