Phone Reviews: LG enV2

Short Reviews

Make/Model: LG EnV2 (VX-9100)
Network: CDMA 850 / 1900
Size: 102 x 54 x 16.5 mm
Weight: 120 g
Data: 1x EV-DO Rev. 0 (3G)
Carrier: Verizon Wireless
Display: 2.4” Color LCD, 240 x 320 (QVGA) resolution, 262,000 Colors (main); 1.45” Color LCD, 160 x 64 resolution, 262,000 colors (secondary external)
Form Factor: Clamshell (Horizontal-opening with dual displays and keyboards)
Memory: 63 MB built-in, microSD card slot
Notable Features: Internal QWERTY keypad and external 12-button dialing keypad; Dual displays; Stereo speakers; VCAST Music and Video compatible; Stereo Bluetooth

Sleeker and smaller than the original EnV. Comfortable QWERTY keyboard and QVGA internal display make texting fun. Huge external keypad makes dialing easy. VCAST music and video support. Support for laptop tethering (phone as modem).

External keypad makes the phone look like a retro calculator, although I suppose that could be seen as a good thing. Space bar is small and oddly placed. Verizon’s menu system can be confusing. Limited Bluetooth functionality. Still a little bulky.

LG and Verizon dropped the ENV and the results are good. While the original env an innovative but (very) large and expensive high-end phone, EnV2 is smaller, cheaper, and slots in downtown VZW line phone messaging. Text addicts who do not need the Voyager touch screen - and additional size and cost - Australia must find joy with this affordable and capable handset.

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