Taking a trip through time with the HTC Imagio

A little more than a month before the Motorola DROID was launched on Verizon, kicking off Androidmania, the carrier introduced the HTC Imagio. Powered by Windows Mobile Professional 6.5, the HTC Imagio featured a 3.6-inch screen with a resolution of 480 x 800. The Qualcomm chip under the hood carried a single-core 528MHz CPU and the Adreno 130 GPU. 288MB of RAM was inside along with 512MB of native storage. A 5MP camera was on back, and a 1500mAh battery kept the lights on.

The Imagio featured Verizon's optional VCast television service. Unlike streaming video, the user was watching live television powered by Qualcomm's FLO TV service for an additional monthly charge. The Touch3D UI was necessary to help users navigate Windows Mobile, and Opera Mobile 9.5 gave users an opportunity to use one of the better mobile browsers available at the time. You might remember the two tone back and the kickstand that doubled as an antenna for the television service.

This was an exciting time in the industry. Earlier in the year, the Palm Pre had been unveiled at CES, although it was already apparent that the Pre was under performing expectations. The Apple iPhone 3GS was launched in the summer; and on November 5th of 2009, Verizon released the Motorola DROID. Finally, Big Red subscribers had a phone that was just as capable as the Apple iPhone 3G. But that was still in the future when the Imagio was launched.

By the way, we gave the HTC Imagio 9.5 stars in our review, which you can read by clicking on this link.

HTC Imagio commercial courtesy of Cell Phone Teck

Related phones

  • Display 3.6" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm MSM7200A, Single core, 528 MHz
  • Battery 1500 mAh(5.00h talk time)



1. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Predecessor to the TouchPro

5. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

How can it be a predecessor to the TouchPro when it was released over a year later? Look at the release dates in the link below. http://www.phonearena.com/phones/compare/HTC-Imagio,HTC-Touch-Pro/phones/3874,2879 The TouchPro was released April 2008 and the Imagio was released July 2009. I remember because when I got the original Droid Incredible in 2010, the TouchPro 2 was another phone I was considering (but since they didn't have any in store that took it out of the running). A friend of my brother's liked my Incredible and wanted one but the salesman sold him an Imagio instead (he wasn't very technically inclined), and he was ticked he got a year old device.

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

More like predecessor to the HD2.

2. dnomadic

Posts: 415; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Nice little device...I had this and kinda liked it.

7. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I had one myself and it was pretty smooth compared to most other WinMo phones at the time and its resistive touch display didn't feel all that different or perform any worse than the capacitive displays at the time either.

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

The time when Androids get 9.5 ratings on PA.

4. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

That's one powerful phone, even more powerful than a computer. 528Ghz, lol.

6. rn9215

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

528Mhz guys, not Ghz. That would be totally future tech if that phone had a 528Ghz processor back then!

8. Alan01

Posts: 613; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Yeah, that was force of habit. Change made. Thanks for the heads up! Regards, Alan F.

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