From the VX9800 to the Genesis: A LG retrospective

Six years ago, LG jumped on the messaging phone bandwagon with a dual-screen flip phone. The company has stuck with that design philosophy, earning it many accolades along the way. CNET takes a look back at the LG EnV, the Voyager, and the most recent Genesis.

LG has made many phones throughout the years, but few of them have been as popular as its LG EnV series of feature phones. From the VX9800 all the way to the EnV Touch, these dual-screen flip messaging phones have long been best sellers due to their roomy keyboards and unique flip form factor.

Recently, LG released the LG Genesis for U.S. Cellular, which has the same dual-screen flip design, but it's an Android smartphone instead of a feature phone. It ships with Android 2.2, has two capacitive touch screens instead of one, a 5-megapixel camera and camcorder, Wi-Fi, DLNA support, and more.

Since the Genesis is essentially the grown-up version of the LG EnV series of phones, we thought it would be interesting to look back at the history of LG's dual-screen flip phone, as it evolves from the clunky VX9800 to the sleeker EnV 2 and eventually to the touch-screen models of the Voyager, the EnV Touch, and the Genesis.

Did you have any of these phones? Let us know in the comments about what you thought of them!

About the author

Nicole Lee is a senior associate editor for CNET, covering cell phones, Bluetooth headsets, and all things mobile. She's also a fan of comic books, video games, and of course, shiny gadgets.

 

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