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printed August 1, 2014
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Review: Alcatel Venture for Virgin Mobile USA

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My biggest gripes with the Alcatel Venture are its inconsistencies. It nails some of the most important features, whist failing badly at other table-stakes tasks.

While I understand that the Venture is targeting cost-conscious customers, the display and keyboard -- the two most vital elements for interacting with the device -- are painfully bad. Conversely, the Venture is one of the better voice phones I've tested in recent memory, and I had no trouble surfing the web with the device.

The system software is easy to use, and the Virgin iD packs provide a little bit of flexibility when it comes to managing themes and customization, but performance lags and the device is a bit buggy.

Would I recommend the Alcatel Venture to Virgin Mobile customers? Not in its current form. If you absolutely need an Android smartphone with a physical keyboard, the LG Optimus Slider is worth the extra $100.

Our Ratings

0.5
Overall
3
Reception
2.5
Battery Life
0.5
Hardware Usability
0
Hardware Quality
0.5
Display
1
Interface Speed
1.5
Audio Volume
1
Camera
 

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