LG Voyager ReviewLG Voyager 8
The Voyager has a 2MP AutoFocus camera, similar to the one used on the enV, but loses the flash, manual lens protector, and “hump” located on the back. The camera takes 3 seconds to load and can be launched by the touch-screen or by the dedicated button on the left edge. From there, the entire display is used as the viewfinder and you can then press the camera button again to capture the image. With the AutoFocus is set to one-stop, it takes 2 seconds to capture the image (compared to 3 sec on the enV) and an additional 3 seconds to save. The total turn around time to take one picture, save it, and take a second picture for saving is 10 seconds . If you need to take pictures closer together, you can turn off the autofocus feature and it will cut the amount of time in half.
Images taken outside have good color representation and saturation, but details are a little soft and not as sharp as the images from the Maxx Ve. Indoor images require a good amount of light for them to come out decent looking. To take images in low light, the only option you have is to select the Night Mode, which slows the shutter speed, but in doing so, it adds a lot of grain to the image, and they have a tendency to come out blurry.
Low light with Night mode ON
Video recorder interface
• Resolution: 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480, 320x240
• Self Timer: Off, 3 sec, 5 sec 10 sec
• White Balance: Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Glow
• Shutter Sound: Shutter, No Sound, Say Cheese, Ready 123
• Color Effects: Normal, Negative, Aqua, Sepia, B&W
• Night Mode: On, Off
• Save Options: Internal, External (memory card)
• Photometry: Average, Spot
• Auto Focus: One Step, Two Step, Off
• External Display: On (for self portraits), Off
Videos can be recorded at maximum of 320x240 resolution, with the length being up to the available memory. Watching a recorded video on the phone is best, due to the smaller screen size. Once they are transferred to a PC, you can see how low quality they are, with blotchy color and low frame rate. It would have been nice if the Voyager could record videos at 640x480 VGA resolution, since there is no other phone that Verizon sells that is capable of this.
It is no surprise that the Music Interface has also been customized for the front screen and is viewed in landscape mode. The music menu shows icons for Genre, Artists, Albums, Songs, Playlists, Inbox, Play all, and Shuffle. Once a song begins playback, there are several icons on the left and right side of the screen that you can select from. You can repeat the current song or shuffle all the songs of an album, as well as rewind and fast forward.. Unfortunately, the player interface on the Venus is much more customizable, and can continue to play music while the phone performs other tasks, such as sending a text message. It is a shame that the Venus can do this, yet the Voyager cannot.
The overall sound quality of music is good, thanks to the stereo speakers. However, they are located on either side of the internal display and sound muffled when the phone is closed. The only way around this is to flip the phone open (which means you stop using the touch-display), or listen to music with a wired or Bluetooth stereo headset. We would prefer the speakers be located on the exterior of the phone, so they have better sound quality and would be easier to hear.
The Voyager can play streaming videos using the V Cast Mobile TV or V Cast Video service. Using the V Cast Video feature is the same as in all other Verizon phones, where you can stream pre-recorded videos over the EVDO network, but because of speed limitations, image quality is pixilated and audio is low quality. For the best viewing experience, it is recommended to use the Mobile TV service, which uses the faster MediaFLO network, with live TV broadcast at 30fps. Unfortunately, this service is only available in select areas, which means spotty coverage when traveling. The Voyager uses a retractable antenna to pickup the MobileTV broadcasts, but it has a flimsy design to it and feels like it can break easily.
As with most other Verizon phones, the Voyager uses Qualcomm’s BREW format for all application. One of the most useful is VZ Navigator, which is used for GPS guided directions. Even though it can be accessed by the touch-screen, we found using the internal screen and keyboard to be the most effective way of typing in and viewing directions. Not to mention that the voice guided turns played through the speakers are louder with the flip open. We were able to use the application around South FL, and had no problems following the turn-by-turn directions to get to our destination. This is one feature that the Voyager truly shines over the iPhone.
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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