LG enV Review
Since the enV has a QWERTY keypad, it is designed to be used by heavy Text Message and E-Mail users. Pressing the Left soft key will display the Messaging menu. Within it, you can send Text, Picture, Video, and E-Mail messages, or go to your Inbox and Sent message box. Sending a Text message is a simple task on the enV. After entering in the number or contact that you want the message to go to, you then use your thumbs to enter in the text of the message by pressing the specific letter keys. It takes a bit of getting used to when coming from T9 or Itap text entry, but after a while we found it much easier to use. Another advantage of having a full keypad is that you can enter in words that most T9/Itap programs do not have stored. Sending a Picture or Video message is done very similar, except that a picture or video (stored on the phone or MicroSD card) can be attached to the message. This can be sent to another phone or E-Mail address.
Bluetooth Version 1.2 is supported on the enV and will allow up to 20 pairings to be stored at one time. Supported profiles include: headset, hands-free, dial up networking (DUN), audio distribution (Stereo A2DP), vCard object push, serial port, file transfer (not full OBEX), audio/video remote control, basic printing, and human interface device. We were able to use our Jabra v250 headset and get about 30 feet of static free reception. Since the enV also supports Stereo Bluetooth, we were able to use the LG HBS-110 stereo Bluetooth earbuds, and got about 30 feet of static free range on it as well. The HBS-110 could also Pause, Rew, and FF the songs, as well as displaying the song title on its OLED display. Basic Bluetooth printing can also be accomplished, but will require a BT capable printer.
We would have liked to have seen a full HTML web browser on the enV, due to its professional appearance and QVGA display, but unfortunately it is limited to the same dated WAP 2.0 browser that is used on all non-smart phones. The enV is NOT a SmartPhone, despite what some people may claim. Despite it only having a WAP browser, it will connect to Verizon’s Mobile Web service and provide you with information based on News, Weather, Sports, and Entertainment. There is also an address bar to enter in other WAP and HTTP sites. While in an EVDO coverage area, most WAP sites will load in about 5 seconds. HTTP/HTML site will take much longer to load (30+ seconds) and will not format correctly on the screen. Due the limited WAP browser, we cannot recommend the enV to people that need to view full HTML sites. An actual smart phone, would suite that job much better.
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!!!!