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US Cellular's LG Envoy II

All-black everything

Grainy display

An inconveinent location

Nonstandard headphone jack

The battery inside

As an entry-level feature phone, the LG Envoy II sports bare-bones specs, like a 1.3-megapixel camera and a 2.2-inch display. It's available for the prepaid price of $49.99 or $69.99 with contract.

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The LG Envoy II has an all-black plastic design. The front of the device features a glossy finish, and houses a 0.98-inch monochrome display with a 96x64-pixel resolution, and a camera. This screen shows users information like the time, date, reception, and battery.

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When you open up the Envoy II, you'll see a 2.2-inch QCIF display. It has a 176x220-pixel resolution and a narrow viewing angle. The menu page consists of 12 icons that you can select with the navigational buttons.

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The placement of the voice commands key is directly to the bottom right of the central OK button. I'm very used to having power/end keys there, so I found myself launching voice commands when I really wanted to quit out of an app.

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The handset measures 3.9 inches tall, 2 inches wide, and 0.7 inch thick. On its left are a Micro-USB port, a thin volume rocker, and a 2.5mm headset jack that is protected by a small cover.

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The Envoy II is powered by a 950mAh battery that has a reported talk-time of 5 hours and a standby time of 12.5 days.

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