LG Enlighten Review

User Interface and Software:

Even though the LG Enlighten carries a low price, we’re glad to see that it comes with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread on board. It has a similar look-and-feel of the LG Revolution and other LG smartphones using their Optimus UI 2.0 interface, as there are four colorful icons on the bottom of the seven homescreens for accessing the phone, contacts, messaging and apps. In fact, the app drawer on the Enlighten and Revolution are identical, with it categorizing everything into sections (communication, news & search, media, tools, applications, and downloads). Some may like this, but we prefer to change it to an alphabetical list so apps are easier to find. Unfortunately, the Enlighten doesn’t contain as many widgets as the Revolution, but still has the basic ones, such as a calendar, clock, Google search, messaging, music, new& weather, pictures, power control, and traffic.



Included is the standard WebKit based browser, which does a good job of displaying web sites just how they would appear on a standard PC. Since the Enlighten is a 3G device, it takes about a minute to fully load the PhoneArena.com site, including all Flash content. When we used the SpeedTest.net app, we got downloads and uploads around 800Kbps.


The rest of the phone’s software is nothing out of the ordinary, such as managing contacts, messaging, and the calendar, and with the Polaris Viewer app you can open Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and PDF files.



Camera:

The LG Enlighten comes with a 3.2MP autofocus camera, just like the LG Vortex and Ally. Using the camera app is pretty simple, and it allows for some nice adjustments, such as the scene mode, resolution, ISO, white balance, and color effect. We also like that there is a dedicated 2-stop camera shutter key, so focusing and capturing the image can be done with it, instead of using the on-screen shutter icon.


Pictures that we took outside on a sunny day were average looking for a 3.2MP camera phone, as detail was OK but not great, and color accuracy was lacking, and some images looked out-of-focus, even though the on-screen indicator did turn green. Furthermore, images that we took inside, even with plenty of light, looked fuzzy and lacked detail. For recording videos, you’re limited to VGA 640x480 resolution at 20 frames-per-second, which results in average detail and jerky motion.



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Multimedia:

The music player is also pretty basic, but does the job, though the sound quality through the rear speaker is lacking at high volumes. Watching videos can be done through the gallery app, which shows all your pics and videos in a thumbnail view, or you can use the separate video player app. We tried both, and didn’t notice any difference, as it would not play our files that had a resolution of 1280x720 or that were encoded using DivX and Xvid, but videos with a lower resolution (800x480) and that were encoded using MP4 H.264/263 played just fine.




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3 Comments

4. kutiepie45

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

looks like a decent phone. However, i would like to know how the service is... great, average, or poor

5. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Want this phone for my sister... she needs a phone with GPS.. she treks all around the state as a substitute teacher and right now she has an ENV3 that she refuses to get rid of... it seems like a good entry level phone and she needs the hardware qwerty

6. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

i also like how they said that because of its 800mhz processor its obviously going to be slow.... slow compared to what? maybe the Droid RAZR or the Galaxy Nexus... my first android? the HTC Droid Eris. you guys remember that processor? 528mhz... i think coming up from a messaging phone to only slightly under 1ghz it won't be very noticible. :)
Enlighten
  • Display 3.2" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Storage 0.15 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1540 mAh(6.00h talk time)

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