The Good The reasonably priced LG Enact has 4G LTE, a useful and comfortable sliding keyboard, and an optional user interface for smartphone beginners.
The Bad Slow internal speeds and a mediocre camera tarnish the handset's otherwise reliable performance.
The Bottom Line Verizon's budget-conscious QWERTY lovers should consider the Enact, but if cost isn't an issue, the Motorola Droid 4 is the better phone.
Dirt-cheap slider marred by slow speeds
Outfitted with a generously spaced five-row keyboard, the LG Enact Android smartphone is a great device for quick-type message artists who aren't looking to spend an arm and a leg. In fact, with its $19.99 on-contract sticker price, the handset is a downright bargain.
In addition, the 4G LTE-enabled Enact features a simplified Starter Mode user interface option, which allows Android neophytes to navigate their way around the phone without feeling too overwhelmed.
But, as always, with a low price comes some drawbacks. Namely, the handset can lag at times, and don't expect to book any studio time with its ho-hum 5-megapixel camera.
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