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Review: LG enV3

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Oh, look, everything here is brand new. Not. The enV3 uses the tired old music software from Verizon Wireless. This software has been around for years and is in serious need of a refresh. I am mostly talking about Verizon's V CAST music app here. The discovery process is painful, the navigation slow, and it could be much more intuitive to use.

From the front screen you can only choose to play all, choose a playlist or shuffle your music. The player will show you the song information and a progress bar. With the enV3 open, you have to go into the Media Center and then jump into the MyMusic option. It has 8 different selections from which to choose. These help you search for the music you want to hear by sorting via album, genre, artist, song, etc. The enV3 does work with Verizon's Rhapsody service. Discovering new music isn't too, too painful, but it could sure be a lot better. The one change in the player itself that I was able to find is a new set of EQs.

The enV3 is better at multitasking than other Verizon phones. With music playing, you can go back to the home screen and do almost anything on the phone that isn't network dependent. In other words, you can sort through your pictures, look up contact information, etc. The minute you fire up the web browser or other network-dependent feature, the music dies.

Despite the drawbacks of the player and associated software, music playback sounded good through the speakers, wired headphones and Bluetooth headphones.


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