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 contacts

Jumping into the Phone app, LG Enlighten owners are treated to well-organized tabs up top for Phone, Call Log, Contacts and Groups.

The keypad below takes up the majority of the screen real estate, with rows of wide numbers that are plenty easy to hit with most any finger size.

Phone numbers can also be entered from numeric keys on the top row of the slider keyboard, which automatically hides the soft keyboard and switches to landscape view. Punching in numbers starts throwing up possible matches from your contacts; tap on a suggestion to choose it, then hit the green dial button to place the call.

LG Enlighten Dialer Call Log

A dedicated voicemail button resides at the bottom left next to the Call button, but users can also use the number 1 key or an icon pinned on the home screen as well.

We prefer LG's button layout to those used by other Android handset makers such as HTC, as it makes for a much cleaner UI overall.

Call quality was surprisingly good with the LG Enlighten, so much so that we often found ourselves reaching for it over other choices in our arsenal, including the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Calls were loud and clear from both the earpiece and speaker.

LG Enlighten

Placing a call displays a contact's photo in the center of the screen with a pleasing green background. When the call ends, this information remains on screen for a moment while the background switches to auburn red before vanishing back to the home screen.

Verizon adds convenient shortcuts to your contacts for account balance (#BAL), remaining data (#DATA), remaining voice minutes (#MIN), payment (#PMT) and warranty information, but these can be deleted (along with other actions) by tapping and holding on any selection.