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LG EnV3 is small but impressive

The LG EnV3 has a number of improvements over the LG EnV2, including a better design and higher end features.

The LG EnV3 is the much awaited update to the LG EnV2, and after a few days reviewing it, we have to say it's definitely an improvement. It still has that odd calculator-like exterior with the small external screen and flat number keypad, but it opens up to reveal a bigger screen and a redesigned QWERTY keyboard with the space bar in the middle instead off to the sides.

Better still are its features. It now has a 3.0-megapixel camera and camcorder with camera settings like smile shot, which automatically takes a photo when a smile is detected, and panorama mode, which stitches together three photos taken from left to right. It also now has a Dashboard feature that acts as a Web portal to various information channels like weather, ESPN, and more. But the biggest update is that it now has a full HTML Web browser. It's easy to use, with the full browser features like full-screen view, zoom capabilities, and bookmarks. However, we didn't like that we had to go to another page just to enter the Web URL; there isn't a normal URL field at the top of the browser.

Other features include a wide array of messaging options that include instant messaging, mobile e-mail, mobile Web e-mail, and corporate e-mail, and of course EV-DO, GPS, and access to Verizon's broadband services like V Cast Video and V Cast Music. It also has a music player and stereo Bluetooth.

Overall, we think it's a great full-featured messaging phone from Verizon Wireless. It's $129.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two-year service agreement.

Read our full review of the LG EnV3.