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.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandDual Band
Service ProviderVerizon Wireless
Input MethodTouchscreen, QWERTY
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
Marketing Information

IT PROCESSES. IT OBEYS.

The Android 2.3 platform makes my mobile life easy with efficient navigation, intuitive function, complete customization, and much more.

THE POWER FOR PRODUCTIVITY.

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

FAST TYPING, COMFORTABLE THUMBS

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