HTC Imagio Review


My first impression of the Verizon HTC Imagio was how similar it physically looked like the iPhone. It’s a light and compact phone running Windows Mobile 6.5. The single touch surface was responsive and the phone overall had decent speed. Unlocking the screen lock is similar to the The screen is bright and make viewing pictures and watching video very enjoyable. The camera is great for both still and video shots and it appeared to have camera stablizer which took some great shots even when the phone was shaky. The internet browsing when connected to a local WiFi hotspot was easy and better than expected. I had a good experience veiwing webpages in their entirety including java scripts and flash. Internet browsing was not so fun on the 3G network but it got the job done in a pinch. The on-screen keyboard was just barely usable for someone with big fingers, but there was always the stylus to fall back on. The expandable microSD memory slot is only accessible by removing the back cover, but the extra storage is nice for video, pictures and music. The Imagio also has a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack, which let you use any set of headphones.

Imagio Kickstand
Imagio Kickstand

I found the “kick stand” curious at first but I did find it useful when watching a video on my desk. This phone was surprisingly short on battery life. An AC adapter was included, but my primary mode of charging was usb to the PC and I’m not sure if that effected battery life. The Verizon coverage is good, but I occasionally get crackle or break up. Mail and text services worked as expected. The NotifyLink software did not seem to install properly on this phone, so I was not able to test it. Overall it is a sleek phone that has all the productivity and entertainment functions you want.

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