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Review: Motorola E815

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Browser

As expected for a phone with high speed data, browsing is fairly speedy experience. Pages, including ones with many graphics, download quickly. Scrolling is fairly smooth, and the included Openwave browser can even be set to scroll automatically. Unfortunately the browser is not nearly as flexible for text display. Text is set in a tiny condensed font which is nearly impossible to read from any distance, even for those of us lucky enough to have good eyesight. Sub-pixel rendering of letters like W, A, B and S turn each of those into blurry blocks instead of smooth letters. There is no way to turn the sub-pixel rendering off or adjust the font size to alleviate the situation. Bold headline text, though larger, is no clearer.

Customization

Although the e815 is capable of playing mp3 ringtones, it does not come with any, nor can you load any onto the phone via memory card or file transfer. You must purchase high fidelity ringtones from Verizon's Get It Now store. The phone comes with a variety of midi ringtones that try to satisfy a wide gamut of musical tastes, but all come up short - especially for a high end phone.

The display can be customized with skins, which completely change the look of menus and dialog boxes as well as wallpapers. Any photos on stored on the phone, including ones taken by the user, can be used as a wallpaper. Motorola skins need to be made by professionals and then downloaded to phones, however Verizon does not offer any additional skins for download. There are three stock skins on the phone.

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File Management

Pictures and Videos are each managed in their own gallery applications. Both galleries have options to move, rename, email and delete the files. All other files (ringtones, games and other applications) are managed using the Get It Now application which can only move or delete the files. The Get It Now application is very simple BREW application that does not match the menus of the rest of the phone nor use the assigned skin.

 
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