Gadgetell Review: Verizon LG enV mobile communicator

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Product: LG enV for Verizon
Price: $149.99 (with a 2 year contract and $50 mail in rebate)
Rating: 7.0/10
Pros: QWERTY keyboard, speakerphone quality, 2.0 megapixel camera, wireless email, EVDO, flip-up design, price, battery life, instant messenger and Bluetooth 2.0.
Cons: Thick body, lack of mobile web browser, very small exterior screen and smaller than preferred interior screen.
Overall: The enV is a great option for teens and young professionals who are looking to stay in touch via email and instant messenger and are ready to move beyond a standard handset but don’t have the corporate account to pay for a Palm/Blackberrry/Windows Mobile Smartphone (and just aren’t feeling the Sidekick).

Verizon LG enV mobile communicator
The LG enV (VX9900) for Verizon Wireless is the successor to the LG VX9800. It improves on its older brother, keeping and improving on many of the features as well as adding a bunch of new abilities.

Design – 6.5 – Hands down, the handset is large and clunky. Once we get that off our backs, we can re-look at the handset and see that it is actually smaller than the VX9800 but not by far. Its lines have improved and form factor feels sleeker, making it more comfortable to use but due to the vertical flip-open design, the phone is thick. Talking specs, the enV is 4.64×2.08×0.78 inches compared to the 9800’s 4.57×1.97×1.0 inches. Thankfully it is significantly lighter at 4.6 ounces, compared to 5.19 ounces.

The external keypad has a bright backlight but is very cramped. As the handset decreased in size, the display did as well, to a mere 1.25” diagonal. There is a 4-way keypad with a center OK button both on the exterior and interior of the enV as well as Talk, End, and two soft keys. The interior has a 2.25” LCD screen with stereo speakers on each side. The interior full-QWERTY keypad is spacious, and it is great that there is a dedicated email button, though I would have liked the keys to be raised slightly higher. The space bar is in a weird location but we were able to catch on quickly.

With the camera sitting on the back of the phone, it actually holds and feels like a real camera when taking pictures, a great improvement to most camera phones out there. LG has placed both a shutter control top (when holding it like a camera) as well as converted the volume buttons to zoom controls. To keep a natural feeling, you can use the external display as your viewfinder but the field is hard to see on the small screen. Once you pop open the camera to use the internal screen, the ergonomics aren’t as great but at least you can see what you are taking pictures of. Don’t fret about running out of space as there is a microSD card slot on phone.

Verizon LG enV mobile communicator
Features – 7.5 – The address book hold 1,000 entries with six phone numbers, two e-mail addresses, notes, a photo, and one of 18 ring tones for each contact. If you are the type that prefers not to stop meetings with your phone ringing, you will be very impressed with the strong vibrate mode. Other features are text and multimedia messaging, voice commands and dialing, instant messaging, calendar, alarm clock, world clock, notepad, tip calculator, and voice memos. On the connectivity front there is EVDO, Verizon’s V-Cast store, VZ Navigator (a rather cool feature that we hope to cover in a standalone review) and Bluetooth 1.2 (which includes stereo sound).

Verizon LG enV mobile communicatorPerformance – 7 – The call quality on the phone was on par with most Verizon phones we use. The speakers were loud, great for speakerphone and sharing music with your friends, but the sound quality was sub-par given the two large drivers.
Email and instant messaging services were the main focuses of this test. Once we got our Wireless Sync up and running, the software was rather flawless. Emails were downloaded quickly and my inbox stayed up to date. You have the option of setting the phone to automatically download your email via timed intervals or on manual syncs only. The enV will also be happy to alert you when your new messages arrive. I had no problem typing on the keypad, even for longer emails, but the 2.25” screen was smaller than I would have liked. Very little fits on the screen before sentences wrap when reading and composing mail.

On the IM front, the handset is loaded with AIM, Yahoo Messenger, and MSN. Once logged in, your application stays open even if you leave the screen. While we didn’t mind this, you need to realize/remember that you are still logged in with people emailing you even when you put the handset down to watch the game (you can put on an away message but it is easy to forget). It is great using a QWERTY keypad for messages; I could never go back to mobile IM without it.

The LG enV (VX9800) has a talk time battery life of 4 hours and 30 minutes and a standby time of 19 days according to LG.

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  • Boochy

    I llllllllllllllooooooooooooove This PHONE and will hopefully be getting it soon. I can wait.
    I want it sooooo bad

  • Mr

    I have this phone, its the shizzit.

  • doodles

    OMG the eNV is the coolest phone ever!!
    im getting it next week i cant wait!! ill leave a new reply when i get it!!!!


  • Taylor

    omg. i want this phone s0o0o0o extremely bad, not sure if i am getting yet yet{parentals} but yeah, i want it s0o0o bad, when they first came out with it i wanted it and now i realllllyy want a color one, but i want one in pink, is there any way??

  • karrie

    i LOVE this phone and am getting it soon!!

  • nicole

    i want this phone so bad ist the coolest phone i ever seen i goin to get it soon

  • justin

    this phone is flippin sweet yo

  • Melissa

    This phone is so awesome. I am glad that I spent the money to upgrade and buy all the accesories. Well worth it! An awesome, amazing phone!

  • lil

    This phone is fucking shit my phone is way cooler

  • Lauren

    if anyone is thinging of getting the sidekick 3 dont get it, get this one, i have the sidekick and it stinks, you cant record anything or take videos, get ringtones, and the memory gets lost all the time, get this my friend has it and there is no comparison, this is awesome!!! (and dont write curse words on this stufff, its inmature and stupid

  • kristen

    woahh i love this phone. i got it like 2 months ago and it is ah-mazing lets just say im def. a teen actually im only a pre-teen but my parents got me this phone and i absolutly love it!! im a majoe text aholic so if any of you are like me get this phone and i know youll love it!!

  • Bre

    I l0v3 da sid3kick 3 but i cnt buy it sinc3 i liv3 n a stat3 dat dnt carry it….but sinc3 i s33n da enV i f3ll n l0v3..itz just lik th3 sidekick3 but it dnt l0ok as c0ol but i g0tta g3t a enV s0on….totally want it more than the sidekick3…..LOV3

  • jenniferrr

    does it cost money to operate instant messaging… not email.. but IM?

    if so how much?

  • brittney

    This is the best phone ever!!!! i want it sooo bad and hope 2 get it 4 christmas!!! THIS IS THE BST PHONE EVER!!! all my friends have it and love it so much!!!

  • who cares

    IWANT THIS PHONE!!!!! SO FRICKEN AWESOME!!! my phone is crap so obviously i need a new one. I hope i get it for christmas!!!!

  • Sergie

    I have this phone. It's flawless. I couldn't be happier.

  • Brian

    does the instant messaging cost money? my parents need to kno

  • Jonathan

    Dude this phone looks so F***ing awesome, i hope i get one soon!! Does it come in black!?!?

  • Adam Berger

    The enV currently comes in Silver, Green, and Orange.

  • Tyler

    im getting this phone for my birthday this month! i cant wait! im getting it in green, its gonna be awesome and now i wont be the odd one out because my old phone broke and i had to resort to this old modeled phone, and every one has an EnV so i cant wait!

  • Brookey<3

    Omg i want this soo bad its awsome my bff just got the orange 1 and i cant wait till aprill wen my plan ends my RAZR is falling apart lol

  • firefox 2

    quite good and competitive features. but i doubt id buy this. its too bulky!

  • billy

    dude nice pic i loooooove this phone im geting this phone in 1 week i cant wait ~that is what umlimited txt is for~ lol

  • samantha

    this phone rocks man i am getting mine in 2 weeks can't wait

  • Melinda

    i had this fone 4 a year already n believe me i gets tiring ..the instants messager sucks the most cause u cant c ur buddys away message u cant c their icons or nothing …texting is alright…calln is alright 2 ..internet is ok… but IM is the worst

  • Gwen & stephii

    DAYUMM !' thiss fonee look pretty cutee' me nd ma sis wan it soo bad!

    by the way were gona b famousee soo add us on myspacee

  • jayy

    i reeeeelllllyyyy like this fone but they dnt sell it anymor and i hav the lg voyager and it suxx my touch screen broke like a week after i got it……does any1 kno how i can get the enV??

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  • jake

    lol i want this phone (but i want the samsung glyde more) thats the phone i am getting ut i wish i could have two phones (this and the glyde)but i cant so i am getting the samsung glyde cause it is touchscreen and the new enV2 looks terrible! (i am 11 years old but it is free soooooo what the heck!)

  • nila

    i love this phone already i want itt or i will go to hell

  • u

    this phon sucks

  • yo mams name

    this phone is the gayest phone I'v ever had it suck big ones

  • tu mama

    luis is soooooooooo gay ok jk