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!
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?