The Good The LG Enlighten has a great keyboard, ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and has plenty of features like a 3.2-megapixel camera, 3G with EV-DO Rev. A, Wi-Fi, 3G Mobile Hotspot capabilities, and more. It's also very affordable.
The Bad The LG Enlighten is bulky and can be a bit sluggish.
The Bottom Line The LG Enlighten is a great beginner smartphone for Verizon Wireless customers who want a physical keyboard.
LG Enlighten (Verizon Wireless)
We can hardly believe that almost a year has passed since the first U.S. LG Android phone, the, hit our shores. LG has advanced considerably in the U.S. market since then, with the release of several great Android phones like the high-end , the entry-level Optimus handsets for every major carrier, and the recently launched midrange .
Now LG has introduced a successor to the Ally with the LG Enlighten for Verizon Wireless. In the tradition of LG's entry-level offerings, the Enlighten is surprisingly feature-packed for its category--it ships with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, 3G, Wi-Fi, along with 3G Mobile Hotspot capabilities for up to five devices. Seeing as the Enlighten is free with a two-year contract, that's not a bad deal at all if you're just looking for a basic Android phone.
The LG Enlighten looks more like the Optimus line of phones than the Ally. At 4.5 inches long by 2.3 inches wide by 0.58 inch thick, the Enlighten has a blocky rectangular design that is softened slightly by curved sides and rounded corners, and is not nearly as curvaceous and angled as the Ally. The Enlighten is not as heavy at 5.54 ounces, but it'll still put a dent in your pocket. The phone has a soft-touch matte finish on the back that gives it a nice comfortable feel in the hand.