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HTC Imagio XV6975 Review

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HTC Imagio XV6975 Review
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One area of disappointment is that the HTC Imagio XV6975 still continues to use the same 528Mhz processor that has been around for a while now, but thankfully the memory has been increased to 288MB RAM and 512MB ROM. This increase in size is noticeable as the system doesn’t feel as sluggish as the original Touch Diamond and overall responsiveness is better, but we do wish the processor was faster.

Unfortunately we had a slight issue with the phone’s call quality. Even though people we called said we sounded clear on their end, we could hear a bit of background “hiss” through the earpiece speaker, and there was some distortion if the volume level was raised past medium. There was also a good amount of distortion when using the speakerphone. Another weird thing we noticed is that when using the phone normally (not the speakerphone), we could feel the rear plastic battery cover vibrate when the other caller would talk. This was the first time we remember a Verizon phone doing this, but it is clear that the battery cover could use some beefing up. The phone’s reception was good, however, and we never had any dropped calls during our testing.

The 1500 mAh battery is rated to provide up to 5.3 hours of talk time or 13.5 days of standby time on a full charge. During our testing we were able to get up to 5.5 hours of continuous talk time, but had to turn all data connections off, such as Wi-Fi and email checking.


Conclusion:

Overall, the HTC Imagio XV6975 is a worthy replacement to the HTC Touch Diamond for Verizon; through we wish it looked more fashionable. The large 3.6” WVGA display makes the Imagio stand out from other smartphones, and the updated TouchFLO 3D interface along with the Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional operating system make it easier to use. We also like the added functionality, such as VCast Mobile TV, VZ Navigator, Microsoft Bing and an FM tuner. The included camera takes good 5MP pictures outside during the day, but it isn’t much useful when indoors. Even though the call quality was good, it could have been better, especially if the background “hiss” could be removed. Currently, the HTC Imagio is the most advanced smartphone for Verizon, but it does lack a physical QWERTY keyboard, like on the HTC Touch Pro2. If you use your phone to type a lot, you should keep this in mind. At this point we’ll have to wait and see if the upcoming Samsung Omnia II, Motorola A855 Android phone, or BlackBerry Storm 2 will dethrone the Imagio from its top spot.


Pros

  • Easy to hold form-factor
  • Large 3.6” WVGA display
  • Windows Mobile 6.5 Pro with updated TouchFLO 3D interface
  • VCast Mobile TV
  • 5MP camera takes good pictures outside

Cons

  • Has an overall jejune design
  • Background “hiss” while in calls
  • Still requires 3rd party DivX player
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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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