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May 02, 2006

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Noahas

Sorry, stupid question time here. If I want to view the "Watch jk....." link above, what programs can I use to do that? I assume it is supposed to stream. I have Windows Media Player 6.4.9 as my default handler and it handles most anything thrown at it, is that link not meant to stream? Or is it something on my end?

Thanks in advance.

Russ

Very detailed overview of the phone, but you left out a couple of things (at least with the Sprint phone and the ROM update). One is that if you hold down the dedicated IE button for a few seconds, the Comm Manager opens up. Second, with the Sprint ROM update, the voice recorder now activates the voice recorder after you hold the button for a few seconds & if you just press the button quickly it opens the newly installed Voice Speed Dial. Of course all of these buttons are user changeable.

Leroy Brown

Fantastic review - I guess I'm behind the times because I haven't seen much in the way of solid video reviews out there. Much less do I know what a podcast is - hah. Anyways, nice job guys, as always.

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I loved this review. I have the 6700 coming in the mail and this by far was the best hardware review I have read or seen. Your enthusiasm for the 6700 excites me more as I now know that I made a good decision. No more surfing on company time/company pc for me, as the $15/month evdo will get it's money's worth.

Question: Does the the WM Plyr 10 launch from webpage links? There are tons of free sites I would like to listen to instead of paying for thru Sprint.

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Please comment on this info from PC Mag:

Verizon had to muck this up, though. One of the 6700's strengths is its combination of Wi-Fi and EV-DO cellular networking. On the Sprint PPC-6700, you can turn on both networks, and if both are available the handheld will pick the faster of the two. In addition, you can make and receive phone calls while surfing with Wi-Fi—a trick that's also possible on the T-Mobile SDA and MDA. But with the Verizon XV6700 you have to turn off the phone to use the Wi-Fi. So, when you're in a hot spot and want to use Wi-Fi, you can't get any phone calls. That's idiotic. We've seen this behavior before, on the Samsung i730, but we were lulled into thinking it was caused by technical limitations. Since the Sprint version of the 6700 works fine with both networks on, we know this must have been a business decision on Verizon's part.

To compound the idiocy, there is no modem plan for this device, an omission that's especially inexcusable because Verizon has just announced new modem plans for several of its other EV-DO phones. You can use Sprint's version of the 6700 as a modem for your laptop; why can't Verizon allow you this option?

We were prepared to love the Verizon XV6700. Although it doesn't work as fluidly in one hand as the Palm Treo 700w, it's a more powerful device with a better keyboard. But we're very disappointed in Verizon's decision to damage one of the XV6700's greatest strengths, its combination of Wi-Fi and EV-DO. As Sprint's EV-DO network has spread nationwide in the past six months, Sprint's PPC-6700, a superior version of this device, might be a reason to switch carriers.

However, right below the editor’s review, this was stated by a user (actually a couple of users):

I've used many different PDA phones and this is by far the best. Most powerful. Most stable. Etc. etc. With a few simple registry modifications, this phone does everything the Sprint model does, plus a lot more! These modifications were easy to find and even easier to install. Most can be found here: https://www.cmz727.com/alan/6700/6700.htm The modification that enables the USB Modem functions are a bit more complicated and tricky, but everything you need is already on your phone and the Verizon disk that came with it. Instructions can be found here: https://www.pdaphonehome.com/forums/showthread.php?t=56010 Cases are a bit hard to find too - go here for some good advice: https://pdaphonehome.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-55823.html

Here is the link for the full review: https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1933326,00.asp if you want to read more.

I am not familiar with these “simple registry modifications” and do not even know what that means for sure. So, I wanted your opinions if this is accurate and easy… sounds like the Verizon XV6700 is the best device out there by far if these modifications are easy to make.

Organi-girl

Please comment on this info from PC Mag:

Verizon had to muck this up, though. One of the 6700's strengths is its combination of Wi-Fi and EV-DO cellular networking. On the Sprint PPC-6700, you can turn on both networks, and if both are available the handheld will pick the faster of the two. In addition, you can make and receive phone calls while surfing with Wi-Fi—a trick that's also possible on the T-Mobile SDA and MDA. But with the Verizon XV6700 you have to turn off the phone to use the Wi-Fi. So, when you're in a hot spot and want to use Wi-Fi, you can't get any phone calls. That's idiotic. We've seen this behavior before, on the Samsung i730, but we were lulled into thinking it was caused by technical limitations. Since the Sprint version of the 6700 works fine with both networks on, we know this must have been a business decision on Verizon's part.

To compound the idiocy, there is no modem plan for this device, an omission that's especially inexcusable because Verizon has just announced new modem plans for several of its other EV-DO phones. You can use Sprint's version of the 6700 as a modem for your laptop; why can't Verizon allow you this option?

We were prepared to love the Verizon XV6700. Although it doesn't work as fluidly in one hand as the Palm Treo 700w, it's a more powerful device with a better keyboard. But we're very disappointed in Verizon's decision to damage one of the XV6700's greatest strengths, its combination of Wi-Fi and EV-DO. As Sprint's EV-DO network has spread nationwide in the past six months, Sprint's PPC-6700, a superior version of this device, might be a reason to switch carriers.

However, right below the editor’s review, this was stated by a user (actually a couple of users):

I've used many different PDA phones and this is by far the best. Most powerful. Most stable. Etc. etc. With a few simple registry modifications, this phone does everything the Sprint model does, plus a lot more! These modifications were easy to find and even easier to install. Most can be found here: https://www.cmz727.com/alan/6700/6700.htm The modification that enables the USB Modem functions are a bit more complicated and tricky, but everything you need is already on your phone and the Verizon disk that came with it. Instructions can be found here: https://www.pdaphonehome.com/forums/showthread.php?t=56010 Cases are a bit hard to find too - go here for some good advice: https://pdaphonehome.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-55823.html

Here is the link for the full review: https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1933326,00.asp if you want to read more.

I am not familiar with these “simple registry modifications” and do not even know what that means for sure. So, I wanted your opinions if this is accurate and easy… sounds like the Verizon XV6700 is the best device out there by far if these modifications are easy to make.

Uberdoc

Thanks for a great unbiased review! Although you mentioned its bulk, you did not comment on the "feel" of the device. Is it heavy on your belt if you have it in its snap on belt carrier? Is it easy to make calls with one hand (I never make calls while I'm driving...), or do you have to use the stylus to make calls? For us individuals over the age of 40, is the screen size large enough to read text well (I too have a Dell Axim v50 - I like the screen, but don't like the bulk)? The battery life seems to be a concern. Has anyone used it with the extended life battery? Can the phone function as a pager? (I'd love to consolidate my phone, PDA and pager into one device, but no one to date has done this well or even thinks about professionals who have to carry all three devices).

Simon Mills

Thank you for the vid. Excellent.
Iwas wondering 2 things. 1: Have you found a Sat Nav company that provides software for this to function as a Sat Nav unit? (I like Tom Tom but they do not have a compatible version yet. And 2: The voice recognition software, does that come with the unit or do you have to buy it from Microsoft?

Thank you.

Keith Withey

There are updates on the HTC site for the Verizon phone which not only solve the WiFi\Phone issue but also add Voice Recognition. THis also works with my Motorola 810 Bluetooth. I installed this weekend and the changes are fantastic, especially the Comm Manager interface.

Maribeth

What is an HTC site and how do I get there?

Maribeth

OK, I think I found out about HTC and found a site (Mobihand). What is the product that solves the WiFi/Phone issue? Thanks!

mike

excellent job covering the hardware, i feel like i know how to navigate the phone without even holding one as of yet. I am unfamiliar however, with what windows mobile has to offer especially if there are any items specific to vx6700.

Phil

I'm thinking of purchasing 1 of these devices. I was also wondering what is HTC's website & where is the update for the Wifi/Phone issue?

Kevin

I am writing this from my xv 6700!! that was a great review! I just got my new phone in the mail, and I love it! thanks for writing a great review! keep up the good work!!!

T Nilson

I love my PPC-6700 so far as well- with one execption. I love my personalized ringers and usually use MP3 files for it. The internal memory is not large enough to store as many as I would like in the windows/rings folder, and if I store them in the SD card, I can't access them in the ringer selection screen. I've been advised that I can try usng a registry editor to create the filepath to find them in the SD card, but am a bit hesitant as I've never tried anything that advanced. Any suggestions?

Kyle Terrill

Hi,
Just wanted to let you know that your video on the XV6700 was great and very helpful. I noticed that you said you have Voice command 1.6 on the phone and was wondering if you could assist me in how to make it work with the bluetooth. Do you know how to do that? I have heard different stories and you seem to be an expert. Please let me know.

Thanks,
Kyle

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