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.
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?