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

There's one thing we'll say for the LG Enlighten – it's refreshingly sparse when it comes to carrier bloatware. What does come preinstalled unfortunately can't be removed (a common curse of even the best carrier in the US), but chances are you won't want to anyway.

In addition to the aforementioned Mobile Hotspot app, Verizon includes some standard-issue apps: Backup Assistant, Setup Wizard (found in the Tools category) as well as My Verizon Mobile for checking your account status.

Setup Wizard and Guided Tours are the only others you may wish to purge, since they won't be very useful once you get familiar with your Enlighten.

LG Enlighten Calendar

LG and Verizon also include Polaris Viewer, a file manager of questionable use, since it literally only shows the file structure on your device, but doesn't allow you to actually do anything with it.

Otherwise, standard apps for Clock, Calculator, Calendar, Voice Recorder and Settings round out the traditional Android 2.3 Gingerbread package.

LG Enlighten

Verizon didn't bother to include any kind of branded navigation app, although Google's always trusty Navigation (which ties into the company's Google Maps) comes preinstalled.

Assuming you're traveling in areas where there's at least some kind of Verizon data coverage (and that's most of the United States these days), Navigation is about as good as it gets – assuming your vision is good enough to squint at the Enlighten's tiny screen, that is.

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.