The LG Envoy has a simple 1,000-entry phone book, with room in each entry for seven numbers, two e-mail addresses, a URL, and a memo. You can also add a photo for caller ID and any of 28 sounds to be used as either a custom ringtone or message tone. If you prefer, you can set your own MP3s as a ringtone. You can organize your contacts into caller groups as well.
Other features include a vibrate mode, a speakerphone, text and multimedia messaging, a calendar, voice command, voice memo recording, a calculator, a tip calculator, a world clock, a stopwatch, and a unit converter. Slightly savvier users will appreciate the mobile Web browser, Bluetooth, and access to U.S. Cellular's EasyEdge shop that lets you buy ringtones, apps, and games. A few BREW apps come preloaded on the Envoy; they are mSpot radio, AccuWeather.com, ToneRoom Deluxe, City ID, My Contacts Backup, Pac-Man, and Social Scene.
The VGA camera on the LG Envoy is quite basic, but it does come with a few settings to help improve the photo quality. They include up to four resolutions, three quality settings, brightness, multishot mode, color effects, white balance presets, and a night mode. There's also a self-timer and the option of four shutter sounds or none at all. There's also 2x zoom, but it only works when you're not at the highest resolution. As you might expect, the photo quality of the VGA camera isn't the best. Images looked blurry and out of focus, and colors were very dull.
We tested the LG Envoy in San Francisco using U.S. Cellular's roaming network. Call quality was very impressive. Callers sounded loud, clear, and natural, without any static or interference whatsoever. On their end, they reported solid call quality as well. Our voice sounded very natural, and was free of any hiss or crackle. We didn't experience many problems with background noise, either. Speakerphone calls were quite good as well.
LG Envoy call quality sample
The LG Envoy makes no pretensions about its entry-level status; it's a regular run-of-the-mill flip phone without a lot of features. However, we like its slim and minimalist design. You still have basic functions like Bluetooth and a VGA camera, and it's easy to use. Most importantly, it gets job number one done, and that's making good-quality phone calls. For only $9.99 after a discount and a two-year contract, that's not a bad deal.