Motorola Adventure V750 Review

Software and User Interface:

Unfortunately the Adventure runs the standard Verizon “red bar” UI, though Moto has skinned it to a small extent. The default Vapor theme is very smooth and has cool effects as long as you only go one level deep into any menu. The rest of the themes are just variations on the UI and don’t do anything for us. The user can set shortcuts for all four d-pad directions, and choose to show or hide the shortcuts on the main display. That is the extent of customization on the phone. The phonebook can hold 1000 entries with five numbers and two email addresses each. VoiceSignal is used for voice dialing.

On the media front the Adventure has support for VCast TV and Music with Rhapsody, and the user can sideload their own music and video content on microSD cards up to 8GB. With the speaker being at the bottom of the phone, watching videos is a bit strange especially in widescreen mode. Users can download games, BREW applications and ringtones from Verizon’s content deck. The Adventure supports VZNavigator and Field Force Manager GPS solutions.

The 2.0 megapixel camera took disappointing pictures. Colors were usually exaggerated, lines were blurred and especially in artificial lighting images were washed out and grainy. The options available are Resolution, Self Timer, Brightness, White Balance and Color Effects. The camcorder can record at either 176x144 or 320x240, but the higher resolution can only be used for videos 15 seconds and under.


Verizon has had PTT for years now, but poor performance and no interoperability with Nextel has led to Verizon all but writing off the technology. Though the coverage may be spotty, Nextel’s PTT simply worked and worked fast. Call setup times were under a second, which VZW (or Sprint, with Ready Link) could never come within spitting distance of.

Sprint recently launched QChat, which brings CDMA PTT over Rev. A and most importantly is interoperable with Nextel. We came away quite impressed with their offering when we reviewed the Sanyo PRO series. Though VZW has ducked questions of how their new PTT service works, it does indeed run over Rev. A and we have to think it is closely related to QChat. Unlike Sprint’s service which only works in Rev. A coverage, VZW allows PTT over any data connection, even 1x. When PTT coverage is available, the signal indicator switches from white on black to black on white.

When in EVDO coverage (the phone doesn’t differentiate from Rev. A and Rev. 0) the service generally works well enough. Call setup times are usually under a second, but we did notice delays up to 5s at times which we never experienced with Sprint’s service. Once the call was connected communication was lightning fast. On 1x, however, the service was as terrible as always. We experienced call setup times of up to 30s, as well as outright failures. After setup there was a noticeable delay in communication, and more than one time we were connected but got no audio on either phone. At its worst there were 15s delays in communication after setup.

Furthermore, we have four review units (two Boulders, two Adventures) and are testing in a blanketed Rev. A location. At times any of the four phones may drop to 1x or no PTT coverage while some or all of the others remain in EVDO or PTT coverage. There has been no discernable pattern with this in either the phone models or individual units. We have even been in EVDO coverage but not had PTT available for one reason or another. Sprint’s coverage may be somewhat limited due to their Rev. A requirement, but it makes for a better and more stable product for the end user.

VZW maintains a separate PTT contact list from the regular phone book, which allows them to show presence indicators so you know if your contact is available or not. If a PTT number is stored in the regular phonebook you can still contact them via PTT, but there is no indication that they are PTT capable like on Sprint phones.

Unlike Casio, Motorola got the ergonomics of the PTT button down; it is larger than the other buttons and located just where you would expect it, on the middle of the left hand side. Then again, as the inventors of iDEN you’d expect Motorola to know a thing or two about PTT.
Overall we feel that it’s time for VZW to give up PTT. The new service works better than the original, but only when you are in Rev. A coverage and even then it is still not as good as iDEN or Direct Connect on Sprint. What ultimately dooms the service is its inability to talk with Nextel phones. Individual Nextel subscribers may be leaving in droves, but its PTT service it is still an industry standard and there are too many businesses that rely on Direct Connect as their primary means of communication. The bottom line is that VZW simply offers an inferior product.


1 Comment

1. Gib unregistered

I'm pretty sure that the Adventure is not Vcast TV capable. It can do vcast videos but not TV like the voyager
Adventure V750
  • Display 2.2" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Storage 0.128 GB
  • Battery 1170 mAh(5.50h talk time)

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