Review by Ricky Cadden on Monday July 06, 2009.
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LG VX9200 enV3
LG VX9200 enV3
LG VX9200 enV3
The LG VX9200 enV3 is, as the name indicates, the third in a series of similar phones from LG for Verizon. The enV3 builds on its predecessors by including EV-DO support for high-speed data, as well as a redesigned keyboard and updated 3 megapixel camera. We take a look at how well the enV3 carries the torch in this full review.
The LG VX9200 enV3 from Verizon initially looks like an odd candybar cell phone with a tiny external display and over-sized numeric keypad. However, further inspection reveals that this phone is able to flip open lengthwise to reveal a larger internal display and full QWERTY keyboard. The enV3 is made of high quality plastic, most of which is a deep cobalt blue color, while the rest is matte black. The phone is small, but relatively thick, thanks to its unique form factor. The 104mm x 53mm x 17mm (4.11in x 2.1in x 0.65in) enV3 fits nicely in the hand and is favorably weighted, tipping the scales at 108g (3.8 ounces).
On the outer side of the LG enV3 for Verizon, you'll find its small 1.6-inch external display, with an over-sized numeric keypad beneath. There is a circular 5-way d-pad between the screen and the keypad, with end and send keys, a Contacts shortcut key, and a CLR button, to clear an entry or move back in the menus. The end key doubles as a power button, as well. Along the right edge of the phone you'll find the 2.5mm headphone port and the microSD card slot, both covered by plastic doors to keep debris out. The micro-USB charging/data port is located on the bottom edge of the phone, again covered by a protective door. The left edge of the phone is where you'll find the dedicated camera button and the volume rocker, both of which are easy to press, with great tactile feedback.
When you open the phone you're immediately greeted by the 2.6-inch 260k color QVGA (240x320 pixel) resolution display, which is bright and easy to read, except in direct sunlight. The display is flanked on either side by stereo speakers, as well. On the inside bottom panel of the phone is the 4-row QWERTY keyboard, along with an additional squared-off 5-way d-pad, another set of end/send keys, and an additional CLR button.
There are two shortcut keys to the far left of the keyboard, one for favorite contacts and one for messaging. In addition, the 2, Q, W, E, and S keys are all highlighted blue, and can be used as a d-pad for gaming, which is a great thought from LG, and very well implemented. The QWERTY keyboard is a pleasure to type on, as each key is separated from the next by about 2mm of space, and slightly convex for a bubbly feeling. The keyboard gives great tactile feedback, with each button returning a confidence-inspiring click when pressed. There are two softkeys positioned just above the keyboard, and these correspond to the bottom corners of the display.
The LG VX9200 enV3's 3 megapixel camera is located on the back of the phone, with a single LED flash nearby. The back cover is slightly rubberized, which offers good grip without getting stuck on pockets and such. The phone is powered by a small 950mAh battery, but is extremely efficient in its power management.
Former news editor Ricky Cadden runs Symbian-Guru.com. Ricky is based in Texas.