As with all Android phones, the Enlighten is compatible with Google's array of apps and services that include Gmail, Google Search with Voice, Maps with Navigation, Google Talk, Latitude, Places, and YouTube. If you decide not to use Gmail, you can use your own e-mail log-in information and enter in your POP3 or IMAP server addresses if you like. LG and Verizon have included a few of their own apps on here as well, and they include Backup Assistant, Guided Tours, My Verizon Mobile, and Polaris Viewer. The Verizon apps like Backup Assistant are not removable.
Other features of the Enlighten include text and multimedia messaging, voice commands, stereo Bluetooth, visual voice mail, a calculator, a clock, and a calendar. If you want a taste of multimedia, the Enlighten ships with the basic Android music and video player. The phone has 150MB of internal memory, but it does come with a 2GB card preinstalled. It can support up to 32GB cards.
For just a 3.2-megapixel camera, the Enlighten didn't take bad pictures. Image quality could be a bit sharper but colors looked good on the whole. You get up to 3x camera zoom, plenty of scene modes including a macro mode, white balance, color effects, ISO settings, timer, shutter sounds, and the capability to geotag photos. There's a built-in video camera as well, with many of the same settings.
We tested the dual-band (CDMA 800/1900 Mhz) LG Enlighten in San Francisco using Verizon Wireless. We were very impressed with the call quality on the whole. We heard our friends loud and clear, and didn't hear any crackles or noise distortions.
On the other end, friends said they heard us with great clarity. However, there were times when our voice was quieter than usual, and they had to ask us to speak up. They said voice quality was good on the whole. Speakerphone quality was great as well--in fact, callers said they could hardly tell the difference between a speakerphone call and a regular call.
The LG Enlighten has an 800Mhz processor. It's not as fast as the 1Ghz phones out there, but it's an improvement over the Ally's 600Mhz processor. Though we did experience slight lag when launching certain apps, we experienced very little sluggishness in overall navigation. The EV-DO Rev. A speed served us well too. We loaded the full CNET page in around 30 seconds, and Flash video didn't experience much buffering time.
The LG Enlighten is one of the better entry-level Android smartphones you can buy, especially if you want a physical keyboard. It ships with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, and supports Adobe Flash 10 in the browser along with 3G (EV-DO Rev. A) and Wi-Fi. It even has tethering and 3G Mobile Hotspot support. As for the keyboard, it's also one of the better smartphone keyboards we've used this year--it's spacious, tactile, and easy to use. If you don't mind the slower processor and less-then-stellar multimedia options, the Enlighten is a great beginner smartphone.