LG Encore Review
Sticking with a stationary focused 3-megapixel camera, we were happy with the images it's able to capture outdoors as they were filled with good detail and colors – though, they looked darker in tone. When taking it indoors, there is a slight drop in fine detail which makes the whole shot look fuzzy. On the other side of it, colors had a blue tinge to them when taking shots in artificial lighting. Nevertheless, the quality it's able to muster is probably going to be more than satisfactory to the needs of customers using the handset.
You can forget about about trying to shoot videos with the Encore because the quality is pretty much forgetful. To our display, it's able to record at a maximum resolution of 320 x 240 pixels at a rate of 11 frames per second. Needless to say that they're pixelated and very choppy looking – plus it didn't help either when recorded voices sounded screechy in tone.
Taking a cue out of the Vu Plus, the Encore employs the same exact music player – which isn't to say a bad thing. Rather, it's more than functional at its core since it displays the album cover, song information, and on-screen controls. Obviously, the music will continue to play if you exit back to the home screen thanks to the music player widget. In addition, there are 6 Dolby equalizer presets which will fine tune the quality of the audio to cater to its specific genre of music. When placed on the loudest volume, the handset produces some strong, sharp, and clear tones which doesn't strain at all.
The video watching experience is a bit of a bummer since we were only able to load a video encoded in MPEG-4 at 320 x 240 resolution – and that's the maximum size it'll accept. Adding insult to the experience is the fact that playback is painfully slow and riddled with choppiness – something that ruins the overall experience.
With only 32MB of internal memory, it'll present you with a pickle if you're going to be shooting lots of photos. Luckily, it has an open microSD card slot which will be more than agreeable with accepting cards up to 32GB in size.
Just like the last LG handset we reviewed for AT&T, the LG Vu Plus, the Encore has quad-band (850/900/18000/1900 MHz) GSM and dual-band (850/1900 MHz) UMTS connectivity. Albeit, it drops the 7.2 Mbit/s HSDPA speeds of the Vu Plus in favor of 3.6 Mbit/s HSDPA speeds.
At this point, the experience of most AT&T feature phones in the web browsing department are similar thanks to Opera Mini being the default one. Pages load in a decent amount of time and is automatically rendered for use on a mobile handset – meaning that text is automatically adjusted to fit the length of the display. Although scrolling can feel like a monotonous process because of the resistive touchscreen and lack of kinetic scrolling, it doesn't deter from the overall good experience it's able to provide.
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