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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.

LG Enlighten

Text messaging is a fairly straightforward affair with the LG Enlighten.

There is traditional SMS as well as picture and video MMS, all neatly laid out in threaded bubbles reminiscent of iOS.

Multimedia messages can be added from pictures, videos, the onboard camera, audio, slideshow or even vCard contacts, and we had no trouble sending or receiving between devices on multiple carriers.

LG Enlighten Google Voice

The standard suite of Google apps comes preinstalled and that includes Google Talk, while others such as Google Voice can be downloaded from the Play Store (formerly Android Market).

As usual, Google Voice integrates nicely with the operating system here, allowing users the choice of placing calls or sending text messages through the carrier or Voice, with the option to choose a default method of your own liking.

Otherwise, the LG Enlighten is refreshingly free of any preinstalled apps for messaging, although all of the usual suspects can be downloaded from Google's Play Store, including Facebook, Twitter or any number of IM chat clients.

Internet

Verizon's aging CDMA network isn't exactly legendary for offering zippy 3G data speeds, so we weren't expecting all that much from the LG Enlighten. Big Red's EVDO Rev 0 failed to make much of an impression here.

LG Enlighten

Using the free Speedtest.net app, we barely cracked 0.75Mbps download and 0.64Mbps upload over 3G.

Those numbers are a far cry from what we'd equate with the term 3G, especially in this day and age.

As usual, your mileage will vary depending upon where you're located (in our region, AT&T tends to rule the speed roost).

LG Enlighten Wifi

Switching back to Wi-Fi, the LG Enlighten fared better, but the handset is clearly not taking full advantage of everything a network has to offer.

Our AT&T U-verse broadband easily hits 16Mbps down and 1.4Mbps up on the desktop, but the Enlighten eked out roughly 5Mbps down and around 1Mbps up.

We were also similarly unimpressed by the stock Gingerbread browser, which was creaky to load and display pages, but often equally slow at scrolling.

LG Enlighten Netflix

The browser scored an unimpressive 9665.8ms on the SunSpider JavaScript 0.9.1 benchmark while chugging along with 114 on the Peacekeeper test – half the speed of a Samsung Galaxy S II.

The Enlighten also touts "Flash 10 Support" as a key feature.

Suffice it to say, the LG Enlighten is aimed at only casual internet users – yes, you can connect, surf the web and maybe even watch some streaming video, but you're definitely not getting the best experience available.

We put this theory to the test with the Netflix app and were able to play video smoothly over Verizon's 3G, but with a great deal of quality loss.

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.