Review: Alcatel Venture for Virgin Mobile USA
The Venture uses the stock Android phone software, though it has been skinned by Virgin so it looks slightly different. The phone application is simple and straightforward and offers the typical set of tools, such as speakerphone, muting, and adding a line. One annoying thing: The buttons to activate these in-call features are absolutely miniscule, making them difficult to use quickly. Most other Android phones have huge buttons to turn on the speakerphone or send to Bluetooth. Not the Venture. They might be the size of a pencil eraser.
The phone app includes the contact database, which is accessible via one of the tabs at the bottom of the screen. Contacts can hold a ton of data, including multiple phone numbers, email addresses, web sites, street addresses, and more. There are no special home screen widgets for contacts, though you can add direct-dial shortcuts to the home screen if you wish.
As with all Android 2.3 devices, it adds details from Facebook and other accounts to your contact database and keeps everything synced.
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