Verizon Wireless Salute Review
The main menu on the Verizon Wireless Salute F350 is pretty much a clone of what other Verizon phones use, with categories for accessing the media center, messaging, contacts, recent calls, and settings & tools. User customization includes a selection of three themes (white, fluorescent, and mosaic), the ability to show the main menu in tab, list, and grid view, three font types and sizes, clock formats, and wallpapers. This is all pretty standard amongst phones today.
The basic phonebook on the Salute allows you to store up to 1000 contacts, each with their name, multiple numbers, email addresses, IM screen name, picture, ringtone, and physical street address. Once a contact is saved, you can assign them to one of 999 speed-dial locations.
One area of disappointment with the Salute is the lack of quality with the included 1.3MP camera. For starters, it takes all the pictures in portrait mode, instead of the more common landscape mode. Images that we took outside are overexposed with poor color accuracy, lack of fine detail, and tend to have a purple hue to them. Indoor pictures are also pretty bad, and quality goes down even more in low-light conditions. At this point, we feel the camera on the Salute is only good enough for quick on-the-go pics, but this is to be expected on a budget phone.
Other software features on the Salute include the ability to send and receive text and picture messages, VZ Navigator for GPS guided directions, Social Beat for connecting to your social networking sites, Mobile Web 2.0 browser, voice commands, calculator, appointment calendar with alerts, alarm clock, stop watch, world clock, and a notepad. You can also download other games and programs through the media center menu. Unfortunately, the Salute lacks a music player (or memory card slot), and also doesn’t allow for VCast video streaming. Data is also limited to the slower 1X network. Internal memory is also lacking with only 62MB, half of which is used out of the box.