Phone Reviews: LG Venus

Short Reviews

Size: 102 x 51 x 15.7 mm
Weight: 107 g
Make/Model: LG Venus (VX-8800)
Network: CDMA
Display: 2” Color LCD, 320 x 240 resolution, 262,000 Colors
Data: EV-DO (1x EV-DO r0)
Carrier: Verizon Wireless (Locked)
Form Factor: Slider with Half-Touchscreen
Memory: 64 MB built-in, microSD card slot
Notable Features: Touch controls with content-sensitive menus; VCAST Music and Videos compatible; 2MP camera

Beautiful display; Context-sensitive menus; Extensive feature set; VZ Navigation works very well

Half a touchscreen sometimes feels gimmicky and frustrating; Touch controls sometimes unresponsive; Poor voice quality with unacceptable hiss on some calls; Somewhat bulky overall

Venus' half-touch/half-not screen is an interesting idea that ultimately frustrated me more than it charms me. The screens are beautiful and morphing large menus, but I found myself wanting to play the entire screen and not just the bottom. Some of them do not mind, however, and for which Venus can be a dream come true: a feature-rich skid with a beautiful high-resolution display and access to all multimedia offerings save Verizon VCAST TV.

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