Verizon Wireless Blitz Review
The Verizon Wireless Blitz, manufactured by UTStarcom/Pantec, is a peculiar looking device targeted to kids and pre-teens as a combination phone and messaging unit. Its primary competition comes from the Samsung Alias and the more expensive LG enV2, as both offer a QWERTY keypad.
The retail package includes
- Blitz phone
- 920mAh battery with cover
- proprietary USB cable
- wall charger
- user manual
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TFT display. It has a poor viewing angle, unless viewed at 90 degrees, and is almost dark while in sunlight. The enV2 does not suffer from these issues as much. Directly below it is the d-pad, which is smaller than most, but we were still able to navigate the menus without problem. On either side of the phone are the volume rocker, 2.5mm headset jack, dedicated music and camera button, charging port, and microSD card with support up to 4GB.
Being that this is a messaging device, the hidden QWERTY keypad slides out from underneath the main display, containing four rows of keys, which are slightly curved on the ends. They are black plastic, with white letters and blue numbers and symbols. The backlight is not bright as we would like, but still easy to see in dark conditions. Since the Blitz is not a PDA, your are limited to sending and receiving standard Text and Picture Messages or Mobile IM out of the box. While composing a text message, we found the buttons to be tiny and cramped together, similar to the Alias, thus causing several typing errors to be made. It would be less troublesome for a kid with smaller fingers to use, as this is whom the device is designed for. Regardless, the keyboard on the Blitz and Alias leave a lot to be desired, as they are not as large and spread-out as the one found on the enV2.
1. (unregistered) posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55 0 0
pretty sure this is the ugliest phone i have ever seen in my life, if anything thing the christian dior rating should be in the negatives or even a 0
2. (unregistered) posted on 06 Sep 2008, 00:08 0 0
Who's to blame for this phone being so appalling? Pantech or Verizon?
3. MJGio1049 (unregistered) posted on 06 Sep 2008, 09:11 0 0
Most likely Verizon because they suck so badly.
4. wetwet (unregistered) posted on 06 Sep 2008, 16:52 0 0
this is supposed to be a kids phone. i am sure the columnist knows this, since he stated it in the opening paragraph. with that said, why would one of the negatives be NO EVDO. Since when does a parent want a kid phone that is capable of EVDO , they usually want to block all features EXCEPT text. so it should not be in the negative, this is a phone that will be popular with ANY KID. yet the columnist is rating it like he would take it home and use it as his primary phone. what a fool. Phonearena.com has great news breaks, but their staff writers must not have even graduated college. and p.s. MJGIO - your mom.
6. (unregistered) posted on 06 Sep 2008, 20:41 0 0
This phone still has Mobile Web and VZNavigator, but it takes lokger to load since it lacks EVDO.
5. (unregistered) posted on 06 Sep 2008, 18:13 0 0
OMG!!! Forget the Touch Pro or the Storm, I am getting this bad boy, this adonis of cell phones, the epitome of a stylish device. This is the real iPhone killer.
7. (unregistered) posted on 07 Sep 2008, 09:39 0 0
Hahaha. Thanks wetwet. And number five...you're kinda funny haha.
8. (unregistered) posted on 08 Sep 2008, 10:57 0 0
I can see the "kid" factor applied generously here. But seriously, the EnV2 barely costs much for a QWERTY phone, and the Alias costs the same as the Blitz. Verizon doesn't do very well with sliding QWERTY phones do they? (Except smartphones). The Glyde only costs $20 more, because it's just as bad, lol. But at least the Glyde looks ok. I see this thing going to $$FREE$$ and out of production pretty fast for a phone
9. (unregistered) posted on 13 Sep 2008, 21:02 0 0
I work for a verizon store and honestly i thought this phone wouldnt sell at all when i first saw it. The kids do love it though. Lets face it this day and age all the kids 15 and under only care about texting so this phone is great for them. I just hope that it comes out in a few more colors sometime soon. I could see that realy boosting its sales.
10. (unregistered) posted on 22 Sep 2008, 15:11 0 0
Just picked up this phone the other day for 50 bucks online. I can definitely say this phone is worth the the little amount you pay for it.
11. (unregistered) posted on 24 Nov 2008, 21:24 0 0
wow. this phone actually seems pretty cool. especially because i can get it for 39.99 on my plan. but the review seems very biased. the reviewer constantly compares this phone to the env2. i dont think this was a very fair review.
12. bowen (unregistered) posted on 02 Jul 2011, 21:55 0 0
I have this phone and have had it for two years. It works well for texting but not for much else. I'm upgrading next week:)