Hands-on with the Verizon Wireless XV6900
The white plastic of the XV6900 creates a significant difference from the Sprint Touch, however. Whereas Sprint’s black version uses soft touch paint, giving a reassuring feeling in the hand, the white plastic casing used by Verizon is hard and slippery, making the device feel decidedly cheap. The white mesh for the speaker holes, as well a lack of branding on the back, give the XV6900 the appearance of a knock-off Chinese device as opposed to a $350 smartphone. Though we would have imagined it was the same, the Verizon screen has noticeably more drag when running a finger or stylus across the screen. We’ll give Verizon the benefit of the doubt and chalk that up to months of use on our Sprint device, but honestly we don’t remember that with the Touch. It ships with a few less accessories as well: there is no miniUSB to 2 miniUSB splitter, no stereo headphones and no memory card which are all included with the Sprint Touch.
However, in comparison to the LG Voyager, the XV6900's display is somewhat more responsive and is easier to use with your finger. Often times when we used the Voyager, we wished a stylus was included, but we hardly ever needed to use the one that came with the XV6900. The included mobile version of Internet Explorer loaded web sites faster and displayed them with greater ease than the Voyager's basic HTML browser. Not to mention that Mobile Outlook is a more capable e-mail program, with the ability to view HTML e-mails and open file attachments.
We should also point out that the new $29.99 Data Plan that Verizon launched on April 14th is currently not available with the XV6900. This leaves consumers with the following four choices:
- Pay-as-you-go, which will charge you $15.36 per MB (1.5 cents per KB).
- 10MB of data usage for $24.99/month, with overages costing $5.12 per MB (1/2 cent per KB).
- Unlimited data (5GB cap) for $44.99/month.
- Data Block, which will block all incoming and outgoing data.
Overall, we were disappointed in Verizon’s offering when placed next to the Sprint's version. We still love the hardware, build quality and size, just like we did back when reviewing the Sprint unit, but it has taken Verizon over five months to launch a device that was ultimately the same as the competition and in the process they managed to cheapen it. Except, of course, for the price.
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1. Rocco (unregistered)
Thought it was the xv6900 not 69000
2. Nino (unregistered)
Your right it is the vx6900
vx6900 is only for verizon
3. Metall8cat (Posts: 7; Member since: 12 Apr 2008)
Yeah, this was a big disappointment for me. I work in a store and was able to crack this phone open a few days ago. The phone definitely feels cheap, the UI alterations are slightly frustrating, and the lack of Wi-Fi is extremely moronic. All in all I think they could have done a better job with this offering, especially in the multimedia area. Nice try, but I'll wait until the next offering to dive into a new phone
4. elgee02 (unregistered)
If you want to criticize the phone for no WiFi (it's pointless to have with allll the EV-DO coverage, but whatever) that's fine, but make sure you blame the right party. VZW did not take WiFi off (Sprint's version doesn't have it either), HTC did not make this version with WiFi.
5. stink (unregistered)
how does this version cost more than the sprint version??
6. Nino (unregistered)
B/c it is Verizon
7. Jason Blacklock (unregistered)
No GPS, are you joking? The phone is useless. Verizon You need to get it together!!!
8. jimmygator (unregistered)
WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT!!!!
9. elgee02 (unregistered)
A crappy omission, I agree but that makes this useless? Uhh if it can still CALL people, let alone text, email, and surf then it is FAR from useless.
10. elgee02 (unregistered)
I played with a live VZW version of this phone and I didn't notice any lag at all, something is up with phonearena's test unit it seems.
11. Sammo (unregistered)
I am a loyal Verizon customer but by no means am I loyal because of the quality phones they have. I am loyal to them because of the quality reception I get with them. The one thing I have never understood is, how come Verizon has to come out with some of the worst phones on the planet? I mean look at the Touch. Why is it that while all the other companies like Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T come out with the HTC TOUCH, and VZW comes out with the XV6900? Why alter something already done if there's nothing wrong with it? What's worse is that phonearena said the Touch would be available on the 16th, and when I called a VZW representative on the 15th, they acted like they never heard of the handset. COME ON DAMN IT! Don't insult my intelligence like that. When you have a company insult the public's intellect like that, people lose loyalty. As consumers, there are some of us who aren't as retarded as you might think we are. Then again, there are going to be the retards who will buy the "modified" piece of crap called the XV6900. Thanks a lot Verizon for not only insulting the public but for taking originals and slandering everything about the phones. Good job. Keep it up dumb asses. And I say that with sarcasm dripping like you wouldn't believe.
62. Teo (unregistered)
Pardon me, but have you thought that Phone Arena's release dates are off? Or perhaps due to unforseen issues, the release date got pused back? Perhaps you are assuming that they always do know exact release dates of products. I can say this, When a rep states that they do not know release dates, it's because of the Legal department. You know how most companies are, not able to release information. Don't assume that Verizon is trying to insult the publics intellect as you put it. Also, put into account that the the XV6900 is the designation given to companies BY THE MANUFACTURER. Not from Verizon Wireless. Also put into consideration that a lot of companies sign Exclusivity Contracts, point and case with the Razr, the Krzr and the Slvr all from Motorola. And then you have to condense the CDMA Technology which is better than your GSM Networks, into the same sized phones. So most of what you see comming from Verizon, technically isn't the fault of Verizon, but of Manufacturers. So before you complain about the lack of what the phones could do, consider the amount of money they are putting into the network to ensure you get better coverage. You want a cooler phone, Fine, go to another carrier. But you yourself said that you are Loyal to Verizon because of the quality of reception. Which in my honost opinion, is far more important than anything that the phone COULD do.
64. Dont have one (unregistered)
I have to say that I agree. Verizon is a phone company. They don't manufacture phones so you're complaining in the right place, about the wrong person. Similar to what Teo wrote, I don't know why you would take the time to even comment if your service is good, and that is what you contract for them to provide you, service. Did you ever stop to think that maybe the representative didn't actually know the release date? I mean that happens too. My friend said they don't tell them the release dates.
65. HeyTreTre (unregistered)
ISpeaking from a vzw data support rep VZW takes FOREVER to release phones because of the heavy testing they do. thats why you always see the phones drop on sprint then on vzw But still notice the lag from GSM over to CDMA, blame Qualcomm lol for suing everyone! Its why i jumped ship to ATT I can buy a phone from wherever, whenever I have a decent 3G network. (next revision on HSDPA is 3.6mbps) As soon as RIM cards (i believe thats what they are called) become more popular and compatible i will jump bck to vzw with a rim card and just buy ATT phones (well GSM phones anyway
your dumb dude, its a SIM card (subscriber information module) they're only used in gsm and iDen phones. verizon and sprint uses cdma. they don't use sim cards and they never will. verizon has some global phones that take an optional vodofone sim card for traveling over seas, but they are only good for doing that. they are not unlockable. go to phone scoop and look up the glossary. you will never be able to use a gsm phone on a cdma network, period.
oh yeah, and RIM stands for Research in Motion, just another name for Blackberry pretty much
71. almost bought VX6900 (unregistered)
Sammo, I almost bought the VX6900 but at the Verizon store, but declined with the Verizon employee told me that the VX6900 could not access Verizon's Get It Now network, could not back up my phone numbers, had a limit of 1000 phone number entries, and required me to purchase a service for $45 to back up my phone numbers to MS Outlook. The VX6900 seemed very high tech but is removed some of the other technology that already existed. Is this correct or did I get wrong information or is this a Verizon issue. Does Sprint HTC Touch have the same limitations? Thanks.
No data device can access GIN. It's not exclusive to the VX6900.
Sammo, The 6900 will back up to your outlook with the provided cable. You do not have to buy the 45 data plan (why you would want a pda phone and no data I have no idea) and I have over 3000 contacts in mine. I love these types of sites they truly show how stupid people are when they go off half cocked and complain about things that they have very little understanding of. It makes me feel like a genius (i'm not) and also explains why the world is in the shape thats its in. So thanks alot !!!! You are the best!!
Retard...oh sorry Sammo, The reps at Verizon are not allowed to give out information that is not already public. Also many time dates that you find on web sites are not correct, but I guess you believe everything you read on the web. Love Batman yes really Im batman.....god damn moron!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
your a terd!!!!
I have a 6900 and love it...unfortunately the case is showing some hairline cracks!!!. FYI The phone links with outlook thru activesync and is free. The cracking is not a good thing, though.
You are just as Dumb for not realizing VzW Does offer you to use SIM cards and has Global phones...Ummm MotoZ6 or Hmm try the Blackbwerry8830 GLOBAL Edition???? LOL
12. stink (unregistered)
no i was saying..or meant to say it in the form of a question..they say it cost more, but when I went to both websites, they cost the same..that's what i meant..what do they mean it cost more?
13. stink (unregistered)
and i'm not a fanboy or anything but it just seems that the minute vzw comes out with a device there are alot of people already ready to slander it, but when sprint comes out with something, even if it looks crappy..people are all over it. what we kinda fail to realize is that the cdma version of the touch..all cdma carriers have pretty much the same thing..vzw prolly added a couple of things, and i'm pretty sure it will include gps eventually..hopefully at least..i havent played with one yet..but from the videos on youtube..they seem like a great device to try..
82. scotttttttttttt (unregistered)
i had one it wasn't to bad camera likes to come on alot. dropped several call while out side. its still new to vzw network give it a litle time for them to work out the kinks before you buy rember 30 days if you dont like it return it i did.
I'll be the first to admitt that the weakest area in VZW is the cell phones, but #11 I would take it out on the store reps, often times companys dont like to disclose info about new phones especially when it comes to release dates. Simply cause if a rep tells a customer this and that about an unknow phone and it doesnt pan out the wayi t should. You have now create a possibily bad situation
Thats why I am waiting for Verizon to go Open Network, that way I can pick my own phone(Wi-Fi capable). My new every two is up in January though, which I think is too soon...
66. techy (unregistered)
as far as verizon goes, they do have an open network,. problem with activating other carriers equipmnt on their network is that no warr is issues, and it takes about a month to go without a phone so they can activate it on their service. it has actually been around for a while now, its just not public common knowledge. Also verizon prides themselves on having the in house techicians, and if you activate other carrier equipment yet have verizon service and something happens you bring it to a store to fix right? and when the techs tell you they cant do anything about it, you get mad. its a catch 22. I just think its rediculas how you people are so quick to expect things without thinking about them at all. Go work for the company for a day, and maybe you'll have just the slightest idea of how it actually works. You cant have your cake and eat it too....
73. nikki_836 (unregistered)
I work for Verizon, and there is no way to activate another carriers phone (such as GSM network phones) on verizons CDMA network. They haven't and won't be opening up the network in such a way. Verizon takes pride in their CDMA technology and wouldn't want to demote it to the GSM network. So for those of you looking forward to getting your Iphone or Sprint Touch, don't plan on being able to have the reliable service that Verizon offers.
I cant wait for an open network so i can make my toaster a phone on verizon................people are so god damn stupid.............I cant wait till god makes and open network so I can have a baby like a woman...what that won't work...ha ha oh sorry i was picking my nose while me head was up my ass so i was not paying attention.
Hey....I work for Verizon Wireless in technical support and yes as of January 2008 you are able to activate devies from others carriers to the vzw network the catch is you have to take your device to the store to a technican to ensure that device has been added to the slim list of devices that are able to be activated fro other carriers...I can tell you the iphone is not on the list and more than likely never will being that it is an apple product and the technical support process of the device...
@ elgee02...drag (as in physical resistance,) not lag
17. somebody smarter than you (unregistered)
sammo it's their job to not tell you the device is coming out, who cares what an internet board tells you, until that device is on the shelf it can ALWAYS be pushed back. this has happened before with different companies launching devices. peopled called in, reps said "yep it's the XYZ date" that date came...and went, and no device. the fans got pissed, the company said they never intended to launch then. that company was sprint, EVERY company has learned from that experience to play dumb till the day it hits shelves. as to the GPS, there is not ONE GPS enabled windows mobile phone in the Verizon lineup. come to think of it...is there a GPS enabled windows mobile CDMA device in other carrier's lineup? not just the touch...but like...at all? the answer is NO and there is a reason for that, but that is for another day, and when Verizon/sprint announce it...I bet there will be some losers here complaining about it then as well. The beauty of Phone arena is that any idiot with a keyboard can post here...as perfectly shown in a LOT of these kinds of posts.
57. cac90277 (unregistered)
18. ed (unregistered)
Sprint Windows Mobile Q9C and HTC Mogul Have GPS...and The Mogul has Rev A evdo data..
Its hard enoough to make a call on Sprints network, why would I even try to use GPS. They (Sprint) better hope T-Mobile buys them!
19. somebody smarter than you (unregistered)
Sprint...you are using sprint as an example. you mean the company hemorrhaging cash like it is no big deal. the company slashing price plans and closing stores because they are not capitalizing on how to make money? Good example. That aside, the Q9c is a windows mobile for smart phones device, and for some time have been able to lock those down. the mogul is not locked down though, and sprint is losing out on potential earning because they are idiots. But absolutely, those are AMAZING examples of bad choices, and why Verizon has not fully unlocked GPS on windows mobile devices. Less you simple minded myopic children remember, this is a business...and they are out there to make money. shocker...I know, especially if you are a sprint backer. And no, I don't work for verizon,I do work for another carrier, but not verizon.
Uhhh, you asked "is there a GPS enabled windows mobile CDMA device in other carrier's lineup?" and you get an answer that Sprint has two...and then you dimiss Sprint as an example? Sprint? The ONLY OTHER major CDMA carrier in the US besides Verizon? Who exactly do you want to use as a US CDMA example then? Alltel? Brilliant argument you got there man, just brilliant. You sure you "work" for a carrier and not just "interning"?
21. dON (unregistered)
There is one simple reason why there is no GPS. Any guesses? you hackers know why don't you? It is the same thing they have run into with other previous offerings. If they put GPS in it, it only takes a simple registry hack to unlock it for free. If you have a data plan therei s no way for them to know if they are getting cheated. So to all those out there wining about it, get over it. No freebe for you this time.
22. The Zune Lune (Posts: 41; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)
After suffering through 2 years of horrible reception with my Treo 700w, the only question I have is, "How is the call quality?"
23. somebody smarter than you (unregistered)
I said that was a fine example, a fine example of why you would want to lock down GPS on a windows smartphone since you can't regulate it. sprint shells out millions of dollars every year paying for GPS they don't get a penny of. following the bread crumbs yet?
why do people always make it seem as though Verizon is the manufacturer of these devices...if you think teh device is lacking or that its "cheap" then take that up with HTC
25. Speedy (unregistered)
Why are you guys defending corporations as if its something worth getting angry about? I am pretty sure there is better things in life to get angry about don't you? Also why get angry about this phone and any phone that is getting released by Verizon and just wait until the go open network then wait for that beloved phone you think is perfect for you....until then calm down people jeez your arguing about pieces of plastic and metal....
26. robbie (unregistered)
it doesn't really matter who's better and whose not what does matter is price and vzw is crazy to think that 15.36 a mb for a month is ok. At sprint i pay 15.00 a month for true unlimted ( no caps) but i guess when your in it to make money thats what you do uh?
27. greg (unregistered)
i bought this phone but i cannot find a full size keyboard. there is one showed on the review, but i guess that is only on sprint. i wnat a full qwerty keyboard that allow you to view more than one line of text at a time. please advise!!!
thats great...15 a month unlimited data!!!! wow that unbeatable, wait i forgot sprint's coverage sucks. that 15mo charge is fine if you dont mind have crappy coverage
actually the 6900 is approved for the 30/mo unlimited data plan
30. EW (unregistered)
The reason the HTC Touch is listed as the Verizon Wireless XV6900 is because VZW's distributor for CDMA devices is UTSTARCOM, which is sub-licensed by HTC. So its not VZW who "cheaps out" or whatever you guys are B*tching about it is the SAME DEVICE as SPRINT, minus the Multimedia stuff....
What multimedia stuff?
31. FAUguy (Posts: 76; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)
I have the XV6900 and have talked to a few Verizon managers. As of now, the new $29 smartphone data plan CAN NOT be used with the XV6900. They are hoping that the system will allow it in a few weeks.
Two words to describe American Networks: 1. Pathetic 2. Capitalism $16 for 1MB is a horrendous charge. In UK, you can get an unlimited data plan for 35 pounds. In the Philippines, data is charged by the time ($0.50 per 30 mins; that's $12 for the entire day). Pathetic...
umm seriously...the philippines? the UK...wow those are great countries...with cutting edge technology and GREAT medicine practices!!! hahah please gove me a break. id rather live in the US and pay more for a luxury feature then live in those hell holes
34. anonymous (unregistered)
Whats going on with the LG xv9700(Dare)??? phoneareana.com still says April, other sites online are saying May and even maybe June. Anyone know any new news on this phone at all? I know its coming but when
35. netrainger (unregistered)
if u like the sprint version better u can activate any cdma phone on vzw network since jan or feb , all of you idiots complain about vzw but all of you know the network is the best , u can also get cdma phones and get them unlocked for verizon from verizon , so stfu and get the cdma phone of ur choice and quit crying
36. netrainger (unregistered)
uh mr 32 , 32 pounds for unlimited data thats about 70 bucks a month lol
37. Sprint who? (unregistered)
You talk Sprint up so much yet there fourth quarter was terrible, the reason Sprint is dismissed as an example is because they aren't, lets all go to a carrier that loses more customers then they bring in.
38. Joey (unregistered)
The 29.99 plan is available on the device...... The 5Gb cap is only on Aircards and Brodband Access Connect (using the phone as a modem). So you do get unlimited data on the PDA pack (both 29.99 and 44.99)!