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Verizon LG enV Review


The first thing we did with the LG enV was pop it in the car and test the Bluetooth capability with our Hands-Free Link system in the car. It took less than a minute to pair the phone and start making calls. Bluetooth is perhaps the most important safety feature and can be used with wireless headsets or pumped through the audio system in compatible vehicles. Hands-Free capability is essential for long trips and soon to be law in many states.

Call quality in the car or handheld was on par with other phones we've used in the past. For the most part, parties on the other end couldn't tell we were on a different phone. However, we generally don't prefer using brick style phones in handheld mode. Flip phones are more to our liking. For extended conversations we'd definitely recommend a Bluetooth headset. This little brick gets heavy after a while.

The QWERTY keyboard is actually quite good. It's not a Blackberry but it works great for texting, short emails and entering URLs. Anyone that uses a device like the enV will have a hard time going back to anything without a QWERTY keyboard. Even if you don't use it a lot, it's a real time saver when you do. The keys have a nice feel and are strategically placed to enable fast entries. We were very comfortable with this design.

The enV of course works with Verizon's V CAST Music and Video offering but we don't care for the digital rights management involved in owning V CAST material and believe major changes must occur to make this experience more friendly and seamless to consumers. It's cool when you're on the road and need some entertainment but for everyday use it's just part of the mandatory feature set. Verizon has made some improvements to its V CAST music store but it's still an unforgiving package when songs are lost or misplaced. We also would like to be able to do batch downloads from different artists all at once.

The LG enV works pretty well in speakerphone mode although we'd like an easier way to control the volume. And while we're on the subject of the built in speakers. The enV has one speaker button in the bottom right corner of the case when it's flipped open to toggle the speakers on and off. We kept pressing it by accident because it's just underneath the navigation buttons and next to the 'clear' button. Maybe we're easily annoyed but we couldn't help but wonder how the UI folks missed this one. A main feature toggle such as this should be moved to a more prominent location such as the middle of the unit just under the display.

For the most part the LG enV really combines the most popular cell phone feature set into a device that's just a little thicker and little heavier than a standard brick phone. It's a good choice if you like plenty of communication and entertainment options included with your cell phone. We especially dig the orange one.

Visit Verizon for more information.

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