The Encore is a new device in AT&T's Quick Messaging Phone line-up. It features a 3-inch resistive touchscreen display, a 3 megapixel camera, and MobiTV capabilities for watching TV on the go. These specs make it a pretty solid contender in the featurephone market. I've been using the Encore for about day and here are a couple of things I've noticed:
- It's small. The devices is less than half an inch thick and only measures four inches tall by two inches wide. However, even though it's small, it still has some heft to it. It doesn't feel cheap and hollow, but rather solid and sturdy.
- The resistive touchscreen isn't bad and there seems to be less of a lag when switching between screens compared to other LG devices I've used recently. I have noticed though that there is an unexplained yellow-ish tint to the display. I'm not sure what's causing this.
- There's no physical keyboard so you'll have to make due with the on-screen virtual keyboard. My first test of the keyboard didn't impress me very much, but I'll test it out more to see my aim improves.
- The 3 MP camera is great, though I wish it had an autofocus or flash. I haven't taken very many photos, but the specs themselves make me happy.
- The capacitive touch buttons at the bottom of the front panel for Send, Back, and End aren't very responsive. I guess you can't expect perfection from a simple featurephone, but I did have to press them a couple of times before I got a response.
So far, though there have been some minor problems, the Encore seems to be a solid standard featurephone. Further testing will show if the 950 mAh battery is enough to keep the device powered and if my impression of the keyboard improves. For now, I'm keeping an open mind.