LG enV Review
The menu system of the phone is organized as Get it Now, Messaging, Contacts, Recent Calls, Settings & Tools, E-Mail, IM, and Navigator. There are only 2 Themes included on the enV: Communicator, and VZW. The VZW theme is also used on the VX8600 and is less graphical, while the Communicator theme is much more graphical and has animated icons. Both themes have fast response times and are user friendly. Between the two, we prefer using the Communicator theme.
The enV has the same Phonebook features that are on the Chocolate and VX8600. It allows up to 500 contacts to be stored, each with Name, Mobile 1, Home, Work, Email 1, Group, Mobile 2, Fax, and Email 2. Besides storing numbers, you can also select a Picture and Ringtone to be associated with each one. When that person calls, their specific ringtone will be played and the picture will be shown on the display. This is the easiest way to tell who is calling. Accessing save contacts only takes one-touch of the Right soft key. This will display them all in alphabetical order. At the bottom of the screen you can type in the name of a contact and select search. This saves time, than scrolling through pages of names to find the one to call. There are also 98 Speed-Dial locations that you can assign a contact to.
Voice dialing is accomplished by using the Voice Command feature, which can be used with the phone open or closed. Available choices are: Call Name or Number, Send Message to Name or Number, Go to Menu, Check Item, Lookup Name, My Account, and Help. Out of these, the most useful is the Call Name or Number. This allows you to speak the name of the Contact or the digits for it to dial. This feature is very useful while in a car and can also be used in conjunction with a Bluetooth earpiece device. Voice Command had almost no problems understand the names or numbers that we wanted it to call, but did have some problems when in noisy environments.
The Speakerphone is another useful feature, however it can only be used while the phone is opened. Since the enV has two speakers, the voice quality is much better than on the Chocolate and VX8600. There are a total of 8 volume setting for the speakerphone, but going any louder than 6 will cause some distortion. Overall, we were quite pleased with the speakerphone on the enV. It would have been nice to use it while the phone is closed, like on the A990, but then the voices would be muffled and difficult to hear. Because of this, we can understand why LG would only allow the speakerphone to be used while the phone is open.
The Calendar can be accessed by pressing the down-arrow on either of the 5-way navigational pads. The display will show the current month with the current date highlighted in black. You can then use the arrow buttons to select any date that you wish. From there, you can add multiple events to each day if desired. Each one will allow you to enter the Subject, Start Time, End Time, Repeat (once, daily, weekly, monthly, yearly), and Alert Tone. After an alert is saved, it will notify you of the event by playing the alert tone and display the alert information on the screen.
The enV has a total of 48MB of Internal Memory, but 15MB is used by the phones programming. Since this does not leave a lot of free space, we recommend using a MicroSD card for storing Pictures, Videos, and MP3 files. The enV supports up to a 2GB MicroSD card, which will provide the easiest way of transferring the files between the phone and computer.
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!!!!