Remember the LG enV Touch, the manufacturer's Voyager sequel?

Remember the LG enV Touch, the manufacturer's Voyager sequel?
When Verizon reportedly turned down Steve Jobs, who pitched the iPhone to them first, it forced the carrier to try a succession of "iPhone killers" that never lived up to that title. That changed in 2010 when AT&T lost its exclusivity and Verizon customers had the opportunity to buy the Apple iPhone 4.

One of the first of the so-called "iPhone killers" was the LG Voyager. Sporting two 2.81-inch resistive touch screens, the device was the first featurephone to sport an html browser. While a major improvement over the usual WAP browser, it was no Safari. And while it did have features not found on the OG Apple iPhone (including 3G connectivity, a physical QWERTY keyboard and live television), the LG Voyager was not really a replacement for the iPhone.

Still, it was quite a popular choice for Verizon subscribers, and Big Red sold a ton of them. In fact, the model number of the Voyager (LG VX10000) was so well known among Verizon customers that when an LG handset with the model number of LG VX11000 was certified by the FCC, rumors of a Voyager sequel started spreading immediately. But LG couldn't work out a deal with headset manufacturer Plantronics over the use of the Voyager name, like it did with the original model. So the handset was christened the LG enV Touch.

The LG enV Touch appeared at an interesting time for Verizon, five months before the Motorola DROID would launch and kick off Androidmania. It also hit the carrier about seven months after the BlackBerry Storm 9530 debacle. While the enV Touch was considered a featurephone like its predecessor, it was about as close to a smartphone as a dumb phone could be.

Like the Voyager, the enV Touch carried a pair of screens, one on the inside of the clamshell design, one on the outside. Both 3-inch screens on the enV Touch featured a 480 x 800 WVGA resolution. That worked out to a pixel density of 311ppi. With 16 million colors, LG was not skimping on either panel.

The html browser improved on the one found on the Voyager, and was impressive for a non-smartphone handset. A 3.2MP rear camera came with the device. While the LG enV Touch was a great featurephone (we gave it a "9" in our review), within months the launch of the Motorola DROID made the device obsolete. Soon, everyone was switching to a smartphone and the revolution was on. As such, the LG enV Touch could be considered the last great featurephone of the era.


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  • Display 3.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Battery 950 mAh(4.33h talk time)

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20 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Neat. I really miss them landscape QWERTY keyboards.

9. Rocket

Posts: 626; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Me too, but what i really want now is a high end phone with a game pad instead of kboard.

19. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I'm still hoping for an Xpera Play successor, used to own one, it was a little underpowered that time but... gaming on real buttons is light-years better than gaming on a touchscreen.

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

me too.. Droid 4 was great, but now, no midranger or flagship offer landscape qwerty physical keyboard :-/ and slideout qwerty case is just bad, its thick and ugly..

16. AViator

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

T mobile sidekick

2. Andr01d

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 08, 2016

so... since there are no good tech news arround PA decided to give us a tiny history lesson, nice one.

3. theo14461 unregistered

I had this phone, and loved it. I remember Verizon charging $5.00 /month extra for the email access.

4. aegislash

Posts: 1446; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Why has only Alan F written articles by himself the last two days? Haven't seen any other articles written by someone different.

7. UglyFrank

Posts: 2190; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Everyone is mourning John V and they all feel devastated that he has moved to AndroidAuthority and these shocking events triggered a mass writer's block that only Alan F has been able to overcome.

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its only Alan F who keep providing us news for every weekend (late friday until sunday).. just check older article, other writer just enjoying their weekend

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I had the Voyager, great battery life, but the screen started to peel. I ported my number, and went right back to AT&T. I had to go thru a process called a win back.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This is what happens when Verizon refused to carry the best.

12. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Glad you did this article- this was the BEST phone at the time. I've owned probably 30 different cell phones at this point, and that one is top 5 for sure.

14. Punchy506

Posts: 129; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

"it forced the carrier to try a succession of "iPhone killers" that never lived up to that title. " Really? Remember the OG Droid which beat the iPhone 3g in Time's device of the year.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Did it beat it where it counts most?

20. Punchy506

Posts: 129; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

You mean features? Most definitely.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol, ask LG where it matters most ;)

21. Alan01

Posts: 573; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

And we never said the DROID was on that iPhone killer list. Heck, I wrote that story about Time magazine. We've always said that the DROID was the first legit competitor to the iPhone. Regards, Alan F.

23. shoxsnake88

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

I use to have this phone also. This phone is in my top 5 for sure.

24. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

This was the worst phone I ever had before I bought the HTC Droid Incredible... I vowed never to buy LG again after my experience with this phone. It would turn off in my pocket and the front touch screen NEVER worked. I went through 5 of these and Verizon would not honor a replacement. I upgraded early to get rid of this phone. Eventually I bought an LG G Stylo and that wasnt a great experience either. I will try LG again eventually. I've had the best luck with Motorola even more so than Samsung. I've never had one fail on me.

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