The QWERTY-equipped smartphone is a dying breed. The LG Enact is the only one running Android that has come to Verizon all year, and it's not exactly looking to set the world on fire. After a pair of leaks, it's now available on Big Red for $19.99 with a two-year contract or $349.99 unsubsidized.

enact store

What can twenty bucks get you? Aside from the slide-out keyboard, you get a 4-inch, 800x480 LCD screen, a 1.2Ghz dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 8GB of storage plus whatever you put in the MicroSD card, a 5MP rear camera, and a skinned version of Android 4.1. The phone also has a curious four-button navigation setup: Back, Home, Recents, and Menu. Maybe LG was feeling nostalgic for the days of Gingerbread, back when the Enact might have been a lot more compelling.

There is one statistic that should be of note, especially for those users who like a phone that's ready for the long haul. The Enact uses a 2460mAh battery, which is relatively huge for a phone this size (110x52.3x15.7mm). Granted, it's pretty thick as well, but no one buys a QWERTY slider for its slim profile. Combine that capacious battery with Qualcomm's excellent power management and a small, low-res screen, and this thing should run for days.

The LG Enact is available from Verizon's web store now, and should be in retail locations soon. Any takers?

Source: Verizon

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Andreas Martin Mørch

    I really miss my QWERTY keyboard from my old Mini Pro.. If someone made a QWERTY phone with at least SIII specs, I'd be all over it. Would be willing to pay a current flagship price for that.

  • http://www.itchimes.com/ Faiz Ahmed Faiz

    Why QWERTY is such a taboo in Android or smartphones? I love to feel the buttons under my fingers.

  • Robert Alex Kibler

    Why can't samsung make a qwerty S4? They made the Galaxy S4 Active. Now make the Galaxy S4 Slide. I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

    • Stiggy

      That's even a good name for the phone. I never like full keyboard phones but this is smart on LG's part. 20 bucks for a meh keyboard smartphone for the kids. Bingo.

  • MJ

    Are you asking if anyone is interested in this phone so you can ban them from this? LOL

  • Colin Kealty

    Bah.. If it had had a 720p screen that would have been so nice from LG :( every other spec is acceptable (though no word on RAM), but 480p is just so.. 2011.. :/

  • br_hermon

    Only $20 bucks? Perfect phone for parents to give their kids.

  • xsirxx

    Why not just buy the Photon Q?

    • Rastor

      I love my Photon Q, but it's not on Verizon and its battery is nowhere near that big.

  • rap

    Good phone for those stepping up to their first smartphone and teens.