Verizon HTC Imagio video review

Here’s a quick video review of Verizon’s HTC Imagio done by WMPoweruser. The Imagio is currently the only Windows Mobile device to feature Verizon‘s Vcast TV with Qualcomm’s FLoTV technology.

I must admit that I’m surprised to see how responsive the resistive screen is!

Source: WMPoweruser

Verizon HTC Imagio review

HTC Imagio kickstand
You are currently on Verizon and have to change your phone but can’t wait until the HTC HD2 is released in the US? Well check out the HTC Imagio review posted by Pocketow. Sure it ain’t no HD2 (keep in mind that it probably won’t be available in NA before 6 months) but it’s currelty one of the best Windows Mobile 6.5 phone out (especialy if you take the time to tweak it a little bit) and the only smartphone that support Verizon’s VCast Mobile TV with the Qualcomm FLO TV technology.

The HTC Imagio, for those who prefer the thin, tablet form factor of this Windows phone, offers exceptional value in both hardware and software. On the hardware front, you have a proximity sensor, light sensor, accelerometer, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, CDMA/EVDO radios, GSM/HSPA radios for global roaming, mobile TV antenna, and one of the best resistive touchscreens that I have used. On the software side, the improvements brought by Microsoft in Windows Mobile 6.5 combined with HTC’s TouchFLO 3D optimizations make this a truly customizable, finger-friendly, and useable devices. Power users will be able to enjoy Windows Mobile’s high degree of extensibility while novice users will appreciate the glamor that TouchFLO 3D offers. The only weakness is that add-ons such as visual voicemail, mobile TV, and VZ Navigator, all require additional subscription services. However, the winning, solidly built hardware coupled with the great software and UI customizations earn this device a Chuong’s Pick Editor’s Choice title.

Check the whole thing here

HTC Imagio video review

MobileBurn just finished their review of the HTC Imagino and posted nearly 20 minutes long the video review. The Imagio is the first smartphone to supprt Verizon‘s VCast mobile TV with Qualcomm’s FloTV technology:



Source: Youtube here & here via WMPoweruser

In-depth review of the HTC Imagio

HTC Imagio review2 (Small)
PhoneArena has once again posted an in-depth spartphone review. This time it’s the recently released Verizon HTC Imagio (XV6975) running Windows Mobile 6.5 and for the first time Verizon’s VCast mobile TV thanks toQualcomm‘s FLOtv technology.

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.

Read the full review here

Source: PhoneArena via WMPoweruser

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

Verizon HTC Imagio video overview

WirelessZone did an 8 minutes long hands-on video of the newly announced HTC Imagio (Whitestone aka XV6975) coming to Verizon next Tuesday alongside WM6.5. Frankly there’s nothing new we havent seen before (besides the V Cast mobile TV support shown in the second video).

Source: YouTube here and here via Engadget

Verizon HTC Imagio announced, available October 6th

As we all expected, Verizon just announced the HTC Imagio (Whitestone aka XV6975) today. The Wndows Mobile 6.5 smartphone should be availble on October 6 as rumored earlier with support for Verizon’s V Cast mobile TV thanks to Qualcomm’s MediaFLO. It will also have V Cast Music support via Rhapsody. The HTC Imagio will be available online on October 6, 2009 for $199.99 with a 2-year contract, after a $100 mail-in rebate. The Imagio will be available in Verizon Wireless retail locations starting on October 20.

Source: Verizon via MobileCrunch

HTC Imagio picture and info

Here comes the first ever real picture of the Verizon bound, HTC Imagio aka Whitestone aka XV6975 runing Windows Mobile 6.5. The the page of the users manual (posted below) also confirms what I have guessed a few weeks ago. The button with a TV icon is meant to launch Verizon’s V Cast Mobile TV (which uses Qualcomm’s MediaFLO technology).
No word yet on the pricing and official availability date though.

imagiovcast (Small)

Source: PhoneArena

Verizon to launch HTC Imagio (aka Whitestone) on October 6th, HTC Predator Android phone later

HTC Whistone

HTC Whistone

Looks like the HTC Imagio is the retail name ot the Whistone and it’s heading to Verizon this October 6th, the launch day of Windows Mobile 6.5 according to BGR.They also clamin that a new Android powered HTC smartphone named HTC Predator is supposed to launch later in October.

Source: BGR

Verizon HTC Whitestone hits the FCC

The Verizon bound HTC Whitestone is getting closer as seen by the fact that it has just hit the FCC for approval. sporting a 3.6 inch display, dedicated multimedia/tv button and a kickstand the phone looks to be aimed at the multimedia/Verizon Vcast users.

Source: FCC via Engadget

HTC Whitestone diagrams spotted

WMExperts have posted a couple of diagrams representing the HTC Whitestone we talked about here. Nothing earth-shattering obviously. This device is probably one of the last high-end HTC smartphone using Qualcomm’s MSM7XXX chipset and a resistive touchscreen. So don’t expect it to be upgradable past Windows Mobile 6.5.

Source: WMExperts

HTC Whitestone and Mega pictured for the first time

WMexperts got heir hands on what looks like final renderings of the upcoming HTC Whitestone which should come to Verizon this fall and the low-end HTC Mega.

HTC Whistone

HTC Whistone

Qualcomm 7600 @ 528MHz
3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen
5-megapixel autofocus camera/Anti-handshaking
gpsOne (aGPS and full GPS)
GSM/CDMA World phone

Contrary to what is said at WMExperts, the Whitestone is not the Touch Diamond 2. This phone has a 3.6″ screen and as you can see on the render, has a buton at the center with a little TV on it. This buton is either dedicated to launch a Verizon V-Cast application to watch TV or an other TV related services (it may have a DBV-T tuner). The phone also has a kickstand on the back side as seen on this early render:

The second phone is the HTC Mega which should take the place of the current HTC Viva in HTC’s product line. It will run the new updated HTC TouchFlo2D.


Qualcomm 7225@ 528 MHz
2.8-inch QVGA (240×320)
3-megapixel fixed-focus camera

Source: WMExperts

HTC registers new Smartphone names


Looks like HTC has registered quite a few upcoming smartphone namse/trademarks lately :

  • HTC Tattoo
  • HTC Imagio
  • HTC Dawn
  • HTC Vigor
  • HTC Interlude

We are probably getting closer to some product announcements. Looking at past product trademark registrations its seems that they are done approximately 2 to 3 months before the products are released/announced. Full list here


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