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HTC Imagio XV6975 Review

HTC Imagio

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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.

HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
HTC Imagio XV6975 Review

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.

The on-screen keyboards of HTC Imagio XV6975 - HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
The on-screen keyboards of HTC Imagio XV6975 - HTC Imagio XV6975 Review


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.

HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
Browsing the web with Opera Mobile 9.5 - HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
Browsing the web with Opera Mobile 9.5 - HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
Browsing the web with Opera Mobile 9.5 - HTC Imagio XV6975 Review

Browsing the web with Opera Mobile 9.5



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.

HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
HTC Imagio XV6975 Review


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.

The HTC Imagio XV6975 comes with the Microsoft Bing application - HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
The HTC Imagio XV6975 comes with the Microsoft Bing application - HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
The HTC Imagio XV6975 comes with the Microsoft Bing application - HTC Imagio XV6975 Review


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.

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HTC Imagio

HTC Imagio

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.5
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PhoneArena rating:
9.5Excellent
Display3.6 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (259 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm MSM7200A, Single core, 528 MHz
0.3 GB RAM
Size4.60 x 2.40 x 0.50 inches
(117 x 61 x 13 mm)
5.30 oz  (150 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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