"Nice alternative to flip phones."4.0 starson by titanthunder
Pros: Size, qwerty keypad, picture quality, screen clarity.
Cons: Keypad lock, camera button quirkiness, mediocre sound quality on calls.
Summary: Contract was about to run out with Verizon and after several weeks of study and research, we decided to go with the LG enV. We purchased two of these phones, one for me and one for the wife. Neither of us really care for flip phones, mainly because they are a pain in the a$$ to use. So, that was a huge factor in our decision. The enV is a nice phone, and isn't as bulky in person as it might seem, as seen thru pictures on the web. The camera takes excellent pictures for a cell phone, and makes sending or writing text messages a breeze, with the user friendly Qwerty keypad. Screen clarity is very good and connecting to the web for downloading or surfing on the web with the phone is not only simple, but is relatively speedy as well. My one problem with the phone besides the quirky keypad lock, is the call quality. This phone sounds no worse or better than my previous phone and that has been a disappointment to this point. The main menu screen is user friendly and also easy to use especially if you have big hands or are an inpatient person. Setting up e-mail (Outlook) is very difficult because Verizon has yet to include the setup for this phone with the software that you must download to your computer. Luckily, we have some time to test drive it before we decide to keep it for good and I will update if our decision to take it or leave it changes. Overall, the phone is pretty nice especially if you like to write e-mails, text messages, or listen to music. However...be ready for some buginess and quirkiness with this phone because it is not perfect.Updated
I'm sad to say that we returned our VX9900's today for a couple of other phones. While we liked the concept of the phone, it has many weaknesses that made its value not worth its pricetag in our eyes. Not only could we not get our e-mail thru Outlook or Comcast to work with the phone, the phone has one glaring weakness... You can not lock the phone on the outside! You can numerically lock it from the inside, once you flip it open, but you can not lock it or unlock it when it's closed. The keypad lock is different. It will lock when set-up, but will deactivate when the phone is flipped open, even the smallest bit. When I used this phone with my leather pouch, the phone would flip open ever so slightly. If I hit the key pad just right... it would engage the phone or even speed dial someone leaving the phone "hanging." The folks at my local Verizon were scratching there heads and had no answers. They did say that this is a great point to bring up with there corporate office. The only holster that you can safely and use worry free with this phone, is the plastic one (Fugly) in the Verizon store that does NOT cover up the numerical keypad at all. I loved the concept and quality of the phone, but having my phone possibly call someone w/o my knowledge or consent, was the final straw.
Best of luck to everyone who has this phone. I loved the qwerty keypad and the camera took some awesome photos for a phone.