Verizon's new LG made Voyager, unveiled
on Wednesday, is just in time for the holiday season. The new phone is
going up against Apple’s popular iPhone and carries with plenty of ammunition
for a full-on assault of Cupertino’s best.
This "iPhone killer" features a strikingly similar design to the
iPhone, but it has something that the iPhone doesn't: a faster network.
The LG Voyager also hinges open to feature a full keypad and a smaller screen,
for users who dislike the iPhone's tactile keypad. Other features include full
Internet browsing, V CAST Video and Music access, 2MP digital camera and
support for .mp3, .wma and unprotected .aac files.
"We think it'll be the best phone ... this year. It will kill the
iPhone," Verizon Wireless Chief Marketing Officer Mike Lanman said in an
Analyst Avi Greengart thinks this homicidal claim is a bit outlandish. He
thinks that the Voyager will likely attract many at Verizon who don't want to
switch providers. Greengart doesn't see the Voyager as hurting the
hot sales though.
"People who want a high-end media phone and want to stay with Verizon will
certainly give that one a hard look. I don't know that it would pull anybody
away from an iPhone."
Perhaps, but Apple's latest draconian
tactics to prevent
iPhone unlocking may cause some users who were pondering an iPhone to
defect to Verizon.
Verizon is focusing its guns on the iPhone, but the other three phones in the
release may cause some stir as well.
The other three models are the Samsung Juke, BlackBerry Pearl, and the LG
Venus. The Juke is stylish and candy bar thin and sports 2GB of storage,
A2DP Bluetooth and a 1.3 megapixel camera. The Venus has some interesting
touch screen features of its own including vibration feedback as well as a
miniSD expansion, A2DP and a 2 megapixel camera. The BlackBerry Pearl
offers a 1.3 megapixel camera, BlackBerry Maps, easy-to-use email (the main
draw), a fully function multimedia player and miniSD expansion.
Verizon's new phones are certainly good looking. While it focuses on
gunning down the iPhone with its LG voyager, many will likely also be drawn to
the allure of the small sized Juke or the take-care-of-business-and-play-too