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The enV comes with Openwave's Mobile Browser 2.0. The browser will display full HTML and WAP sites and does so with good speed thanks to the enV's stylin' EV-DO data radio. Since the browser cannot be accessed from the front screen, you have to open the enV to use it. This front screen's Lilliputian dimensions would make for a lousy browsing experience anyway. Opening the phone, however, prevents one-handed browsing, which I found to be a little disappointing. There are many other phones that pass the one-handed use test.

Launching the browser takes a few steps through Verizon's Get It Now menu selections, and you are forced to begin with Verizon's home page/portal. From there, though, you can choose to go to Verizon's content, your favorites or straight to HTML pages. Most web sites automatically organize themselves vertically when you visit them, which, depending on the site, can make for difficult or downright painful navigation. Major portals like Yahoo or Google loaded their mobile interfaces instantly.

Customize

Though some of Verizon's branding stays consistent across menus and screens, many aspects of the enV can be customized. Strangely, only two color schemes were available, which I thought was rather skimpy. Note to Verizon, break out the Crayola 64-pack, my friends. C'mon. Give the people some choice. The front and interior wallpapers can be changed to just about any image you have on the phone in .bmp or .jpg file formats, though the files have to be on the phone itself and not the memory card. Same goes for ringtones. They can be downloaded to the phone and customized at will for SMS and MMS alerts and more. People loved it when my review unit broke out into a Pantera song every time I received a text message. All four compass points on the D-pad can be customized to access whichever application you choose.

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Files

You can choose to save photos, videos and music to the external miniSD card or the phone's internal memory. Navigating the menu selections to actually find the files was a little frustrating, but once I dug around enough, it was easy enough to remember where they were under the Settings/Memory menu.

Songs I loaded onto a miniSD card from my computer showed up in the MyMusic folder, but wouldn't play in the phone, though I was able to transfer songs I bought from the V CAST Music Store to my computer without difficulty. Adding a miniSD card to the phone really helps, as its included user accessible memory is a bit skimpy.

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