Verizon Wireless CDM8975 Review
Just like the other two PTT devices, the CDM8975 comes with the standard Verizon Main Menu, with categories for media center, messaging, contacts, recent calls, and settings & tools. Four themes are included (classic, modern, white, and wine), but they are mostly skins, as each only changes the menu’s color, not the overall design of the menu itself. The only other menu customization is to change it between list, tab, or grid view.
There are two phonebooks, one for standard contacts and one for PTT contacts. The standard phonebook allows you to store up to 500 entries, each with 4 phone numbers, fax number, and 2 email addresses, while the PTT phonebook only allows you to enter up to 500 PTT numbers and group names.
As with most other Verizon phones, the CDM8975 is capable of using the following pay services: VCast Video and Music, VZ Navigator, Mobile Web WAP browser, and game/ringtone downloads. The music player is also standard for Verizon, but the playback quality is rather good, since there are stereo speakers located on the front flip.
Unfortunately, the 1.3MP camera doesn’t take better pictures than the Boulder. Outside images have poor color representation and saturation, and almost look blurry. Inside images don’t come out any better, with them looking grainy, due to lower light levels. Video recording is limited to 176x144 resolution, but that’s not even good enough for posting to YouTube.
Even though Verizon has had Push-To-Talk service for years, it never really caught on as fast or as much as Nextel, mostly due to the slower connection speeds and limited device line-up. With the re-launch of Verizon’s PTT service last year, they are hoping to close the gap, as it now uses the faster EVDO Rev A network. Because of this, initial connection time between PTT devices is usually only one second, with voices also taking about a second to transfer from one PTT device to another. This is faster than we experienced with the Adventure and Boulder last year, which leads us to believe that Verizon has continued to make improvements to its network. If you happen to be in a non-EVDO area, you can still use Verizon’s PTT over a 1X connection, but times can take up to 15 seconds. With Sprint Nextel Qchat phones, you can only use PTT while in EVDO Rev A areas.
The voice quality while using PTT on the CDM8975 was good and louder than what we experienced with the Adventure and Boulder last year. We believe this is due to the stereo speaker located on the front flip, but there is also a newer Boulder that has a similar design. The orange color of the PTT button makes it hard to miss, and its location on the left side makes it ergonomically easy to use with your fingertip. In the end, we’d like to see more high-end PTT devices released for Verizon, as the three current phones aren’t likely to win-over current Sprint / Nextel customers.
1. bng (Posts: 107; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)
Its a push to talk phone; Phonearena what do u expect from it? 8 megapixel camera? 3.2 inch touch screen? 3.5 headset jack? A design that makes you guys happy? most of the people that yous this phone are people that work in construction or other fields. I know this because my older brother works in construction and he docent care how it looks as long as it has the push to talk thing.....
2. Jyakotu (Posts: 823; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Okay, so why shouldn't this phone be rated harshly? Because it's from Verizon? Phone Arena obviously knows it's not a high tech phone, but if you look at other PTT phones, they have designs that can be interesting. They have features that can be both functional and a great multimedia experience. Look at the Motorola i9. It has a 3.2 megapixel camera, PTT, video playback, media player, etc. So yeah, just because it's PTT doesn't mean Phone Arena should go easy on it.
3. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
As you can see, we do recommend the Adventure that is also PTT phone for Verizon Wireless.