LG Enact Review

Interface and Functionality

User Interface

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.

Quadrant StandardAnTuTuGFXBenchVellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
LG Enact5231106992765 / 24 fps2033 / 526
Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II41222700

Pantech Marauder48826601

LG Optimus L7 II28236674

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.

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