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LG enV2 Review

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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

WAP 2.0 Browser

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.


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 interface

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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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. mclifford81 (unregistered)

Okay seriously this really is more or less a downgrade from the vx9900 Env. Lets go over the actual specs here, first the Navigation Pad has no left of right buttons on the face, also the camera doesn't have a cover like on the vx9900 nor does it have auto focus. Granted you have a micro usb port now you still cant really overlook the fact that it is crippled compared to the vx9900.

posted on 13 May 2008, 11:03

2. (unregistered)

Well you can have left or right buttons on the face of your phone if you want but it wont do anything due to the front menu not requiring them.

posted on 13 May 2008, 21:01

3. BigRed83 (unregistered)

If you are so in love with the past, keep it. Fact: Thinner, shorter, better outer keypad. Inner keyboard perfect for texting. Fact: Battery life approx.50% longer than enV Fact: Larger internal screen. Issue: no auto-focus - honey, please hold still for 30 seconds Issue: Camera missing a bump - get a case Pocket calls - same answer I had the enV, and liked it very much, however, I like the enV2 much more; so much so that I got the enV2 the day it came out after checking out the glyde.

posted on 13 May 2008, 23:47

4. elgee02 (unregistered)

Crippled? Wtf dude, don't be a dumbass. Name ONE feature this doesn't have that the vx900 had? Come on... just one. Fact is, this is A HELL OF A LOT less bulky while still being extremely text friendly and doubling the battery life of the original (which I thought was pretty good when I had it). Just because you get all but hurt when a new phone is shed in a favorable light to your precious enV doesn't mean you have to post retarded comments online.

posted on 24 May 2008, 13:22

19. Me (unregistered)

Here's a feature the enV2 doesn't have, a bigger front screen and the capability to go into more menus (like the 9900 could) .... THAT irritates ME..... the front screen on the new env did NOT Have to be so small. They could have sacrificed the HUMONGOUS size of the keys just a TAD to make the screen a little bigger so you could have more functions. Having to open it to do EVERYTHING is a pain if you ask me.

posted on 25 Jun 2008, 12:09

36. bk2 (unregistered)

Just curious...what made you choose the enV2 over the Glyde?

posted on 14 May 2008, 21:38

5. DeeMan (unregistered)

Everybody ( including PhoneArena ) forgot to mention the one feature that makes this one of the coolest phones in the VZW lineup ... the fact that you can do over-the-air firmware upgrades and eliminate the need to have it done in the store.

posted on 14 May 2008, 22:36

6. Rayy (unregistered)

nope, they said on page 4 or 5 towards the bottom.

posted on 14 May 2008, 22:43

7. (unregistered)

http://www.phonearena.com/htmls/LG-enV2-Review-review-r_1945-p_3.html "One new feature on the enV2 is that it’s the first LG phone for Verizon to support FOTA (firmware over the air). This will allow customers to download the latest firmware for the phone without the need for visiting a store and having a technician install it. This is a valuable time-saver for both consumers and employees and we are pleased to see it starting to be implemented. We tested the FOTA, but since our enV2 has the currently latest firmware (V03), it did not download or install any updates."

posted on 15 May 2008, 10:34

8. OriginalLgEnv-user (unregistered)

I've been using the orinal lgvx9800 for 2 years. I recently upgraded my phone to the env2. I definently can say that to a certain extent, that this phone is somewhat a downgrade. Here is what i mean LG Vx9800 Can browse games section quite heavily , the env2 does'nt allow you to do so External had more buttons and you could go to your ringtones , photos, and tools section . the env2 does'nt allow you to do this Keypad was more spacey on the 9800 which was somewhat a flaw because i had to move my fingers everywhere to get to the keys. which i still respect on the 9800 Photo quality was a lot better and included a flash More bulkier. i had drop this phoen so many times and it still withheld its image . Had more wallpaper Overall view: I like the env2 and i am not complaining at all . It's suppose to be an improvement from the 9900 and 9800. and it is. I am definently keeping this phone, it's thin and lightweight, and i only paid $50 for it! I like the larger buttons on it. onthe 9800 you had more buttons on the front which was okay with me but they were smaller. I like the professional look on the env2 and i believethat's important. If your a person who want's the Qwerty keypad , a nice phone and does'nt come with a lot of features that you know you will not use, then i say give this phone a try. it's not as bad as what people make it out to believe.

posted on 19 May 2008, 01:34

11. elgee02 (unregistered)

9800 camera better? lol I had the 9800, I had the 9900, now I have the 9100... you are full of crap on the camera.

posted on 20 May 2008, 14:41

16. Anonymous Coward (unregistered)

"More bulkier." -- lol

posted on 17 May 2008, 14:56

9. (unregistered)

this is not the first phone to offer FOTA. The samsung u340 has had it for a long time.

posted on 19 May 2008, 02:05

12. (unregistered)

check the text :) "One new feature on the enV2 is that it’s the first LG phone for Verizon to support FOTA..."

posted on 19 May 2008, 15:46

13. (unregistered)

I did check the text, it is incorrect. The u340 has been out for much longer and it supports FOTA.

posted on 19 May 2008, 16:52

14. (unregistered)

Then you must not be very smart. It says "One new feature on the enV2 is that it’s the first LG phone for Verizon to support FOTA (firmware over the air)." That means it's the FIRST LG PHONE FOR VERIZON WITH FOTA. The U340 was the FIRST SAMSUNG PHONE WITH FOTA. You think some people could understand that.

posted on 19 May 2008, 18:12

15. (unregistered)

My bad I did not catch that.

posted on 18 May 2008, 08:41

10. (unregistered)

will someone puh-lease tell meh how long it takes the enV2 to charge after u wear out the battery on the day u get it?

posted on 25 May 2008, 03:34

21. (unregistered)

1.5-2 hours...depends on how much you run it down, i have it and if i charge it with 1 bar its about 1.5 hours...if i let the battery run til the phone shuts off its 2 hours..pretty quick if you ask me

posted on 22 May 2008, 00:36

17. AB (unregistered)

okay, i've been excited about this phone since i saw it in the store 2 weeks ago. there is one thing holding me back. while it's on the same level with other lg phones, the camera isn't on par with other brands that i've seen. i'm not sure how important this will be in the long run, but it has left me wondering if this is the right phone for me. the best camera by far that i've seen on a verizon phone is the razr. what about video quality when recording a video for youtube etc-anyone have experience?

posted on 21 Jun 2008, 13:41

34. tried every brand (unregistered)

If the best camera you have experienced is the razr then you should take a look at other phones. I've been a VZW customer for about 5 years & have had Samsung, Motorola & LG. LGs take better photos than the Motorolas by far. If you're really looking for a great camera, the best brand to go with is Samsung. The flipshot is made specifically for the camera. Regardless of whether you choose the flipshot or not the photo quality is great on almost all Samsung phones.

posted on 23 May 2008, 01:25

18. (unregistered)

hey guys i go thru cell phones like a baby goes thru diapers, ok since oct 2006 i have been thru 4 razors, 3 samsung sch-u740, 3 lg env, 5 (i lost count) motorola q, and now i am on my 2nd env2 ugh...... ok the razors, they was cool back in 06, but alot has came out, when they first came out they froze all the flippin time!!! and if u dropped it, it was over, the quality of these phones supposely came up, but still the package it outdated, even the razor 2 dont sell that good!!! its for a reason, consumers talk!!!! ok my first samsung sch-u740- it was a great phone, i got it back in may 2007, had it until aug 2007 i gave it to my grandma, i beat the hell out of that phone, i dropped it like everyday at work, i worked at subway, so the floors were hard, lol i dropped it in the sink since we listened to music all the time at work, it worked very well even when i gave it to my grandmother. ok the motorla Q- where do i begin......... this phone basically sucks, but i had the older verizon, thank god they came out with a newer, which by the way i heard sucked as well. it would constantly freeze, they swapped it out so many times, and they just dont play loud enough such as music, the camera is worthless (but it has a bright flash, for when u loose your keys at night). that is all it has going for it, heck i can buy alot of flashlights for the price of this phone!!! OK now i got another sch-u740 in april 2008, i was just tired of the Q so i went back to what i loved, well i didnt love it anymore, my phone the hinge broke with in 10 days as well as the screen!!!! well i got another one and it broke within 2 days, it was freezing and restarting, etc. so i went back to verizon and told them they have to do something, well they swapped it out for a new env2. i was like ok and the sad thing is the env2 was cheaper than my sch-u740. the ENV2, it is ok, but for a new phone that came out in 2008 i hope LG left a lot of room for improvement!!!! this phone restarts itself and everything, the keys on the front of the phone are exc. yes it may remind the older people caculators from the 80's but hey it works, and for $100 bucks you cant beat it, pros. good screen, exc keys, call recpection cons. lacking wi.fi, no good IM, Email, or HMTL Browser, small outside screen, limited functions.

posted on 24 May 2008, 15:37

20. sprint&t-mobile-alltell (unregistered)

all of u can kick rocks cuz this phone sux compared to the original enV...not flash...no menu (meaning frontal has been greatly decreased in user friendly status) & u have to open it for almost every single thing but calling

posted on 25 May 2008, 03:39

22. (unregistered)

your an idiot, you dont even have this phone to judge, i have this phone and i had the V and all my friends have the env, this phone is easily on par if not better, yeah it might have a small front screen but its completely designed for it, the 2 up and down keys work fine and so do the big buttons, they arent dumb when they design phones, LG has always been reliable..i only get there brand anymore..cmon dude, test something out before flaming

posted on 25 May 2008, 03:43

23. (unregistered)

i have this phone and its battery life is a gondsend so far, so much better then any previous phone ive had, and i agree with the guy up there, the front keys and menu do seem a bit decreased, but LG designed the phones front interface to seamlessy work with the keys given, it works just fine for anything you need to do on it, and cmon, is opening the phone to se e a pic message that hard, you must flip open phones a millon times in your life, seriously, most phones are flip, big whoop, you wasted 1 millionth of an energy to flip open the phone...geeez...we are getting lazy something

posted on 27 May 2008, 17:29

25. (unregistered)

Exactly. Just got an env2 and at first I was frustrated that I had to open it to do everything.. then I realized, hey, I got a QWERTY phone, that's the f'ing point. If you don't want to open it, don't get a flip phone.

posted on 31 May 2008, 14:21

27. (unregistered)

it's not the opening it that's the problem. it's the using two hands that's a problem. let's say you're holding a soda in one hand and for some reason you desperately need to download a game from Get it Now. You can't put the soda down so you're basically a SOL.

posted on 31 May 2008, 19:59

28. (unregistered)

umm..how many times in your life are you going to be in that situation..seriously 9 times out of 10 your going to be somewhere you can set down your pop for the 5 seconds itll take to flip it open, read it and possibly answer...this argument is worthless, because if you like the phone then get it and manage, if you dont, quit your complaning and go get a non flip qwerty phone like a blackberry or something.

posted on 02 Jun 2008, 12:10

29. (unregistered)

I was joking. Jesus do I have type a more sarcastic situation for you to understand?

posted on 13 Jul 2008, 18:51

37. Biff (unregistered)

Maybe it will cut down on the texting and driving. :o)

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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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