Hands-on Preview of the LG enV Touch and enV3

Hands-on Preview of the LG enV Touch and enV3

Today we received the new LG enV Touch (VX11000) and enV3 (VX9200). As most of you know the enV3 is an update to the enV2 and the enV Touch is an update to the Voyager.

The enV Touch is much improved over the Voyager, but still has the similar clamshell form-factor with internal QWERTY keyboard. Both displays are now 3" diagonal, with WVGA 480x800 resolution and support up to 1.6 million colors. You can really see the difference. Naturally, the external display is touch-sensitive, but seems to require more pressure than the LG Versa, about the same amount as the Dare.

Along the bottom of the external display are icons for Messaging, Dial Pad, Main Menu, Contacts, and Favorites. There is also an arrow on the right side that links to Shortcuts and My Media. Within it, you can can customize what shortcuts you want, as well as drag them to the desktop for 1-click access. Unfortunately, only two themes are include: Modern Retro (which looks like postage stamps) and Blue Inspiration.

The QWERTY keyboard has also undergone a few changes, and now has a single space key in the middle, instead of two on either side. The keyboard buttons also more curved around the edges and the d-pad is slightly larger. The camera is now up to 3MP and features auto focus, LED flash, and a Schneider Kreuznach lens.

Meanwhile, the enV3 looks less like a calculator than the enV2 and is offered in two colors: Slate Blue (pictured) and Maroon. We must say the Slate Blue looks nice, even though we haven't seen the Maroon in-person. The first thing you will notice is the external display is slightly larger and there is a real d-pad this time around. Because of this, you have external access to contacts, messaging, recent calls, pictures, music, and bluetooth. You still have to open the phone and use the internal main menu for the rest of the functions.

The QWERTY keyboard follows the same styling and layout as the enV Touch, but is more compact. The internal display is now larger than the enV2 at 2.8" but is still QVGA resolution. The camera is also updated to 3MP with flash, but it lack the auto focus that is on the enV Touch.

Pictures from the enV Touch:

Pictures from the enV3:



1. souleater93

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 20, 2009

i personally don't like them because i've only had LG phones on my current contract and they all broke and one employee hinted on are you breaking them and later they Venus, Env2, chocolate 3 were discontinued or dropped rapidly in price but now i have the alias 2 which is fine. and what's with the designs on the back of LG phones now its ugly.

5. secondcor517

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 06, 2008

if you think about it, usually after a year a phone is discontinued and something else comes out. and usually a phone costs more when it comes out and then goes down in price which is also known as supply and demand. both basic business practices.

21. itouch631

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 04, 2009

does the env touch have themes that you can get off line like an iphone theme or what not or even the storm theme

24. AaronsIpodTouch

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 01, 2009

you can only get themes on the iphone if it is jailbroken, so don't consider the env touch worse than the iphone just cause you cant download themes (you cant on the iphone either)

2. robby44

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 02, 2009

the env touch looks sick..a video would be nice though

3. souleater93

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 20, 2009

go to phonedog.com they have an unboxing video

14. robby44

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 02, 2009

ya i know but another video would be even better lol

25. AaronsIpodTouch

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 01, 2009

mobileburn has a good 3 part one

4. KingOfPhones

Posts: 41; Member since: May 04, 2008

sweet...LG Dare vs. LG enV Touch vs LG Versa...which should I get?!

6. skylite22 unregistered

scratch the dare. the touch and versa will offer the same as the dare but more. i had the dare and it started to annoy me a lot that i didnt have an option to type with a keyboard. but other than that it was a nice phone. i traded the dare in for the env2 and have been very happy with it but the tiny screen is starting to get to me. other than that i have no major complaints about the phone. im going to be getting the env touch. im pretty psyched about it!

7. bng

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 12, 2009

im in the same situation as u but i probably will get the Versa since it has 4 different screens lol LG Versa FTW haha.......

10. KingOfPhones

Posts: 41; Member since: May 04, 2008

@skylite- yah I am pretty sure that I will not get the Dare now that it is a year old. I would get the enV3, but since the enV Touch will only be $20 more, it is a no brainer. @bng- I like the Versa, but the Touch's keyboard looks a lot nicer, and it will also be $50 cheaper. It also as a way nicer camera, and a 3.5mm jack. I do like the Versa, but the Touch seems like a better deal in the end. Unless the Versa's price comes down. What I would really like to see is a Dare 2, but there has been no talk of that yet.

17. cpl284

Posts: 3; Member since: May 01, 2009

....the dare has a full keyboard if you just turn the phone just saying...

19. KingOfPhones

Posts: 41; Member since: May 04, 2008

I know, that was one of my possibilities, but I figure that just as I get it, a Dare 2 will come out , since it is a year old. :p But can you still switch phones within the first month of your upgrade?

23. kellybl131

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 19, 2009

Yes you can, it's a $35 restocking fee per phone unless you are a Verizon VIP customer.

8. LGVX1993

Posts: 260; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

I was just thinking that phonearena needs to put up a preview of these phones and here it is lol

9. Arielnyc2006 unregistered

The one thing that sucks with Env3 is that it gained an HTML browser and that silly dashboard, meaning that it can't be enjoyed by prepaid customers. The Env2 was popular with prepaid customers, and to have the upgrade to that phone denied to them becuase of a few features is silly and absurd.

11. trainer210

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 02, 2009

I agree that the LG ENVTOUCH looks nice !!! its like an LG DARE and LV VERSA put to 2gether !!! I'm not sure if i mite get it cause I'm waiting on the LG VERSA TRANSFORMER edition... I do like my dare but it already got old.... The Versa software looks BAD ASS !!! but the whole 2MP camera makes it look cheap in a way... I just hope the ENVTOUCH lives up to its HYPE !!!

12. trainer210

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 02, 2009

oh yea I forgot to mention it would be bad ass to see an LG DARE 2.... but who knows if that'll happen since there hasn't been any word on that ... =(

13. Mizzy60

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 02, 2009

I was just wondering if a LG Dare 2 is in the works. That would be nice.

15. bng

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 12, 2009

i bet it is probably in the works i will predict a Dare2 buy the holiday season or if not late September lol.....

16. YelloPhase

Posts: 24; Member since: May 15, 2009

i wish there were more videos of the EnV Touch! cant wait to get mine this weekend hopefully!!

18. cottlerocket

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 04, 2009

My maroon Env 3 should be here early next week. I could have waited for the Touch but I had the Dare for a while and decided that touch screen phones were not for me. I've been itching to get rid of my Chocolate 3 and get back to a QWERTY keyboard. I can't wait for the full Phone Arena review and video!

20. chy3220

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 05, 2009

I wonder if the titanium voyager will get an update to run the same software as the touch

22. miamibeef04

Posts: 3; Member since: May 27, 2009

After having tried the enV Touch for a few days, I have to say I wanted more. It can only do web, Media Center (Get it Now), and other basic functions. Nothing special or fancy about it except the nice touch screen on front.

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