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LG Venus Review

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LG Venus Review
Messaging

As we have come to expect from Verizon devices messaging is straight-forward and easy. The Venus can compose and receive SMS, EMS and MMS messages, and the user can create the message in just three clicks. Predictive text is done via T9, though it is not adaptive (it does not learn what words you use and move them to the top of the list) and the user cannot manually edit the dictionary.

The Venus features Verizon’s Mobile IM client, which supports AIM, Windows Live and Yahoo Messenger. As always, each message sent and received, as well as signing on and off and buddy list refreshes are all done on the backend via a text message, so make sure you have an unlimited plan if you plan on utilizing this application more than just casually. There is no email client, and the email link on the Messaging menu launches the mobile web portal.

Internet browser - LG Venus Review

Internet browser



Connectivity and Data


The Venus is an EV-DO rev 0 device and has Bluetooth v1.2, though OBEX is not supported. It does support the HSP, HFP 1.5, DUN, FTP, OPP, A2DP, AVRC, BIP, BPP and PBA profiles, though OPP is used only for vCard and vCalendar. We were able to send pictures to the Venus without issue, but sending from it was another matter. When trying to send a user-generated picture to a paired Bluetooth device, be it another phone or computer, we got an “Image transfer not supported by receiving device,” which was not true. Luckily we had no problems pairing both a mono (Samsung wep500) and stereo (Motorola S9) headset with the Venus, and the sound quality on both were as expected.

The browser is the same WAP browser found on nearly all Verizon devices. Verizon’s WAP portal is graphically pleasing, and it is easy to get to common destinations such as weather, news and sports. HTML browsing is slow and cumbersome, and pages often time out due to memory errors. There is no option to download a third party browser given the phone’s BREW platform.




LG Venus Review
Camera

The Venus features a 2.0 megapixel camera and camcorder. Picture quality was overall impressive. Colors were rich and saturated, though images were a bit dark. Edges could be a bit rough, but for a cell phone camera we were quite satisfied.

The interface is very clean; the phone is rotated sideways to take a picture and the touch pad displays an oversized Take button, with smaller buttons for Review, Video (to switch to the camcorder,) Options and Exit. It takes 4-5 seconds to load the camera, and after it is loaded an image can be captured in less than two seconds. To save the image and capture another one takes 6 seconds. While the results are good, loading and capturing pictures is comparatively sluggish and there is no option for multi-shot mode. There are a plethora of other options though, including white balance, self timer, night mode and digital zoom.

The camcorder can record at a max resolution of 320x240 and videos can be recorded in 30 second clips for video mail or up to an hour for personal use.

Camera interface - LG Venus Review
Camcorder interface - LG Venus Review

Camera interface

Camcorder interface


Camera Samples - LG Venus Review
Camera Samples - LG Venus Review
Camera Samples - LG Venus Review
Camera Samples - LG Venus Review



Now playing - Music player interface - LG Venus Review
Navigation keys - Music player interface - LG Venus Review

Now playing

Navigation keys

Music player interface

Audio

As the successor to the Chocolate line, the Venus is a music-centric device. There really isn’t much new to report here, however. The player does get a slight interface change, and now the album art for the track playing is displayed prominently with a semi-transparent and smaller view of the art for the previous and next tracks to the left and right. It is reminiscent of the cover flow found on the iPhone and iPod touch, though functionally they are nothing alike. Codec support is relatively small with only MP3, AAC, AAC+ and WMA, but chances are the majority of the user’s library is one of those formats.

The user can use the included Music Essentials kit and USB cable to transfer to and manage music on their device, or they can simply drop the files onto the memory card. The third option is over the air downloads via the V Cast music store. Tracks are priced at $1.99 if purchased over the air, or $0.99 if purchased via the PC and side loaded onto the device.

V Cast - LG Venus Review
V Cast - LG Venus Review

The Venus supports V Cast Videos (but not V Cast TV,) allowing the user to access a myriad of popular video clips from the likes of NBC, MTV, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network and others, as well as view original content. User generated and side loaded videos are viewed with the same video player, though V Cast does not have to be launched to do so.


Software

There is noting that sets the Venus apart in this category. Like all other Verizon phones it runs on Qualcomm’s BREW platform. Unfortunately for the user this means it sits behind a walled garden, and all content add-ons must be purchased through Verizon’s various shopping portals. There is a variety of games, ringtones and applications available via Get It Now. Verizon’s signature application, VZ Navigator, runs just fine on the device and is useful as always.


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PhoneArena rating:
6Average
Display2.0 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (200 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.00 x 2.00 x 0.62 inches
(101.6 x 51 x 16 mm)
3.79 oz  (108 g)
Battery800 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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