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

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.