LG enV Touch VX11000 ReviewLG enV Touch 9
LG Voyager was introduced for the 2007 Holiday Season, it was the “must have” device from Verizon, as it was the first non-smartphone to incorporate a full touch-sensitive display with internal QWERTY keyboard. Since then, there have been other phones introduced with touchscreen displays, such as the Dare, Versa, and Krave. Then the beginning of this year, rumors started that a “Voyager 2” was coming to Verizon, but the Voyager name was retired, and the device was dubbed the LG enV Touch VX11000. The most notable improvements include two large 3” WVGA displays, better user interface, call quality, and a 3MP autofocus camera.
The retail package includes the enV Touch phone, 950mAh battery, combination wall charger/microUSB cable, and user manual.
When looking at the enV Touch for the first time, you can easily tell it is an upgrade from the Voyager, since both share many design characteristics. The clamshell form-factor remains intact with the familiar 2-stop hinge. Most of the front real estate is taken up by the display, with pewter chrome accents surrounding it. We like this choice since it’s not as shiny and reflective as the mirror chrome used on the Voyager. The back still uses the soft-touch coating, but has geometric indentions to it, which is also found on the enV3. The device’s overall height and depth is now slightly less, but it is also a little wider (due to the size of the display). Because of this, it less “brick like” than the Voyager, but it is still not as compact as the Alias 2, enV3, or Versa, and is noticeable while in your pant’s pocket. The overall construction feels solid for the most part, but we did notice some plastic creaking sounds when pressing on the chrome edging around the display. The Voyager and enV3 also exhibit this, but to a lesser extent.
You can compare the LG enV Touch VX11000 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.
As previously mentioned, the external 3” resistive touchscreen display is quite impressive, as it features WVGA 800x480 pixel resolution and supports up to 1.6 million colors. The internal display is the exact same size and specifications, except that it is not touch-sensitive. When looking at the displays on the LG enV Touch VX11000 next to the Voyager, you can easily see the difference it’s size and quality of images it produces. The enV Touch also has a light sensor, which automatically adjusts the brightness of the external display based on surround light levels, as well as a proximity sensor that turns off the display when the phone is next to your face and you’re on a call. Our only complaint here is that there is no way to manually adjust the brightness of the displays.
enV Touch next to the Voyager
LG enV Touch VX11000 has a light sensor for the external touchscreen display"
Since the touchscreen is resistive (pressure) sensitive, you can use your finger or a stylus for input, but we found a stylus really isn’t necessary. It provides a haptic (vibration) feedback when pressed, but you can change level of the vibration or even turn it off. The overall responsiveness of the touchscreen is good, but it does require a slightly more pressure than the Versa to get a response; about the same amount as the Dare.
Just like with the other LG touchscreen phones, the only physical buttons located on the front are for Send, Clear/VoiceCommand, and End/Power. They have a metallic look to them, but are in fact plastic. Along the left side is the camera button, volume rocker and lock button, with the 3.5mm headset jack and microSD card slot on the right side, microUSB data port on the bottom, and 3MP camera with flash on the back. We are glad to see the proprietary data port and 2.5mm headset jack used on the Voyager was replaced with the more standardized microUSB and 3.5mm formats.
When opening the phone up, you have the familiar 2-stop hinge that is found on the Voyager and other enV models. Below the internal display is the QWERTY keyboard, which has undergone some changes. The buttons are still about the same size, but have more rounded edges to them. There is now a single space key in the center, instead having two on either side, which to us feels easier to use. The d-pad is larger, and there are buttons for Favorites and New Text Message located on the left side. We found typing messages on the QWERTY keyboard to be slightly quicker than the Voyager, due to the center space key. When compared to the Versa (with keyboard attachment) the backlit buttons on the enV Touch were easier to see and are not a cramped together as on the Samsung Alias 2. Big hands will also like the larger keyboard on the LG enV Touch VX11000 than the enV3.
LG enV Touch VX1100 has a QWERTY keyboard and typing messages with it is slightly quicker than the one of the Voyager
1. BigRed83 (Posts: 144; Member since: 19 May 2008)
I can where my summer is going to be spent, doing phone book transfers for the thousands that will be getting this phone. I played with our launch kit model, and am VERY impressed. I saw no obvious points of failure. It feels solid and well-built. Hats off to LG for this one. I personally am interested in what they come up with when VZW gets their smartphone!
20. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
I AGREE looks way better than the voyager, where as the enV Touch ISNT UGLY
26. Garrison64 (Posts: 5; Member since: 30 Jun 2009)
So far I love mine. Terrific functionality and very nice features. I have no complaints.
2. lennydude (Posts: 23; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)
Just one simple question.............. Can anyone hear this phone when it rings? Same damn issue with the Voyager :(:(
25. Garrison64 (Posts: 5; Member since: 30 Jun 2009)
Yes the ringer is plenty loud. I have no problems hearing mine.
3. lovexlucy (Posts: 16; Member since: 14 Feb 2009)
wow i just got this phone and i love it :) the touch screen is pretty good and the features are awesome! whats funny is that it actually comes with some pretty good default ringtones overall i really like it
12. deschats (Posts: 193; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
how much did you pay? was it with an upgrade or did you pay retail?
4. Phoneboy (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Jun 2009)
Hey, I know the Env3 has threaded text messaging but I was wondering if the env touch, the versa, or the dare have threaded texting?? -Thanks
5. mikeaud44 (Posts: 30; Member since: 05 Dec 2008)
I have the Dare, and it definately does NOT have threaded text messaging.
9. metalpoet (unregistered)
i have a dare and dont care about threaded messasging
14. deschats (Posts: 193; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
i have the dare. its time for a new one, they need to quit milking money out of this one. i loved it when i got it but i can now think of a million things they could update. heres the list: threaded text messaging, slide out keyboard, bigger screen, bigger touch keyboard if they want complete touch, thinner, sleeker design (it looks like the voyagers touch design), better memory, better internet, MORE DISPLAY OPTIONS/MENU SETTINGS!!!!!!!!!! i hate the stupid black and white things. oh and a diffferentttttttt color scheme. black/metallic/plastic black and gray look stupid.
19. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
the dare is old and well, just not that good
6. df8579 (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 May 2009)
Got this phone on Friday and everything about it is awesome!!! Definately reccomend it to anybody looking for something not quite a smartphone, but still has everything and more.
15. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
Although I hate Voyagers (I had one before I switched to the iPhone 3G) I still give this phone a lot of props. They were a little unoriginal with the some things like the cover flow (what a rip!!) but I'm really surprised that they did a lot of cool new things from the last phone. The fact that they have a document viewer is very impressive. Not many (if any) phones that I am familiar with have something like that where you can see a list of all documents visited from websites. (Right now I am guessing that documents in the document viewer are files from the internet and not put on the device through the USB mode.) But I am most impressed with the limited flash support. I know it's limited but it still beats the fact that most phones are still trying to get flash support. I would never buy it but still... they did a pretty good job with this device.
22. Garrison64 (Posts: 5; Member since: 30 Jun 2009)
Actually if you have a MicroSD card installed you can move data to it from your PC which would include doc files.
27. treewhopper (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Jul 2009)
Actually, the USB connection is great! In USB mode, (NOT the music sync mode) you can transfer documents to the phone quite easily by dropping them in the 'my documents' folder. This phone really has me surprised.
31. hammertime (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Aug 2009)
If it had Wi-Fi, I would definitely get it, but I don't want an html browser without a way to use it for free. Verizon is pushing up their cheapest data rates too. Enjoy it while you can Verizon. When everyone has Wi-Fi, you'll have to settle for gouging us for text messages ;-)
7. YelloPhase (Posts: 24; Member since: 15 May 2009)
dang i gotta wait another week before i can get mine. i called and they said they wont have them in until next week =/ cant wait though!!!!!!!!!!
8. gomets15217 (Posts: 38; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)
um, no video review? those were the best things on this site =/
17. kimmi (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Jun 2009)
There is a video review at the very end of the article and I found that you can go on youtube and search phonearena and the phone model you want to see and they are on there as well. Hope this helps :-)
10. Agent (Posts: 30; Member since: 16 Dec 2008)
This form factor is idiotic. Why have two screens when you can have a slider? Imagine enjoying the touch screen and then you open the phone to type and the screen you are then using is NOT touch-sensitive. There is no redeeming factor whatsoever.
13. deschats (Posts: 193; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
i agree 100 %!!!!!! a sliding form factor would have gotten this phone top of the list. ofcourse, i guess everyones excuse is that it wouldnt be a true successor if it was a slider. same with env3. why not just have a bigger screen and slide out keyboard, ofcourse that would be like the rumor. anyway i agree thanks for posting this comment.
21. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)
I also think a sliding form factor would obviously make more sense but this way its more unique and different. i still like it
24. Garrison64 (Posts: 5; Member since: 30 Jun 2009)
Personally I like the internal screen. I can flip it open and set it down on a desk or table in front of me and still see the screen. It's kind of like a minature laptop is probably the best way to describe it. Sliders are always flat so you really need to be holding them all the time in order to text or do anything else. Plus with sliders I think you lose some keyboard real estate due to the way the two halves almost always overlap by a half inch or so. You don't have that with this unit.The touch screen is done very well too. Not as nice as the one on my i-pod touch but it gets the job done. It doesn't bother me at all to have the two displays.
33. wizkid27 (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Aug 2009)
I think you slider people are retarded. I love it just the way it is. I think it would have made it just as average as every other phone. I agree ^^ I love the ability to be able to open it and lay it on the table and still be able to see it. Eventually there probably will be a slider phone that comes out so stop complaining about this one and be patient. If you can't stop complaining about your phone then sell it and go on another plan.
34. wizkid27 (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Aug 2009)
sorry, i wasn't specifically trying to comment on your comment i just pressed the wrong thing
35. smokemeimdope (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Sep 2009)
the enVtouch is way more comfortable than a sliding texting phone and the double screens is pretty good dont you think if one breaks you have the other unlike the samsung rogue
38. Joebob (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Oct 2009)
The internal screen is a wonderfu tool. I have some of that rubber mat for use as non skid folded up on my little ledge where the gauges of my van are. I have the phone plugged into it's charger, open to the internal screen, I can see and hear who is calling, I use my VZ Navigator there also. It sits right where I have to see my speed so I can glance down, see where Navigator wants me to be and drive safely. I love the internal screen for games also. I read my mail on this screen. Hands free.........Yeah, there are valid reasons for the internal screen and I love it. I think since I love my old LG EnV so much, I will get along well with the "Touch". I choose the "Touch" Thank you all for the help in making this decision. Joe
16. vzwfann15 (Posts: 16; Member since: 10 Jun 2009)
Do the Env3 and Touch come with full games or just demos? Also, is it possible for more menu interface options to be downloaded from Verizon's website?
18. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
see now that is a job well done LG not a big fan but very impressed never liked the voyager (
28. becazican (unregistered)
just returned my second touch in two weeks, screen freezes up , the touch screen is very inaccurate, the volume really sucks on this thing. i expected better out of lg.
32. DJ C (Posts: 8; Member since: 07 May 2008)
Not all phones are perfect....I had to go through a lot of crap with other verizon phones. However, this is one of the greatest they have. Works much better than the voyager I have, the env 2, glyde, as well as the Chocolate. I am sure you will receive one that works. If not, trade it in for a different one. One aspect that I do not like is the battery life. I bought an extened battery and this phone is beyond great now. We all have to remember that ALL phones have their issues. Sometimes we have to lower our expectations because they may be too high. Env Touch is the best phone right now. I do wish that the music would not stop when I receive a message, it is pretty annoying. Rather, LG could make it so that some way it tells you, you received a message while continuing. Besides that, no problems. Wonder how the Rogue will stack up to this......Hmmmm?
29. DJKuulA (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Jul 2009)
Phone Arena Team: How does the camera on the enV Touch compare to the camera on the Samsung Memoir? I realize the resolution is very different, but which one takes *better* pictures? It's hard to compare directly from your (and other) online reviews. I'm debating between the two, mainly on their camera functionality.
30. dezbaby (Posts: 7; Member since: 20 Jul 2009)
Someone want to give me theirs? Baha! :P Seriously.
36. Rtard94 (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Sep 2009)
Ill trade mine for your phone it all depends what you have im looking intovthe HTC Touch Pro 2 cause i absolutely hate my phone...
37. Rtard94 (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Sep 2009)
ENV TOUCH SUCKS!!!!! DO NOT buy this phone there are so many things wrong with it... I'm on my fifth one and I take almost perfect care of it... Just dont waste ur money and get this phone
39. supercommando (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Jan 2010)
Does the music player have an EQ or any bass, treble settings? Can you use speaker phone while this is CLOSED. I read you can CLOSE the device and still hear music BUT can you close the device and still be on a call with speakerphone active? I was at a Verizon store looking at this: when I activate the speaker phone it says it will automatically turn OFF after 1 min of inactivity. On my OLDER Env, when I set speark phone ON, it STAYS on which is the way I WANT IT.
40. Ron (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Mar 2010)
Overall a great phone. 4.5 stars for me. Only three usability nits - the screen lock to keep you from accidentally activating the phone and calling someone inadvertently is not effective. It should be sliding switch on the side (like in the previous model) and not a push button type. As implemented, I still accidentally call people. Secondly, the screen is difficult to read under sunlight. A transflective-type screen would be better. Thirdly, an option to make the dial pad numbers bigger. Currently, the biggest fonts aren't big enough for my fat finger tips. Otherwise, the calls are clear, doesn't cut out and it's intuitive to use.
41. Wright-foamer (unregistered)
The LG enV Touch's "touch" feature is awful!! most other smart phones with a touch screen require a very light touch, NOT the enV!!! You have to use a press hard, which then activates functions you don't want. Forget about accessing the web with this phone!! The zoom function is terrible and trying to fill out a form (password, address, etc.) is so frustrating I finally gave up. I now have a Samsung Alias2 which is far superior (& less expensive). The screen is smaller and there is no touch option - but using this phone is far easier.
43. move4less (unregistered)
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44. Kim (unregistered)
The LG Voyager and this phone LG EN Touch are known by the manufacturer to have severe issues with the touch screens. This is my 3rd phone with the same touch issues....Sucks! Why wouldn't they fix the issues with following releases?
45. Brycew223 (unregistered)
I got this phone today off of amazon. I am having trouble with the battery. It doesn't stayed charged for long at all. It is a brand new phone so it's not because it was used hard. I'm hoping it's just the battery and not the phone. Has anyone else had this problem?