Verizon Wireless Escapade WP8990VW Review

Software / Features:

There isn’t anything too surprising about the Escapade’s main menu, as it is laid out in traditional Verizon fashion with categories for media center, messaging, contacts, recent calls, and settings & tools.  Thankfully, there are four themes included on the Escapade (business diary, the world, water, and white), where the Samsung Renown only comes with two.  The themes can be displayed in tab, list and grid view, and you can even replace certain grid icons with others and move them around.

The phonebook on the Verizon Wireless Escapade WP8990VW can only store up to 500 entries, compared to 1000 on the Renown.  With each one you can enter in the contact’s name, 5 phone numbers, 2 emails, IM screen name, as well as their physical street address.  After a contact is saved, you can assign them to one of 500 speed-dial locations.

One area of disappoint came when testing the 2MP camera.  Since the Verizon Wireless Escapade WP8990VW does not come with a memory card slot, the only way we could export images from the phone was to email them using picture messaging. Unfortunately, the images we took at 1600x1200 pixel resolution could not be sent from the phone, which forced us to retake the images at 1280x960 resolution.  We don’t see the point of having a 2MP camera if you can’t get them off the phone at that resolution.  Needless to say, once we emailed the 1280x960 images to our PC, we were not impressed.  Pictures taken outside looked blurry and out-of-focus, with poor image detail and color saturation, not to mention the quite noticeable purple fringing.  Interior images looked so fuzzy that we suggest to not even use the camera inside.  Because of these issues and that lack of a memory card slot, the Samsung Renown is better equipped in this area.

Mobile Web 2.0, VZ Navigator for GPS guided directions, and the ability to download various games and other applications.  Unfortunately, the Escapade does not support EVDO, which means that it has to use the slower 1x network for data.

The Verizon Wireless Escapade WP8990VW is capable of operating on the Verizon CDMA 800/1900 MHz networks within the US.  When roaming outside the US it can also connect using GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, but UMTS 3G is not supported.  Bluetooth 2.0 is standard and supports headset, handsfree, phonebook access, and object push profiles.



1. vulgar

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 04, 2009

I got my hands on a escapade and there def. isn't a memory card slot, dont see where you saw that.

2. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

Thank you for your comment. We state 3 times in the review that the Escapade does not have a microSD memory card slot.

3. mikeaud44

Posts: 30; Member since: Dec 05, 2008

oh snap!

4. BurksSimone20 unregistered

If you want to buy a car, you would have to get the business loans. Furthermore, my sister always uses a short term loan, which is the most firm.
  • Display 2.0" 176 x 220 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Battery 920 mAh(3.76h talk time)

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