Review: Alcatel Venture for Virgin Mobile USA
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.
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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.
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