The 2-megapixel camera takes pictures in five resolutions. You also can use a self-timer, brightness and white balance settings, three color effects, a digital zoom, nine fun frames, and four shutter sounds (there's no silent option). The camcorder shoots clips with sound in two resolutions. Editing features are slim but you get a few options including adjustable brightness, white balance, and color effect settings. Videos meant for multimedia messages are capped at 35 seconds; otherwise, you can shoot for as long as the available memory permits. There is no flash or camcorder light, and as mentioned earlier we bemoan the lack of camera shortcut on the outside of the phone. As it is, you must open the phone and start the camera before you can close it for a vanity shot.
Photo quality was good, but not quite what we were hoping. Colors were a tad faded, and some objects were blurry. Also, without a flash, image quality suffered when we didn't have adequate lighting. Videos were grainy and couldn't handle quick movements, but that's typical with most camera phones. The handset comes with about 70MB of shared memory for storing your work. That's a decent amount of storage, but you can always use a memory card for more room.
As an EV-DO phone, the V750 supports the full range of Verizon's 3G services including the V Cast video service and the
You can personalize the V750 with a selection of wallpaper, color themes, clock formats, and banners. You can download more options and more ringtones from Verizon using the WAP 2.0 wireless Web browser.
We tested the dual-band, dual-mode (CDMA 800/1900; EV-DO Rev. A) in San Francisco using Verizon service. Call quality was very good with amazing clarity and loud volume. Though the V750 lacks Moto's CrystalTalk feature, we had no trouble understanding our callers in almost all conditions. Callers reported few problems, and only a couple could tell we were using a cell phone. Some of our friends reported a slight background hum, but we couldn't hear it on our end.
Speakerphone calls weren't quite as good. Though the volume was sufficiently loud, voice clarity on our end slipped just a bit. As a result we had trouble hearing when using the speakerphone outside a quiet room. Also, callers reported problems unless we were speaking quite close to the phone.
The quality of calls over the Verizon's PTT network also suffered somewhat. The volume could be louder on our end, and there was some static. Our friends reported the same conditions on their side. The PTT feature certainly was usable but it wasn't quite as good as Nextel's Direct Connect.
V Cast streaming video was fine, but it wasn't the best we've seen from a Verizon phone. Videos were pretty grainy and the frame size was way too small. What's more, quick movement came out rather blurry, and it was difficult to read text on the screen. On the upside, the sound quality was pleasant and the voices matched the speakers' mouths. Similarly, music quality from the V Cast Music store was very good. Though the audio lacked warmth, which is a common feature on most camera phones, the audio wasn't excessively tinny, and it offered a decent amount of bass. The volume level was satisfactory as well.
As an EV-DO Rev. A handset, the V750 offers a fast and enjoyable Web data connection. We've never been fans of the WAP browser experience but at least the V750 doesn't make you wait long. Streaming videos loaded quickly and never paused to rebuffer. We downloaded a 2.62MB song in a zippy 54 seconds.
The Motorola V750 has a rated rated battery life of 5.5 hours talk time and 22.5 days standby time. We managed to get a tested talk time of 4 hours and 34 minutes. Those are pretty generous for CDMA phones. Promised PTT time is 3.83 hours and 3.46 days standby time. According to FCC radiation tests, the V750 has a digital SAR of 1.45 watts per kilogram.
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