Pros Touch screen
Cons Smudges on the touch screen (is this a con??)
Camera (functionality not quality)
Paying for the "extras" (Verizon's problem not the phone)
Summary After a lot of research (weeks and weeks), I finally decided to purchase the Voyager (Titanium). I have not been disappointed in these 2 months.
This turned out to be the perfect phone for me who wanted to play with the touch phone, but when she was in a hurry, just needed to push the buttons. The adaptation to a new phone went very quickly for me because when I "FAT FINGER" the touch screen (which doesn't happen that often), I can just open up the keyboard.
The keyboard has made texting a breeze.
The battery life has lasted an impressivly long time considering all the touching I do just to mess with the phone. Call quality has never been a problem. I also rarely drop calls which is a welcome refreshment from my previous phone which dropped 60% of my calls at one point or another. The Voyager is also extremely fun to customize with sounds, pictures, fonts, sizes, displays, etc.
One downside that I have seen is the camera. The quality is fine, though I wish LG would have come with a flash. Also could we have more than the standard 2.0 mp, the completely touch "LG Dare" phone has a 3.2 mp camera, so we know the technology is available to the company. My real problem is my own ability to press the camera button in one single push without holding down the button for longer than a second or the movie function will begin (though I must say I've had lovely 3 second videos of my dog sitting there wondering where her treat was). Also the camera take about 3 seconds to actually respond to the button if pushed correctly. My last annoyance is Verizon Wireless treating to strangle every dime out of their customers. Some of the coolest features like VCAST, MobileTV, Visual Voicemail, Navigation, and others cost a pretty penny for monthly subscription. I have used the navigation (which mercifully allows you the option to pay for the service for one day as well as monthly). It's really cool and helpful.
Other cool things are the MP3 player and the dual speakers. They are ok, but it still sounds like you are playing music through your phone. Speakerphone is pretty good, and the microSD card can read up to 8 gig I think.
The size of the phone isn't too bad, but it is a little thicker than I'm used to. This extra thickness makes the phone feel sturdier. When I flip open the phone, I don't feel like I'm going to snap it in half.
All in all, I'm really satisfied with my choice. The Titanium version of the Voyager changed more than just the color. I would suggest this phone to my friends.
Pros Love the keyboard, the two screens are very big which I like alot. Also, the touch recognition is much better than previous phones I have tried**see below for list of phones. The antenna is cool.
Cons My biggest Con, and the one that might make me return it for a different phone. Is that the phone TURNS OFF WHENEVER IT WANTS. The little antenna does NOT boost cell signal, its only for MobileTV. Call volume can be quiet and unclear at times.
Summary When I first received the phone I had 4 dropped calls just trying to activate it. My house has sub-par signal, but I have never had problems making calls in my kitchen, where I was at trying to do the *228. The next day I was on a very important business phone call when first the phone lost signal and the call was dropped in the middle of the conversation. I hurried to call my client back, when seconds after we exchange greetings again and I explain myself, my phone decides to RESTART ITSELF. Dropping the call once again. So far, the phone turns back on after restarting, but we shall see if that continues. Furious, I called Verizon had them send out a replacement to see if it was just that Voyager or if it is all of them. Sure enough my new one does it also. I have 15 days left on my test-try period, and am undecided on whether or not I will keep the phone.
Just yesterday, I compared notes with a friend who has the same phone (he's had it for a little bit now) and his too turns off whenever it wants, however his will stay off. So he will send a text, close his phone, and realize hours later that the reason nobody had called him was because his phone was off. His Voyager also has many problems coordinating the two screens, often times when the phone is open, the display will be on the outside and vice versa. SUPER ANNOYING. I went to Verizon with him to get him a replacement; that will arive Monday, and we shall see if that phone, just like the other 3 Voyagers in this review, turn off by themselves also.
Pros There are so many options for customizing this phone! The touch screen works very well. Qwerty is great for texting, obviously. The camera is fabulous! I was very surprised at the quality of the photos. Good reception. Very sturdy. Call quality.
Cons The speaker could be better quality. When the ringer volume is at the maximum the speaker sounds like it's vibrating. I can hear myself talking- it almost sounds like I'm talking into a cup at times. Fingerprint smudges on screen.
Summary I was a little hesitant to get this phone after reading other reviews. I am, though, very happy with the purchase. Other reviewers stated that there is a lot to get used to, but I disagree. As an average cell phone user, I found the phone menus similar to more basic phones with the exception of the addition of features. There are so many options to customize (several choices for fonts, text size, clock appearance, etc).
The touch screen works very well for me. I haven't had any issues with it being nonresponsive. You can even change the settings to make it more receptable to touch or less!
The Qwerty is obviously great for texting once you get used to not pushing a button 2 or 3 times to get to a letter!
The camera is amazing. It takes wonderful pictures. Even the camera has many options to choose from (like color, black and white, sepia, etc. as well as even the noise that the phone makes when the picture is taken).
The call quality is good. Others say I sound very clear and I also hear them very clearly. I have had no problems with reception or missing calls or texts. In fact, it seems like I receive texts faster on this phone than my older phone.
My only gripe on this phone is that the speaker is not up to par. When the volume is maximized it sounds a little like a blown speaker with high pitch rings (it sounds like it's vibrating). When the volume is on medium-high, though, it sounds fine. Also, at times it sounds to me like I'm talking into a cup. It's not bad enough to interfere with the call, though. It's more like you can hear yourself talking into the phone (not an echo, though). I returned the ENV2 before getting this phone because the speaker was AWFUL on it. The Voyager's speaker is definitely better than the Env2, but I'm not sure what's going on with LG and their speaker quality lately.
The phone is also very sturdy...very important for someone like me who drops their phone on a variety of surfaces on a regular basis :(
If you like all the tech stuff, you can watch TV on this phone, get visual voicemail and check email. I haven't tested any of these features out.
All in all, I am very happy with my purchase. My fiance even decided to get the same phone after checking mine out!
Pros full keyboard/good looking phone
Cons no external speaker/screen a bit small for internet use
Summary I got my phone this past Black Friday 08 from Verizon. It was either this phone or the Venus. I'm glad that I picked this phone, since it is a cool looking phone with a touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard for real tactile feel. I like having room for my fingers to move on the keyboard. However, I'm still trying to get used to the placement of the space and clear buttons. If I want to make a call using the touchscreen, the virtual numeric keypad is large enough that I can't make a mistake. And once my call connects, the screen goes into lock mode so that I can talk and not accidentally hang up. (A friend of mine has a Dare-- which is a full touchscreen phone -- and she has hung up on me before). The one tricky thing is scrolling down the contacts list. You can have different pictures (either one of yours or preloaded content) on the external and internal screens, which is really neat. I have been able to pair my Voyager with a Jabra BT 2010 Bluetooth headset. So far no problems there. Definitely take advantage of the MicroSD slot (up to 8GB), since you will want expand the memory. The voice recognition programming is also a nice feature for making calls or checking contact information (this works nicely paired with a Bluetooth headset).
There are a few bones to pick with the Voyager, such as no external speakerphone feature. If you want to use the speakerphone, you have to open the clamshell, but the sound is clear and the person you are calling can barely tell that you are using the speakerphone feature.
Another is that while you can record, you are unable to use the recorded sounds for a ringtone. You would need to use the Verizon ringtone downloads to get more ringtones. The camera is decent (what can you expect for 2.0MP?), but does allow night mode, White balance and timer. Unfortunately there is no flash for low light situations or a mirror to make self-portraits easier. Of course, only the outer screen is a touch screen. The "real estate" that you have for internet is small and there were some times that there was a bit of lag with loading pages. I did try the Mobile TV that Verizon offers. Of course, the content is previously recorded. And the picture quality was just ok. It can't compare to an actual TV. This feature is for someone who just can't get enough of TV. I could just imagine getting a headache watching on such a small screen.
IN SHORT: Overall, this phone is really great. Although I have listed a few cons, I don't regret getting the Voyager. I have gotten many compliments from friends and family. One of my coworkers ended up getting one because she liked mine so much.
Pros I like that I can store many texts in this phone compared to my old phone. I like the big screen display inside and out. Although don't really used the inside keyboard ever. Lots of good features too.
Cons No camera flash. Strange symbol of ? in box randomly replaces pics saved- lost many pictures. Dificulty editing texts-cursor wont easily go to word to edit. Scrolling contacts difficult. Cannot have different text alert sounds for different people.
Summary First of all I don't like that the camera does not have a flash. Putting it on nite mode doesn't really do much to help inside a dimly lit room. Have taken a lot of crappy dark pictures because of this. This also holds true for the video camera too. I have also had a strange symbol with a ? mark inside a box that randomly replaces the picture once I have saved it. That has also cost me plenty of good pictures.
One of the other things that really bothers me about the phone is when I am texting and want to go back to edit a word--it is REALLY hard to go into the middle of a sentence or word and get the curser to where you want to edit. I usually have to just try to get to the end of the sentence and just DELETE DELETE DELETE until I get to the word to edit. That is lame, takes up too much time and you forget what you were typing.
Scrolling within the contacts is not easy either. I always accidentally dial someone else or add the wrong person when sending text messages. And another big thing that I don't like about the Voyager is that you cannot set the text alert sounds for different people. I liked that feature very much with my old phone. I could be across the room and know who just sent me a text. This phone does not have this option to distinguish between business and personal texts unless you pick up the phone and actually look at them. Battery goes dead pretty darn quick with this one too. And the last thing is that everyone has told me that they hear theirselves when talking to me on this phone. I know how irritating that is. Don't know if it is the phone itself or Verizon network. But I never had that problem with my old LG phone--tend to think it is the phone.