Verizon Tech Tour - Fall and winter lineup
posted by John V. / Nov 13, 2008, 10:33 AM
Fans of Samsung's OMNIA smartphone can rejoice, knowing that Big Red is speculated to release the fantastic Windows Mobile handset some time around December 15. The company representative showed off the OMNIA with Verizon's logo on it to on lookers passing by their booth. The audience was amazed with the animation they used for flipping the screen from a portrait to landscape position. Typing e-mails and text messages seemed relatively easy thanks to the virtual QWERTY keyboard. Overall, the i910 retains the design elements found on the original OMNIA. U.S. consumers can now look forward to see this phone out in time by the holidays!
Knowing that the Samsung is poised to bring out their latest premier Windows Mobile phone for Verizon, the representative from PCD/HTC informed everyone that the Verizon Touch Pro should be available as early as November 14, which comes in contrast to our previous information for November 24th release. When asked about the existing VX6900, the rep stated that the CDMA Touch Diamond should be released some time around January to replace it. Seems quite odd to see that the Pro will beat out the Diamond in terms of release dates, but we are glad nonetheless to know HTC will be upgrading their lineup for Verizon.
Dare and the Krave.
Traditionally Nokia's presence in the U.S. Market has been lacking. The Nokia rep stated that a "high end" Nokia 2605 aka Mirage will be released some time in the near future. No details were revealed about this upcoming phone though except for the fact that it will be a clamshell.
Palm featured the Centro for everyone with no new phones being released by the manufacturer this holiday season. Some people asked if Verizon would get the new Palm Treo Pro, but the representative stated that nothing was coming out in the near future. Luckily though, they did mention that Palm will be coming out with a refreshed version of the Palm OS soon. Let's hope it can provide the WOW factor needed to win back some smart phone customers.
RIM grabbed most of the attention with their demo of the Storm and new updates for the BlackBerry operating system. The company clearly made their presence known with over three kiosks dedicated to them with the Storm stealing the show. A rep was demonstrating some of the features of the new smartphone and how it will have the latest OS with Rhapsody and visual voicemail support. VZ Navigator will also be included with the new 4.2.5 software. The rep did not reveal what new features will be included with this version but said that the Storm will be the only phone to have it. Although it will include only 1GB of internal memory, an additional 8GB microSD card will be included. Now this clearly will make fans happy to know that RIM is doing everything they can to steal the thunder away from Apple. Durability of the phone looks to be top notch thanks to its stainless steel back covering. The rep detached the battery cover and informed the audience that the battery was removable and protected quite well.
One new accessory displayed with the phone was a dock for the Storm which looked to emulate an alarm clock. The phone would be placed horizontally on the dock and would go into park mode where the digital clock takes screen. Today Verizon Wireless announced that the Storm will be available for $200 after a $50 MIR, begginning November 21. With a lot of buzz, RIM definitely has something big brewing in the next few weeks and we can't wait for it.
If you want to know when Verizon is expected to launch its next device, keep an eye on our Upcoming phones section.
Finally! Hope its worth the wait! I just hate that Verizon nickel and dimes you on everything. If Verizon had a simply everything plan like Sprint then it would truly make the Storm the must have item for the Holidays!
posted on Nov 13, 2008, 10:37 AM 0
I like how you jump on the bandwagon and complain that Verizon nickel and dimes you ... newsflash for you, though. Verizon and AT&T pricing are the same for the most part. VZNavigator - $10; AT&T Navigator - $10 Unlimited Text VZW - $20 individual/$30 family; Unlimited Text AT&T - $20 individual/$30 family Data VZW - $30 personal/$45 enterprise; Data AT&T - $30 personal/$45 enterprise Tethering VZW - $30 on personal/$15 on enterprise (total $60); Tethering AT&T - $30 on personal/$15 on enterprise (total $60) Oh my God... the prices are all the same! *GASP* The only reason Sprint is as cheap as they are is they're losing customers rapidly. And they don't have the coverage to back up their service, especially in areas that aren't big cities. And T-Mobile... yeah they're a joke in the U.S. P.S. You can't justify the visual voicemail thing because the only phone with that on AT&T is the iPhone.
posted on Nov 13, 2008, 10:51 AM 0
I don't know about the OMNIA, but the Storm definitely has Visual Voicemail. As for the benefits of Blackberry OS vs Windows Mobile, it's all about what you're using it for. E-mail is without a doubt far superior on the Blackberry. Windows Mobile is less stable, drains battery faster, and often times is just clunky. I've been using Windows Mobile phones for a while now, and though I love the HTC made phones, they just don't like lasting for more than a day battery wise. I had a Blackberry 8830 for a while, and it held a charge for more than 2 days. I'm upgrading my line to the Blackberry Storm from my current XV6900. It's all based on personal preferences, though. It's hard to come up with a major benefit, but like I said - E-mail is without a doubt far superior on the Blackberry.
posted on Nov 13, 2008, 12:03 PM 0
thats why sprint is cheap hahaha
posted on Nov 13, 2008, 2:26 PM 0
Thanks for the input. I've never owned a WinMo phone and currently have the BB Curve. Just curious is all. I'm still weary of the touch screen though. I love the physical keyboard on my Curve. Especially when compared to my iPod Touch (sorry for bringing it up, I'm not trying to start a debate). I guess its just personal preference is all and probably depends on how often you do messaging. Last question, I promise...Anyone heard whether the BB media player will get an upgrade? The player in OS 4.5 is a bit cumbersome in my opinion. But then again, maybe its just the trackball I don't like.
posted on Nov 13, 2008, 8:11 PM 0
Sprint has similar coverage to Verizon with the help of roaming agreements (Sprint's native network actually covers more people vs. Verizon who covers more ground). Both CDMA carriers offer coverage superior to AT&T; however, there will be areas where one doesn't work so well vs. the others.
posted on Nov 13, 2008, 10:51 PM 0
Windows Mobile offers a superior e-mail experience since it supports HTML e-mail a hell of a lot better than BlackBerry, on top of the customizing capabilities and flexibility of the OS. BlackBerry offers a much more streamlined experience and stability that is somewhat lacking on WM.
posted on Nov 13, 2008, 10:54 PM 0
You state a great point. Most people jump on the bandwagon and start complaining about price. Most times, I tell people if you want good service, you have pay for it. If you compare Verizon with ATT, you'll realize that it's worth paying a little more to get better coverage. That is the case for people that choose tmobile over Verizon because of the cheap price, but than start complaining about the coverage. Once again, most times it better to pay more to get better service. LoLo
posted on Nov 14, 2008, 3:06 PM 0
The HTC Diamond will not be out till January because of a problem with material used for the housing. Apparently it was not disapating the heat efficiently enough and the phone was getting very warm in the hand. probably not a HUGE deal, but all parties want to avoid any possible litigation.
posted on Nov 13, 2008, 10:52 AM 0
the diamond has been out for sprint for about a month now. i haven't heard of any problems there. is verizon gonna make the diamond look lke garbage just like they decided to remove all traces of htc from the touch and rename it to the xv6900 AND make it the most hideos color for a phone. anyway... im gonna get the xv6900 when the price goes down, but it seems like it aint gonna happen for a while now cus the diamond isnt comin out for over a month!!!!!!!!
posted on Nov 13, 2008, 3:56 PM 0
Still, has anyone heard if VZW might be picking up the Touch HD. I read something a few weeks ago. I KNOW that HTC has agreed to release it in the US (more than likely next year), but as to who or when....that info was up in the air.... Has anyone else heard anything?
posted on Nov 13, 2008, 10:59 AM 0
Yeah, what #17 and #33 said is correct, Touch HD will not be released in the States. HTC confirmed this about a month ago. They did allude to another device being made that "1-up's" the HD, however, no other knews has been released about it.
posted on Nov 13, 2008, 8:13 PM 0
the storm is going to have Vcast music with Rhapsody? i hope so.
posted on Nov 13, 2008, 11:21 AM 0
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