Hello to all. I'm new here and have lurked for a couple weeks. I recently 'upgraded' to this phone. We went to Verizon a year ago after Verizon bought out Unicell. We got two LG Dare's and two LG EnV 2's. The Dare's absolutely sucked. I tried to make it a year and a half to get the free upgrade but couldn't take it anymore so I paid $80 for the EnV Touch. I must say, I really like it compared to the Dare.
My biggest complaint on the Dare was the virtual keyboard. I was surprised to find out that despite my age (48), I love to text. And when it comes to texting, the Dare is just an awful phone. I never did get used to it and would constantly have to back and fix errors no matter how often I calibrated the keyboard.
I really need a real keyboard for texting and the Touch is perfect. It has the best sized, spaced, and feel for it's keyboard. I also like the look of the layout of everything much better than the Dare. The surfing is marginal but I don't a whole lot of surfing anyway. I am running V07 and look forward to getting V08 and seeing just how much better the Polaris7 browser is.
The other thing I need in a phone (besides it being a good phone!) is a good music player. I do subscription music. I was on Napster for a couple years but just switched to Rhapsody so I could use my phone as my MP3 player. It's been a good experience. I've got an 8 gig card in my phone and now I can carry a good selection of music on it as well. My only complaint about the music player is while you can make playlists on the phone, you cannot put them in a specific order which is a pain.
One other complaint I have is with the games. I had chess on my last phone and when I went to put it on this phone, it would not play on the outside touch screen but only on the inside screen. For a game like chess this was ridiculous, so I called Verizon and had them credit my account and I deleted it off. I'm hoping once I get V08 and the new browser I can find a decent chess game online to play.
Battery life has been pretty good for me. If I'm using it a ton (listening to music, surfing, texting) all night at work I'll lose a bar or two but it generally easily goes a couple days. It's no better or worse than the Dare was.
I recommend this phone if you are looking for an upgrade from something like the awful Dare. I like Verizon as a company as well. Every time I call with a question or problem I get a person I can understand and they are always very knowledgeable and helpful and take care of my problems quickly.