Verizon HTC Imagio reviews

HTC Imagio review
Gizmodo slapped up a quick review of Verizon’s HTC Imagio (Whitestone aka XV6975) which is shipping today. Once again HTC‘s work on hiding Windows Mobile 6.5 is praised:

I was pretty hard on Windows Mobile 6.5 in my review, but guess what? HTC likes it even less. TouchFLO 3D reaches deeper into the operating system than ever before, to the point that during casual use you can’t even tell you’re using a Windows Mobile phone.

And slams the Verizon‘s V Cast mobile TV feature for no apparent reason:

As interesting as the underlying technology is, there are a few serious problems. Watching TV is neat and all, but on a mobile device, video on demand would be infinitely more useful. And at $12 or $15 a month, I don’t think people will be satisfied with the somewhat anemic channel selection (full listings here).

Moreover, I don’t really understand how Verizon expects people to use this. You can’t use it on a plane or a subway, so what, trains? During your lunch break at work? There center part in the Venn diagram of times where you might want to watch video content but don’t have a computer or TV and times when you can realistically use V CAST is small, as far as I can tell. But if live, basic-cable-esque TV on your phone is something you can see yourself using, this implementation is actually pretty good.

You can read the rest here

Next is Engadget who just posted a quick hands-on with the device and a short video:

VCAST TV works well with plenty of volume for enjoying from a few feet away, but the Imagio’s big, high-res display is pretty adept at picking out FLO’s flaws; the tech was always designed for small screens, after all, and you start to realize just how low-bandwidth the broadcast really is when you see it here. For a few minutes of news, weather, or sports here and there, it’s not an issue, but we can’t imagine trying to watch a movie this way — for that, we’d rather just copy down a video from our PC.

Check the full artcile here