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HTC Ozone XV6175 Review

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The HTC Ozone XV6175 runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard but doesn’t come with any personalization like the TouchFLO 3D user interface that HTC is known for.  It has the same basic WinMo features that are found on the HTC Snap, such as ability to store almost an unlimited amount of people in your phonebook, create appointments in the calendar and tasks list, voice notes, 60-second voice recorder, calculator, email and text messaging.  Unfortunately, the unique Inner Circle inbox feature that is found on the HTC Snap for Sprint and Europe isn’t included on the HTC Ozone for Verizon.  We are sorry about it, as this was a nice way of organizing messages from your favorite contacts.

Home screen of the HTC Ozone XV6175 - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
Home screen of the HTC Ozone XV6175 - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review

Home screen of the HTC Ozone XV6175

Start menu - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
Start menu - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review

Start menu


Contacts - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
Contacts - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review

Contacts

Messaging - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
Calendar - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review

Messaging

Calendar



Also included is Adobe Reader LE and Office Mobile, which has Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint and Word.  You can also install any additional WinMo programs you may need.

Adobe Reader LE and Office Mobile - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
Excel - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
PowerPoint - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
Word - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review

Adobe Reader LE and Office Mobile

Excel

PowerPoint

Word



The only included browser is Internet Explorer 6, but as expected it is a pain to use.  You constantly have to zoom in and out on pages and use the d-pad for panning and selecting links.  We’re sure having a touchscreen would help out, but since that’s not an option on the HTC Ozone XV6175, we’d recommend installing Skyfire or Opera.

The browser of HTC Ozone XV6175 - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
The browser of HTC Ozone XV6175 - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
The browser of HTC Ozone XV6175 - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
The browser of HTC Ozone XV6175 - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review

The browser of HTC Ozone XV6175



We performed the 1MB speed test from www.dslreports.com/mspeed and achieved up to 800kbps when using Verizon’s EVDO Rev A network and 2000kbps when using Wi-Fi with our home cable modem.  Even though EVDO Rev A is nice to have while on the go, we’re glad to see Verizon includes Wi-Fi on the Ozone, which for some reason was left out of Sprint’s HTC Snap.

The 2MP camera is also pretty straightforward and takes images up to 1600x1200 resolution.  It offers basic settings, such as white balance, self-timer, time stamp, and shutter sound.  Image quality and color reproduction are good, but there really isn’t anything to write home about.  The camera lacks autofocus and a flash, which also limits its ability.  Video can be recorded up to CIF 352x288 resolution and in MPEG4, H.263 and 3GPP2 formats.

Camera interface - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
Camera interface - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
Camera interface - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
Camera interface - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review

Camera interface


Outdoor pictures shot with the HTC Ozone XV6175 - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the HTC Ozone XV6175 - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the HTC Ozone XV6175 - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the HTC Ozone XV6175 - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the HTC Ozone XV6175 - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the HTC Ozone XV6175 - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the HTC Ozone XV6175 - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the HTC Ozone XV6175 - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review

Outdoor pictures shot with the HTC Ozone XV6175


Strong light - Indoor pictures - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
Medium light - Indoor pictures - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
Low light - Indoor pictures - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Indoor pictures



You can access images, videos and music in Windows Media Player or by using the HTC Album program.  Supported files include MPEG4, H.263, H.264, AVI, WAV, MP3, MP4, MIDI, WMV, 3GP, 3G2 and WMA.  You can also install the DivX player to playback DivX videos, which worked without problem.

Audio and video playback - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
Audio and video playback - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
Audio and video playback - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
Audio and video playback - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
Audio and video playback - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
Audio and video playback - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
Audio and video playback - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review

Audio and video playback



Two programs unique to the HTC Ozone XV6175 that aren’t found on the HTC Snap are VZ Navigator and Visual Voice Mail.  With VZ Navigator you can use it in your car for driving directions, but can also look up the local weather, restaurants, gas stations and movie theaters based on your current GPS location.  Visual Voice Mail makes checking and playing your voice messages easier, since you can use on-screen controls and view the caller’s information, instead of just following audio prompts.


GPS navigation with the HTC Ozone XV6175 - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
GPS navigation with the HTC Ozone XV6175 - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
GPS navigation with the HTC Ozone XV6175 - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review
GPS navigation with the HTC Ozone XV6175 - HTC Ozone XV6175 Review

GPS navigation with the HTC Ozone XV6175




Another feature that the Ozone has that isn’t available on the Snap is that it is a quad-band GSM phone and can be used for roaming internationally, with the included SIM card.  It’s definitely useful for people who travel a lot.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. BigRed83 (Posts: 142; Member since: 19 May 2008)


When I got my hands on it, I immediately flashed back to my Moto Q black, my first WinMo smartphone. Not bad for going retro; but I think I'll keep my Storm, thanks.

posted on 18 Jul 2009, 14:50

2. Fan_of_Fanboys (Posts: 101; Member since: 13 Nov 2008)


So this gets a 7.5 and Tour only gets a 8?

posted on 20 Dec 2010, 02:01

3. hitu (unregistered)


In HTC Ozone's is this the only model available in the market or any other ?

posted on 06 Jun 2011, 00:16

4. LD50CAL (unregistered)


Horrid phone. As bad as it gets.

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HTC Ozone

HTC Ozone

OS: Windows Mobile Standard 6.1
view full specs
Display2.4 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 528 MHz
192 MB RAM
Size4.50 x 2.50 x 0.50 inches
(114 x 64 x 13 mm)
3.70 oz  (105 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 4.83 hours talk time

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