Meet Verizon's enV3 and the enV Touch (Voyager 2)
Over the weekend, some leaked pix and info came out on 2 updates to some pretty popular Verizon LG phones– the enV2 and Voyager. These new upgrades are the appropriately-called enV3 and the more surprisingly named enV Touch (apparently the Voyager 2 is a name trademarked by someone else so Verizon and LG had to pick a new one). Anyways, both phones look to include some nice improvements to their older predecessors, so if your looking to upgrade soon, or just wanna see what’s new, read on!
We’ll start with the enV3- it’s gained the most new feature between the two.
LG enV3 (Pic from Boy Genius Report.com)
Perhaps the most significant gains are in the screen sizes. While just a couple tenths of an inch on each, the outside and inside screens have received more generous dimensions, a particularly nice change for the outside one: anyone that has seen the EnV2 can attest, the screen there is tiny- all you can do is check recent calls, dial new ones, or view text. Texting, however, still proves quite difficult on the tiny keyboard, after my experience on some of my friend’s models, though it might come easier with time. Here are some other specs:
- 2.6 inch inside screen and 1.5 inch outside screen– As we said above, this is a little bigger than the older EnV2, though again it definitely is nice. Oh, and as you can see from the pic, the outside screen gets an updated interface that looks like the front screen on the LG Chocolate 3
- Same thickness as the EnV2— Just because the screens got a lil bigger doesn’t mean the whole phone gotta get bigger right?
- Verizon 3G with all the standard V Cast services— You know, like V Cast Music with Rhapsody, V Cast Video, Visual Voicemail….
- 3 meagpixel camera with Flash and Video Recording
- microSD card slot with ability to add up to 16 GB of memory
- Stereo speakers– Nice upgrade, will make music listening much better.
- Updated internal keyboard inside and control wheel on front– These are both really minor changes, moving the space bar to the keyboard’s center rather than side, the creation of a text message button to take you straight to your text messages, and a new control wheel on the front screen (whether this is a scroll wheel like the Chocolate’s is left to be seen).
This has been confirmed by Verizon, and you can expect it to drop May 29th for a very nice $129.99 with 2 year contract and $50 mail in rebate, and will be available in either blue or red (as you see in the pic above).
LG enV Touch (Pic from Phone Arena.com)
This is otherwise known as the Voyager 2, and seems to bring the Voyager up to 2009 standards, though, sadly, not much past that (thus disproving rumors of a slide out, multi touch upgrade we mentioned in our upcoming Verizon phones post). Here the specs:
- 3 inch inside screen and 3 inch outside touchscreen— This is exactly like the Voyager, though like the enV3, gets a little bigger screen as well (2.81 inch screen on the old Voyager to 3 inches here). Both screens are also said to have better resolutions, which should make the screens much nicer and crisper, particularly for doing things like watch videos, checking the web (with a real web browser), and viewing pix.
- Full QWERTY keyboard when you flip open the phone
- Verizon 3G— With V Cast services like V Cast Music with Rhapsody, V Cast Video, VZ Navigator, Visual Voicemail…..
- Stereo Speakers– Good for music playing
- microSD card slot– We’re not yet sure how much this goes up to.
- 3.2 megapixel camera with video camera, auto-focus, and flash— This updated camera also has a Schneider-Kreuznach lens, which is found in Kodak digital cameras. Nice little upgrade for sure, and should provide some much better pix
- Updated keyboard layout— Like the enV3, most notable for the placement of the Space bar in the middle of the keyboard, and dedicated keys for things like text messaging, favorites, etc.
However, there is some bad news out there for those of you who like V Cast Mobile TV : Verizon has dropped that in this update (perhaps dropping the service entirely?).
We’re happy people though, so we’ll end this on a relative happy note: the enV Touch is said to be coming a week after the enV3, on June 5 for $219.99 with a 2 year contract and a $70 mail in rebate.
This by the way making for an even crazier first week of June, what with a possible new iPhone on the 8th at Apple’s WWDC conference, the launch of the Palm Pre– release date and price just announced– see here, and the E3 video game conference on the first couple of days– see here for those rumors. Don’t worry, everything big that comes out during those few days you can bet you’ll find right here.
Anyways there you have it, some more awesome messaging phones coming in the near future to Verizon. What you think, one of these or the Alias 2? Let us know in the comments.