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LG enV2 Review
Introduction:

The LG enV2 (VX9100) for Verizon Wireless is the newest upgrade of the enV, which was released last year, and is targeted to the consumer who is looking for a small, attractive device while maintaining a full QWERTY keyboard. It has been completely redesigned, with a more ergonomic numeric dialpad, larger internal display, and an overall streamlined appearance, which is available in two color options: black and maroon. Its main competition is the Samsung Alias U740, since it is also a compact device with QWERTY keypad, yet the similarities end there. A more expensive alternative would be the LG Voyager and Samsung Glyde, but both are higher-end touch screen devices with more features that the average consumer may not require.

The retail package includes:
  • LG enV2 phone
  • 950 mAh battery
  • Wall charger
  • User manual

Unfortunately, a microUSB cable is not included and has to be purchased separately for PC connection.

Design:


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Just like with its predecessor, the enV2 is a side-opening clamshell phone that is constructed out of plastic, but has a durable quality to it that should hold up to every day use. The hinge design has remained the same and offers the same useful two-stop positions, while the back of the device now features the same soft-touch coating that is used on the Voyager. Also gone is the large and obtrusive “camera hump” allowing the enV2 to lay perfectly flat, as well as being 0.64” shorter in height. These changes allow for the enV2 to feel more comfortable while holding it in you hand, as well as being less noticeable when placed in the pocket.


The front of the device features a newly designed dialpad, which is larger and easier to use. The numeric buttons are white backlit and are well spaced, allowing for easy dialing in a variety of conditions. Even though they are smooth to the touch, they provide a good click response when pressed. The 5-way D-pad has been replaced with Up/Down arrows and center OK button. We had no problems using this new layout, as the front menu does not allow for left and right navigation. Surrounding it are the Send, End, Music, and Clear buttons. This was a good choice incorporating a Music button, as to provide direct access to MP3 files.

The 1.45” external display is now landscape, with a resolution of 160x64 pixels, as opposed to the 128x160 display on the enV. Because of its smaller size, you are limited to the functions that you can perform while using it (dialing, contacts, text messaging, recent calls, music, and Bluetooth). Unfortunately, it is almost not visible when used outside in direct sunlight, which is to be expects as this is not a high-end model. Also, the viewing angle is relatively small, with any off-axis viewing causing images and ext to change color and contrast. A better choice here would have been an OLED display.

Located on the left side of the phone is the volume rocker and camera button, with the 2.5mm headset jack and microSD slot on the right, microUSB port on the bottom, and the integrated 2-megapixel camera lens on the back.



Opening up the phone is a two-handed operation, but does so smoothly as the hinge clicks into place. The internal QWERTY keypad is one of the key features of the enV2 and has been improved upon since the previous model. The buttons are now closer together to lessen the amount of movement required by your thumb, but are not too close that they feel cramped. They are slightly more elongated than the enV and now have larger letters with a purplish hue backlight. Due to the redesigned keypad, we found that typing messages to be slightly easier with the enV2. The D-pad is now integrated with the rest of the keypad, instead of being partitioned off to the side. It is still easy to use, as we had no issues using it with menu navigation. Located on the top-left is the Fn (function) key, which brings up a list of ten commonly used operations and is user customizable with 21 different choices.


The internal display is also larger and is now 2.40” in size, up slightly from the 2.20”on the enV. It still offers the same QVGA resolution with 262K color support, allowing for images and text to have good contract and color saturation under most lighting conditions, but is still problematic when used outside in direct sunlight. Located on either side of the internal display are the two stereo speakers, which now have the same all-black styling as the Voyager.

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