LG enV Review
The enV is comprised of out silver, dark gray, and black plastic. The parts have a sturdy feel to them and should withstand normal every-day use. When opening the phone, the hinge will stop at two positions, with a small “click” sound. When the phone is closed, it measures 4.64”H x 2.08”W x 0.78”D, and has a weight of 4.60oz; which is better than the VX9800’s weight of 5.19oz. The enV feels very comfortable in the hand when using it during a phone conversation, but when you place it in your pants pocket, you will defiantly notice that it is more bulky than the RAZR or VX8600.
The external front of the phone has a 128x160 pixel 65K color TFT Display. Colored wallpaper looks good and the display is large enough to view dialed numbers, phonebook entries, and text messages. Below the external display is a 5 way navigational keypad that will access MP3 music, calendar, and limited phone settings (you must open the phone to get to the full menu settings). Surrounding it are the left & right soft keys, voice command, Send, and End keys. Below them is the silver numeric keypad, with blue backlighting, that is used for dialing phone numbers. The buttons are smaller than average, but still easier to use than on the Chocolate. Located on the left side of the phone is the Camera and Volume Up/Down buttons. The right side has the 2.5mm headset output, and MicroSD slot, and located on the back is the 2MP camera with auto focus and flash. The Charger/Data Port is on the bottom, and has the same connection used on the Chocolate and VX8600.
Opening up the enV will show off its two main features, QWERTY keypad and landscape display. The Internal Display is 240x320 pixel 262K Color TFT, which shows images and text with wonderful detail and clarity. The display also has a much wider viewing angle than on the V, as well as being brighter. On either side of the display are two (stereo) speakers. When the phone is open, they play MP3 music, ringtones, and speakerphone very well. However, once the phone is closed, the sound is muffled and lacks good quality. Because of this, we recommend keeping the phone open when playing MP3 music.
The QWERTY keypad has a simple layout and is easy to use. The buttons are square, instead of being round, and have blue backlighting. We found that composing an E-Mail or Text Message to be easier with the newer key design on the enV, and there are now two Space keys located on either side. There is a dedicated orange E-Mail button that will allow you to use the Verizon Wireless Sync program. It will provide synchronization of E-Mail, Calendar, and Contacts from your PC to your phone. However, at $20 a month, we find this cost pretty steep. Another change to the keypad is that the Clear and Speakerphone buttons are now separate. This is a welcome change, since we disliked that the V had them both on the same button. There is also another 5-way navigational control, similar to the one on the external of the phone.
1. Littlestar (unregistered)
This phone is wonderful in so many ways. First of all the easy open key pad makes it so easy to do texting on the go, and I am still able to check my text messages & send text messages while I am on a current call. I know we can't expect to have ALL in most phones - as this is not a perfect world, but even though this phone has its limits like some phones do - and to finish off my comments; I want to say that I have NEVER had problems with this phone.... LOVE IT just LOVE IT !
2. Little orange god (unregistered)
I love my enV. I have the orange one and its been amazing I have dropped it in water dropped it lol alot and it has never failed me. Excellent battery life, great camera, and full key board what more can one ask for. I give this phone a 10 too bad its discontinued. Anyone with issues is more than likely user error.
3. cattyshedevil (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Aug 2008)
I really like the phone. This is my third one in 7 months but after it's been replaced because of issues with texts and not able to send them, nor receive them. Sometimes it would shut off. Finally on my third phone, the software upgrade was available and now it works like a charm. I have dropped this thing numerous times and it's very durable!
4. cattyshedevil (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Aug 2008)
I only have a problem with reception when I'm in parts of the basement that I work in. It's near a parking garage as well so that may be blocking some of the signal.
5. Kae425 (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)
Its 2010 and I have had so many different before and after I purchased this one and for some reason I just can not get enough of it!! I originally purchased the orange phone like 3 years ago or so and when my 2 year contract was up I had gotten the Juke, A Blackberry, Moto Q9m (horrible)!! I gave my orange enV to someone because I thought I was over it; I tried the env2, env3, & env touch, just doesnt compare. So here I am today trading a Blackberry Curve for a enV vx990!! I would rather love a phone than worry about how "cool" it is!! This phone is amazing, dependable, and easy to work!! I love this phone!!!!