Review: Alcatel Venture for Virgin Mobile USA
The Venture runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with some customizations made by Virgin Mobile, including its own variant of Sprint's iD packs.
There are five home screen panels for customization and plenty of stuff crammed on there by Virgin Mobile. There are two iD packs pre-installed, both of which heavily favor Virgin-branded apps, content, and services. The selection of iD packs is fairly decent, and you can customize each iD pack to make it more suitable to your needs. You can also use a more stock version that has less clutter. The iD packs are an interesting concept, but often come with apps/bloat that I found undesirable.
The rest of the system works as you expect any Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) phone to work. The main app menu is a vertical grid that slides up and down. You can't customize the view of the app menu; it's stuck in the grid. The settings menus are stock Android and don't offer any surprises.
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Performance isn't great. The Venture has a 600MHz processor under the hood. The small, low-res screen doesn't tax the processor, but I still found the Venture to be a bit laggy at times. The home screens didn't always transition smoothly, and sometimes the phone would freeze for 5-10 seconds when attempting to open or switch apps.
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