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LG Voyager Review

LG Voyager

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LG Voyager Review
Regardless of how nice a phone looks, or how many features are packed into it, the most important thing to consider is the Reception and Call Quality. During out tests, we had excellent reception, not only while we were in good coverage areas, but also when traveling into fringe areas where no signal bars were shown on Voyager’s display. This makes the Voyager equal in reception to the enV and Maxx Ve. However, the call quality is a mixed bag. There are 8 volume levels for the earpiece speaker, but going above level 5 can start to cause distortion to be heard. Level 8 is the worst, since there is a lot of distortion, and the speaker sounds like it is rattling around from the volume being too high, but keeping it at level 5 or lower eliminates this problem. The same is true when using the speakerphone; if it’s too loud it will cause distortion. Also, during calls we could hear a slight “hiss” sound in the background, almost like “white noise”. We have noticed this on other phones, such as the Blackberry Pearl. The “hiss” isn’t very pronounced, and as long as we kept the volume down around medium the voice quality itself was adequate and equal to that of the enV. We called several people on a landline using the Voyager, enV, and V9m. Everyone that we spoke to while we were on the Voyager and enV said our voice sounded identical, that it was somewhat hollow sounding; almost like we were using a hands-free speakerphone. Once we switched over and used the V9m, everyone could tell a difference and said the voice quality on their end sounded clearer and more natural. It is unfortunate that the Voyager’s voice quality is still equal to that of the enV, which is a step below the V9m, but it is still better than other phones, such as the Juke.

The included 950mAh battery is rated at 4 hours of talk time or 20 days of standby time on a full charge. Our tests revealed a more realistic 3.5 hours of talk time or 4 days of standby time. Charging time is 3 hours.


Conclusion:

Overall we are quite pleased with the new Voyager, and it shows a step in the right direction. It combines almost every feature you could want integrated into one device. The external touch screen can be tricky to use some times, however after a while it becomes easier. The web browser correctly renders and displays HTML site properly, but is not compatible with any type of plug-in, and is easier to navigate with a stylus than your finger. The microSD slot can accept an 8GB card, which is equivalent to the iPhone’s internal memory, and can be used for storing music, pictures, and videos. Images taken with the 2MP Autofocus camera are equal to that of the enV, though not quite as good as the Maxx Ve. Music Playback sounds good with the built in stereo speakers, as long as the phone is flipped open, or you are using a Bluetooth stereo headset. V Cast Video and Mobile TV are best used as a time consuming distraction, since their content is limited, and the TV service only available in a handful of areas. Reception and call quality are both equal to that of the enV, but is somewhat less than the V9m. The only problem we encountered here was if we raised the speaker volume to the highest level that it would cause distortion to be heard during a call.

The Voyager is truly for the consumer that is looking for the ultimate showstopper without making the leap to a smartphone. 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 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.

Pros

  • Large 2.81” internal and external displays
  • Front display is touch-sensitive with interactive user interface
  • HTML browser
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Can use 8GB microSDHC cards
  • Mobile TV service

Cons

  • A few bugs when using the touch-screen
  • Distortion in earpiece at high volumes
  • Limited Email functionality
  • Stereo speakers face the inside when closed
  • No Flash for the camera, and the image quality is lower than the Maxx Ve
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display2.8 inches, 400 x 240 pixels (166 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.64 x 2.12 x 0.71 inches
(118 x 54 x 18 mm)
4.69 oz  (133 g)
Battery950 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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