Review: LG Voyager
The screens are one of the Voyager's biggest improvements over the enV. Both measure 2.81 inches, which makes for plenty of real estate to browse the web, frame pictures, watch TV and so on. The colors looked great. The exterior screen was somewhat visible in sunlight, but the interior screen was less so. Perhaps it is because of the angle you hold the phone at when open, but sunlight definitely caused viewability issues. Overall, both screens are good.
Like most other Verizon phones, the Voyager has two signal indicators. One for 1xRTT and one for EV-DO. The 1xRTT signal indicator nearly always had 4 full bars. Only once did it slip down to three bars. The EV-DO indicator waffled between 2 and 3 bars most of the time, but it lost the signal briefly in the Lincoln Tunnel test and during the NJ vault test. The Voyager did not drop any calls during our time with it. There is also a TV signal indicator, which appears as a little TV icon in the status bar. It had an "X" inside it the entire time I had the Voyager because I do not live in an area covered by Verizon's V CAST TV service.
Calls sound decent on the Voyager. There was very little hissing or crackling and voices sounded loud and clear both to us and to those we called. Volume could be a bit of an issue, though. We found the Voyager's ear piece to be a bit on the quiet side. It needed to be turned up all the way if you expect to be able to hear calls in even moderately noisy environments. In loud places, like bars or sporting events, it was very difficult to hear calls. Quality of the music playback was okay, but not great. The volume issue applied to music playback as well. With the volume set at the midway mark, hearing the music in the next room was problematic. Any lower, and it was almost impossible to hear. The problem is that once you raise the volume high enough for it to be heard, the quality becomes quite distorted. This issue was not present when using headsets/headphones.
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Most of the time, the battery lasted 4 full days with a basic mix of messaging, calling and media playback. Increase any of these and battery life drops to 3.5 days. Watch a lot of V CAST Video, or surf the web a lot, and battery life drops to 3 days. If you stream music to stereo Bluetooth headphones, battery life will drop further.
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