The Good The LG EnV2 is a slim and attractive handset, with a roomy keypad, bright dual displays, a good multimedia feature set, a full QWERTY keyboard, plus great call quality.
The Bad The LG EnV2 does not offer newer features from the first EnV. Also, photo quality was mediocre, and the external display can be a bit too small. Streaming video quality could also be a lot better.
The Bottom Line The LG EnV2 is not much more than a slimmed down version of the EnV, but it still serves as an excellent high-end messaging phone.
Editors' note: The LG EnV2 is offered as the LG Keybo by Telus in Canada.
We'll admit that the LG EnV2 was a bit of a surprise to us when we first heard about it. We had initially thought the LG Voyager was the final successor to the high-end messaging phone line from LG and Verizon Wireless. (As you'll recall, the original was the LG VX9800, which was succeeded by the LG EnV VX9900, and then finally followed by the LG Voyager late last year). As it turns out, though, the LG EnV2 is the true successor to the LG EnV franchise. The Voyager was more of a complete revamp--it sports a full touch-screen interface, V Cast Mobile TV, a full HTML browser, and more. By comparison, the EnV2 is a much more modest upgrade--sure it has a sleeker and slimmer appearance, but its features are virtually identical to the original EnV. As such, we think the EnV2 is for those who want to move on from the EnV, but just aren't ready to invest in the Voyager just yet. It's also a lot cheaper at $129.99 with a two-year service agreement. To find accessories for this phone, see our cell phone ringtones and accessories guide.
At first glance, the EnV2 looks almost nothing like its predecessor--it's almost as if the EnV had gone under extreme cosmetic surgery. It's a candy bar handset with a flip-open QWERTY keyboard like the original EnV, but that's where the similarity ends. Measuring 4 inches long by 2.13 inches wide by 0.65 inch thick and weighing 4.23 ounces, the EnV2 is about 40 percent thinner and 30 percent lighter than the EnV. But that's not all--the EnV2 now has a flat front surface and keypad configuration that makes it look a little like a fancy calculator. Holding the phone in the hand feels comfortable, thanks to the soft touch surface on the phone's back. Indeed, the EnV2 leaves its boxy and blocky predecessor in the dust with this slim, sleek, and utterly chic makeover.