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LG enV3 VX9200 Review

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There has been very little software changes from the enV2, and the internal Main Menu is still categorized into my ringtones, messaging, recent calls, contacts, media center, email, VZ Navigator, mobile IM, and settings & tools.  The external Menu can access the contacts, messaging, recent calls, my pictures, my music, Bluetooth, and key guard.  Four themes are included for the internal display: Slick Black, White, Blue Sky, and Spotlight (with the Slate Blue model) or Wine (with the Maroon Model); with two themes for the external display: Sapphire and Snow.  You can change their layout on the internal screen between tab, list, and grid view, as well as replace certain menu items and change their locations on the grid.  What we find peculiar is that the LG enV3 VX9200 actually has more themes and menu customizations than the higher-end enV Touch.

Home screen - The home screen
and main menu on the internal display - LG enV3 VX9200 Review
Main Menu - The home screen
and main menu on the internal display - LG enV3 VX9200 Review

Home screen

Main Menu

The home screen and main menu on the internal display

The home screen
and menu on the external screen - LG enV3 VX9200 Review
The home screen
and menu on the external screen - LG enV3 VX9200 Review

The home screen and menu on the external screen



The phonebook is almost identical to the one used by the enV2, allowing up to 1000 contacts to be stored with their name, 5 numbers, 2 email addresses, picture and ringtone, but it now allows you to enter a person’s street address.  After a contact is saved, you can assign them to one of 999 speed-dial locations.

Contacts - LG enV3 VX9200 Review
LG enV3 VX9200 Review
New contact - LG enV3 VX9200 Review
Speed dial - LG enV3 VX9200 Review

Contacts

 

New contact

Speed dial



Messaging - LG enV3 VX9200 Review
LG enV3 VX9200 Review
Mobile IM - LG enV3 VX9200 Review

Messaging

 

Mobile IM

As with most phones today, the LG enV3 VX9200 can send and receive text, picture, and video messages.  Composing a text message is pretty straightforward and can be done using T9 predictive entry with the front dial pad, or by using the internal QWERTY keyboard.  When you receive a message you can view it on either screen and can reply to it directly just by typing on the QWERTY keyboard, without having to select “reply”.  Other messaging options include Mobile Email, which will allow you to send and receive email through your standard POP or IMAP accounts, and Mobile IM for connecting to people in you AIM, Windows Live, and Yahoo buddy lists.

The LG enV3 VX9200 comes with an HTML browser, similar to the one found on the enV Touch, except this one can only be used on the internal display.  Because of this, you have to use the d-pad for zooming in and out, panning around pages and selecting links, which isn’t as simple as using the touchscreen interface on the enV Touch.  Also, due to the enV3’s smaller screen, it makes viewing pages more difficult.  Since it only comes with EVDO Rev 0, large sites will take 15-25 seconds longer to load than the enV Touch with Rev A.  Flash is also not supported, so you can’t view embedded YouTube videos in web pages, but can watch videos directly on the m.youtube.com mobile site.  Since the browsing experience on the enV3 isn’t that impressive, we’d rather it was still limited to WAP instead of being HTML.  That way people with the original enV or enV2 could keep their older calling plans and not be forced to change to a Nationwide plan which charges for data usage instead of just using your plan minutes.

Browsing the web on the LG env3 VX9200 - LG enV3 VX9200 Review
Browsing the web on the LG env3 VX9200 - LG enV3 VX9200 Review
Browsing the web on the LG env3 VX9200 - LG enV3 VX9200 Review
Browsing the web on the LG env3 VX9200 - LG enV3 VX9200 Review

Browsing the web on the LG env3 VX9200



VZ Navigator - LG enV3 VX9200 Review
VZ Navigator - LG enV3 VX9200 Review

VZ Navigator


There is 120MB of internal memory (twice the amount of the env2) and 30MB is used out of the box.  You can use microSDHC cards up to 16GB in size for storing music, pictures, and videos.

Other features include the VCast video player, VZ Navigator for detailed driving directions, and the ability to download games, ringtones and other applications.


Multimedia:

LG enV3 VX9200 Review
LG enV3 VX9200 Review
Camera interface - LG enV3 VX9200 Review
Camera interface - LG enV3 VX9200 Review

Camera interface

Once nice improvement with the enV3 is that it now comes with a 3MP camera and flash.  Images taken outside look almost identical to ones taken by the enV Touch, with good detail and accurate colors, despite it not having autofocus or a Schneider-Kreuznach lens.  We’re sure having an autofocus system on the enV3 would help, especially with Macro shots, but as long as your subject is at least 6 feet away, they will look just fine.  Pictures taken indoors still suffer from a lot of gain in the image and a slight blurriness due to slow shutter speeds.  The built in flash does help, but only has a range of about 10 feet.  Unfortunately videos can only be recorded at 320x240 resolution, which is only good enough for playing them back on the phone, as viewing them on a PC will show how bad they look.

LG enV3 VX9200 Review
LG enV3 VX9200 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG enV3 VX9200 - LG enV3 VX9200 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG enV3 VX9200 - LG enV3 VX9200 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG enV3 VX9200 - LG enV3 VX9200 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG enV3 VX9200 - LG enV3 VX9200 Review

Outdoor samples shot with the LG enV3 VX9200


Strong - LG enV3 VX9200 Review
Medium - LG enV3 VX9200 Review
Low - LG enV3 VX9200 Review
Darkness with flash - LG enV3 VX9200 Review

Strong

Medium

Low

Darkness with flash



Music player - LG enV3 VX9200 Review
Music player - LG enV3 VX9200 Review

Music player

The music player has a few improvements, including the ability to multitask.  Due to the internal stereo speakers, it is recommended to flip open the device for the sound not to be muffled.  Files are still categorized by playlists, artists, genres and albums, and will shows the album art and track information on the screen when being played.  It also comes with the same music equalizer settings used by the enV Touch and Chocolate 3.  We were surprised by how good the music quality was, and that volume was noticeably louder than when using the enV Touch.  You can also use a Stereo Bluetooth headset or connect wired earbuds to the 2.5mm headset jack, though we wish it were 3.5mm instead.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

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.

posted on 22 Jun 2009, 15:46 1

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

posted on 13 Aug 2009, 21:15

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!!!

posted on 16 Aug 2009, 11:26

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!?!?!?

posted on 13 Jan 2010, 11:12

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.

posted on 13 Aug 2010, 10:04

6. jadesha (unregistered)


samee here it always turns off i hate this phone soo much !!!!!

posted on 29 Nov 2010, 09:00

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.

posted on 14 Dec 2010, 19:29

8. Mark (unregistered)


I love my vx9200. Cameras awesome and the phone is easy to use.

Mark
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posted on 02 Oct 2011, 16:11

9. Lalalalala (unregistered)


I don't have this phone. Just saying.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 03:56

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

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:54 1

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.

posted on 23 Oct 2011, 11:38

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!!!!

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Display2.6 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (154 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Size4.11 x 2.13 x 0.65 inches
(104 x 54 x 17 mm)
3.77 oz  (107 g)
Battery950 mAh, 5.45 hours talk time

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