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Review: LG Voyager

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The Voyager's music player has been overhauled a bit when compared to the enV's, but not from the ground up. Opening up the music player from the front screen is simple enough, but the music player forces you to rotate the phone 90 degrees and interact with the music menu sideways.

The first screen you are greeted with is the basic Verizon music menu. It has 8 different selections from which to choose. These help you search for the music you want to hear by sorting via album, genre, artist, song, etc. Each is a large button and easily tapped for jumping into your library. Along the top are some other navigational buttons, including Home, Search, Shop (via the V CAST Music store), Help and Clear. If you have a long library with many songs and albums, you can scroll up and down once you're looking at those screens, but you have to make sure you're employing the deliberate touch method I described earlier, or you might find yourself making mistaken selections.

Using the music menus before you have started a song is not a problem. Using them after you've started playing music is. Any time you do anything with the options menu or want to jump back to the main menu, the player pauses the music and waits for you to make your selection. Once you're done, rather than resume the song where it left off, about 50% of the time it returns to the beginning of the song. This can be frustrating.

The exterior player itself is entirely different and makes use of the touch screen to speed up and make certain actions more intuitive. With a song playing, there are controls that run in two separate columns, one on the left and another on the right. In the middle is the song or album art, with the song and album title, artist name, etc. The controls on the left include repeat, shuffle, jump back a track and decrease the volume. On the right you can go back to the previous menu, pull down an options menu, play/pause, jump forward a track or increase the volume.

With the phone open, the music player is the standard Verizon music player. It offers you all the same controls, though the exterior version does look a little bit nicer. But the Voyager carriers forward one of the biggest beefs we had with the enV, and that is that you can't multitask. You can listen to your tunes and do nothing else. There is no way to browse the web or perform any other task while listening to music. This is something we were hoping had been updated.

 

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