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Review: LG enV2

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This is yet another department that is the same old, same old.

Opening up the music player from the front screen is simple enough, given the short list of menu options. You can only choose to play all, choose a playlist or shuffle your music from here, though. The player will show you the song information and a progress bar. The up arrow button will skip forward, the OK button plays/pauses, and the down arrow button skips backwards. This revised front player is where any differences between the enV2 and the enV and Voyager end.

With the enV2 open, you have to go into the Media Center (which is a slight change from the former Get It Now menu) and then jump into the MyMusic option. It has 8 different selections from which to choose. These help you search for the music you want to hear by sorting via album, genre, artist, song, etc. From here, the player is the standard Verizon player.

The enV2 carriers forward one of the biggest beefs we had with the enV and Voyager, and that is that you can't multitask. You can listen to your tunes and do nothing else. There is no way to browse the web or perform any other task while listening to music. This is something we were hoping had been updated. Using the music menus before you have started a song is not a problem. Using them after you've started playing music is. Any time you do anything with the options menu or want to jump back to the main menu, the player pauses the music and waits for you to make your selection. Once you're done, rather than resume the song where it left off, about 50% of the time it returns to the beginning of the song. This can be frustrating.

Since the enV2 only has about 60MB of usable memory, you need to use a microSD card to store music. As with other Verizon phones, you have to have the music placed into a folder named MyMusic, otherwise the enV2's player won't be able to find the songs on the card.

Despite the drawbacks of the player and associated software, music playback sounded good through headphones.

 

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