Verizon Wireless Blitz ReviewVerizon Wireless Blitz 5.5
Little has changed regarding the Main Menu, with categories for media center, messaging, contacts, recent calls, and settings & tools. Two themes are included (Urban and Charming) and you can change the menu layout between tab, list, and grid view. Between this, and being able to change the wallpaper and clock style, it gives kids the feeling of some personalization.
Phonebook allows up to 1000 entries to be stored, each with their Name, Mobile 1, Home, Work, E-Mail 1, Group, Picture, Ringtone, Mobile 2, Fax, and E-Mail 2. After a contact is saved, there are only 21 speed dial locations you can choose to assign them to.
Even though the Blitz is a budget messaging phone, it still comes with an integrated 1.3MP camera. However, as you can imagine, picture quality is lacking. Images taken outside have a purple hue to them, with poor detail and soft edges. Interior images look even worse, with a lot of fuzziness and grain being shown. Because of these issues, we can’t see anyone other than kids using the camera to take quick pictures. Once again, the enV2 does a better job in this category and price range.
The Blitz is not designed as a music phone, yet it is capable of playing MP3 and WMA files. It uses the same out-dated music player that has been on Verizon Wireless phones over the past few years, so nothing new there. Audio quality through the tiny mono-speaker was OK as long as the volume was not turned up to high. In doing so, it would cause some distortion to be heard. You can also use the 2.5mm headset jack or Stereo Bluetooth to achieve better quality playback. It should also be pointed out that you cannot download full audio tracks (only ringtones), as it does not offer a connection to the OTA VCast music store. You must either use a microSD card for MP3 playback, or the VCast with Rhapsody software for PC downloads.
Mobile Web 2.0, VZNavigator, and Game download are possible, but unfortunately the Blitz does not support EVDO, which limits its data to the slower 1x network. Because of this, the Mobile Web home page takes 15 seconds to load, instead of 6 seconds on the enV2. Also, VZNavigator operates slower, since it takes longer to download maps and directions.
There is a total of 28MB of internal memory included, but 10MB is used out of the box, leaving only 18MB available to the user. This is less than most other phones, but since there is not a lot of downloads available, you don’t need 62MB like on the enV2.
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
Who's to blame for this phone being so appalling? Pantech or Verizon?
3. MJGio1049 (unregistered)
Most likely Verizon because they suck so badly.
4. wetwet (unregistered)
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.
This phone still has Mobile Web and VZNavigator, but it takes lokger to load since it lacks EVDO.
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.
Hahaha. Thanks wetwet. And number five...you're kinda funny haha.
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
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.
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.
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)
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:)