LG Xenon GR500 Review

LG Xenon GR500 Review

Touch screen phones combining a QWERTY keyboard are becoming more common nowadays. This offers consumers a wider range of capabilities which appeal to text messengers. The LG Vu has been around for quite some time now on AT&T's lineup which gave the Prada-like appeal to U.S. consumers. Building upon the success of the Vu, the LG Xenon GR500 tried to take it to another level by offering a QWERTY and updated interface. All the while, it retains similar dimensions to make it a compact device without adding too much bulk to its frame. It is targeted those who want a QWERTY and like the ease of navigating via touch screen, but it not the successor to the Vu which is a little bit more stylish appeal.

The package contains:
  • LG Xenon
  • Charger
  • USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide


We’re glad to see that the size of the LG Xenon GR500 to be similar to the Vu in terms of overall dimensions even with a slide-out QWERTY. This is great because you would generally see an overall size increase when additions are made to an existing device. Corners are rounded with a chrome border outlining the outside of the phone that gives it a nice contrast. Although the blue plastic material used for the body of the Xenon does not feel as cheap as the Vu, it feels durable due to the added weight (3.81 oz). And you won’t notice any bulge if you place it in your pocket because it almost has the same thickness (0.62”).

You can compare the LG Xenon GR500 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

One of the few things that the LG Xenon GR500 scales back on this phone is the screen size. The 2.8” resistive touch screen has a resolution of 240x400 pixels with 262k colors. It’s quite responsive and we did not find ourselves to be constantly pressing something to perform an action. Colors are pretty well differentiated, although black levels are nowhere close to what some recent AMOLED screens produce. You can see whatever is on screen clearly when we placed the brightness to the highest setting even in direct sunlight.

The three buttons found below the screen are the send, end, and task manager menu button. They are flush with the surface, well sized, and have a good tactile feel making easy to press. Turning the volume up or down can be accomplished by the volume rocker which is found on the left side. Holding down the volume down key will place the phone on vibrate mode. You can lock the Xenon to prevent random button presses from occurring with the key on the right side. The dedicated camera button and microSD card slot are also located on the same side. We’re glad to see that LG decided to go with a microUSB port for charging and connecting to a computer. It’s even better because the USB cable packed in the box can charge the Xenon through a computer or plug adapter. On the back, you’ll find the 2-megapixel camera with an LED flash and the speaker phone next to it. Finally, removing the back cover reveals the battery (950 mAh) and SIM card slot.

You can find the four row QWERTY keyboard by sliding the phone from left to right. It’s a little cramped with no spacing in between each rectangular shaped keys, but they do provide a decent tactile feel. The navigation keys on the keyboard can’t be used to guide through the menus except to move the cursor when typing text. There are a bunch of dedicated buttons found on the QWERTY to quickly launch certain applications such as the phonebook, IM client, mobile e-mail, and web browser. We did not have any problems using the keyboard, but people with larger fingers may find it too small.

LG Xenon GR500 360 Degrees View:



1. RAza unregistered

Well thanx buddy for sharing this nice info,this iz really a cool phone i also have that particular phone,would u pl'z tell me how can i update my LG GR 500 Red Xenon.or u have any software relevant to this mobile/ Firmware updater/Software updater send me at my Email ID ie asifraza877@yahoo.com rearly reply 'll be appreciated. thanx...............

2. Amber unregistered

Yea these phones suck and break do not get them!

3. Basketballer777 unregistered

wow... it said that since it has 320 x 240 resolution for video, its good for Multi Media Messages (MMS) but when i try to send a text message with a video with that resolution, it says "Video resolution is too large to insert" and the video is like 10 seconds,,, i miss my old phone.....

4. ka4682 unregistered

This phone is terrible. Got a new one in Jan 2010 and by Sept the touch screen no longer worked - only 9 months old. Took it in and they replaced it with another brand new one, and 8 months later the touch screen again is broken. Would definitely NOT recommend this item. Seems to be some sort of defect with the screen.

5. smileyface unregistered

i think it is a really nice phone. i checked most reviews and ppl r saying its fantastic, i just recently ordered one and i hope im satisified.

6. heythere unregistered

VIDEO & PICTURE MESSAGING SOLVED- i was having trouble with sending pictures and videos because most phones could not receive it since the images or videos were too big . whenever i tried sending any video it would say 'video resolution too large to insert' . if youre sending a picture text , all you do is : go to camera , click the settings button at the bottom before you take any pictures . click Image Size and make it the smallest one ( which is 320x240 ) and others will be able to receive it . if youre sending a video , go to the video camera, again click settings at the bottom , click Video Size then click the smallest which is 176x144 , since the video resolution is too large to insert when it's 320x240. now record a video and click send , it will work ! hope this helps all LG xenon users

7. the hump unregistered

Had this phone for almost 2 years, Great little phone does everything I need. Haven't had any problems with it.

8. Insert display name here unregistered

This phone always freezes on me, and the storage room in the message box only allows less than 200 from inbox AND outbox put together. Bad phone.

9. A.B unregistered

I wouldn't recommend this phone to anyone, i got mine last year and paid $299 dollars for it as i was so excited to get it. After general wear and tear, i found my phone switching itself off at unexpected times, then recently it has not been charging at all.

10. Weehh unregistered

had this phone for over 2 years. love it, other than small inbox does everything I need. Just got a new phone and I actually miss this one, I'm about to go get the next version. Great phone.

11. DeniseB--54 unregistered

I have had the LG Xenon gr500 for 2 years and love it. I have had no problems with anything. Great phone!!

12. Andrew B unregistered

A really annoying drawback is the number pad. If you're in a call and need the number pad you have to unlock it, which I understand. What I don't understand is why 2 seconds later it's locked again. If you need to use the number pad for menus the quick locking is super annoying.
  • Display 2.8" 240 x 400 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Storage 0.08 GB
  • Battery 950 mAh(4.00h talk time)

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