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A hands-on review of the LG Enlighten from Verizon Wireless

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The LG Enlighten is the perfect smartphone for the Columbus Android fan on a budget. Powered by Android 2.3, this handset sports decent functionality without all the bells and whistles of higher-end smartphones, like the recently released Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Comparable in ability to the Samsung Illusion, the Enlighten outstrips that smartphone in one important factor -- it's currently free from Verizon Wireless with a 2-year contract and data plan.

LG Enlighten Specifications

The Enlighten sports a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, capable of 320 x 480 HVGA resolution. The screen felt a little less smooth than the Illusion's but it still works nicely. A 3.2MP auto-focus camera allows for image and video capture. The texting-addicted will love the slide-out keyboard.

Memory options include 150 MB of on-board memory plus a microSD slot capable of up to 32GB of additional storage; a 2GB card comes with the smartphone. The processor is a 800MHZ Qualcomm model.

WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity options round out the device. The Enlighten had no problem accessing Verizon's Columbus 3G signal from the palatial basement studio of the Columbus Technology Examiner.

The best Android option on a budget

A free price makes it easy to recommend the LG Enlighten for those interested in the world of Android, but not wanting to overspend on their smartphone. Its features rank with the Samsung Illusion which costs $80 more.

Columbus Android fans need to check out this smartphone on their next visit to a local Verizon store. Gamers will pleased to know the Android Market is fully licensed on the Enlighten.

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