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Mar 6, 2007, 11:26 AM   by Eric Zeman   @zeman_e

Our in-depth review of Verizon's sophomore messaging phone. It's as good at photos as it is at email.

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The LG enV VX-9900 is an updated version of the LG VX-9800 and sports a similar sideways-opening clamshell with full qwerty keyboard inside. Same as its older, thicker-around-the-waist cousin, the enV is a full-figured feature phone made for power SMS, MMS, email and IM messenger uber-geeks who don't want or need a full-on smartphone.

As its design leans towards heavy data users, the enV does not set out out to make any fashion statements with its somewhat bland styling cues. Though there are noticeable improvements over the previous version (which was more than a little brick-y), it does give up some functionality as well. For users of the VX-9800 looking to upgrade to the newer version, though, the enV's most notable enhancements are its slightly slimmer profile, reduced weight and improved camera.

About the author, Eric Zeman:

Eric has been covering the mobile telecommunications industry for 17 years at various print and online publications. He studied at Rutgers Newark and University of Kentucky, and has a degree in writing. He likes playing guitar, attending concerts, listening to music, and driving sports cars.

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Mar 14, 2007, 9:19 AM

Don't Agree With Most of This

I hate to say it, but I didn't agree with about half of this review. I've been using the EnV since early December, and I have absolutely loved it. It's the only LG phone I've ever kept for more than 3 days (I'm a Motorola/Nokia person), and this one does everything I want to do (that Verizon didn't limit).

One-handed texting with the phone shut is easy, as it should be. With the phone open, it's not that difficult either. The 3-second delay on the auto-focus portion of the camera can be disabled so you can take quick pix when you'd like, and using the camera when the phone's open is not too difficult at all, even for those trying to take pictures of themselves.

I bought the phone because I'm a heavy-texter, and this is the only thi...
Revision: I just found out that my text plan was increased to 5000 texts as of March 1st with no extra charge! So ignore that complaint I made above. 😁 😁 😁

Mar 8, 2007, 2:23 AM


m1 got not so nice review about tv but this one has tv on it an no mention of it but good review.

not picking fights just surprized thats all

Mar 6, 2007, 4:29 PM

Nice review!!!

Thanx for the in depth review!

Also nice choice in amps... Im a RoadKing user myself.
You're welcome.

I'm a Mesa man through and through. I have too much gear.
Wireless Buddy

Mar 6, 2007, 7:41 PM


You said in the article that it was a $20 download... I thought it was $20 per month.

anyone want to shed a little light on this issue?

Mar 6, 2007, 3:15 PM

joan cusack

I've never thought of her as being a big woman...

anyway, I read the entire review while referencing everything with an env here at my store. Good review, I tried everything mentioned and generally agreed.

thanks Eric!
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