LG Enact Review
Nestled within the LG Enact is the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system, though we would have hoped that Android 4.2 were on-board. Like most other LG smartphones, the Enact is layered with the Optimus UI that offers some nice visuals and customizations. First off, you can select between either a standard mode or a starter mode – which is designed for people that have never used Android before, with larger icons and easy access to menus. There is also a selection of four Themes (Optimus, Biz, Cozywall, and Marshmallow), six screen swipe effects, font styles, lock screen settings, and even a nice selection of desktop widgets.
LG and Verizon include some extra apps on the device, such as Amazon, Audible, Dictionary, IMDb, Mobile Hotspot, My Verizon, NFL Mobile, Quick Translator, Slacker, and VZ Navigator. A couple others are File Share, which allows you to transfer images, videos, music, and documents between other LG phones, Polaris Office for opening MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files, Richnote for note-taking, and Smart Share for DLNA connectivity between the phone and other compatible DLNA devices.
Everything else is pretty much standard, including the Calendar, E-Mail, and G-Mail apps.
Processor and Memory
The LG Enact comes with a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon S4 processor with 1GB of RAM.
(HTML5 / Metal)
|LG Enact||5231||10699||2765 / 24 fps||2033 / 526|
|Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II||4122||2700|
|LG Optimus L7 II||2823||6674|
As you can see from the above benchmark, the LG Enact is pretty much in the same class as the Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II and Pantech Marauder. For real-world use, the Enact does feel a bit sluggish, mostly when swiping between the home screens and opening apps. Again, keeping in mind the price-point of this phone, we do wish that a faster processor were used, to speed things up a bit.
Also on board is 8GB of internal storage, though only about 3GB is available. But you can always install a microSD memory card up to 64GB in size for added storage.
Internet and Connectivity
There’s nothing really out of the ordinary here, as we have the Google Chrome Browser for our web browsing needs, though you can always install a different one if you so desire. Making use of Verizon’s 4G LTE network, web pages loaded fast, but there was some stutter when scrolling and zooming, most likely due to the processor. The 4” screen also does an OK job here, but again we wish it was higher resolution so that text would look sharper.
When using the SpeedTest.net app, we were able to get speeds up to 21 Mbps for download and 10 Mbps for upload, which is average for our area. Also supported is Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC.
1. mottykels (Posts: 364; Member since: 15 May 2013)
Rating is too high, maybe 4.5 for that kind of innovation, #trash
3. ColoKat (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)
Funny how reviews will vary a lot based on age and sex. I have an LG Accolade that is 5 years old. My kids have all had smartphones for a while. Not me. I was afraid of a smartphone. My Accolade has been dropped a million times-mostly on concrete or asphalt-and still works great! Recently, while visiting out of state, something got dropped on it and the front screen now has an ink blob on it. But the inside screen still works fine. Many of my letters and numbers are worn off. So I've been looking at smartphones. Since my LG has held up so well-still didn't need to charge it but once every 3-4 days-I have been reading reviews on the Enact. For the most part people like me have loved it! The over 50 crowd! I don't need nor want a bunch of bells and whistles. I'd like to have a GPS so if I'm away from home and can't remember where a restaurant I ate at a long time ago. I'd like to be able to purchase off of Amazon. But really having a smartphone has been based in fear. And from what I can tell from reviews from people like me-well, I've made my mind up and the Enact is the one. So younger people continue to love love the IPhone's and Windows phones and don't bash the lessor smartphone. It is exactly what WE need.