LG Enact unboxing
The LG Enact is one of the few Android smartphones for Verizon Wireless that come equipped with a 5-row sliding QWERTY keyboard. Because of this, the LG Enact is targeted to customers that want a physical keyboard, instead of being limited by only an on-screen one. The Enact is more of a mid-range device, as it comes with a 4" 480x800 display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of internal storage, 5MP camera, microSD memory card slot, but it does have a large 2460mAh battery.
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1. Birds (Posts: 1086; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
If only it had, a 4.5 inch screen at 720p with onscreen buttons, then I'd like it. I hate how I've been becoming an LG diehard as of lately. No one will replace HTC in this little black licorice heart of mine.
2. 14545 (Posts: 1209; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
What is the point of this device? An physical keyboard, that's all? Why bother. Great it has a large battery life but crappy screen and terrible internals. Good luck selling that device.
3. 14545 (Posts: 1209; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Heck, the now defunct Droid 4 has better specs than this except for the battery. I mean if you are going to waste the money building a device at least try and make a decent device. And LG wonders why they have no market share.
4. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3137; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I'm not an LG fan either, but they are the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world & on the rise. Considering the competition, that's not a bad place to be.
5. 14545 (Posts: 1209; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Oh, I guess I'm mistaken. I was thinking they were fifth or something.
10. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
The smart readers KNOW those numbers are both preliminary and are estimates.
Based on the data, LG was in third place for ONLY Q2:2013.
Also shipments ARE not actual sales. For example Blackberry shipped a crapload of their devices, but that doesn't mean all those devices were sold. Another example is how HP shipped a bunch of WebOS tablets, but they were being sold until HP dropped the price.
12. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3137; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Smart readers? That sounds like an unnecessary jab. Whatever, though. I won't bite. Guess what? I realize those numbers are for Q2 2013 only. But, it's not like smartphone market share for different companies differs heavily from quarter to quarter. Plus, LG has clearly shown that their sales have been on the rise the last few years. Also, in reference to those numbers being "shipment" numbers & not "sales" numbers, a device shipped is a sale to the OEM whether or not the carrier or whomever else actually sells it. It's not like the retailer just orders a sh*tload of devices for them to sit on the shelf. They order cautiously at first & if the device starts to move, they order more. Either way, once it hits the retailer's shelves, it's already a sale for all intents & purposes.
6. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
It's back to school time. So phones like this are bound to come out. But as far as saying "why make this phone?" Tell that to samsung and all the other oems when it comes to marketing different products. Every device has a purpose. Albeit small sometimes but it's around for a reason.
8. 14545 (Posts: 1209; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
I probably wouldn't have said that if it at least had specs better than the droid 4. I mean the D4 is a year old discontinued device and still seems to beat this thing.
7. roscuthiii (Posts: 1887; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
I can't help myself, I love a good QWERTY phone! I said a "good" QWERTY phone, but this...
9. mkl4466 (Posts: 53; Member since: 25 Sep 2008)
Not every phone is made to be high end. Many customers walk into my store saying "I don't really care, just give me whatever is FREE!" I still see people with lg env touches that haven't upgraded yet. They are the ones this phone is made for. Its main competition is the Samsung stellar which has no flash and the iPhone 4 and the stratosphere 2 which is EOL. I think I'll sell a few of these.
11. ibap (Posts: 717; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
There seems to be an attitude that the only people that want a physical keyboard are diehard teen texters. Well, I prefer a physical keyboard and I'm long past the teen classification. I want a large-ish but not huge screen and good speed along with it. Is anybody out there listening? If they keep producing keyboard phones with poorer performance, of course the sales are going to lag, or remain concentrated in that teen demographic.
14. 14545 (Posts: 1209; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
I have a GS4, that I do really like, but if I could get a NICE, uptodate spec qwerty phone with a 720p+ screen, SD slot and >2500mah, I would buy it in a second. I went from the xv6800>TP2>Driod 2>Tbolt>rezound>Gnex>GS4. I would love to get a GOOD qwerty phone again, but companies refuse to make them. Since the D2 it has been nothing but down hill. Also, if Android wants to pick it those remaining BB users, it would be in their OEMs best interest to build more competitive qwerty phones.
15. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3137; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Those remaining BB users? Haha. Good one. Considering BB has only a 2.9% market share left worldwide, I don't think too many people are worried about capturing that demographic.
13. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1062; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
This is definitely not midrange. These are 2011 specs.
16. snowgator (Posts: 3345; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
When was the last really high end QWERTY device? The Photon Q for Sprint? And it was buried beneath the iPhone for Sprint's launch, if I remember correctly. I have been without a real keyboard for years and STILL miss it.
Give me a high end device, or just a decent device with a higher res screen, and I would be in. This? It is for teens/first time smartphone users. That is smart to have it as an option. But, I want a real option thank you!!
18. JohnnyClubs (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Sep 2013)
I am that BB user that's been hanging on by a thread. Had the 8330, 8530, and now have the 9930 Bold w/Camera. The physical keyboard is great. I will not be one of those people zipping their finger across the screen trying to spell a word only to go back and correct the word that the AI chose for you! I wear gloves and use my phone year-round..and I'm outside. (I drive a big brown truck)
Just saw this tonight (9/6/friday)This phone looks like what I've been looking for: Android OS (FINALLY!! More apps to choose from ie Words With Friends, Candy Crush, etc..), physical keyboard, and most important to me, removable battery! I don't sit at a desk and refuse to pay !! $80 !! for some ridiculous bulky battery extender/charger. So much easier to pop in a fully charged battery.
My contract w/Sprint is up. My bill averaged $135/mo w/premium data, unlimited, and insurance. Granted I won't get any upgrade credits when I switch to Verizon, but... better network (works underground in the DC area), 4G (BB 9930 is a 3G phone), and based on my 12 month average data usage w/Sprint (less than 1GB) my bill w/verizon should be a lot lower.
REALLY wanted a Photon Q, but, embedded battery. ( booooooo!!! :(( )
My only concern is that this phone just came out. Not a fan of getting gen 1 of ANYTHING electronic. Patches.. firmware updates.. OS glitches.. Improved hardware on 2nd gen.. siiiigggghhhh.....