LG Enlighten VS700 review

Curious what kind of smartphone you can get for no money down these days? The LG Enlighten is the poster child for low budgets.

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LG Enlighten

With so many smartphones to choose from, it's hard to imagine the target audience for the LG Enlighten. After all, there are plenty of vastly superior choices from Verizon, especially when you'll have to pony up for a monthly data plan whether you like it or not.

We Disliked

We've never been fans of slider keyboards, and this one doesn't offer any significant improvements in that regard.

Verizon's 3G speeds have never been a thoroughbred, but now that we're used to 4G LTE, it's hard to go back to the wireless Stone Ages.

The four hardware buttons feel rather antiquated in the era of Android 4.0, and they take up room that could be otherwise used for a larger screen.

The camera produces neither photos nor videos of decent quality.

The screen resolution is merely serviceable, which almost forces users to abandon the soft keyboard in favor of the slider.

We Liked

The handset is a nice, familiar size overall and it's not too bad for holding up to your ear during extended conversations.

While we question the inclusion of a Mobile Hotspot feature in a phone that barely connects to the internet to begin with, at least you have the option.

Call quality was quite good, making this a good choice for those who talk more than surf the web.

The device isn't overloaded with unnecessary apps.

We had little to complain about when it comes to scrolling and tapping – the touchscreen is surprising accurate and the modest processor speed gets the job done.


LG Enlighten

The LG Enlighten isn't going to attract power users lusting after the latest and greatest devices. However, it may appeal to those same users' parents, grandparents or other loved ones taking their first plunge into the world of smartphones.

It's hard to recommend the LG Enlighten as an internet device, especially while it's tied to Verizon's hobbled 3G network – but it works quite nicely as a phone that just so happens to perform a number of other tasks on occasion.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandDual Band
Service ProviderVerizon Wireless
Input MethodTouchscreen, QWERTY
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory150 MB
Built-in FlashNo
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEVDO
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyEnlighten
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedCDMA 800, CDMA 1900, CDMA2000 1X
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time6 Hour
Product ModelVS700
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)157 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density180 ppi
Height114 mm
Width58 mm
Depth15 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time810 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameEnlighten VS700
Processor Speed800 MHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineEnlighten
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeDigital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberVS700ENLIGHTENVZW
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
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The Android 2.3 platform makes my mobile life easy with efficient navigation, intuitive function, complete customization, and much more.


This Snapdragon™ processor with 800 MHz CPU gives me the multitasking muscle I need for workdays, weekends, and everything in between.


Enlighten's ergonomic QWERTY keyboard with generous sized keys allows me to fire out emails quickly and comfortably.