HTC Imagio XV6975 ReviewHTC Imagio 9.5
One feature that sets HTC apart from other smartphones is its TouchFLO 3D user interface. We loved it the first time around with the Touch Diamond, but now it has undergone some slight upgrades, making it pretty similar to the ones found on the Touch Pro2 and Diamond2.
Home Screen shows a clock, date, current weather for your location, missed calls, tasks, and direct links to the call history and calendar. Pressing on the clock will open up the newly designed world clock and alarm page, though only 3 alarms can be set.
The TouchFLO 3D user interface of HTC Imagio XV6975 is pretty similar to the ones found on the Touch Pro2 and Diamond2
My Favorites allows you to select picture links to your most accessed contacts, to call and send messages or emails to.
Messaging shows all recent text, picture, and video messages that have been received. You can quickly reply and view messages sent by you.
Email shows your recently received email messages in the form of a letter, but only the top part of the text is visible. You can scroll up and down to select different emails, and click on them to view all of the text.
Calendar is one of the new tabs, as compared to the first Diamond. You can scroll up and down to select different months and click on the desired day to enter an appointment. The weather forecast is also shown for up to 5 days in advance.
Internet tab has a Bing search bar at the top, link to Opera Mobile browser and other stored favorite web sites.
Stocks are another new tab that allows you to enter in your stock watch list, which is updated by Yahoo Finance.
Photos and Videos allows you to browse through your album, and there are shortcuts to the camera and video recorder.
Music gives you access to all your saved albums and songs. The player is laid out nicely and you can listen to music in the background while performing other tasks.
Weather not only gives current conditions and forecasts for around the globe, but also works with the GPS to give the weather no matter where you happen to be.
Settings show most of the commonly used settings and customizations for the Imagio, such as sync data, sounds, wallpaper, communications, customize tabs, my contact card, mail setup, and location. There is an All Settings button on the bottom-left that opens up additional setting screens.
Pressing on the top-right corner shows the Task Manager, where you can easily change between running applications, or close ones you no longer need. To the left of it are the status icons, where pressing on them brings up the Notifications screen to view more detailed information, such as battery meter and network.
Selecting the Start icon on the top left of the screen, or pressing the Windows logo button on the bottom of the phone, opens the main Start menu where you can have up to 30 shortcuts for commonly used programs. There is also a link to All Applications, where you can scroll through a list of every application that is installed on the device.
If you decide to turn off the TouchFLO 3D skin, you are left with the Windows Mobile 6.5 user interface. It is updated and easier to use than the one of the aging 6.1 operating system and is laid out better for use with your finger, instead of having to use a stylus. You can scroll up and down the list of menu items, and then side to side to select items within it. For example, when music is highlighted, you can move side to side to select different songs. Going into the Start menu has a new layout and has changed slightly from the “honeycomb” design that we saw previewed earlier this year. It is easy to scroll through, and once again the icons are large enough that a stylus isn’t required. Overall we like the changes that are implemented in Windows Mobile 6.5, as it is a small step in the right direction to version 7, but we still prefer using the TouchFLO 3D interface provided by HTC.
1. bluehorseshoe (Posts: 17; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)
How can you give it a 9.5 if there is an issue with call quality? Bells and whistles are great, but these are phones nonetheless. That's at least a point or so in my book.
3. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
Under normal conditions the call quality was fine. The only issue was the faint background "hiss" that could be heard through the earpiece, which sounds like "white noise" (some phones have this while other don't), and if you turn the volume up all the way you'll hear some speaker distortion. But we found that having the earpiece volume set below medium is still plenty loud, and there is no distortion.
13. honoldng (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
One could just as easily argue that this is a portable multi-media/computing/camera/etc. device that happens to make phone calls. If you are more worried about phone call quality, there are thousands of basic cell phones available. People who are looking to buy this type of device are clearly looking for more than just phone calls.
2. ErikSax (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 May 2009)
Can you please show examples of the MobileTV service on the Imagio? That is the feature everyone needs to see demonstrated and evaluated. You only showed VCast Video, which we have all seen before.
4. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
The Mobile TV service is shown at the top of Page 4, it is not VCast Video. The label will be changed. -Thank you.
5. AvtoExport (Posts: 15; Member since: 02 Jul 2009)
What the DivX player you are installed ? I wont to... Please provide me Name and Web site to download ?
6. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
It can be found on the Divx site:http://labs.divx.com/MobileDow
nloadClick on the Windows Mobile 6 Professional link, download, copy all the files to your smartphone and run the CAB file.
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8. se7en11 (Posts: 10; Member since: 05 Oct 2009)
Thanks for the great review. I've been waiting for this phone to come out for a while and was really looking forward to purchasing it. That was until the big press conference where Verizon and Google announced their two new Android phones. Anyone know how the HTC Imagio is going to compare to Verizon's HTC Hero?
9. j.as.on (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Oct 2009)
You talk about the quality of the keyboard. Any chance we can get some video of it in action?
11. martycota (Posts: 28; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)
13.5 hours standby? How is that a good battery life? Considering my Touch Pro claims 350 standby hours and it barely makes it 2 or 3 days in good signal area, and you rate this as having a good battery life?
12. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
It should read "The 1500 mAh battery is rated to provide up to 5.3 hours of talk time or 13.5 days of standby time on a full charge." It will be corrected -Thank you.
14. brikz4real (Posts: 173; Member since: 24 Dec 2008)
Your review left out one very important feature; one that will make me send back my Touch Pro 2 (well within 30 days) to get it: The fact that it supports VCast w/Rhapsody. Gotta have my music .... and this will be the first WinMo device to support Rhapsody "subscription" service as well as downloaded music.
15. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
We have it listed on the top of page 4: "...media services like VCast Video, Music with Rhapsody, and Mobile TV" The upcoming Samsung Omnia II is also expected to have VCast Video and VCast Music with Rhapsody, but not Mobile TV. -Thank you.
16. brikz4real (Posts: 173; Member since: 24 Dec 2008)
Rechecked it....you're right. It's right there. My bad. Just wish Verizon had that feature in the TP2 as well.
23. WarBear (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
Just want to add a note since you have an interest in streaming media. I have had this phone since Oct 7th and instantly installed my Slingplayer Mobile w/ no monthly fee on the device using the 3g data package and NOT WiFi. Works outstanding! Full screen capable and even flips the screen to the side. Quite a nice picture, some blocks, and some frame rate issues....but overall extremely watchable quality. Watched my dolphins beat the jets last night since I was in an area with no internet, only the 3g :) On a side note it is capable of tethering using pdanet's software w/ no monthly fee. I was going to mention something else, but I forgot what I was gonna say....oh well.
30. usmc7898 (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Oct 2009)
understand that you were able to load and us sliingplayer mobile on the Imagio, i'vve been using it on the xv6900 for the past year, but just recently my phones screen cracked.. Ipurchased the Imagio and loaded slingplaye rmobile, it boots up, but the controls at the bottom dont activate. any ideas???? your help is greatly appreciated.
18. Elysian (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)
I'm frequently outdoors during the winter and I need to know if the touchscreen is responsive to cold/gloved fingers?
19. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
The Imagio has a resistive (pressure sensitive) touchscreen so it should be OK to use with gloves.
20. ryguy (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Oct 2009)
Does anyone know if Windows Mobile 6.5 Pro will support Cisco IPSec VPN?
21. tringuyen82 (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Oct 2009)
PhoneArena - I am considering this phone or Sprint's Hero. how does the touch/use compare using only the finger? Obviously, its resistive vs capacitive (sp) but I thought the resistive on Imagio was suppose to be quite good. I'd prefer capacitive, but would like to hear your thoughts. PLUS the screen on the Imagio looks a bit cheap. Glare? Thanks a bunch. Need the info, b/c I cant get a hold of the Imagio til Oct 20/21.
27. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
The resistive touchscreen on the Imagio is very responsive and sensitive. We didn't have any problem using a finger and not a stylus with it. Glare is only an issue if you are outside and the sun angle is reflecting on the screen, but any phone will do this.
22. ryguy (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Oct 2009)
Phonearena, can you please comment on the HTC Imagio's responsiveness switching between applications on this phone? According to some of the reviews on the Verizon Wireless website some claim the HTC Imagio is "sluggish" when switching between applications. Also, have you tested remote desktop on this phone, if so, what do you think of it?
26. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
The Imagio seems to be faster than the Touch Pro2 when switching between applications. This might be because the Imagio has Windows Mobile 6.5 and the Touch Pro2 has 6.1. We have not tested Remote Desktop.
24. dialtone (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Oct 2009)
My days with a stylus are over. But thanks!
25. angelsman (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Oct 2009)
hello i am thinking of getting this phone i have heard great things about the htc imagio should i get one? please help
31. Memo (unregistered)
Can this phone use the GPS without a data plan? Or does it have to be online to work?
32. justlearning (unregistered)
I have an imagio xv6975, I am new to smart phones. I locked my phone, and now can't get it to unlock. I would appreciate any help, thanks
33. 0mundu (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Oct 2011)
Hi guys could any one help me install or activate SIM Toolkit on this phone.Its standard on WM 6.5 but cant locate it on the Imagio
34. carolsue (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
Can you use any sims card t mobile a t and t with the HTC Imagio?On the droid 2 globals you can only use verizon approved.I do not like that.thanks.