Motorola Entice W766 Review

Software and Features:

There has been little change to the main menu and it continues to be categorized by media center, messaging, contacts, recent calls, and settings & tools. The Entice W766 only includes 3 themes (Urban, White, and Entice) instead of 5 themes that come on the W755. All three of them have slight animations, but aren’t interactive like the FlashUI themes we’ve seen on some Samsung phones. You can have the theme layout displayed in tab, list and grid view, and can even change the icon locations on the grid. Regardless of which theme or layout you choose, the response times are fast and there is no noticeable lag when navigating between menus.

Both the Entice W766 and older W755 have the same phonebook layout, which allow up to 1000 entries to be stored, each with their name, 5 phone numbers, 2 email addresses, group, PictureID and RingtoneID. After a contact is saved, you can assign them to one of 99 speed-dial locations.

The 2MP camera used by the Entice is an improvement over the 1.3MP camera found on the W755, but it is still not without its faults. When we tested the W755 last year, the images it produced while outside were dark, dull, and underexposed. The Entice has corrected these issues, as outside images are significantly brighter and have slightly better detail, but at the same time the automatic white balance is problematic, causing a “purple hue” to be seen in some images. When moving indoors, most images taken by the Entice are brighter than when using the W755, but both suffer from a lot of grain being shown. The camera also lacks a flash, so low-light images are impossible to take. The Entice can also record videos up to 320x240 resolution, where the W755 was limited to 176x144, but the quality is still lacking and isn’t anything more than a novelty.

Since the Entice is not a music-centric device, it should come as no surprise that it has the same “red” music player that is used by the W755. Music playback quality was generally good and the volume was plenty loud that some vocal distortion could be heard at times. When the flip is closed, the front music control icons are illuminated white and allow you to rewind/skip-back, play/pause, and fast-forward/skip-ahead. You can also listen to music by connecting wired 2.5mm earbuds or through a Bluetooth headset.

Other software features include two game demos (PAC-MAN and Tetris Pop), Mobile Web 2.0, Mobile IM, VCast Music download with Rhapsody, VCast Video streaming, and VZ Navigator for GPS guided directions.  You can also download a wide variety of other games and applications using the Media Center.

One area of disappointment is that the Entice only comes with 67MB of internal memory, of which 31MB is available out of the box, where as the W755 has 83MB of internal memory and 66MB available to the consumer. We’re not sure why the Entice has less internal memory, but you can use microSDHC memory cards up to 8GB.

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