HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
In contrast to what you’ll find on the first Diamond, a brand new layout is found in your Contacts screen, which looks nice and is quite out of character for typical Windows Mobile based phones. Names are showed in large fields with a small picture next to each one. To find a contact you can scroll the list, pick out the first letter, or search any name. Adding a new contact reveals large “most used” boxes that let you use your fingers comfortably, but you´ll have to fall back on the stylus in case you need to edit any of the all available information fields (and there are many on Windows Mobile devices).
Clicking on a saved contact brings up their information, but there are tabs on the bottom to show messages, emails, events, and calls from that person. This is an easy way of viewing information from individual contacts.
Another area where the HTC Imagio and Touch Diamond2 are similar is when composing new messages. Since both devices lack a physical keyboard, you can use the phone in either portrait or landscape mode with the on-screen QWERTY keyboard. Between the two modes, we actually found the portrait keyboard easier to use with one thumb than the landscape keyboard with two thumbs. This is because when in landscape mode, the on-screen keyboard buttons are smaller and more mistakes are made. This might be one area where people with larger hands may want to use the stylus.
For web browsing you can choose between using the updated mobile version of Microsoft Internet Explorer or the Opera Mobile browser. We began by using Internet Explorer, and we did like the changes that were made to the interface, but web sites took longer than expected to load. After about 10 minutes of use we changed over to Opera Mobile 9.5 and were more pleased by the results. Not only did web pages load several seconds faster, but they were rendered slightly better. Full-screen viewing is automatic, and you can zoom in by double-tapping the screen, or by using the touch-sensitive zoom-bar next to the display (when in landscape mode), which allows you to easily control the amount of the zoom. Opera Mobile has the ability to play YouTube videos when accessed directly from the Mobile YouTube site, as it opens in a separate player, but it does not support embedded videos in web pages, nor is Flash supported. Despite this limitation, it is still the one of the best ways to view web sites via a Windows smartphone.
Mobile IM also comes standard, where you can connect to your AIM, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo buddy lists. When a new voice message is received, you are automatically prompted to the Visual Voicemail program. It allows you to see a list of your voice mails and plays them using visual controls on the screen. This is simpler than the older touch-tone prompt system. Lastly, what would a Verizon phone be without including VZ Navigator, as it provides turn-by-turn GPS guided directions.
The Imagio is also one of the first Verizon smartphones to come with the Microsoft Bing application. It allows you to search a wide variety of categories, has GPS maps with satellite view (you can zoom in to street level), driving directions, local traffic and gas prices, movies, and weather. There is a lot of good information here, so it will get plenty of use. You can also download a wide variety of applications through the new Microsoft Marketplace.
Additional preloaded programs include Adobe Reader and the Office Mobile suite, among others. We were able to open Adobe PDF, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files without a problem. Games included on the Imagio are Bubble Breaker, Solitaire and Teeter.
The Imagio is a global capable device, which supports dual-band CDMA and EVDO Rev A while in the US, and quad-band GSM and UMTS/HSDPA while in other countries. Wi-Fi 802.11b/g is also supported, as well as Bluetooth Ver 2.1 + EDR.
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: 237; 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: 20; 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: 237; 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: 14; 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: 237; 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.
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: 237; 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: 172; 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: 237; 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: 172; 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: 237; 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: 237; 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: 237; 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.