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.

Verdict

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.