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Review: LG enV3

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LG and/or Verizon have completely re-tooled the menu that users can interact with when the enV3 is closed. Because the external display has more real estate, it can do more. It has a carousel-style menu that can sort through the phone's music player, Bluetooth menu, key guard, contacts, messaging inbox, recent calls, and pictures. That's not bad at all. Each of these applications has a slightly stunted set of features, but users can get at the essentials, and that makes the enV3 far more user-friendly when compared to its predecessor.

When the enV3 is open, however, any seasoned Verizon Wireless customer is going to know exactly what to do. Verizon is including its set-up wizard on the enV3. This is a new tool that lets you quickly adjust a number of the enV3's features, such as the ringtone, wallpaper, and so on.

From the home screen, hitting the center of the D-pad opens up a standard grid menu. Selecting any of the items, and the entire menu reverts to that good old tabbed system that Verizon is in love with. The icons have all been refreshed, the animations are a bit different, and the colors have been changed, but the base code is the same.

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The enV2 had a neat short cut key, which launched a list of short cuts to a number of different applications. For one reason or another, this key has been dropped from the enV3.


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