I remember what a pleasant surprise it was when, a few years ago, I opened a Christmas gift to find an LG Venus 8800. I was quite grateful for getting such a nice gift, and what reason would I have to feel any other way? My new LG Venus was a great size for the smallest pocket in my purse, the touch screen was a great addition to make navigation easier, and the reception on the phone was excellent. Unfortunately, the 'pros' stopped there.
The LG Venus 8800 does not have a full keyboard. Of course, depending on how often you use your phone, this could be a minor issue or a huge setback. For me, it fell somewhere in between. The number pad shouldn't have to act as a keyboard.
The LG Venus 8800's durability is questionable. It could have been a fluke, but my micro SD card slot would not work from the minute I opened the package. To this day, it still doesn't close properly and I need to hold it in manually if I need to access it. The rest of the phone, however, has endured a bit and of course has a few scratches, but no major breaks.
The battery life is decent if you are just calling or text messaging someone occasionally. As soon as you try to use the Internet or perhaps have a longer phone call, the battery drains quickly.
Overall, I would probably only recommend the LG Venus 8800 to people who do not need 24/7 internet or social connection - this would not serve well as a work phone. However, it would be a great idea for an "occasional use" or backup phone.