LG enV VX-9900 Hands-on

LG enV VX-9900 Hands-on

We just received our new highly-desired enV phone from Verizon Wireless – this is the carrier's new messaging device with full QWERTY keyboard and multimedia features. Just as its predecessor – the VX-9800 (the V) - this is not a smartphone but a standard Verizon device running on the same old UI known from other LG phones, but adapted for the landscape QVGA display.

LG enV VX-9900 Hands-on
LG enV VX-9900 Hands-on
LG enV VX-9900 Hands-on

This is also a clamshell that opens in landscape direction, but when it is closed it looks like a normal candybar phone: it has small color display with software and numeric keypad below it. In this mode it can be used a simple phone.

LG enV VX-9900 Hands-on
LG enV VX-9900 Hands-on
LG enV VX-9900 Hands-on

Open the shell and you'll reveal the power of the envy: large QVGA landscape display with stereo speakers around it, and full QWERTY keyboard below it. It's nice to see 0-9 keys line in the keyboard, which is rarely found and this keys are often situated as “sub” functions to other keys. The buttons are relatively big (for a full keyboard) and at the right is situated a navigation pad plus some service keys. Next to the big screen are the speakers for stereo music, which can also be played wirelessly as the phone supports Bluetooth A2DP profile – it clearly shows its multimedia orientation.

LG enV VX-9900 Hands-on
LG enV VX-9900 Hands-on
LG enV VX-9900 Hands-on
LG enV VX-9900 Hands-on

The left side houses a couple of volume keys and camera shortcut, while on the right are the microSD slot and the headset jack.

LG enV VX-9900 Hands-on

In a bulge on the back is the 2-megapixel camera with Autofocus and LED flash.

LG enV VX-9900 Hands-on

Although this is not a cameraphone, it performs well and the images produced look realistic and detailed for 2-megapixels. Their colors are not very highly saturated, and the images are oversharpened, but they are also not artificial as those of some other phone cameras

LG enV VX-9900 Hands-on
LG enV VX-9900 Hands-on
LG enV VX-9900 Hands-on
LG enV VX-9900 Hands-on
LG enV VX-9900 Hands-on
LG enV VX-9900 Hands-on
Sample photos captured by the VX9900 enV

Expect our review of the LG enV VX-9900 later!

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