LG Encore Review
Laid out in the same fashion as what we saw with the LG Vu Plus, we are presented with three home screens which offer some level of personalization. The left most panel are for your contacts, the middle being a hub for all of your widgets, and the right one is for shortcuts to some common apps. Despite presenting itself with some widgets, laying them out is straightforward since they're all relatively sized equally in length – meaning that we just ended up stacking them on top of one another. Even worse, we find ourselves wondering why either AT&T or LG decided to implement the same main menu style found with the long forgotten LG Vu. Regardless of the reason, the platform does run fairly smooth with barely any wait when touching something on-screen – but still, it's long due for a major makeover.
You'll be limited to creating 1,000 contact on the handset, but there are plenty of specific pieces of information you can save to each – such as phone numbers, email addresses, and even birthdays.
Messaging happy individuals should more than find the experience on the Encore to be acceptable even though it's going to require all touch. Naturally, you can resort to using the typical keypad for your traditional process of texting, but with T9 enabled, you basically lessen the wait. When flipping it to landscape, we're greeted to the full QWERTY option which does feel rather cramped in space, but with some patience and practice, we soon found ourselves speed typing without much pause.
AT&T's Mobile Email is in effect on the Encore, as usual, so the whole process of setting up common email will be a breeze. After inputting our email address and password for Gmail, it managed to set it up properly. However, it'll require additional pieces of information, like server addresses, if it's not one a common one.
Since social networking is deeply ingrained into the minds and hearts of mobile users, it was only fitting to find iSkoot's AT&T Social Net app on board. It'll be the gateway to all of your social networking needs as it aggregates content from a variety of accounts.
If you prefer an instantaneous method of chatting with someone, aside from actually calling them, you'll have the pick of the litter of which instant messaging client to use. As always, you'll have either AIM, Windows Live Messenger, or Yahoo Messenger at your disposal.
The LG Encore packs a decent mix of various apps to keep you busy, but some will require subscriptions – which naturally turn people away if they're not interested. Some of the included apps are AT&T Navigator, AT&T Radio, Where, Loopt, YPmobile, Wikimobile, My-Cast Weather, PicDial, AllSport GPS, and MobiTV. If that's not enough to satisfy your needs, then you can play any of the following demo games like Tetris, I-play Bowling, Ferrari GT, Diner Dash Flo, and Brain Exercise.
1. Boti95 (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Sep 2010)
You know whats weird. The LG Sentio from Tmobile is like the LG COOKIE PLUS and the LG Encore is like the LG COOKIE MUSIC and the LG Prime is like the LG COOKIE FRESH?
2. misscin (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Oct 2010)
i have a lg encore 550 when i take pics and try to put them as use pis ehen someone calls its a verysmall box cant even tell who they are anyway to fix this?
3. catlvr (unregistered)
hey, is there any difference between the Lg encore GT550 and the LG Shine Touch km555?
like in size and whatever
4. savannah (unregistered)
I just got this phone yesterday and i'm already going to return it. I hate it.
5. Nick83 (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
the touch screen on this phone sucks. Nobody can hear me on this phone which i never had a problem with before its terrible