Verizon Voyager: iPhone Killer?

With all the hoopla surrounding the iPhone it is not surprising that Verizon Wireless is touting a suite of new phones and one – the LG Electronics Voyager is being touted as an iPhone killer. The device runs on the faster Verizon Wireless data network (Probably EVDO Rev. A) and has a keyboard. These are the two Achilles heels of the current iPhone. The device is similar to Apple’s phone in that it has a touch screen and web browser built-in.
 
So will this device be an iPhone killer? No, probably not. But still, this phone could be a look at a solid competitor to the iPhone and if it is successful it may convince Apple to come out with a device that has a keyboard as well.
 
Read more on MSNBC.
 
What’s your opinion? Be sure to comment below.

Update: I just saw the PC Magazine review of the phone and was both happy and sad that Verizon has a better and worse device than the iPhone. As with all technology, it is all about the tradeoffs you are willing to endure.

 
The author owns shares in Apple and surprisingly has no iPhone. In addition he uses Verizon Wireless for laptop broadband connectivity and phone service via the XV6700 phone.

  • sergio
    October 3, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    i dunno if this would be an iphone killer, but i think it would be a great option for us folks who are not near any good at&t reception areas.
    the only reason i have not picked on up is that at&t reception is poop..
    the helio ocean had the same problem.. killer phone, terrible coverage in my area..
    can’t wait to see the voyager..

  • The1Opinion
    October 3, 2007 at 12:51 pm

    It’s amusing how many new phones that come out are iPhone killers or BlackBerry killers. Do you guys really think in the end that there will be just one mobile device out there ?
    http://the1opinion.wordpress.com/2007/10/03/new-verizon-phones-lg-voyager-aka-the-iphone-killer/

  • Oldgamer
    October 3, 2007 at 12:57 pm

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  • Aaron
    October 3, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    Verizon is making a huge play to try to save its market share after it saw how huge the iPhone was. It will be interesting to see if the keyboard being included will help the Voyager. I also wrote about this story.
    http://www.growyourfunds.com/2007/10/verizon_introduces_new_lineup.html

  • JS
    October 3, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    I love competitors, this will help Apple get their act together.

  • Rich Tehrani
    October 4, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    Regarding the question about their being a single manufacturer the answer is no but it does seem like we will live in a Blackberry/Apple/Nokia world with a bit of Samsung and Motorola sprinkled about.

  • triple b
    November 6, 2007 at 7:53 am

    i have a i phone and i love it – all you verizon ppl – can get lost – i will break any voyager aka iphone killer that steps my way- if anyone of you punks have an issue with this than thats to damn bad – i drop verizon phones like bad apples – And you!!! Mr Arron – i’m coming for you!!! if you aint down with the apple crew!!! all of you jerks cant step to this!!! and js!! stay of this – if u dont want no troule

  • Kate
    November 15, 2007 at 11:08 am

    I don’t think it’ll be an “iphone killer”, but i know i’d choose it over an iphone anyday.
    The keyboard, i think, is the deciding factor for most people.
    I am still a big fan of t9, i don’t know why we can’t just be satisfied with that, but if i had to get a new phone i would get one with buttons.
    The whole “touch screen” things just seems so fragile.
    And i hate fingerprints!!!

  • abcyesn
    November 27, 2007 at 6:41 pm

    This phone is awesome.

  • Tony
    November 28, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    The new Voyager will put iphone in it’s place. This phone (iPhone)is a rotten apple and paying that much for bad fruit is just dum. PC rules and Verizon has by far the best network, and that alone can make or break a phone no matter how good it is. Soon the world will see that the new Voyager is the best choice, and defenitely an iPhone KILLER!!!

  • abcyesn
    December 7, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    one of the best phones i’ve used, full html browser and the mobile TV are the best features of the phone.
    check out http://www.voyager-lg.com

  • abcyesn
    December 17, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    very nice phone, I don’t think it’s an iphone killer, but it’s up there.
    check out http://www.voyager-lg.com for more info

  • Greg
    December 21, 2007 at 10:41 am

    Both the Voyager and the iPhone have great features but I will have to side with Voyager. Verizon has such a great network and that tips the scale for me! http://www.voyager-mobile.com

  • T. Woods
    January 24, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    The Voyager is a SOLID phone with great features but it should NOT be compared to the Apple iPhone because the iPhone is a smartphone and the Voyager is NOT A SMARTPHONE but it’s DARNED CLOSE!
    Having said that I have a Voyager and it’s a great phone. I like the touch screen features with the qwerty keyboard inside. When I need to do quick text responses I just flip the Voyager open and roll with it…but when I can take my time I use the touch screen to respond. The browser is really nice and if you want music you cant beat Verizon’s VCAST.
    The Navigator is OUSTANDING and it beats having a navigator where you’re having to upgrade software, that’s not a worry here; just enter where you wanna go and let it get you there with the voice feature guiding you!
    Verizon’s network is great and just makes you appreciate the Voyager more. It’s a little more expensive to go with Verizon but not that much more
    Voyager won’t kill an iPhone, but if you don’t NEED a smartphone Voyager is the way to go. It has a big screen so if small size is a feature you want Voyager isn’t for you. Otherwise it’s a very good phone!!!

  • Illy
    February 18, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    I just recently bought a Voyager and I love it. While the iPhone looks very nice, it’s very confusing and hard to use. I love the QWERTY pad on the Voyager. The VCAST is nice too.
    Overall, I think the Voyager is a better phone that the iPhone.

  • lisa D
    November 11, 2008 at 9:20 am

    I chose the Voyager over the Iphone for two main reasons. The keyboard and the insurance. While comparing the two I found the key board to be much more user friendly. Also, you can not get insurance on the iphone and that seemed pretty risky to me. Of course, the verizon network is superior to Att and that was a deciding factor also.
    I love my Voyager!

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