LG Voyager ReviewLG Voyager 8
Like most other phones in the market today, the Voyager is capable of sending and receiving text, picture, and video messages. The two ways of typing in a text message are by using T9 or multi-tap with the external touch screen, which shows letters on a 12-icon dial pad, or by using the internal QWERTY keypad. . One noticeable improvement over the enV is that the Inbox can now store up to 200 messages instead of just 50.
For people who like to use Instant Messaging, the Voyager also comes with Mobile IM, which will connect you to AIM, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo. After signing in, you and can send and receive IMs, but it is basically glorified text messaging to people on your buddy list and will count on your calling plan the same as using text messages.
Connectivity and Data:
The Voyager is a dual band all-digital device that operates on the 800MHz and 1900MHz CDMA Verizon Wireless network. Non-voice data, such as Web and E-mail, are transmitted using the 3G EVDO network, but it is limited to EVDO Rev 0 speeds instead of the faster Rev A. For Mobile TV service, the Voyager uses the 700MHz spectrum on Qualcomm’s MediaFLO network.
Bluetooth version 1.2 is supported and allows up to 20 pairings. Supported profiles include: headset, hands free, dial up networking, A2DP advanced audio distribution (stereo), AVRC, phone book access, object push for vCard and vCalendar, file transfer, human interface, and basic imaging. We were able to use the auto pair feature to easily connect to our Jabra 250v and Motorola HT820 headsets. When using the 250v for calls, we were able to get up to 25 feet of static free performance, and with the HT820 we were able to get up to 30 feet of stereo music without static.
The time required for the browser to completely load graphically rich sites, such as PhoneArena.com, is 50 seconds, while more simplistic sites, such as Google, would only take up to 6 seconds. While the speed is not excessively bad, the Voyager should have been EVDO Rev A compatible to allow for faster downloads. We sincerely hope that LG incorporates this into the next version of this phone. We also recommend using a stylus if you are planning on using this device for heavy web surfing, as it greatly increases touch-screen accuracy.
The Voyager comes with a USB data cable and music manager CD. Going into the Settings & Tools menu, there is an option for USB Auto Detection (Sync Music, Sync Data, Ask on Plug). When selecting “Ask on Plug”, each time your PC is connected to the Voyager, the screen will ask if you want to sync music or data. If you select “Sync Music” the phone shows up on your PC as an external music device, where you can copy music files directly to the phone’s internal memory and microSD card. However, if you select “Sync Data”, then go to Tools and USB Mass Storage, the microSD card is shown as a Removable Storage device, where you can copy pictures, videos and music files. This is by far the easiest method, eliminating the need to remove the memory card and place it into a SD card reader. Our only complaint is that the Voyager uses a proprietary data port, which means if you don’t have the cable with you, you cannot connect the phone to a PC. A better choice would be a miniUSB port, since those cables are easier to come by.
1. trikster2 (unregistered)
For me the the biggest conns are: The speakerphone only works with the phone flipped open and is disabled when the phone is closed. This is not mentioned anywhere in the review and it really should be unless your audience is only LG afficionados or enV users. Or am I wrong? Is there a way to use the speakerphone with the phone closed? I was very disappointed with the volume and qaulity of the speakerphone. Your review mentions that the speakerphone sounds better at a lower volume and I did not try that... because I found it almost impossible to adjust the volume of the speakerphone. The only controls I could find are on the side and they are almost unreachable when the phone is open. Am I missing something? How do you adjust the volume of the speakerphone while in a call? Did I miss an accessible volume control when the Voyager is open? Given that at max volume the phone is fairly soft compared to the competition, I'm not sure lowering the volume is an option but I do want to try it at the lower volume when I check it out again tomorow. Also I could not figure out how to listen to music while doing something else such as texting. I believe that feature is available on less featureful phones such as the venus/chocalate. This fact is burried in the 9 pages of the review but I believe it deserves a "CON" as it's a big disappointment not to include such basic functionality in this flagship phone. You cover the touchpad and says using it gets better. I sure hope it does because at first touch it is simply horrible. The best way to explain it is that it feels like the screen is not touch sensitive but that something behind the screen is. It feels like you have to push through the screen (which squishes) to get to the touch pad. Thanks for the extensive review. I really wanted to like the voyager but my first impression of the things that count (touch screen, speakerphone, usability, speed etc) was a big blech. I'm honestly suprised of the almost universal love given to the voyager in the initial cnet and phonearena reviews. Given the buzz and the cost I expected the phone to wow me at first touch. Perhaps I need to spend more time with the device to appreciate it.
2. VZWRep (unregistered)
The Mobile E-mail program does automatically check for new messages, and alert you when you have received them, with no interaction required. The article incorrectly states that you must manually check for messages. The update is not instantaneous, but usually reports new messages within 5 minutes of receipt.
thats with the new hardware update. they made this a while ago.
3. RJT185 (unregistered)
Will there ever be a MightyPhone like app for this phone? It's a great phone, but there is no mention of any syncing capabilities with Microsoft Outlook.
4. jocelyn (unregistered)
This phone does have wireless sync available as well for 19.99 a month. You can use the pc monitor option to be able to sync your outlook with this phone-the only downfall to that would be that the computer you want it to sync with would have to be on to get the updates.
I'm a Verizon employee and as far as the scrolling i have had that issue. but as far as the youtube mobile website i've seen the whole chocolate rain video (which btw is hilarious). Going back to the touch screen though. Using a stylus is def better then using you finger. I've tried both and the stylus def worked way better! The Mobile email i can't say much about becuase i use the 8830 world edition for that. So theres no comparison to Blackberries in that aspect. But yea i find it to be an overall good phone.
i love my voyager! im obsessed with the mobile tv function, i would agree that the speaker phone option should be available while the phone is closed but other than that I haven't had problems with this phone at all, I wish they came out with this sooner
7. vzemployee (unregistered)
as an employee in a store they furnish us with a phone that the employees can mess with. i got it for about 4 days and was very happy and impressed with it. the touch screen responsiveness does leave something to be desired (ie scrolling) but overall is great. this is an env on steroids(if tested has a better chance of passing than barry bonds or roger clemens) as an employee i still cannot order this phone which sucks. we knos nothing in advance of more than a month of launch but there is a samsung that looks like it may be their answer to the voyager for us which i like more
YouTube has a mobile verison of the site that can found at m.youtube.com. Videos can be played on the Voyager from this site.
9. BTD (unregistered)
I have worked for Verizon for 9 years now and have had over 100 differant phones in the last few years. My oppinion on the Voyager isnt a very good one. I went through 4 of them in less than a month. Main problem being the touch screen shorting out. I would not recommend this phone to anyone. Hopefully the 9700 and U940 coming soon will be better phones and have the bugs worked out!
14. max (unregistered)
I am getting a new phone soon and I was thinking about getting the voyager and I want to know what the problems are exactly.
16. phire (unregistered)
I've seen dozens of them, and haven't seen any complaints like this. I don't doubt you saw 4 bad ones, but perhaps you were just extremely unlucky? The ratio of phones that work to the ones that don't definitely aren't in your favor.
10. The Dude (unregistered)
I love this phone. I have 3 different emails forwarded to this phone and regularly check facebook. I am a fulltime student and vzw employee and I utilize almost every function of this phone and have not been let down yet. The only problem is the sounds quality when a full volume. But who cares, Im over it. I also bought this phone for my mother. She is typically computer illiterate, but she cannot get enough of the html optimized browser, song ID, and VZ Nav. this phone is unstoppable! also, txting compared to the iPhone, o wow, there is no contest, the Voyager spanks it. I would honestly recommend this phone to all. =)
11. Tiffany (unregistered)
I recently purchased the voyager as an upgrage from the palm treo, I have to say what a big mistake. The volume not audible when the case is closed so 90% of the time I miss my calls. Also when you listening to the music that's all you can do you cannot access any other features on the phone.
12. phoner (unregistered)
the thing VZW has enjoyed deceiving people about is that the voyager is at all a competitor with the iPhone. And what is supposed to make it comparable? Because it has a touch screen. I'm sorry, but the sole impressive feature of the iPhone is not that it has a touch screen. The Voyager is a phone, not a smart phone, or a PDA, or any of the other devices that actually should be compared to the iPhone (or that the iPhone should be compared to) I work for VZW and I like the network, but it seems pretty obvious that people are mostly right about VZW's phone selection. I personally own an enV and (shhhh!) an iPod Touch. The Voyager is trash. Oh, and so is the xv6900.
13. ConsideringVoyager (unregistered)
I am considering the Voyager when I am due for an upgrade this Summer. I heard when the Voyager first came out that you could not use the music player and receive calls at the same time. Is that still true? What happens if you are listening to music and then receive a call? Thanks!
17. phire (unregistered)
Your music will pause and the incoming call screen will appear and give you the opportunity to take or ignore the call. If you ignore it, your music should resume.
15. dan (unregistered)
is it true that you MUST pay $15 extra into your plan for web browsing even if you don't use it?
18. phire (unregistered)
Nope, not at all. It's optional with the Voyager.
19. hailey (unregistered)
i had the krazor and it broke. :p so i was thinking about getting the voyager and my concerns were if the touch screen breaks when you drop it, cause i have heard that
20. Cam (unregistered)
The voyager is so awesome i think its the best since the iphone
21. BMWFisherman (unregistered)
I love my voyager. I havent had one problem with it. and if you want a touch screen phone that makes calls & txt 's then this phone is perfect for you.......but if u are like some ppl thinking they can run their company off of their phone and talk bad about it because its not a supercomputer, then go get a laptop.
22. Aubrey (unregistered)
its the enV...only with a touch screen.
I want a voyager
25. ReduceGadget (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Dec 2008)
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