It has been a few days now that I’ve had to play, I mean work with the XV6700 and felt it worth an update to let you know how it’s coming. First of all I am finding the XV6700 to be a great phone! This is very good news for me personally since that’s the reason I had to dump the Treo. Call quality is excellent and I’ve even had a couple of people comment how clear my phone sounds and ask if I’m on a mobile phone. That is exceptional. I picked up a Motorola H500 Bluetooth headset when I got the XV6700 and have been using it extensively for both making and receiving phone calls and it is working very well. No one can even tell I am on a headset as the noise cancelling capability of the H500 is apparently working flawlessly. The XV6700 Comm Manager applet makes handling all of the radios a snap and setting up the Bluetooth was a couple of taps on the screen and I haven’t had to repair the two devices again. I would occasionally have to repair my older headset with the Treo but this seems to work better.
I must address the daily usage scenario of the XV6700 because it has made a difference in my work and my productivity. The two areas that are providing the biggest impact are the larger screen and the keyboard. I am texting and emailing all the time from the XV6700 because it is so easy to do. The rotation from portrait to landscape mode is instantaneous when I slide the keyboard out and it is a very effective tool for email. Remember I use a hosted Exchange Server so my email and PIM data stay continuously updated due to the EVDO connection which is always on. This had made a big difference for me because I find a lot of time I can view the email and reply to it from the XV6700 where before I would pull out the Tablet PC to do it. Nice and easy, that’s the ticket.
The low memory condition of the Treo prevented me from loading many programs and utilities on it because I just couldn’t run them. That’s definitely not a problem with the XV6700 so this weekend I loaded it for bear. Here’s what I have loaded so far and why:
Spb Diary 2.0– I had this on the Treo but the longer screen of the XV6700 has allowed me to tweak the display settings so I can accomplish a lot of things during the day straight from the Today Screen.
Spb Weather– I run around town all day every day so keeping an eye on Houston’s weather is important. Spb Weather has tight integration with Spb Diary so it’s good match. Neither program are resource hungry and I find they are very snappy in performance.
Spb Backup– Do you see a theme here with the Spb software? Backup is essential for recovery scenarios and everyone should make sure they have a plan to do so. I am especially sensitive to this having recently had my Tablet PC wiped clean.
Spb Pocket Plus– This is one of the handiest launchers you will find for the Windows Mobile platform and properly customized can be a real jewel. I can keep an eye on my program memory which so far I really haven’t needed to do but it’s a holdover from the Treo days.
Pocket Player– This has always been my favorite music player on the Windows Mobile platform and the improvements they have made since I last used it on the Toshiba E800 make it even more so. It works like a player should work, it’s fast and light on the resources and can even stream radio over the Internet. Great program. I find the external speaker on the XV6700 is so loud I can listen to music and podcasts without using a headset and it still sounds good.
TimeTTracker MX2– my time billing program that syncs with the desktop version. This program makes my life better, which is the true definition of a good tool.
Voice Speed Dial– OK, I didn’t load this one, it comes with the XV6700 sporting AKU2 and while it requires training individual contacts that you want to be able to voice dial it works very well with the Bluetooth headset. I use this program all day long and it just works.
eReader Pro– No surprise I loaded this one up. I have been using eReader since it was Peanut Press way back when. The larger screen of the XV6700 makes reading a better experience than it was on the Treo. I noticed that all versions of the Pro reader are now $7.45 until September 30th which is a good deal.
OneNote Mobile 2007– Can’t live without this program so I can share OneNote pages with my desktop OneNote.
Broken Sword Shadow of the Templars– I had to load at least one game, right? I am just starting it so I can’t really tell you if it’s a good game or not. The graphics and sound are excellent which is probably why it takes up about 200 MB on the storage card.
That’s the update for now, I will continue to provide further updates as time permits. I am very pleased with the XV6700, which is the HTC Apache for those who care.