Review: LG enV3
The enV3 comes with the latest version of the Openwave WAP browser, and this includes the new carousel-style dashboard. It has 13 different shortcuts that take you to different web-based content (sports, weather, etc.), as well as the browser itself.
The appearance of the Verizon browser itself is mostly unchanged and will look really familiar to any Verizon Wireless subscriber.
Perhaps the one really unique thing that the enV3 is bringing to the table is a new way to navigate the web. On any web site, the left soft key says "Navigate". Press this, and you see a miniature toolbar pop up at the bottom of the screen with 10 different options for navigating the web site and/or going to other sites. LG seems to do something a little bit different with each of its phones with respect to site navigation, and this is my favorite so far. It lets you quickly do a number of basic web functions, such as jumping to your home site, refresh the current page, add a bookmark, go to a new web address and so on. It is very intuitive and easy to use.
For the most part, web sites load fast enough. Google loaded in about 2 seconds, while Phone Scoop took almost 10 seconds to load the full HTML version. Busy sites, such as CNN or NYTimes all defaulted to the mobile versions, but still took more than 15 seconds to load. Attempting to load the full HTML version of CNN took over a minute.
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The enV3 lets you customize all the standard features of the phone. You can alter the sound, display, phone, call, and Bluetooth settings. This means changing wallpapers, assigning ringtones to your favorite contacts, and so on.
As mentioned previously, the set-up wizard makes all of this a snap to do, and you can run it at any time.
There is also the "favorites" key that can be customized to include up to 10 of your favorite contacts for quick and easy access to them.