Pros Smaller than the treo, functions as a regular candy bar phone and a flip phone. Speaker Phone is great
Cons the email client cost $19.99 per month.
Summary I made the switch to the enV because my Treo was just a little too big. I loved all the functions of the Treo, don't get me wrong... but I really only used it for txt, pix, video messaging, and email. I got online only to ever check movie listings or look up directions. The $49.99/month data feature wasn't really worth it for me. So when I saw the new Verizon LG enV I fell in love.
It has been a bit difficult going from a touch screen treo to a button phone. I am slowly getting used to it. All the options work great so far. The mega pixel camera works great, the sound quality is wonderful, and overall I like the look and feel. The speak phone quality sounds great when the phone is opened. The voice dialing option is amazing. (Something the treo did not offer)
My only real issue is that the app. BREW email client cost $19.99/month. That just seems way too much. I wouldn't care if it was a one-time fee... but come on.
Overall the phone is everything I NEED. The treo was great, I miss it already, but I am happy with my choice.
Pros Very easy to use, better OS format than most other Verizon phones.
Cons Phone doesn't sit flat unless it's on its face. Internal memory is lacking for a phone with space-hungry apps and a 2MP camera.
Summary I upgraded last week from my Audiovox CDM-9900 to the LG 8300. I didn't like the 8300 from the start, but gave it a few days to sink in. I ended up returning it yesterday and finding that this one was not yet on the sales floor but was officially 'out'. I was impressed with the ease-of-use. I haven't cracked the user guide, because the features are all self-explanatory and easy to find after running through the menus. I had my menus and such fully customized within half an hour, including acquiring the Motorola H500 Bluetooth headset that VZW sold me with it. Having only had this phone for a little over 24 hours, I can't give it a 9 yet, but it is deifinitely a high 8...
If VZW keeps the price right ($149 with a $50 mail-in), this phone is going to fly off the shelves. Even better if, like me, you have your $100 VZW credit ready to burn, the net cost is $50 up front and $0 net for this beauty.
One structural note: I am worried about the outside interface on the phone. With the beveled trend of the display, and the lack of raised mouldings in the case, I'm afraid that a drop from waist-high to concrete might damage the front LCD if it strikes flush. But hey, that's why you get insurance, right?
Pros I suppose it would be the key board if there is one
Cons Font size, Speaker phone Ect.....
Summary It is such a waste to have Two big beautiful screens and no way to enlarge the font. If you look at the main screen it is so big that there should be no problem in reading anything on it, yet the font is so small that I must put on my glasses to see anything. I HATE that. On the front screen I cannot even make the clock big enough to see I have to open it every time I want to see the clock.
Every time I start to make a call I have to press the OK key to unlock the outer keypad but recently my phone has taken to making calls on its own. Now how does a locked phone do that???
It is almost impossible to use the Speaker phone as no one can hear or understand me.
One thing that is just an annoyance is that I cannot set the ring tone for restricted numbers to the one I usually use. I cannot set one for restricted numbers at all, I enjoy having my special ring for them so I know what kind of call it is.
There really is not much about this phone I like at all and wish I had never fallen pray to the techno babble of those who only have their hands on them for a few minutes and do not really know much about them.
Pros Vivid screens; not too small. Fast connection to email; faster than opening my PC. Takes pictures with phone open or closed. Tactile keyboard; easy to hold and type with both hands. Not too bulky.
Cons Must pay for additional Verizon services
Summary I upgraded from the LG VX6100 after my 2-year subscripton with Verizon was up. I compared the LG VX8300, 8600, 8700, and Samsung SCH-u740, SCH-a990 phones. The enV has all the features I wanted in the best package available. MobileWeb 2.0 is super fast with this phone. The tactile keyboard is better than some Blackberries, and certainly better than a touch screen. The space bar is no problem at all. I don't need to carry a laptop during my travels anymore. The camera is easy to use, with either the phone open or closed. Picture quality is excellent. The LCD screens are so vivid! The outside one is not too small. I can read my text messages without a problem.
Having had a flip phone before, the only irritant for me is unlocking the outside keyboard all the time. I'm sure I'll get used to this in no time.
I couldn't be happier with this phone. I've read the manual cover to cover and am impressed with the functionality of this phone. Many of the negatives mentioned by other reviewers are non-issues to me.
Pros camera, reception/clarity, battery life, speakerphone, text messaging, sound, qwerty keypad is nice and spacious, size of phone, feel of phone against your ear, GORGEOUS screen inside, signal strength
Cons the camera lense does feel a bit on the cheap side
Summary I originally bought the Samsung SCH-u740. I got talked into buying that phone because it was new and "cool" and the only phone that flipped 2 different ways, yadda yadda. Don't get me wrong, its a great phone, but not for me. The keypad was too small, the letters were too close together, it was harder to type on. Also, in comparison to the LG enV, the sound SUCKED, nobody could hear me, I barely got reception, it was just a very blah phone from my own personal experience. I never knew how bad that phone was for me, until I got this enV.
The enV is just a great damn phone. I can't stop playing with it. The inside screen is very bright and crisp. Almost like a mini computer screen. the colors are brighter than the samsung. The camera phone is incredible. The picture quality is phenomenal--not your typical, grainy, lackluster photos. I haven't gotten a SD card for it yet, but I plan on it. I just spent 2 hours on this phone and I still have three bars of battery life left. My reception is much better, places I took my Samsung and couldn't hear anything or get service, I can with my enV. Typing on this thing is much easier and faster than the Samsung. It feels good to hold (for me at least), and I've only had it a few days but I had to write a little something about it because I've never had a phone I actually loved. I always got "whatever worked", and didn't really care about the perks. But I effin LOVE this phone. I just LOVE it. There's a reason it's rated so highly, its damn near perfect. The ease of use is incredible too. The speaker phone is really loud and clear, you don't have to scream for someone to hear you. If you want to go from regular phone to speakerphone, all you have to do is open it and push the button, and u can close it to go back to the regular phone. It's smarter than the Samsung. Also, your text messages can be read back to you. which is pretty cool, not something I need, but still cool. I realize my review is kinda jumbled and all over the place, but I'm kinda thinking of things as I go, so sorry lol.
But you'll LOVE this phone. It's worth the money. Although I only spent $50 on it with my Verizon plan. Unlimited text messaging to anyone in any network...fantastic.
Buy this phone, you won't regret it!