Review: Motorola maxx Ve
The Ve's clock can be set to analog or digital 12-hour or digital 24-hour. The clock appears in the bottom left corner of the homescreen. The digital clocks are easily read. The analog clock is a little bit more difficult to take a quick read or, as the hash marks representing the numbers are a little scrunched.
Since the Ve has no headphone jack of any kind, you are stuck using Bluetooth to connect to headsets or headphones since there aren't many mini-USB options. Pairing with regular and stereo Bluetooth headsets was simple and straightforward. The Ve re-acquired both types of headsets automatically whenever contact was lost. The sound quality in the Bluetooth headphones was quite excellent, though there was a noticeable buzz from time to time when we neared other wireless objects such as an AirCard or Wi-Fi hotspot. Pairing to a PC and swapping data wasn't quite as easy and took several attempts. Once connected, the Ve was able to trade music, photo and other files with ease.
The Ve comes with a basic calendar stored in the "Settings" menu. With the calendar you can add and manage appointments, as well as set alarms and alerts to let you know of impending meetings.
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With its EV-DO radio, the Ve has access to Verizon's V CAST services. With our test unit, we were able to download both music and videos. The Ve consistently connected to the V CAST Music store much faster than the V CAST Video store. In fact, the V CAST Video store frequently took up to a minute to load, compared to about 20 seconds for the V CAST Music store.
The V CAST Music store offered the latest hits and songs from the pop charts. Navigating and searching for tunes wasn't exactly simple, though. Hitting menu selections such as "What's New" and "What's Hot" often bring up a list of the same set of songs. It is best to know what you are looking for and perform a search, rather than jump through page after page of artist or track listings.
The Video store is a little bit easier to use, and is broken down into News, Comedy, Music Videos and other easy-to-understand segments that have little overlap. When attempting to download content, we had mixed results. There were a lot of default errors, forcing us to start the process over again, and sometimes the downloading process seemed to take forever. Once we had a couple of videos downloaded, watching them on the screen was not exactly satisfying. The video was pixelated and playback was often choppy.
The Ve also has the requisite set of tools, such as calculator, tip calculator and world clock. Each was intuitive and simple to use.
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