Since the Entice has EV-DO, it can support Verizon's array of broadband services like V Cast streaming video and V Cast Music with Rhapsody. The latter lets you purchase and download songs over the air. The price of a song includes a PC download version as well. The music player interface is similar to other V Cast Music phones, with the same Verizon red background. Songs are arranged by artists, albums, and genres, and you can create and edit playlists on the fly. Other settings include repeat and shuffle. You can store the music on the phone's internal memory or on a microSD card; the Entice supports up to 8GB microSD cards.
The 2-megapixel camera on the Entice takes pictures in five resolutions (1,600x1,200, 1,280x960, 640x480, 320x240, and a special picture ID size). Other settings include a self-timer, brightness and white-balance settings, color effects, a digital zoom, fun frames, and three shutter sounds plus a silent option. As with the songs, you can also choose to store photos on the phone's memory or on an external microSD card. The camcorder can record video clips in two resolutions (320x240 and 176x144), and it has the same editing features as the still camera. You can record videos up to 45 seconds for multimedia messages, or up to the available memory for saving.
Even though it's only a 2-megapixel camera, the photo quality isn't too bad. Images did seem a bit blurry, but colors looked pretty good. Low-light photos, however, weren't good because the phone lacks flash. The video quality didn't fare as well, either, with a lot of pixelation and shaky movements in the video.
You can personalize the Entice with a variety of wallpaper, display themes, and alert tones. You can purchase and download more options using the Entice's wireless Web browser. The Entice comes with two games, Pac-Man and Tetris Pop, and you can buy more from Verizon.
We tested the (CDMA 800/1900; EV-DO) Motorola Entice in San Francisco using the Verizon Wireless network. Call quality was fantastic overall. On our end, we heard our callers loud and clear with hardly a static blip or a background rustle. Callers' voices sounded a little harsh, but it wasn't that bad.
Callers also reported great call quality. They said the volume was just right, and there was little to no background noise. Again, they said our voice sounded a bit harsh--they could still tell we were on a cell phone--but it wasn't a deal breaker. When we turned on the speakerphone, they said there was plenty of volume, even when we spoke with the phone held away from us. They said there was a lot more echo, which is common in most speakerphones. On our end, the callers also sounded a bit tinny and metallic over the phone's speakers, but we could still carry on a conversation just fine.
Similar to the speakerphone quality, the audio quality over the speakers sounded rather harsh and tinny; there wasn't a lot of bass or richness. We would certainly recommend a headset of some kind for the best audio quality.
We were pleased with the EV-DO speed overall. We downloaded a 2.19MB song in 27 seconds, and loading a simple WAP page took just seconds. We also experienced little to no buffering time when viewing streaming video. However, the video quality suffered a bit from the display's low resolution; videos seemed blurry and pixelated for the most part.
The Entice has a rated battery life of 5.5 hours talk time and 16.5 days standby time. Our tests showed a talk time of 5 hours and 2 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, the Entice has a digital SAR of 1.4 watts per kilogram.