LG Accolade VX5600 Review


Even though the LG Accolade VX5600 is a basic model… it is still a mobile phone, so we’re glad to see (or rather, hear) that call quality has improved from previous year’s models, and the background “hiss” that we heard while using the VX5300 is now just a distant memory. Voices on our end through the earpiece speaker were clear and distortion-free, though we did have to turn the volume all the way up to the loudest setting. People that we called also said that we sounded good on their end. However, the signal reception on the LG Accolade VX5600 averaged only 1-2 bars in high-coverage areas, while the VX5500 would have 2-3 bars. We were curious about this and went into the service menu on both phones. The LG Accolade VX5600 was showing a signal of-99dB while the VX5500 had -91dB (remember the closer to 0 the better). We’re not sure why the Accolade is picking up less of a signal than the VX5500, but this should be a concern for people who travel into fringe areas. However, during our testing in south Florida we did not drop any calls.

The included 1000mAh battery is rated to provide up to 7.6 hours of talk time or 28 days of standby time on a full charge. During our testing of the LG Accolade VX5600 we were able to achieve up to 7.5 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge, which is almost unheard of. This is a substantial improvement over the 2.5 hours of talk time we got with the VX5300 a few years ago.


The LG Accolade VX5600 is simply a basic mobile phone designed for people who will use it for its primary purpose… making and receiving phone calls. The overall design is now more streamlined with smooth rounded edges and an attractive color scheme, and the numbers on the dialpad are larger and easier to view. Even though we were pleased with the voice quality of the Accolade, the lower signal reception can be cause for concern if you do a lot of road traveling through fringe areas.

LG Accolade VX5600 Video Review:


  • Streamlined appearance
  • Good voice quality
  • Long battery life


  • Lower than average signal reception
  • Poor camera quality
  • No memory card slot
  • No music player
  • Outdated themes

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