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Lg En V Touch (Vx11000) For Verizon Wireless

Reviewing: Lg Vx11000 (En V Touch)  |  Rating:
Taha Kazmi By Taha Kazmi on
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I purchased my LG EnV Touch in June of 2009 (when it first came out) through my local Verizon Wireless Store. After my new-every-two $100 credit, instant rebates and other promotional discounts, I ended up paying about $75 (which was mostly taxes). The LG EnV Touch (VX11000) is essentially the upgrade to LG Voyager and is almost identical in design. As much as it looks like LG Voyager, the 3g capable LG EnV Touch is indeed far more advanced than its predecessor.

On the outside, the LG EnV Touch has two luminous 3 inch LCD TFT displays, with both screens having a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels; the outer display being a resistive-touchscreen display. The only three physical buttons on the front of the device are the "Send", "Clear (Voice Command/Memo)" and "Power (End)" buttons. There is a light sensor on the front of the device which I find to be useful in conserving power as it shuts off the display during calls when you bring the phone near your ear. Also, there are four buttons on the right side of the device: The "lock" button, two "volume" buttons (up/down), and the "camera/video" button. The back of the phone is where the 3.2mp camera (Schneider - Kreuznach) is located. The Camera produces some really sharp images with its auto-focus and has flash built into it which functions for both videos and picture-taking. The camera can also take Panoramic pictures through a frame-by-frame multi-shot process that yields very accurate panoramic photos. Located on the left side of the phone are the 3.5mm (Dolby) headset jack and the MicroSD port for additional data storage. On the bottom of the phone is where you plug in the micro-USB data/charging cable which I found to be a really pleasant change as I can now borrow a charging cable from an EnV 2, EnV 3, Droid, Droid Incredible, and many other modern phones in order to charge my own; it was definitely a wise choice for LG to standardize the charging/data ports as it takes out the hassle of purchasing an exact (and expensive) replacement or needing to buy a universal charging kit in order to replace a damaged or lost data/charging cable. I have so many micro-USB cables lying around (from other devices) at home now that I doubt I will be running into that problem.

This a fold/unfold style phone and upon opening the phone you will notice the top half is where the second (non-touch) display is located with speakers on either side. The bottom half of the phone is where the nicely appropriated QWERTY keyboard is located. The buttons are a good size and there is a reasonable amount of space between the buttons which is great for people like me who have big fingers. In addition to the usual keys, there is also located on the keyboard a "favorites" button which allows you add 10 contacts or groups as favorites to whom you can easily make calls or send text messages. There is also the "Text" envelope Icon which is a direct shortcut to composing a text message. The space-bar serves a secondary function of an automated text-reader, which is fun to play around with by sending yourself random text messages and having the phone read it to you in its robotic monotone voice. There is also a speaker-phone button located inside; the speakerphone only functions when the phone is open.

On the outer (main) touch-screen display you will need to swipe the screen upwards in order to unlock the screen. Once this is done, you will notice there are 5 icons along the bottom of the screen which direct you to "Text Messaging", "Calls", "Settings", "Contacts" and "Favorites". Also there is a small utility bar that will show up if you have any Calendar events or Alarms set up for that day and/or if you have unread messages, missed calls, and voice-mails. The utility bar will also let you know if your phone is on "Vibrate" or "Alarm-only" mode. I found this feature very helpful and could not do without it. The phone also has a side-menu that can be accessed from the main-outer display which displays two tabs: "Shortcuts" and "My Media". This is where you can save features you use a lot for quick reference such as applications, songs, websites, etc. The EnV Touch also allows for widgets which can be placed on the main home-screen and accessed by a simple click. The EnV Touch comes pre-loaded with three demo games: Resident Evil, Tetris, and Need for Speed. These games were fun at first but not worth buying; I'm not a big fan of the Verizon App store when it comes to both the content and the pricing. The only application I really use through Verizon are the VZ Navigator which is excellent and ofcourse, ESPN which is highly interactive and useful for seeing up-to-date scoreboards, highlights, videos, pictures, articles, and even for setting up track-alerts which can be helpful if you are involved in sports drafts. It is worth mentioning that the phone has a quick-reacting accelerometer which makes playing games like Need for Speed a lot of fun and for browsing the web in both portrait and landscape modes. There is also a document-viewer on the device that lets you view Word, Excel, and TxT files. Even though you can only view the documents and not edit them, I still found this very helpful for storing important documents I may need on-the-go in my phone. The web-browsing on the phone is not the greatest but it suffices for basic browsing as there is limited flash support. The browser is conceptually attractive as it has the ability to open multiple tabs, bookmark favorite sites, and even register multiple news-feeds (RSS). Also, since the phone is a touch-phone, it does come with a locking mechanism, but it is not very efficient as the screen always illuminates when you receive a call or text message which then makes it easy for the screen to be accidentally swiped and unlocked in your pocket. The swipe-unlock does not require your finger to stay on the arrow-swipe all the way from the bottom of the screen to the top; in fact, it works via momentum, so if it is swiped fast and deliberately enough from the very bottom of the screen, the screen will automatically swipe the rest of the way - thus unlocking the phone. This is an issue that I run into daily when someone texts me while I'm walking and the simple act of walking will be enough to unlock the screen once the incoming text as illuminated it. Once the phone is unlocked, the touch display is highly sensitive and will easily register even the slightest movements along its surface. So sometimes when I take my phone out of my pocket after a walk, I find my ESPN application (which is a widget on my main screen) turned on... after I close the application and look in recent calls I find out I "ghost-dialed" or "butt-dialed" a random person on my contact list... usually someone I have not talked to in a long time and find myself awkwardly explaining myself to via text messages about why I left them random voice mails and called them 15 times in a 3 minute time-span. Also, the phone comes with the ability to do over-the-air software updates. However, in the year I've had the phone, I have checked many times for software updates (especially for some of the annoying issues I have mentioned to you above) but I always get the following message in return: "No New Software Update Available"... so that pretty much voided that feature of the phone since it has never proven to be of any use to me. Before I move to my conclusion, I will mention one last interesting thing about the phone... now I'm not saying that I have utilized this neat feature, and I'm not encouraging anyone to utilize it either if they have this phone because I am uncertain as to the legality of the matter. With that being said, the feature I am speaking of is the phone's ability to be used as a modem for your computer. If you find yourself in need of using the internet on your laptop but are in some random location like the beach where you can not get a WiFi signal, the DUN capabilities of the EnV Touch can allow you to use your phone's 3g capabilities (you want to make sure you have an unlimited data-plan) as a modem (via USB data cable) for your PC to browse the web or watch videos online. Once again, I am not saying I have partaken in this activity, only that I am aware of it, and I do not encourage you to partake in this activity until-and-unless you have verified the legality of this matter. [New Android and BlackBerry phones have legal applications such as PDAnet that allow you to use those devices as modems for your PC's]

Now then... on to my conclusion.

When I first got this phone, I thought it was the greatest piece of technology to hit the market, (for Verizon that is).... I knew this was no iPhone but It was definitely the best non-smartphone to hit the shelves for Verizon Wireless. So how do I feel about it one year later? I love my EnV Touch and what it represented for its time, but I am so ready to get myself a new phone! Don't get me wrong, The EnV touch has proven itself resourceful, durable, and reliable in the year that I've had it, but like many electronic devices, this phone became outdated fast... but in this case, incredibly fast. I do not blame the demise of the EnV Touch due to any lack of time-enduring features... it was indeed the "complete package" for its time (however short that period may have been). I blame its demise on the advent of the Android OS and the army of super-smartphones (Droids) that were released within months of the EnV Touch that completely swept over the cell-phone market, changing the geography of what a mobile phone should be... and in that new landscape, the EnV Touch was part of an old order, rendering it obsolete. With that being said, I can't wait for my next promotional-pricing cycle so that I can buy myself an Android phone... perhaps the Droid X (July 15th, 2010); you can expect a review if I do.