Performance:

The reception on the Blitz was lackluster at best, with only 2 bars of 1x showing in a strong coverage area, where most other phones show 3-4 bars.  However, the real test is using the phone in several places.  We were able to place calls around South FL area without problem, but once we started going into more fringe areas, the audio would begin to drop out and the calls would eventually disconnect.  Call quality through the earpiece speaker was also a disappointment, as it sounded like people were talking through a kazoo, causing their voice to sound “metallic”.  People that we called on a landline said that our voice sounded hollow and they could easily tell we were using a cell phone.  The speakerphone faired even worse with a lot of distortion being heard if the volume were turned up past the lowest setting.  Yet again, the enV2 does better in these categories, with excellent reception and call quality.

The included 920mAh battery is rated to give 4.6 hours of talk time, or 11.6 days of standby time on a full charge.  Our testing revealed a more accurate 4 hours of talk time, which is less than the enV2’s 6 hours of talk time, but slightly better than the Alias’ 3 hours of talk time.

Conclusion:

One look at the Blitz and most people will immediately think “kids phone”, due to the color and overall toy-like styling.  Even though it has some features going for it, such as the large display and QWERTY keypad, both are poorly designed.  The reception and call quality are also two main areas of concern, and neither faired well during our tests.  Overall, the Blitz could be a good starter-phone, as would the Alias, for pre-teens under the age of 12, but in every respect the enV2 is a more capable and higher quality device.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Small design
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard

Cons

  • Keyboard buttons are too small for large hands
  • Reception and Call quality
  • Poor Camera quality
  • Lack of EVDO

PhoneArena Rating:

5.6

User Rating:

7.7
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