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HTC Imagio XV6975 Review

HTC Imagio

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One area where the Imagio is different from other HTC smartphones for Verizon is that it is more of a multimedia device. This is evident with the inclusion a kickstand and media services like VCast Video, Music with Rhapsody, and Mobile TV. With the VCast Mobile TV service, powered by Qualcomm’s FLO TV network, you can view live and prerecorded TV shows on the device. Even though there is currently only a small selection of channels available, it is cool to be able to watch TV on your phone. You can view the video in standard 4:3 format, or stretch it to fill the width of the screen. The only downside to this service is in regards to the video quality and compression. When watching on a 3.6” screen you can easily see block-pixelation, which would be less noticeable on a smaller screen, but the only solution would be for the video to be broadcast at a higher resolution.

VCast Mobile TV - HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
VCast Mobile TV - HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
VCast Mobile TV - HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
VCast Mobile TV - HTC Imagio XV6975 Review

The standard VCast Video service shows only pre-recorded clips, and those are at even lower resolution than with the Mobile TV service, as they are streamed over Verizon’s EVDO Rev A network.

There is also a built-in FM tuner, but it requires you to connect 3.5mm earbuds, which are used as the antenna. The radio can be played through the earbuds or through the phone’s rear speaker, but not via Bluetooth (like the normal music player). There are arrow icons on the screen to scan up and down for strong stations, or you can manually tune to weaker stations. There is also the option to store 20 presets. We like having an FM radio included, as it doesn’t cost extra to use and can be listened to in the background.

The music player hasn’t changed much and still categorizes the library into now playing, artists, albums, playlists, genres, and all songs. There is also a link to the VCast Music Rhapsody store. Unfortunately, sound quality through the tiny rear speaker is lacking, so prepare to use wired or Bluetooth headphones.

The music player of HTC Imagio XV6975 hasn’t changed much - HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
The music player of HTC Imagio XV6975 hasn’t changed much - HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
The music player of HTC Imagio XV6975 hasn’t changed much - HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
The music player of HTC Imagio XV6975 hasn’t changed much - HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
The music player of HTC Imagio XV6975 hasn’t changed much - HTC Imagio XV6975 Review


We were able to use the HTC Media Player to playback our own H.263 and H.264 encoded MP4 videos files with resolutions from 220x96 up to 720x306 and with bit rates from 128kbps to 1524kbps, but the higher resolution files at 720x306 were more sluggish and dropped frames. We also installed the DivX player and had no problem using it to playback DivX and XviD files, but wish HTC had it integrated with their own player, similarly to what Samsung did with the Omnia.


The HTC Imagio XV6975 is currently the 3rd Verizon device to come with a 5MP camera, after the Casio Exilim and the Samsung Omnia. The interface is basic, but it does allow for a variety of settings, such as the resolution, ISO, and white balance. Since there isn’t a physical shutter button on the phone, you have to press the on-screen shutter icon to capture the image, which in turn takes a total of 4 seconds to focus, capture and save the image. Pictures taken outside are crisp and a bit sharper than the usual, so the level of details is just fine. Color representation is accurate, though bright white areas are overexposed. Unfortunately, things begin to go downhill when you move indoors, as images start to look blurry in low-light conditions. Since the Imagio doesn’t include a flash, we would only recommend it for taking pictures outside during the day, but it does a far better job at capturing 5MP images than the Exilim. We are interested in seeing how the Samsung Omnia II and Motorola A855 Android phone stack up to the Imagio, as both of those should also include a 5MP camera.

The camera interface is basic,
but it does allow for a variety of settings - HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
The camera interface is basic,
but it does allow for a variety of settings - HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
The camera interface is basic,
but it does allow for a variety of settings - HTC Imagio XV6975 Review

The camera interface is basic, but it does allow for a variety of settings


Outdoor photos taken with HTC Imagio XV6975 - HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
Outdoor photos taken with HTC Imagio XV6975 - HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
Outdoor photos taken with HTC Imagio XV6975 - HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
Outdoor photos taken with HTC Imagio XV6975 - HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
Outdoor photos taken with HTC Imagio XV6975 - HTC Imagio XV6975 Review

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Videos can be recorded in H.263 and H.264 formats at CIF 352X288 resolution, and in 3GPP2 and MPEG4 formats at VGA 640x480 resolution. Between these choices, we found that MPEG4 at VGA resolution produced better looking videos than 3GPP2, but the quality is still blotchy and isn’t anything to write home about.

HTC Imagio XV6975 sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution

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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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