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Review: LG's VX8800 Venus for Verizon

Review by Michael Oryl on Friday November 30, 2007.

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LG's VX8800 Venus for Verizon is a slick little CDMA slider phone that sports dual displays, one of which is touch sensitive. This smaller touchscreen takes the place of the traditional d-pad and softkeys found on most every other phone on the market. The on-screen controls morph to suit the context of the currently used phone function, and make the Venus a phone that is unlike any other phone on the market today. To some extent it might be sitting in the shadow of its bigger brother, the LG Voyager, but the Venus proves itself to be a very capable and desirable handset in its own right.

Physical Aspects

The LG Venus is a rather simply styled, yet elegant, slider handset. It weighs a reasonable 111g (3.9oz), and has a fairly compact set of dimensions: 102mm x 51mm x 12mm (4.0" x 2.0" x .5"). It has a textured black rear cover, where the camera's lens is located, and a chrome trimmed sliding front that houses two displays. The top display is where all of the normal on-screen information is presented. It can render 262k colors and offers QVGA (240x320 pixel) resolution, making it quite sharp and colorful. The bottom display, which is touch sensitive, takes the place of the normal d-pad and softkey cluster. In short, softkeys and directional navigation buttons are shown on the screen, and change depending on the current function that is on the main display. The flexible glossy front face of the phone, which is required by the lower touch screen, has a fair amount of give to it, something that, when combined with vibration haptic feedback, improves the touch screen's usability. But also leads me to worry that it might be prone to damage from keys and similar hazards commonly found in a pocket.

The slider mechanism on the Venus is spring loaded and snaps open or closed with a solid thunk. Sliding the front of the phone open reveals the large, and quite normal, alphanumeric keypad. The call send, call end, and dedicated CLR key are also found with the keypad. All of the keys provide great tactile response and are very easy to use both quickly and accurately.

The other hardware buttons are located on the side of the Venus. The rocker switch for volume control is on the left side of the phone, next to the voice dial button and the covered LG power/data port. The right side is home to the camera shutter button, the music access key, and the covered microSD memory card slot. The music key also serves as the touchscreen unlock key when the phone is closed.

In terms of physical design, the VX8800 Venus is a virtual home run. The phone is very solidly constructed and just oozes quality. Everything snaps snuggly into place, and the materials used offer a nice feel and are aesthetically pleasing. My only concerns revolve around the plastic surface on the front of the phone. Its slightly concave shape causes glares to appear from pretty much any lighting source, and I worry about its durability a bit. It seems very resilient, but it makes sense that LG has included a protective pouch for the device.

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pyrobabe @ 4:34:55PM EDT on Saturday October 24, 2009

it has a charger problemm i went threw 4 of these in the past year! they are terrible!

ruben @ 12:24:31PM EDT on Friday July 16, 2010

yo tengo la ONU venus verizon celular lgvx8800 pero el problema es que la tapa de atras se me rompio quisiera saber como puedo adquirir la tapa y el sofware para poder bajar musica

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Michael Oryl
Michael is the Philadelphia based owner and former editor-in-chief of MobileBurn.com. You can follow him on Twitter as @MichaelOryl

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