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Available on- and off-contract

Standout color

Quick access to the camera

Compact keyboard construction

A look at the back

Alphanumeric keypad underneath

Transfer files via USB

Small 2.4-inch display

Typing away on QWERTY

Surprisingly decent camera

Simple specs and features

Compact and easy to use, the Verve from Sprint and Boost Mobile is a simple handset that excels at the basics. It is available for $19.99 with contract, and $49.99 prepaid.

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The device comes in grey and pink for Sprint users, and a deep blue for Boost Mobile customers. I reviewed Sprint's pink variant, which looked vibrant and stylish.

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Located on the left edge are a volume rocker and Micro-USB port, and up top is a 3.5mm headphone jack. The right houses a shortcut button for fast camera access.

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The phone is ultra-pocketable, measuring 4.53 inches tall, 2.13 inches wide, and 0.59 inches thick (115mm by 54mm by 14.9 mm).

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You can pry off the subtly textured back plate to reveal the 1,100mAh battery. The rear houses the only camera on the Verve as well, and two slits for the audio speaker.

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Below the display is the keypad, which arc slightly downward and are generously sized. Longpress the star and pound keys to launch your In Case of Emergency information and contacts, and dial 911, respectively.

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The fact that you can transfer your files with a simple USB connection (instead of relying on a spotty Bluetooth connection or waiting forever for the email attachment to send) is a useful goodie to take advantage of.

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On the front sits a 2.4 inch QVGA display with a 320x240-pixel resolution. Images, like default wallpapers, showed noticeable color banding. The display also has a narrow viewing angle. A slight tilt from any angle can wash out the screen entirely.

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The key feature of the Verve is its sliding four-row keyboard underneath. It includes four direction buttons for easy navigation, plus a function key for secondary entry input.

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Given that the camera has a 2-megapixel lens, I didn't expect much of photo quality. But in environments with ample lighting, the camera functioned adequately.

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As a feature device, you won't find sophisticated software apps of any kind included. But you will get a contact book that's capable of holding up to 600 entries, T9 texting (and emailing), 256MB of RAM, and 512MB of internal storage space.

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