LG enV3 VX9200 ReviewLG enV3 8.5
Verizon’s enV series of phones by LG have been popular devices among texters for years, thanks to the internal QWERTY keyboard. When the enV2 VX9100 came out a year ago, it was noticeably smaller than its predecessors, but lacked any amount of style. That has now changed with the introduction of the LG enV3 VX9200. Not only is it more stylish, but has an improved keyboard, camera, and displays. The device is mainly targeted to the consumer who does not need or require a touchscreen, such as the LG enV Touch or Samsung Glyde, but still wants the convenience of an integrated keyboard. Its main competition comes from the Samsung Alias 2, as it offers a unique e-ink keyboard and dual-hinge display.
Included in the retail package is the LG enV3 phone, 950mAh battery, combination wall charger/microUSB cable, and user manual.
Most popular phones today come in a choice of colors, and the enV3 is no exception as it is available in Slate Blue and Maroon. As you can see, our review unit is the Slate Blue model, where that color is used throughout the device, including the keyboard and on the soft-touch coating on the back. The phone’s overall construction feels sturdy and should hold up to normal daily use. It is also about the same size as the enV2 and Alias 2, but actually feels smaller in your hand due to the more rounded edges. When placing it in your pant’s pocket it is also less noticeable than its larger brother, the enV Touch.
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external display is now larger, up from 1.45” to 1.56” and with a resolution of 160x96 pixels. Though this may not sound like much, it does make a difference when using the phone and external menus. The up/down arrows from the enV2 have been replaced with a standard d-pad, which we are glad to see. It is chrome in color and works well when navigating through the various menus. The dial pad is also more stylish with slightly curved lines, instead of looking like a calculator on the enV2. The buttons are larger than the ones found on the Alias 2 and provides good feedback when pressed. They are easy to use for dialing numbers and typing a text message with T9 entry. The dedicated front music button has been replaced with a contacts button, but you can still access the music menu by pressing the up-arrow on the d-pad. Located on the left side of the device is the camera button and volume rocker, with the 2.5mm headset jack and microSD card slot on the right, microUSB port on the bottom, and 3MP camera with flash on the back.
Just like with all other enV models, the LG enV3 VX9200 has the familiar 2-stop hinge when opening up the device. The internal display has increased in size form 2.4” to 2.6” and retains it’s QVGA 320x240 resolution. This makes it the same size and resolution as the one found on the Alias 2. Images look good on the internal display, as it supports up to 262K colors. It also features a sensor that will automatically adjust the brightness of the backlight based on the surround light levels, but it can be disabled and the user can select from 7 brightness settings. We like the ability to select our own backlight level, and wish this feature were included on the enV Touch.
The QWERTY keyboard and d-pad has been redesigned, and is actually just a scaled-down version of the one used by the enV Touch. The buttons and d-pad are slightly larger than ones on the enV2, and there is now a center space key instead of two on either side. When comparing the enV3’s QWERTY keyboard to the one on the Alias 2, we found typing message to be easier with the LG enV3 VX9200, since the buttons are spread out more and not cramped together. But if you have large hands, the enV Touch still provides the best keyboard experience.
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1. deschats (Posts: 193; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
i played with this at the verizon store today. the keys are oddly flat but the space bar in the middle was a big up for lg. i really dont know what the thing is with the mini screen infront, there are tons of phones with fullsized screens and clamshell/slider keyboards.
2. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
the screen could be a little bigger and the phone doesnt look like a calculator anymore!!! nice design
3. Wifey_Ma (Posts: 15; Member since: 13 Aug 2009)
Omg I want this phone sooo bad, but I got to wait til I get some money!!!
4. volvo (Posts: 38; Member since: 26 May 2009)
wtf does he mean by "nearly identical"!>? dammn. are they saying that the envtouch had a slightly better call quality and photo quality than the env3!?!?!?
5. debrakalish (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Jan 2010)
this is the worst phone i have ever had. I have replace my phone 3 times and every one of them turns off for no reason.
6. jadesha (unregistered)
samee here it always turns off i hate this phone soo much !!!!!
7. LG enV3 VX9200 Owner (unregistered)
The Verizon LG enV3 VX9200 constantly shuts off and powers down. Yes, all the reports are true and accurate.
8. Mark (unregistered)
I love my vx9200. Cameras awesome and the phone is easy to use.
9. Lalalalala (unregistered)
I don't have this phone. Just saying.
10. Soon To Be LG EnV3 Owner (unregistered)
I happen to love this phone. Negative comments ARE NOT needed!! And no, it don't look like a calculator anymore:D
11. Frustrated49 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
This phone has been out for a while but if you're thinking about buying it used in Ebay or Amazon, don't.
Both my son and I have this phone and so do friends of his. One day all of a sudden the earpiece stopped working so you can no longer hear the person on the other end of a call. You can flip open the phone and use the speaker phone but obviously that's not something you want to do all the time. The phone also shuts itself off at random times too.
Interestingly enough the earpiece on my phone and my son's phone stopped working only a few days before we were eligible for an upgrade from Verizon. Coincidence? Probably not. Verizon knows where you are located whenever the phone is on and they can access the phone without you knowing and make firmware changes to it at any time. How do you think they are able to activate the phone when you first purchase it and how do you think you can update the roaming area by calling *228 and pressing "2"? They can just as easily disable the earpiece from working too. That way you have to buy a new phone and commit another 2-year contract. Pure Genius on Verizon's part.
12. Lisagal (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Save your money. This phone looks good but is a piece of junk. Calls go straight to voice mail at least 50% of the time. Text messages show up hours later. I know its not a network problem because my old verizon phone didn't have these problems. I have been to the verizon store 4 or 5 times, now they are going to send me a refurbished env3 - gee great, I can harldy wait. Now I can't to deal with someone else's piece of junk. I'm eligible for an upgrade in Jan. If it doesn't get better I'll go back to my old flip phone with no QWERTY key board. DON'T DO IT MAN!!!!