LG Voyager VX10000 review
An easy to use smartphone from LG
The latest LG phone, the LG Voyager VX10000, is considered as the company’s top entertainment device. Users think highly of it. Does it really work that well? We tested the gadget and here is our take on things.
When we first saw the newest Voyager VX10000 from LG we loved its elegant body adorned with silvery edges. With its 4.6″ x 2.1″ x 0.7″ and 133g, the product is somewhat bulky, but it makes up for it with its solid feel. The front houses a 2.8″ touchscreen and the Send, End and Clear keys. The display has a resolution of 400 x 240 pixels; the touchscreen was very responsive and fast when we tested the phone for our review. The menu was easy to use thanks to its big icons.
The virtual touch keyboard looks like the one on iPhone and it enables users to type URLs without opening the phone. Making a call by using the keyboard was also very easy. Once we got fed up with it, the device offered a real one; all we had to do to access it was to open the gadget’s body sideways and the latter transformed into a mini-laptop with an extremely comfortable QWERTY keyboard and a second 2.8″ screen and stereo speakers. The rear of the phone sports a 2-megapixel camera. The LG VX10000 smartphone also comes with an antenna that can be used with Verizon’s mobile TV services.
Impressive GPS service
When talking about features, the device boasts messaging, mobile e-mail (with support for Yahoo!, MSN and POP3/IMAP accounts) and Verizon’s Mobile IM programs. We had no problem, during our test for this review, with typing e-mails, but on the downside we spent a while with the launching of programs. We could also play games in the best of conditions thanks to the phone’s large internal screen and the keypad’s ability to let us play with both thumbs. The Voyager VX10000 is compatible with Verizon’s VZ Navigator GPS service; the latter gave superb performance because it managed to find a place within seconds and it also offered great directions when we were in a foreign city.
Decent camera quality
The performance of the gadget’s 2MP camera was decent. Pictures snapped outdoors gave overexposed bright areas. The focus had plenty of sharpness. What we didn’t like about this feature was its very slow speed; the device took 1.4 seconds from the moment we pushed the power button till it set its focus. The video player was good; what struck as odd was the fact that the latest LG VX10000 phone didn’t come with instructions on how to get videos into the product’s format.
The phone does a good job of synching with Windows Media Player and the sound quality is almost perfect.
Good connectivity provided
In terms of connectivity, the LG Voyager VX10000 features the EV-DO Rev. 0 modem, Bluetooth support (the slow 1.2 version) and a web browser. The latter didn’t load pages as quickly as we’d hoped; modem speeds were between 400-600kbps. Moreover, the browser didn’t support Java or Flash.
Call quality wasn’t impressive. Phone and audio reception were adequate, but the earpiece had distortion at high volumes and there was no noise cancellation; on the bright side, the speakerphone fared better. The battery life provided 4.6 hours of talk time.
All in all, after this test and review, the LG Voyager VX10000 may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but it’s among the best phones to use with the Verizon network.
|Operating Frequency||CDMA 800 / 1900|
|Camera||Yes, 2.0 Mega Pixels with autofocus and flash|
|Zoom||Yes, 2.5x digital zoom|
|Video Resolution||Yes, 320 x 240 pixels (QVGA)|
|Video player||Yes, Video Formats: MPEG4, WMV, 3GP, 3G2|
|Display color||TFT, 262K colors|
|Java||N / A|
|Internet Browser||Yes, WAP 2.0|
|Standby||Up to 480 hours|
|Memory card slot||Yes, MicroSD card|
|Directory||Yes, 1000 entries|
|Music||Yes music formats, MP3, AAC, AAC +, WMA|
|Data & Connectivity|
|GPRS||N / A|
|Bluetooth||Yes, V1.2, Bluetooth stereo|
|WiFi||N / A|
|Edge||N / A|