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Review: Motorola maxx Ve

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One thing the Motorola Maxx Ve has going for it is the superb screen. Its good quality leads to very clean web pages and sharp images on the screen when viewing mobile content. Because there is no dedicated "Web" button, you have to hop into the menu system to launch Verizon's WAP web portal.

The portal takes a good 5 to 8 seconds to load, even in areas with strong EV-DO coverage. Once the basic portal is loaded, jumping around to other pages in the portal takes about 3 seconds each time you reload the screen. Loading CNN, for example, was quick, and the page loaded two images, as well as a dozen headlines in fairly short order. The font for headlines on the Ve's browser is bigger than we've seen on other Verizon phones. The headlines were very legible, if a little blocky looking.

Browsing to the open Web or other WAP sites requires jumping through the options menu. It is a step-laden process that is rather clunky. The default text entry method in the address bar is iTAP, which just doesn't work for entering web addresses. Luckily, once you change it to "abc", the phone remembers that setting. The best bet for navigating outside of Verizon's portal is to add a series of bookmarks for your favorite sites, which are stored by Verizon and not on your phone. The "favorites" tab at the top of the portal is the second choice and is definitely the fastest way to access pages off the portal or on it.

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The Verizon UI allows for very little customization. Users can set the prerequisite ring and alert tones for different callers and message types. The screensaver (or wallpaper) can be set to one of several included images or any of the pictures you take with the phone. Strangely, the menu lists "screensaver" and "wallpaper" as two separate items. In testing them out, they are both the same application, with two different names and two different ways to get there. The D-pad can be customized to access just about any set of applications on the phone. This is a useful way to make up for the lack of a "Web" button.

Users can change the "theme" of the menu system, but this really only alters the colors of the tabbed menus minutely. The one thing you absolutely cannot do is get rid of the bright red stripes on the top and bottom of the screen. Those who object to the color red are simply out of luck here.


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