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LG Encore Review

LG Encore

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LG Encore Review
The earpiece on the handset produces some mind deafening tones that'll make it very easy to hear, however, there is some noticeable static sound in the background which is evident when it's completely silent. Additionally, our callers did sound muffled on our end, but we were still able to make out words thanks to the loud earpiece. Granted, our callers did say that our voice did sound natural in tone. But when using the speakerphone, voices were muffled sounding and muted – so it makes for a challenging experience.

When testing out the LG Encore, we didn't experience any droped calls or gradual changes in signal strength in the greater Philadelphia region.

Using a 900 mAh battery, we were a little unimpressed with the 4 hours of talk time we achieved out of the handset. In contrast, the LG Vu Plus with the same sized battery was able to achieve 5 hours of talk. The manufacturer has the Encore rated for 3 hours of talk and 240 hours of standby time.


There's no arguing that the biggest thing going for the LG Encore is its inexpensive pricing at $49.99 – making it a lot more forgiving than the $149.99 LG Vu Plus; especially when it functions equally. Naturally, its design does exude a handset that should be priced more, but it easily stands tall amongst other similar handsets in the same boat. With its compact and modern looking design, combined with a decent performance, the LG Encore GT550 should be a worthy option for just about anyone. Sure it may not have the blazing high-end specs of other handsets, but it's nonetheless charming enough to exude one.

LG Encore Video Review:


  • Compact size
  • Solid construction
  • Affordable price


  • Choppy video playback
  • Outdated looking main menu
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

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?

posted on 24 Oct 2010, 11:11

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?

posted on 25 Feb 2011, 20:36

3. catlvr (unregistered)

hey, is there any difference between the Lg encore GT550 and the LG Shine Touch km555?
like in size and whatever

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 13:00

4. savannah (unregistered)

I just got this phone yesterday and i'm already going to return it. I hate it.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 19:16

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

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PhoneArena rating:
Display3.0 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (155 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Size4.17 x 2.10 x 0.47 inches
(106 x 53 x 12 mm)
3.70 oz  (105 g)
Battery950 mAh, 3 hours talk time

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