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LG enV2 Review

LG enV2

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Connectivity and Data:

The enV2 is a dual band all-digital device that operates on the 800MHz and 1900MHz CDMA Verizon Wireless network. Non-voice data, such as Web and E-mail, are transmitted using the 3G EVDO network, but it is limited to EVDO Rev 0 speeds instead of the faster Rev A.

Bluetooth version 1.2 is supported and allows up to 20 pairings. Supported profiles include headset, hands free, dial up networking, A2DP advanced audio distribution (stereo), AVRC, phone book access, object push for vCard and vCalendar, file transfer, human interface, basic printing, and basic imaging. We were able to use the auto pair feature to easily connect to our Jabra 250v, Motorola HT820 and S9 headsets. When using the 250v for calls, we were able to get up to 25 feet of static free performance, and with the HT820 and S9 we were able to get up to 30 feet of stereo music without static.

We would have liked to have seen implementation of a full HTML web browser, such as the one use on the Voyager, but unfortunately it is limited to the same dated WAP 2.0 browser that is used on all non-smart phones. It will connect to Verizon’s Mobile Web service and provide information based on News, Entertainment, Sports, and Weather. There is also an address bar to enter in other WAP and HTTP sites. While in an EVDO coverage area, most WAP site will load in under 5 seconds, with HTML sites taking 30 seconds or longer, but they will not format correctly for the screen. Due the limitations of the WAP browser, we cannot recommend the enV2 for people that need to view full HTML sites. The Voyager or a smartphone would do that job better.

WAP 2.0 Browser - LG enV2 Review
WAP 2.0 Browser - LG enV2 Review
WAP 2.0 Browser - LG enV2 Review
WAP 2.0 Browser - LG enV2 Review

The enV2 is the first LG phone for Verizon to incorporate a microUSB port. This allows for easy connection to a PC, yet microUSB cables are still new and are hard to come by (one is not included with the phone). Going into the Settings & Tools menu, there is an option for USB Auto Detection with three options: Sync Music, Sync Data, and Ask on Plug. When selecting “Ask on Plug”, each time your PC is connected to the enV2, the screen will ask if you want to sync music or data. If you select “Sync Music” the phone shows up on your PC as an external music device, where you can copy music files directly to the phone’s internal memory and microSD card. However, if you select “Sync Data”, then go to Tools and USB Mass Storage, the microSD card is shown as a Removable Storage device, where you can copy pictures, videos and music files.

Multimedia:

The enV2 features a 2-megapixel camera that is similar to the one used on the enV, but lacks the flash, lens cover, and Autofocus capability. The removal of these features is not a major setback, since the flash on the enV was almost useless, and it also eliminates the annoying “camera hump” from the back of the device. Yet, we still would of liked to have seen the Autofocus feature kept on the enV2. Despite this, however, pictures taken outside were just as good as if they were from the enV, with images having good color reproduction and sharp edges. Indoor pictures are more problematic, with images looking softer and showing more grain. Low light images are nearly to impossible to take, due to the lack of a flash, but does offer a Night Mode which slows down the shutter speed. However, in doing so, most pictures will come out blurry.

Camera interface - LG enV2 Review
Camera interface - LG enV2 Review
Camera interface - LG enV2 Review
Camera interface - LG enV2 Review
Camera Options:

  • Resolution: 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480, 320x240
  • Self Timer: Off, 3 sec, 5 sec 10 sec
  • White Balance: Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Glow
  • Shutter Sound: Shutter, No Sound, Say Cheese, Ready 123
  • Color Effects: Normal, Negative, Aqua, Sepia, B&W
  • Night Mode: On, Off
  • Save Options: Internal, External (memory card)
  • Photometry: Average, Spot
  • External Display: On (for self portraits), Off

Videos can be recorded at maximum of 320x240 resolution, with the length being determined by the available memory. Watching a recorded video on the phone is best, due to the smaller screen size. Once they are transferred to a PC, you can see how low quality they are, with blotchy color and low frame rate, but this is not designed to record your family’s vacation videos with.

LG enV2 Review
LG enV2 Review
LG enV2 Review
Outdoor images - LG enV2 Review
Outdoor images - LG enV2 Review
Outdoor images - LG enV2 Review

Outdoor images

Low light - Indoor images - LG enV2 Review
Medium light - Indoor images - LG enV2 Review
Strong light - Indoor images - LG enV2 Review

Low light

Medium light

Strong light

Indoor images


One area of disappointment is that the music player still uses the same application that is used on the enV from a year ago. Yet, this comes as no surprise, since the enV2 is not marketed as a “music phone”, such as the Chocolate and Juke. Despite the limited software, it is relatively easy to use and categorizes music into Genres, Artists, Albums, Songs, and Playlists. Once a song is selected and begins playback, it will display the track information on the screen. During playback, you can either keep the phone open or have it closed. But just like with the enV and Voyager, we found that music sounds best with it flipped open, as closing the phone will muffle the speakers. We did notice that music quality was slightly better than from the enV and the volume was somewhat louder, about equal to that from the Voyager. However, to achieve best audio playback, we would recommend using wired earbuds connected to the 2.5mm headset jack, or a Bluetooth Stereo headset.

Video Playback - LG enV2 Review
Video Playback - LG enV2 Review

Video Playback

Music player - LG enV2 Review
Music player - LG enV2 Review

Music player


LG enV2 Review
LG enV2 Review
As with most Verizon phones, the enV2 uses Qualcomm’s BREW format for applications. One of the most useful is VZ Navigator, which is used for GPS guided directions. It comes with Version 3 preinstalled, but can download and install the updated Version 4, which allows for new 3D maps, traffic congestion and accident re-routing, as well as the ability to find local gas stations, restaurants, movie theaters and show times, and local events. We were able to use VZ Navigator around south FL without problem, and the new 3D maps are easy to follow and are more professional looking. The added improvements are well worth the $10 per month price. No games are preloaded on the enV2, but can be purchased and download over the air directly from Verizon.

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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display2.4 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.00 x 2.13 x 0.65 inches
(101.6 x 54 x 16.5 mm)
4.23 oz  (120 g)
Battery950 mAh, 5.33 hours talk time

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