“Verizon’s iPhone clone, the Voyager, was released last month to a lot less fanfare than Apple’s iPhone debut earlier this year,” Eric Benderoff reports for The Chicago Tribune.
“Made by LG Electronics, the Voyager uses touch-screen controls for navigation, but they are not integral to the operation of the phone, as on the iPhone,” Benderoff reports.
MacDailyNews Take: LG is the former “Lucky GoldStar,” as it was known in the United States before rebranding to “LG.” In other words: for years, they made some of the world’s worst craptronics; so bad, in fact, that they had to change their name.
Benderoff continues, “In terms of dimensions, the Voyager is twice as thick as the iPhone and not as wide, so the Voyager’s exterior screen, decent at nearly 3 inches measured diagonally, lacks the impact of the iPhone’s 3 1/2-inch screen.”
“The user interface on Apple’s mobile phone was revolutionary in its approach. With the swipe of a finger, an application opens, you type a message, dial the phone or scroll through album covers to find the song you want. It works simply and is quite intuitive,” Benderoff reports. “On the Voyager, the interface uses touch controls on the front cover only and really just to open an application. Use photos as an example: On the iPhone, when you look at family photos, you flick to the next one with a finger. Then, by using two fingers as if they were tweezers, you can enlarge or shrink a photo. Lots of fun. On the Voyager, you tap on a photo to open it. That’s it. You can’t manipulate the image at all. You can tap an arrow key to move forward or backward, which is nice and better than on most phones, but it doesn’t compare with the fun one has with the iPhone.”
“The Voyager is actually a touch version of another LG phone, the enV, which was introduced last year to pretty solid reviews. All LG did with the Voyager is add a new cover to the phone, one with touch-screen tools and bigger internal and external screens,” Benderoff reports.
“As a music player, the Voyager does not compare to the iPhone, or many other music phones, for that matter. It uses Verizon’s Vcast music service, a clunky program in every way compared with iTunes,” Benderoff reports.
Full article, in which Benderoff calls Voyager “second-rate” compared to the iPhone (a very generous characterization), here.
That some foolhardy souls will carry around these old phones with their bolted-on bogus iPhone screen that does nothing with touch besides launch apps is positively Zunish.