LG Voyager Preview
The Voyager keeps the same 2MP AutoFocus camera that was used on the enV, but loses the flash and the manual lens protector. The camera is also flush, so there’s no longer the “hump” located on the back of the phone. When taking an image, you use the entire front display as the viewfinder, and press the camera button at the top to capture the image. If you flip the phone open, both displays will work as a viewfinder, making you see yourself in the front display for taking self portraits. Image quality is about equal to the enV, but the Autofocus time has been improved from 3 seconds to 2 seconds. You can also record videos at 320x240 resolution and record up to the available memory on your SD card.
It is no surprise that the Music Interface has also been customized for the front screen. Once a song begins playback, there are icons for repeat, shuffle, rewind, fast-forward, play/pause, volume, and options. However, unlike on the Venus and Chocolate, you cannot listen to music while performing other tasks, such as web browsing or sending a text message. Music playback quality is good, as long as you open the phone up, so that the speakers are shown. With the phone closed, the sound is muffled and is not worth listening to. However, when using a wired or Bluetooth headset, having the phone closed during music playback is not an issue. Stereo Bluetooth A2DP and AVRC are supported.
For transferring images, music, and videos, the Voyager comes with a USB data cable and Music Sync software. You can connect the phone directly to your PC and the Voyager will be shown as a Removable Device. You can then copy & paste files from your PC to the SD card on the phone. In fact, you don’t even need to use the Music Sync software. Just copy and paste the music files. With this feature, you no longer have to remove the SD card to transfer files.
The Voyager is capable of streaming pre-recorded videos using the VCast Video Service, but can also stream live TV using the Mobile TV service. Unfortunately, the Mobile TV service is not active is south FL, so we could not test it. As far as the VCast Video, it works just like every other Verizon phone, except that you can watch the video on the internal or external display. One thing that we noticed is that the video will not take up the entire screen, but instead leaves two black areas on the left and right side of the image. We assume this is because the videos are in 4:3 aspect ratio, and they are playing on a widescreen display. If the video image were to stretch-out, it would not look right.
Overall we are quite pleased with the new Voyager, and it shows a step in the right direction. It combines almost every feature into one device, and is truly for the consumer that is looking for the ultimate show-stopper. Some people have referred to the Voyager as the “iPhone killer”, but we don’t believe that’s the case. Even though it is quality device, it is still lacking the caché that surrounds the iPhone. We doubt that many iPhone users will leave that behind for the Voyager, but it will keep current Verizon customers from looking around.
Expect our in-depth LG Voyager Review soon!
LG Voyager Preview - Camera, Music, Multimedia, Conclusion