There is certainly a substantial amount of hype built around LG's latest stab at the QWERTY phone market for Verizon Wireless -- the VX10000 Voyager -- and it isn't without merit. For starters, the feature-packed candybar sports a 2.81 inch exterior touchscreen paired with second display of equal size and a full keyboard on the inside. In the media department, the handset features a 2 megapixel camera with autofocus, video camera, expandable memory via microSD up to 8GB, and VCAST services of both the Music and TV varieties. Do the features stack up in Verizon's favor? Does the Voyager live up to the hype or will it fall short of expectations? Continue reading to find out.
The exterior display allows the user to control almost every function without the need to open the phone. With each virtual "button" that's pressed, the phone will vibrate to provide positive feedback of a successful keypress. We had some trouble using our fingers to "grab" the menu and move around the phone, though; we often found ourselves attempting to slide the menu down and pressing two or more wrong keys. Bottom line: the Voyager's touchscreen controls don't seem to be as intuitive as the best that we've used, though LG's made a solid effort here.
As we mentioned before, the VX10000 comes outfitted with a 2 megapixel camera with autofocus, and considering the relatively limited resolution, we were pleased. The camera produces great pictures that are sharp with decent color saturation. It may not replace your 8 megapixel point-and-shoot, but for basic tasks, it'll get the job done.
The Voyager's Bluetooth stack left us pretty happy, too. As we've found with most LG phones, pairing our Motorola S9 Bluetooth headset was a breeze. We experienced two hours and forty five minutes of continuous music playing on a full charge. The music was crisp and clean -- by A2DP standards, anyhow.
Overall, the LG Voyager is one of the best, feature-rich phones (without making the jump -- nay, leap of faith -- into smartphone territory) for Verizon to date. From the beautiful exterior touchscreen to the fantastic photos the camera takes, we found that the VX10000 is a top-notch offering for the carrier. Granted, it's not without its occasional faults, but for those of you that have been waiting for Big Red to release something comparable to other carriers' offerings in the high-end dumbphone range, the wait just might be over.