LG enV Touch VX11000 Review


Another nice improvement on the LG enV Touch VX11000 is the 3MP autofocus camera with Schneider-Kreuznach lens and LED flash.  The program takes two seconds to load and is easily accessible by pressing down the dedicated camera button on the left side of the phone.  Once activated, you can use either the external or internal display as the viewfinder.  The only difference here is the external will have touch-icons and the internal requires the use of the d-pad for changing settings.  The 2-stop autofocus cannot be turned off and allows you to select from Auto, Macro, and Manual.  With it set to “auto” the camera takes about 1.5 seconds to focus, less than a second to capture the image, and 4 seconds to save.  The total turnaround time to take one picture, save it, and take a second picture is about 8 seconds; 2 seconds faster than the Voyager.

Images taken outside are excellent, equal to that of the LG Dare, as they are crisp and have good detail.  This is mostly likely due to the fact that both have the same camera.  Colors are accurate and not overly saturated, with better white balance than we saw with the Voyager.  Unfortunately, images taken inside still face the same common problems that most cameraphones share:  grain the in the image and slight blurriness due to camera shake with low shutter speeds.  Fortunately there is a flash, which helps when taking low-light images of subjects no more than 10 feet away.  Other camera features include a Panorama Mode for wide-angle images, Intelligent Shot that adjust for anti-shake, smart denoise, and dynamic lights, Facial Makeover that removes blemishes and enhances facial features, Smile Mode that will only take an image when a smile is detected, and Name Card Reader to covert business cards to stored contacts.  All of these features worked well, except the name card reader, which often times would misspell names and email addresses.

Videos can be recorded up to VGA 640x480 resolution and can be as long as the available memory.  They are recorded between 17-20FPS, which is better than the 15FSP on the Dare and 12FPS on the Versa.  While they are not “vacation quality”, they are good enough for viewing on the phone, PC, and uploaded to YouTube.


It should come as no surprise by now that the music player found on the LG enV Touch VX11000 is more advanced and user friendly than the “red” player found on the Voyager, and allows for multitasking.  The player on the external display has a similar layout to the Versa, with it showing the album art, progress bar, and buttons for rewind/skip-back, play/pause, and fast-forward/skip-ahead.  This is also on the internal display, but the d-pad has to be used for navigating.  Since the device has stereo speakers located on either side of the internal display, it is recommended to flip the device open when listening to music, as this provides for the best un-muffled sound.  The sound quality from the speakers is good (better than the Voyager) but for some reason music isn’t as loud as when played from the enV3 or Chocolate 3.  There are also 6 equalizer settings, but the “flat” setting sounds best.  You can also connect wired earbuds to the 3.5mm headset jack or use a stereo Bluetooth headset.

One feature that is missing from the LG enV Touch VX11000 is the VCast Mobile TV service, which uses the MediaFLO network to play live streaming videos.  We can only assume this was done to keep the cost of the device down, or because there aren’t many subscribers.  It still comes with the standard VCast Video service, which plays pre-recorded clips at lower resolution.

We tested our own video files on the device, and were able to playback H.263 and H.264 encoded MP4 videos with resolutions up to 720x306 and bit-rates up to 1500kbps.  All of them played back smoothly without dropping any frames.  But as expected, DivX and XviD videos are not supported.


Naturally, the LG enV Touch VX11000 can use VZ Navigator for driving directions, and download ringtones, games, and other applications, but it also comes with a document viewer that can display .doc, .xls, .ppt, and .pdf files.  This is a first for a Verizon non-smartphone, and is a nice feature to have.  It worked remarkably well, as it would open Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Acrobat files without problem.  The only real function you have is to zoom in on pages and move them around the screen.  It does not support copy/paste or editing of files.



1. BigRed83

Posts: 144; Member since: May 19, 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: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

I AGREE looks way better than the voyager, where as the enV Touch ISNT UGLY

26. Garrison64

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 30, 2009

So far I love mine. Terrific functionality and very nice features. I have no complaints.

2. lennydude

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

Just one simple question.............. Can anyone hear this phone when it rings? Same damn issue with the Voyager :(:(

11. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

the volume is fixed (: much louder.

25. Garrison64

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 30, 2009

Yes the ringer is plenty loud. I have no problems hearing mine.

3. lovexlucy

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 14, 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: Jun 09, 2009

how much did you pay? was it with an upgrade or did you pay retail?

4. Phoneboy

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 07, 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: Dec 05, 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: Jun 09, 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: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

the dare is old and well, just not that good

6. df8579

Posts: 3; Member since: May 08, 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: Jan 25, 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: Jun 30, 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: Jul 06, 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: Aug 14, 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: May 15, 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: Jul 13, 2008

um, no video review? those were the best things on this site =/

17. kimmi

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 14, 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: Dec 16, 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: Jun 09, 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: Mar 23, 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: Jun 30, 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: Aug 23, 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: Aug 23, 2009

sorry, i wasn't specifically trying to comment on your comment i just pressed the wrong thing

35. smokemeimdope

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 25, 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: Oct 03, 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: Jun 10, 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?
enV Touch
  • Display 3.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Battery 950 mAh(4.33h talk time)

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