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 Camera

If you thought the slider keyboard on the LG Enlighten was a throwback to a kinder, gentler era, just wait until you get a look at the images produced by its 3.2MP autofocus camera. In the Enlighten's case, we'll use the term "autofocus" loosely, since few of the images we snapped with the phone could realistically be described as "in focus" in the first place.

LG Enlighten

Even at the Enlighten's highest resolution (2048x1536, the default setting), images were on the grainy side, with a noticeable lack of definition and almost universally soft focus.

Four additional resolutions ranging from 1600x1200 down to 320x240 are also available, but it's unlikely you'll want to downgrade when the best quality setting already fails to git 'er done.

LG Enlighten

While the images produced by the LG Enlighten may not rival those of its higher megapixel brethren, it's not for lack of trying.

LG Enlighten

The camera's software includes a variety of helpful features such as 3x digital zoom, six different scene settings (including auto), macro mode and three different image quality settings (Normal, Fine and Super Fine).

LG Enlighten

Unfortunately, none of these made much difference in the end, although the Enlighten's built-in image editor does allow users to crop or rotate photos. Customizable brightness, white balance, color effects, ISO, timer, shot mode and shutter sound settings round out the package.

LG Enlighten

The real shame is that the Enlighten's photo software actually tops that found in more expensive hardware. The dedicated camera button is a rarity for this level of phone, although you'll have to unlock the device first before using it – there's no setting to press the camera button and jump straight into shooting while the Enlighten is locked.

LG Enlighten