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Review: LG enV3

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Screen

There are two displays in the enV3. The exterior display is much larger than on the enV2 and this makes for a world of improvement. The menu items are larger and given more space, so they are simply easier to see. The outer display has decent resolution and is bright enough to be seen out in the sun. The interior display is absolutely beautiful. Colors are nice and rich, everything looks sharp, and it is clearly readable when outside.

Signal

As with many Verizon phones, the enV3 has two signal indicators, one for EVDO and another for 1x. Both showed about the same amount of signal strength no matter where I took the enV3. The enV3 passed the NJ vault test (the local ShopRite) with flying colors and was able to maintain a connection to the Verizon network even when inside some large buildings in Manhattan. I didn't miss any calls, and never had a data connection time-out on me. In all, signal performance gets good marks.

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. LG ramped up the volume of the internal stereo speaker, and that's a really good thing. Calls sent to speakerphone were clearly audible from the next room, and music could be played loud enough to annoy those around you. That's the mark of a nice, loud speaker, in our book. Ringtones and other alerts can be set to very audible volumes. I didn't miss any calls because I couldn't hear the enV3.

Battery

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

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