Motorola W755 Review

Software and Features:

Little has changed regarding the User Interface, except that Media Center is the new name for the Get it Now menu, which is also used on the Glyde and other upcoming Verizon devices. The four other menus are Messaging, Contacts, Recent Calls, and Settings & Tools. There are a total of 5 themes included (Classic, Youth, Headlines, Chrome, and Vapor), which is a first for a Verizon Motorola phone. The Classic theme is the same one that is used on the V9m and is the least graphical out of the bunch. The Youth theme is similar, but provides more colorful icons and backgrounds. If you like lists, then the Headlines theme is for you, or for a 3x3 icon grid, change to Chrome. However, the Vapor theme is the best looking, due to it being the only one with animation, and happens to be selected by default. Regardless of which one you choose, the response times are fast and there is no noticeable lag when navigating between menus. We are glad to see that Verizon is including more themes on their mid-level devices, since other carriers have been doing this for years.

The Phonebook now 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, you can assign them to one of 99 speed-dial locations.

Having an integrated 1.3MP camera is nothing new, but unfortunately the one found on the W755 is a major disappointment. Images taken outside during the day look dark and lack detail, with colors being dull and lifeless. It should then come as no surprise that it takes even worse inside pictures, with a large amount of grain shown and even less detail. Because of these issues, we find the built-in camera almost unusable, as we did with the VX8350, but the one on the U550 does produce better outside pictures.

Camera settings:

  • Resolution: 1280x1024, 640x480, 320x240, Picture ID
  • Self Timer: Off, 3 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec
  • Brightness: -2, -1, 0, +1, +2
  • White Balance: Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Darkness
  • Shutter Sound: Shutter, Silent, Quack, Boing
  • Color Effects: Normal, Antique, B&W, Negative
  • Fun Frame: 9 choices
  • Switch Storage Device: MicroSD card, Phone

Since the W755 is not a music centric device like the Juke or Chocolate, it comes with the same outdated application that has been used on Verizon devices for years. However, playback quality is quite good and is remarkably loud, more so than the U550 and VX8350. Some vocal music was so loud that we had to turn the volume down to medium because the rear speaker started to cause distortion. When the flip is closed, the front music control icons are illuminated blue and allow you to rewind/skip-back, play/pause, and fast-forward/skip-ahead, but they only stay illuminated for 7 seconds and then turn off. You then have to slide you finger over one of them for it to turn back on. We would prefer they stay lit-up and not turn off while using the music player. Stereo Bluetooth A2DP/AVRC is also supported.

Other software features include Mobile Web 2.0, VCast Music downloads, VCast Video streaming, and VZ Navigator for GPS guided directions. You can also download a wide variety of games and other programs using the Media Center. Applications open fast and there is no noticeable delay when using them. The only problem that we encountered (just like with the U550) was when using the Mobile Web program and going to large HTML sites, such as The page would stop partway during download and display an “insufficient memory” error message, causing us to view the page without most graphics. When going to smaller sites (Google) or WAP pages, the browser was able to work without problem.

A total of 83MB of internal memory is included, but 17MB is used out of the box, leaving only 66MB available to the consumer. To counter this, you can install a microSD memory card up to 4GB in size, which provides added space for MP3 files and pictures.

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