LG Accolade — A Basic Cell Phone

LG Accolade 5600
LG Accolade 5600

LG Accolade 5600

Smartphones like the iPhone and the Droid are great, but some of us just want a basic phone that can keep our telephone numbers handy and can easily make and receive calls. One such phone is the LG Accolade SX5600, which is sold through Verizon. I say it is sold through Verizon, but the fact of the matter is that if you sign up for a two-year contract, you can get it online through Verizon for free. You can probably also talk the Verizon store into doing the same thing. Oh, and you can get this phone from Verizon on a pre-paid basis, as well.

The LG Accolade VX5600 is a good basic phone. It only has a numeric-type dialing keyboard, so it is not great if you want to text all the time. However, it will do for an occasional text message. The dialing keyboard has big white letters and white backlighting. Pressing each key gives a nice tactile feedback. It’s easy on the eyes. The menus are easy to navigate. I advice going into the Settings & Tools menu and choosing Main Menu Set, then choosing the “Tab” layout for the Menu Display. This makes the phone much easier to navigate and I wish that LG had set it as the default menu setting. The phone itself is pretty easy to use.

This Accolade is small and lightweight and fits easily into your pocket. Although made of plastic, it is a sturdy phone that feels good in the hand. Call quality is excellent and so is battery life. It also has an excellent keypad with good backlighting. It is both easy-to-see and easy-to-use. You can also set the text to a slightly larger than normal size, so it’s a pretty good phone for those of us with aging eyes.  The feature set that focuses on the basics and provides everything you need to make and receive calls including voice dialing, speed dialing, Bluetooth, speakerphone, and a good phone book. While you can use this phone for email, Internet, and texting, other phones may be better for that functionality.

The Accolade has a 3.1 megapixel camera, but the internal memory is so limited that it won’t hold many pictures. You will only want to use it to snap an occasional picture. Also, there is no easy way to get the photos out of the camera. Yet, the camera is there if you happen to need it in a pinch. No music player. No video camera. Yet, this is what you expect from a basic cell phone.

This is an inexpensive phone that gives you all the fundamental features you need to make and receive calls. It’s a good choice for those who don’t need more.


  • Small and comfortable in the hand
  • Large lighted  numeric keypad
  • Good voice quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Two screens
  • Configurable menus
  • Easy to navigate
  • Good address book
  • Inexpensive
  • Loud ringer


  • Very little internal memory
  • Could be easier to open
  • Poorly placed camera button
  • No easy way to transfer photos

If you want to check out another easy-to-use phone simply for making calls, see my review of the Jitterbug phone.


Ivan Woodard 26-08-2010, 20:14

I have been using a $30 Tracfone, model SGH-T301G manufactured by Samsung for a couple years now and I’m very pleased with it. It doesn’t have all the bells & whistles like the more costly phones but, it serves my purpose quite well. I buy a one-year card with 800 minutes for $97.87 (about $8.50 per mo.), no contract. Addn. minutes can be added if need be. Check it out.

Louis Mallia 27-08-2010, 07:36

Would like more info on Tracfone, Model SGH-T301G manufactured by Samsung.
I’m a senior that doesn’t require all “the bells and whistles”.

Peggy Howell 02-09-2010, 16:54

We have two tracfones for my husband and myself for emercency use and I have had mine for years. I signed up for the value plan and I pay just about $ 11 dollars a month for both. Need more minutes , buy them. I suggest you go to http://www.tracfone.com and there you can look at the phones and put in your zip code to see which phones are available in your area. I handle everything on line but you can use the phone to .I gave one to my daughter and she called me from Alaska.
Good reception. Some phones carry double minutes for the life of the phone. Check it out ..you have nothing to lose.

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