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Review: LG enV2

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Browser

The enV2 comes with the latest version of the Openwave WAP browser. The software controlling it is identical to what you've seen on other phones using the Verizon UI. There is no web with the phone closed. You have to open it up and use the regular Verizon menu to get there.

Browsing the items in the Verizon deck is pretty much the same as on any other Verizon handset. As long as you don't need to input any text or information, you're golden. Simply clicking on links and navigation to on-deck sites is a breeze. Things get nettlesome, though, when you want to go to a WWW address.

If you want to browse to the open web, you have to jump through some menus to get to the address bar to enter URLs. Having the full QWERTY keyboard at your disposal makes up for this a bit, because you can enter web addresses faster than on a 12-key phone. As always, it is recommended to add as many bookmarks as possible to your list to speed upi your browsing experience.

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One thing we noted was that the enV2 seemed to load web pages at blazing fast speeds. EVDO is EVDO, and we've tested scores of devices on the Verizon network in this region before. What made the enV2 seem snappier, we can't say for sure. Suffice it to say, pages loaded quickly. When it comes to the web, mobile or not, speed is always appreciated.

 

Customize

The enV2 lets you customize all the standard features of the phone. You can alter all the sound, display, phone, call, and Bluetooth settings. This means changing wallpapers, assigning ringtones to your favorite contacts, and so on. What I found most useful was the ability to customize shortcuts, such as those for the D-pad when the phone is closed. Because the front menu has such limited use, customizing the keys helps you maximize its functionality.

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