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Unlike the HTC TouchFlo interface, you can add and remove applications to the toolbar on the Velocity 103. With a longer swipe of your finger (from bottom to top), you can access a full menu of programs. However, our biggest complaint without reading the user's manual, you wouldn't know any of this functionality exists.

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In practice, we found that the Velocity Odyssey interface isn't as intuitive as one would hope. We had a much easier time using the HTC Touch Diamond for Sprint (right).

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Below the display, you get Talk and End keys and a trackball navigator. You can press the trackball to select an item, but we had some trouble since it was set fairly deep beneath the phone's surface.

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The Velocity 103 features a 2-megapixel camera with video recording capabilities. Picture quality was pretty decent, as objects were clearly defined and sharp. Our only complaint was that some colors looked slightly flat.

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Back at CTIA Spring 2008, a new company called Velocity Mobile caught our eye, impressing us with a fresh approach to the user interface. The company finally released its first model, the Velocity 103, at CTIA Fall 2008.

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Recognizing that Windows Mobile isn't the easiest operating system to master, Velocity Mobile developed the Velocity Odyssey interface where you can access your frequently used applications through a shortcuts toolbar and perform actions with various finger swipes.

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The Velocity 103 is slightly larger and heavier than the HTC Touch Diamond, but has a solid construction and nice soft-touch finish on the back.

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The Velocity 103 is a fairly attractive smartphone with a sleek, all-black chassis and compact frame (4.4 inches tall by 2.2 inches wide by 0.5 inch deep and 4.5 ounces).

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On the right side of the smartphone, there's a microSD expansion slot. However, to access it, you have to take off the back cover and open the protective flap.

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