LG Voyager Preview
The Voyager’s user interface has been optimized for use with the external touch-screen. Menus and words are shown larger than average, so that you can easily press on your desired selection. There are only two themes (B&W and Color), but you can also select from a list of 5 menu fonts. Other than that, there is no further menu customization that is available.
Navigating through the menus is slower than average when using the touch screen. We found that it was easier, and took less time, if we opened the phone up and used the internal screen and d-pad. However, in doing so, it takes away from the “cool” factor of using the touch-screen.
Like all other Verizon phones, the Voyager can send and receive Text, Picture, and Video messages. For sending a text message, you can type the body by using the touch-dial pad with T9 predictive text entry, or by opening the device up and using the internal QWERTY keypad. We found that for sending a quick text with only a few words, the T9 method worked just fine, but for longer message, the QWERTY is faster and works best. One improvement is that the Voyager is now capable of storing up to 200 messages in the Inbox, compared to 50 with the enV.
One of the biggest features that has been hyped about the Voyager is that it is the first non-PDA/smartphone to include a standard HTML browser. Unfortunately, the implementation of the browser interface leaves much to be desired. Using it to go to www.phonearena.com it took 45 seconds for the page to completely load. You can then zoom in or out by using the two icons on the bottom of the screen. Due to the size of the screen, the entire page cannot be shown all at the same time. To move the page around, you have to press & drag using your finger on the display. However, in doing so, sometimes the browser thought we were clicking on a link (instead of moving the page) and it would start to open the new link. We would then have to press “stop” on the bottom of the screen to cancel this. Also, we noticed that sometimes images on web pages would disappear when moving the page. We decided to use the internal screen and see if the d-pad would do a better job, but this was not the case. The page would often freeze and not move at all.
When needing to click on a link, sometimes you would have to zoom in to 150% to be able to click the appropriate text or image, then zoom back out.
1. LG Dude (unregistered)
I had a chance to play with The Voyager and The Venus yesterday evening at my local verizon wireless store. I, personally think that the phoneare nice. I am awaiting the arrival(at my doorstep) of my Voyager. The touchscreen works pretty good. I didnt really get to get down into it, becausethe rep at verizon was watching me like a hawk. I tell you, you will be impressed by it. Sorry for not being able to go all the way with it. When I go back I will tell you more.
2. Janet (unregistered)
Yeah, I had my hands on this device as well and it's a pretty sweet phone. the touchscreen does take a little bit to get used to, but once you do, it's easy as pie...but other than that, it's a keeper.
3. trikster2 (unregistered)
One of the reason I don't own an enV is that you can not use the speakerphone with phone closed. Has this been "fixed" or can you only use the super duper voyager's speakerphone when it is open? Thanks!
4. ryan (unregistered)
the phone is great I played with it last night the screen is to die for its soooooo big. if you train the phones touchscreen it works 99%, and its loaded with goodies that the I-phone does not
5. 5tealth (unregistered)
I personally have the EnV and i luv it... I also had a chance to play with the Voyager and it blew my phone out of the water. I effortlessly typed on the external screen qwerty keyboard to find music in V Cast! You also can change the calibration of the touch screen anytime you like! The camera quality is equally as good as the ability to txt at lightining speed! I called my mom in down south and she thought i was standing next to her! To add to that i was in a mall with chattering children all around me. It's excellent and i wish that Verizon blows the slow dial up speed non battery replacement no # pad keyboardless i-pod away!
6. god (unregistered)
I played with the phone at the store and it leaves some things to be desired. It has good size and feel but the navigation sucks
7. elgee02 (unregistered)
VZ Nav is absolutely wonderful. Pinpoint GPS directions and very convenient point of interest listings. During my visits to San Francisco and NYC my VZ Nav came in soooo handy. I can't wait to see it on the Voyager!
8. Nice phone (unregistered)
Nice phone. It should keep "some" people interested in the iphone that don't want to leave Verizon to stay which is a good thing. Overall it's the best non-pda that "Verizon" has to offer. There are of course better phones offered but if you want to stick w/ Verizon you have to take what they give you.
9. Erik (unregistered)
Ok...whats the deal...people who pre order the voyager do we get the phone relased to us on the 19th, and get it on the release date of the 21st due to Verizons 2-day shipping...Or does it ship out to us on the 21st and we get it 2 days after its been in the stores....Hell...Ive already received all my accessories for the phone via internet sales...Talk about putting the carriage before the horse.. anybody know exactly?
10. VZWGuy (unregistered)
I have a questions about recording calls. I was able to play with this device here @ VZW a few weeks ago. But forgot to check. Can you record live calls. and if so is this easy to do while on a call? Can you guys give me some insight on this?
11. FAUguy (unregistered)
Yes you can record calls. Once a call is connected, you have to click on the "Lock" icon to unlock the screen, then Options, and scroll down to Voice Record. So its not as simple as other phones where there is button on the side that you can press.
12. vzwguy (unregistered)
i have had some good hands on with this phone. One thing the reviewer failed to mention was that the speaker quality on the voyager is far superior to the envy. I was thuroughly empressed with the clarity/fidelity from a phone.
13. Kyle (unregistered)
I work for Verizon and this phone is great!!!! It does everything the I-Phone does and more. Nav, e-mail, send/recieve pic, full HTML browser etc... and the best thing. Internet and all that jazz is only 15 bucks a month (vcast)!!!!! How much do you pay for the data at ATT, i think like 20-40... that sux
14. Sammo or Bolo (unregistered)
I have sat here and read everyone's positive feedback on the Voyager and I must be completely honest as far as my opinion goes. This might sound crazy but I am not too thrilled that this device, like the ENV, has that dual hinge design. Remember the LG 9800? I have that now(I know I need the upgrade so bad) but honestly, I don't like the feel and hold of the phone. I guess that will come in time. I like the big phones though. The screen size is not as big as I thought on the inside but it's good even though I think they could have made it bigger. How much bigger? I don't know. Looking at these pics, they make it look huge but when I had the phone in my hand, it was not that huge. But still amazingly big and huge. Oh man, I still can't wait! Other than that, the features are insane! Thank god, you don't have to get some bullshit data plan for this like AT%T forces you to get some retarded $40 a month data plan. Well, have fun, and I hope everyone enjoys this phone.
15. VZWemp (unregistered)
After playing with the phone for a few days I have to agree with the Phone Arena review. The touch screen is not very good unless you are touching an icon. It is virtually impossible to scroll down using the touch screen, you have to open the phone and use the down direction. Browsing the web is very slow, it doesn't seem like the phone is using EVDO even with full service. Hopefully that would be fixed when the phone is released. Not really much of an improvement from the EnV except for the touch screen, but even then you find yourself opening the phone and using the d-pad to do things and the browser doesn't seem to be operating at full speed.
16. vzwemp (unregistered)
i had no problems getting it to scroll properly. Once you get used to how it feels, it scrolls just as intended. The Iphone opened the gates to high priced non-PDA phones. The Voyager is a great step forward. It does almost everything (though why it still cant multitask and play music and do other things is a mystery).
17. trikster2 (unregistered)
Just spent some time playing with the voyager. Major disappointement! Sorry I waited for this, should have just purchased a Q or i760 last month. Screen is weak, kind of squishy. Did not have a solid feel like the competition. Speaker phone is weak compared to the Q/i760 and even the chocalate. Speakerhone can't work when closed like the venus and i760. Speakerphone only works when opened. Ackward to walk around with an open phone. Speakerphone volume is hard/impossible to control. Only controls I could find are on the side and it's hard to get to the buttons while the phone is open. Demo unit in the store the screen was all scratched/dorked up and it's only been out a day. The touch on the touch screen was awful. Very hard to get it to work. Blech was my overall impression of the interface. Scrolling between pictures was not seemless, still a pause as it figured out how to display each picture. Only played with it a few minutes. First day of release, the store was fairly busy but no one seemed to care about the venus/voyager but me. If this is Verizon's answer to the iphone, houston we have a problem.....
18. Travis (unregistered)
hey i was just wondering if anybody knew if you could text from the front screen?