LG Xenon GR500 Review


Call quality on the LG Xenon GR500 was a decent experience with most conversations through the phone being easily understood. Although, there were times when voices sounded almost hollow with some slight background static noise. On the other end, callers said that they had no problems hearing our voice. Using the speaker phone also produced some distortion when there was silence, but we were still able to hear callers perfectly when placed on the highest volume. Callers did say that there was a slight echo when we talked and our voices sounded a little bit on the low side.

The Xenon is rated for 4 hours of talk-time and about 264 hours of standby. Surprisingly, those specs are better than the Vu which had a slightly larger battery. While testing out the phone, we had the brightness of the screen set to the highest setting. We managed to get out over 7 days of normal use before the battery was completely drained.


So here we are again with another QWERTY phone. It works pretty well as a touch screen phone and as messaging device. The small form factor of the Xenon is great when pitting against larger ones like the Samsung Impression or AT&T Quickfire. With the inclusion of a widget based home screen and an eclectic mix of personalization options,  the LG Xenon GR500 does make some improvements over the Vu all the while retaining a similar design. It may be enough for some to consider buying, but it just does not warrant anything revolutionary. If LG bumped up some of the specs of the phone such as the camera and fine tuned the new interface; it could have been a stellar device for the U.S. market. Luckily though, it gets the job done in terms of being a good touch screen and messaging phone.

LG Xenon GR500 Video Review:


  • Personalized home screens
  • Compact design
  • Good web browser


  • Cramped QWERTY
  • Choppy new interface
  • Poor photo quality

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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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