LG enV Pro is canceled by Verizon
The enV series took a giant leap forward with the November 2007 launch of the LG Voyager which was Verizon's quickly put together answer to the Apple iPhone. The feature phone had one external touchscreen and one internal display and was equipped with an HTML browser-the first feature phone to be so equipped. The clamshell opened to reveal a well-reviewed QWERTY keyboard and the handset was capable of receiving VCAST television.
LG and Verizon took the Voyager one step further with the LG enV Touch. Unable to use the Voyager name because of a dispute with headset maker Plantronics, for a brief time period some were calling the handset the carrier's best phone. Improving on the responsiveness of the external touchscreen display, adding an accelerometer and a better browser, it took the launch of the Motorola DROID in November 2009 to eclipse the enV Touch.
The LG enV Pro was to take the line another step up. Flavored by Android 2.1, the model was to be the first smartphone in the series, albeit an entry-level handset. Now with the phone canceled by Verizon, we wonder if we have just witnessed the end of a very popular model for Big Red.
1. cowsrockalot (Posts: 34; Member since: 02 Nov 2009)
I wasn't looking forward to this device, but I am SUPER sad to see the EnV name go. First the Octane, now they're canceling the EnV touch? this is stupid
21. narley21 (unregistered)
why dont you buy an octane and call it an env4? lol whats the diff?
2. ashlie o. (unregistered)
i had the env3 and env touch and now the ally and i loved the env's :( i am very sad to see it go..rip env line :(
12. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)
RIP EnV line, lol. I thought LG was falling off with that POS Cosmos that came out. Octain has brought them back.
3. fkljhf (unregistered)
prolly cancelled to make room for the almighty DROID OS
33. ihateenvtouch (unregistered)
Obviously, you didn't know the env pro had android OS. so obviously thats not why.
and the env touch is a piece of crap, and i hate it. all 10 of them i've had since may.
4. Joshing4fun (Posts: 968; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
I think it was a good idea to cancel this phone but i think they should still make an env touch 2.. just not a smartphone.
5. llkajsdsf (unregistered)
I am sad that we can not even get another multimedia phone in the enV series. I don't want to pay extra for a smart phone data plan and I love my enV2 and enV touch because they were the best phones for that price.
7. JRN1704 (unregistered)
Good idea on canceling it as a Android based OS but might as well revamp the phone to make it the updated version of the EnV4. Then again, they did release the Octane which will defeat the purpose. Good job Version! Long live the ENV brand.
8. KingOfPhones (Posts: 41; Member since: 04 May 2008)
I think making it a smartphone would have been a mistake. I mean, the hardware it just not smartphone worthy. they should bring it back as a multimedia phone, where it will thrive since it is the best phone in that category by far.
9. Phullofphil (Posts: 792; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
I dont really think its a good idea any way there is plenty of android smartphones. I think they should of kept the envyline as a primeere phone not a smartphone but improved the screen and and improve there in house os cause people still like theose phones cause 30 dollars a month for data can be a little to much sometimes.
11. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)
Data plans are a lot..which is why VZW booted the 'multimedia requirement of 9.99 a month to use many phones' and they offer a 15 dollar a month data plan.
10. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)
Step fwd. with Voyager, ppl I Knew that had that phone after 6-12 months, hate it.
13. cthunder (Posts: 102; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
So sad, I was looking forward to replacing my Env Touch with the Env Touch 2. Oh well, looks like I will be trading in my Env Touch for possibly the HTC Merge. The Merge will be released Nov. 11th according varies websites.
27. VZW_User (unregistered)
I really want the HY Merge too. I hope I get it for Christmas.
28. VZW_User (unregistered)
14. I_Work_Here (unregistered)
Personally, being a VZW employee I am pleased as can be to see it go. We have had nothing but problems with the Env Touch; I don't go a single day without a handfull of people coming in and legitimately complaining about that POS. Secondly, this device would have been terribly underpowered for the OS and capabilities, and would have been as much of a problem child as is the Ally.
15. uofmrules (Posts: 47; Member since: 11 Oct 2010)
I agree 100%, LG is awesome at Basic phones, but suck at internet based phones.
24. zerovampire311 (Posts: 42; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
Also being a VZW employee, I had an opportunity to use it. It had a 1ghz processor, so it could support Android, unlike the Ally. This thing was like a Droid 2 crammed in an EnV Touch, it was pretty much fantastic! I'm sad to see it go...
16. Danny68 (unregistered)
Yea the Octane is another crappy phone. It is a minor step up from the original env 3 but a step down to the env Touch. LG's going to have to come with something big to compete with the big players of android vzw phones like the moto droids and samsung galaxies and the HTCs. They keep commin out with garbage like the cosmos and octane and so called feature phones they will lose in the cell phone/smartphone world of today and soon carriers will all be gone 4g.. well keep on lookin....
25. zerovampire311 (Posts: 42; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
LG is at least going to step up a bit with the Cosmos Touch. It reminded me very much of the EnV touch, but a slightly smaller phone. Not to mention: the only touch screen phone on Verizon that doesn't require a data plan!
30. cheeseflavoredcheeze (unregistered)
That's not true. They have the Pantech Crux which doesn't require a data plan. It's pretty cool too. Just no full keyboard.
17. Danny68 (unregistered)
Yea true they have been able to make reliable basic phones but they need to make do what motorola and HTC did and make a powerhouse smartphone to compete with the likes of the Droid and the Evo 4g and samsung epic..
19. lolzorz (Posts: 13; Member since: 01 Nov 2010)
Can't believe Big Red is canceling the EnV series. They were best sellers in Verizon with kids and teens. It's sad to see it go but they probably needed to make room for higher end Android devices. A flip smartphone dosent seem all that bad but Big Red probably thought so.
20. metis78 (unregistered)
LG is really behind in terms of smartphones. At the this point your lucky to get wifi and a non-resistive touch-screen.
They should really move in on the sub 300 android line, its nearly impossible to find one with a keyboard.
26. zerovampire311 (Posts: 42; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
This was supposed to be a sub 300 android phone, with a fantastic keyboard. The Ally was their first venture into that space, but it's kind of a flop, the processor barely supports Android.
22. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)
I still use my Env2 and love it. Outside of the occasional shutdows, the phone is awesome. I will take it's super battery over a droid phone that I have to kill apps all the time on and worry about running out of juice b4 the end of the day.
29. yogi (unregistered)
personally was gonna buy this phone the day it came out, i want an android but read reviews on ally and specs were not so good currently have an Env3 and Love the keyboard best in class so easy to type with, was gonna get droid 2 but played with it for a bit and hated the way the keys felt, LG makes some solid phones in terms of external parts (Env touch has/had one of the best touch screens out there), from the early specs this phone looked like everything i wanted a droid phone with a good keyboard and all the basic goodies, sad to see this go but the HTC merge looks pretty good so maybe ill get that instead.
31. cheeseflavoredcheeze (unregistered)
I would have liked to see this. I probably wouldn't buy it though. I would have been really interested in testing out Android without a keyboard. This is probably what my little sister would have gotten. But in my opinion if your going to be paying $30 a/ month extra on top of your already over priced plan, you might as well spring for the Fascinate or Incredible. Or maybe the X, which I quite like. But is not on my list because of high SAR (radiation it puts out) levels and screen that's almost too big for me.
32. The_Verizon_Guy_LMAO (unregistered)
They are now saying that the LG EnV Pro will not be cancelled it will be coming in January.
34. xcr22xx (unregistered)
i have had all of the env's including the V, the voyager and the env touch, it tears me apart to see the env line die, they were the best phones i have ever owned and always look back at my old ones thinking i want to go back to them even though i have a "better" phone at the moment. I have had droids and blackberry's in the close past but nothing compares to my lg enV's. Rest In Peace EnV.
35. greenev1 (unregistered)
I love all my envs i have all them the first one the second the 3rd and voyager and touch im sad to see this go because i was going to get the new one.
36. greenev1 (unregistered)
im said because i have all of them env 1 env 2 env 3 voyager and the touchand i was going to get the new one.