05. 23. 2008
New Verizon XV6900 smartphone not all that new
Remember Sprint's version of the HTC Touch which came out over a year ago? The much-heralded XV6900 is Verizon's version, but it doesn't improve or add any new variations to make it a "must-buy." Like the Sprint HTC Touch, the Verizon model is slim and light (4.0 by 2.4 by 0.6 inches; 4 ounces), with a soft-touch plastic case , a 2.8-inch 320-by-240 display, and a stylus fitted neatly in the corner. The only physical buttons are a cursor pad, phone pick-up and hang-up, a camera button, and a volume slider.
That brings us to the screen, which I found myself stabbing over and over again to get it to process a command. Sure, you can use your finger for some basic moves (ie. scrolling down a list of programs or across a Web page), but once you drill down into an actual program, you'll be pulling out the stylus.
Its value, for some people, is that it's Windows Mobile enabled, so that you can email and edit Microsoft Office documents. It also comes packed with both music and video players.
Bottom line, it's no "windows mobile iPhone" and not all that innovative. For $299 (with a two year contract) it's not even that great a deal.