LG Venus Review
The Venus from LG is another touch screen phone offering. However, this one has a dual touch sensitive screen (similar to the Samsung Soul) for maximum ease of use and of course, to help impress your friends!
The main screen is an ordinary TFT screen with a nice 262k colors and a resolution of 320×240. This is accompanied by what LG have name their ‘InteractPadTM‘ which is a contextual touch screen interface with a resolution of 240×176. The InteractPad is the main means of navigating the phone and, as it is contextual, the options change depending on what you’re trying to do. For example, if you’re listening to music then Play, Pause, Fast Forward et cetera keys will display, and if you’re navigating menus you’ll simply get Up, Down and OK.
The LG Venus, whilst having everything you need in its touch screen and TFT section, also has a slide our numerical keypad. This is because LG found that people enjoy touch screens, but found it hard to text on them, so they are offering a bit of both worlds.
Perhaps because it has a quite unique dual screen, the operating system offered has to be unique to the phone. As such, you don’t get the ability to extended functionality in comparison to a phone running a Symbian Windows Mobile operating system, but it does support Java so you should be able to find a nice range of applications to do the work you need. Bundled with the phone are built in hands free software, video and photo albums, and voice memo ability – not bad, but perhaps not the most feature-rich phone on the market either.
The LG Venus supports 3G, but doesn’t have Wi-Fi connectivity. Battery shouldn’t be a concern as the phone boasts a very respectable 20 days of standby time, but can only manage 4 hours of talk time.
Unfortunately, the camera is pretty featureless – 2.0MP, with no autofocus, flash, and no zoom (either optical or digital), but can record videos. Photos are taken at a 1600×1200 resolution.
The audio player on the phone supports the formats you’d expect it to; AAC, eAAC, and MP3 – not hugely diverse but there’s enough options to choose from. Videos can be played back in the popular MPEG4 format. Whatever memory format you choose, the 64Mb will only fit a few songs – luckily this can be expanded by the use of a MicroSD card up to a size of 2GB.
All in all, this phone seems to be one that focuses on style and ease of use rather than good hardware, and there are plenty of phones out there with much more to offer. But, for its price, it seems that you can’t go too far wrong with an LG Venus.