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Review: Casio G'zOne Brigade

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Menus Calls / Contacts Messaging  

Verizon Wireless’ feature phone menus haven’t changed much in the last few years, and they’re still redundant and confusing. At the top level, you’ll find Mobile IM and Email, but also a general Messaging category, under which you’ll also find Mobile IM and Email, among other features, like Visual Voice Mail. VZ Navigator is a top level menu item, which is nice, but the Web browser is hidden completely. You have to go to Media Center, then Mobile Web. Too many menu items led nowhere, like the top level My Verizon button that took me to an empty Web page; and too many choices seem to lead to simple, intrusive WAP pages that try to sell you more ringtones and wallpapers. There are a few different menu designs to choose from, either icon grid or tabbed menus, but none of them are well organized or intuitive.

Without opening the phone, you can still perform some basic tasks using the small external display. You can send a text message, look through your contacts list to make phone calls, play music or even pair the phone with a Bluetooth device. The camera and camcorder can use the external screen as a viewfinder, but the monochrome display looks horrible and the passive matrix screen refreshes so slowly that its only useful for lining up your own face in a self portrait.

 

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