HTC Ozone XV6175 Review

Software and Features:

The HTC Ozone XV6175 runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard but doesn’t come with any personalization like the TouchFLO 3D user interface that HTC is known for.  It has the same basic WinMo features that are found on the HTC Snap, such as ability to store almost an unlimited amount of people in your phonebook, create appointments in the calendar and tasks list, voice notes, 60-second voice recorder, calculator, email and text messaging.  Unfortunately, the unique Inner Circle inbox feature that is found on the HTC Snap for Sprint and Europe isn’t included on the HTC Ozone for Verizon.  We are sorry about it, as this was a nice way of organizing messages from your favorite contacts.




Also included is Adobe Reader LE and Office Mobile, which has Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint and Word.  You can also install any additional WinMo programs you may need.



The only included browser is Internet Explorer 6, but as expected it is a pain to use.  You constantly have to zoom in and out on pages and use the d-pad for panning and selecting links.  We’re sure having a touchscreen would help out, but since that’s not an option on the HTC Ozone XV6175, we’d recommend installing Skyfire or Opera.



We performed the 1MB speed test from www.dslreports.com/mspeed and achieved up to 800kbps when using Verizon’s EVDO Rev A network and 2000kbps when using Wi-Fi with our home cable modem.  Even though EVDO Rev A is nice to have while on the go, we’re glad to see Verizon includes Wi-Fi on the Ozone, which for some reason was left out of Sprint’s HTC Snap.

The 2MP camera is also pretty straightforward and takes images up to 1600x1200 resolution.  It offers basic settings, such as white balance, self-timer, time stamp, and shutter sound.  Image quality and color reproduction are good, but there really isn’t anything to write home about.  The camera lacks autofocus and a flash, which also limits its ability.  Video can be recorded up to CIF 352x288 resolution and in MPEG4, H.263 and 3GPP2 formats.





You can access images, videos and music in Windows Media Player or by using the HTC Album program.  Supported files include MPEG4, H.263, H.264, AVI, WAV, MP3, MP4, MIDI, WMV, 3GP, 3G2 and WMA.  You can also install the DivX player to playback DivX videos, which worked without problem.



Two programs unique to the HTC OzoneXV6175 that aren’t found on the HTC Snap are VZ Navigator and Visual Voice Mail.  With VZ Navigator you can use it in your car for driving directions, but can also look up the local weather, restaurants, gas stations and movie theaters based on your current GPS location.  Visual Voice Mail makes checking and playing your voice messages easier, since you can use on-screen controls and view the caller’s information, instead of just following audio prompts.




Another feature that the Ozone has that isn’t available on the Snap is that it is a quad-band GSM phone and can be used for roaming internationally, with the included SIM card.  It’s definitely useful for people who travel a lot.

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