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Review: LG enV2

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Screen

There are two displays in the enV2. The exterior display, despite its small size (approx. 1.5 x 0.75 inches), has decent resolution and is bright enough to be seen out in the sun. The one issue is that size of text and information displayed on the exterior screen is tiny, and that made readability from an arms length difficult. By contrast, the interior display is downright luscious. The 2.4-inch, QVGA display looks really good. Colors are nice and rich, everything looks sharp, and it is clearly readable when outside.

Signal

As with many Verizon phones, the enV2 has two signal indicators, one for EVDO and another for 1x. The 1x indicator almost never showed less than four bars of coverage. The EVDO indicator fluctuated between two and four bars pretty randomly. Rarely did it show just one bar. The enV2 passed the NJ vault test and was able to maintain a connection to the Verizon network even when inside some large buildings in Manhattan.

Sound

Both the earpiece and stereo speakers produced good sound. You could adjust the earpiece volume to a reasonably loud setting and it remained free of distortion or breakup. Quality of phone calls was solid. Definitely no complaints there. I felt the interior stereo speakers, which are used both for the ringer and media playback, could have been a bit louder. Even with the volume all the way up, an espresso machine drowned out the sound. More to the point, we missed a couple of calls when in loud rooms. A For quieter environments, however, the enV2's stereo speakers were loud enough for casual music listening and we didn't miss any calls.

Battery

Battery life was excellent. With heavy usage, we managed to squeak out 3 full days. That included numerous calls, lots of web browsing and composing messages. When we added Bluetooth and music playback to the mix, battery life dropped accordingly. Weekend warriors can ditch the travel charger for sure.

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