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

We'd like to say that video recording showed a significant improvement over still images on the LG Enlighten, but sadly that's not the case. Nor should it be, because the 3.2MP sensor can only handle video resolutions up to 640x480 – yes, there are still modern smartphones that record this lowly resolution, but 320x240 or 176x144 are also available if you really want to pixelate your memories.

LG Enlighten

Videos are recorded using the 3GPP format, fairly common among lower and mid-range Android handsets. This helps make videos recorded with the handset more MMS ready, but certainly does nothing for image quality.

Sure enough, videos recorded on the LG Enlighten suffer from even worse noise and grain as still images. However, videos seemed to have a higher contrast level even in darker scenes, which helps mask some of the compression artifacts inherent with 3GPP.

LG Enlighten

Since there's no onboard LED flash, there's also no light when the Enlighten is switched into video recording mode. The camera software does include a fairly weak 3x video zoom and the same scene modes used with photos: Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night and Sunset.

By default, the LG Enlighten opts for Auto Review, a feature that stops shooting after each photo is taken, giving you the option to share an image, set it as contact icon/wallpaper or rename it. Thankfully, this can be turned off, otherwise you'll need to tap the "New" button each time you want to shoot another photo or video.

LG Enlighten

Finally, we had no problem porting sample videos over to the Mac, as the LG Enlighten mounts as a mass storage device just like every other pre-Android 3.0 device. We just didn't have much incentive to share them, since they weren't that great to begin with.

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.