Pros Call quality and signal strength, touch screen allows easy use of all functions
Cons None, but I worry about the screen's durability
Summary This is easily the best phone that I have ever owned. My previous phone was an LG 8600, and the call quality and signal strength were so bad that I considered avoiding LG phones altogether. Now I couldn’t be happier with the Venus! The signal strength is so good that I can talk in basements and elevators that provided no signal on my 8600. The call quality is outstanding, including the speakerphone and Bluetooth. I can even have conversations on it in speakerphone or non-speakerphone mode without sliding it open in the Verizon leather case with no holes for the speaker or microphone! The touch screen is fantastic. The “adaptive” nature of the screen that changes the function of the “keys” based on the function of the phone that is being used is extremely useful. The “keys” are even customizable to create shortcuts to different applications and menus. I find the camera and video quality to be quite good, even after transferring files to my PC via memory card. The included music utility and USB cable make it easy to transfer non-protected songs to the phone and purchase others from Verizon (though I don’t plan on buying many songs). The songs even sound decent on the single external speaker. It’s a shame that the headphone jack is 2.5mm instead of 3.5mm. I’ll probably buy an adapter at some point. I rarely send text messages, but it functions as well as can be expected for a phone without a real keyboard.
As far as people’s problems with memory cards, my phone’s manual specifically states that the phone will only support up to 4 gigs of microSD memory. I have seen 4 gb micoSD cards that were designated as “high-capacity” (HC), but I am unable to find “regular,”non-HC 4gb cards at my local stores. The packages for the HC cards specifically state that devices that support micro-SD will not necessarily support HC micro-SD. As a result of this confusion, I bought a non-HC 2gb micro-SD that works perfectly. I don’t plan on needing more than 2gb anyway, since I have an MP3 player and a digital camera that I will not replace with this phone.
My only concern is whether the screen is fragile or scratch-prone. I bought a screen protector and a carrying case (overkill?) to try to protect my favorite new toy!
Pros Removable memory, sturdy construction, camera phone, easy navigation
Cons Doesn't utilize a full touch screen, poor video quality
Summary I've been pretty excited about this phone since I heard about it a month ago, but seriously debated it since I've been a Motorola fan girl for years. But with the decline in quality of Motorola's recent phones, I decided to take a risk and hope for the best. And I was not disappointed!
The LG Venus is a very sharp phone. It's not too bulky, and is actually much slimmer than its Chocolate predecessor. The slide mechanism is smooth and study, and very easy to snap open and shut. As a matter of fact, there really is no reason to access the keypad on this phone.
If for some reason you are forced to manually enter a number, or if you are a texting junkie, the keypad is rock solid. The keys are large and well spaced, and you'll never have to question whether or not you've hit the right key. No looking back and forth between screen and keypad. It's just that tight.
The only real disappoint I had with this phone is that it does not utilize a full touch screen. But disappoint fades onces you start to access the phones features. The small screen has a simple yet well designed touch button layout that changes as you navigate through the OS.
When I first turned my phone on, every touch issued noise and vibration. This could appeal to some people, but I turned both the sound and vibration off. I noticed once I turned them off the OS was more responsive, and I could navigate the menus quicker. Add to the fact they only serve to drain the battery, and I see no reason why anyone would leave them on.
The camera on the phone is 2.0MP. You can access it by the camera button on the right side of the phone. It comes with a variety of options including resolution, white balance, photo effects (i.e. sepia, b&w, etc.). This is definitely not something you'd see on an average camera phone. The pictures come out clear, but there is a slight delay between when you press the button, and the picture being taken. So don't expect to use it to snap a quick pic at a party, but if you just want a pretty sunset it'll work.
It also has a video feature, but it is lacking. Everything comes out in a big blur, and it's pretty much useless.
Now to the really good stuff.
This camera boasts the ability to use a microSDHC card up to 8GB. This is where I believe the phone shines. You can choose to store your pics, video, and music on this card. And since you can access the card through a simple adapter, you no longer have to worry about dealing with Verizon's poor attempt at a download service like with past phones. I managed to put most of my mp3 collection on to my card through an adapter, popped it into my Venus, and boom. MUSIC! This feature is a breath of fresh air for Verizon's phone line up.
And speaking of our musical repertoires, the Venus delivers a crisp, clear sound. The speakers themselves aren't much to brag about (though they are loud as HELL at full volume), but a nice set of headphones do a great job. You can either go for the Bluetooth variety or plug in with a 2.5mm jack to rock out with your sock out.
And if call quality is your concern, worry not! This is probably some of the best reception I've ever received on a cell phone. I live in bumpuck nowhere, and my best friend lives in bumpuck nowhere on the other side of the country, and I received a perfectly clear signal without a single drop in the conversation for over an hour.
Overall, I'd say this is probably the best phone I've ever owned to date. So if you're teetering on the edge, I'd say give it a 30 day trial. Worse comes to worse, you can upgrade to a Voyager.
Pros bright and sharp screens, innovative design
Cons call quality, "innovative design", battery life!
Summary Ok Iâ€™ll keep this simple. The Venus has an innovative design that is somewhat fun to use also the two screens are bright and colorful. Overall the phone feels solid and the slider action is perfect. I much appreciate Lg for incorporating several different themes because Verizons is so bland and disgusting. The music player is descent offering basic features and being able to hide it is also useful. Lastly the camera is respectable offering several features with average quality. Now for the cons, The battery life is horrible. It comes standard with a 800mAH battery my rizr had a 1000, come on Lg. If you are a power user such as a texter this is not the phone for you, ill have to buy an extra battery. The touch screen with tactile feedback is ok; at times there is an up to two seconds of drag, which is frustrating. Also the call quality is sketchy at times with some echo and low volume even maxed out.
Overall this phone was built for style, its beautiful but lacks the feature solidity that I require. I suggest this for style conscious users who donâ€™t need it for more than average use.
Pros Love the dual screen, great sound, awesome graphics, wonderful service, the camera is beautiful
Cons I don't have any, yet...
Summary I just bought this phone yesterday, and I love this phone. The dual screen with the bottom being touch screen, is phenomenal design. It works wonderfully well. As mentioned in earlier reviews, when you turn off the vibrate and sound tactile on the bottom touch screen the phone is much faster. Some people didn't like how the bottom touch screen locks when it's been inactive after 5 seconds, but I didn't mind that, and it's simple to just slide the phone up and it's unlocked. I am super pleased with this phone and would recommend it to anyone, even if they were previous flip phone users, like I was for 8 years. Overall, a wonderful phone!
Pros Great design, innovative, light and thin
Cons One too many steps navigating the texting menus
Summary If you're anything like me, you want a simple yet stylish phone from your service provider. Something that I can text with and doesn't look like a clunker. The Venus is the perfect fit due to its touch navigation and thin and light design.
I was up for my New Every Two with Verizon back in August. At the time, every phone out there was the same, a flip-phone trying to be an MP3 player and camera. None of which I needed or wanted. With the exception of the Blackberry Pearl, the Venus fit the criteria of what I was looking for, minus the minimum $80/month plan required by Blackberry devices.