Verizon Wireless XV6700 Blog: Day 1

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I have in my hot little hands a Verizon xv6700 Windows Mobile 5.0 phone. Over the next few weeks, I will be relaying my experiences and thoughts about this highly-anticipated device on Verizon’s EV-DO network. I thought I would start by letting you know what comes in the box. As you can see in the photo, Verizon ships the xv6700 with an Instruction Manual, CD-ROM tour of the device, a CD-ROM containing ActiveSync 4.1 and Outlook 2002, 2 styli, a pouch, desktop cradle, mini-USB to USB cable and an AC adapter. Overall, this is a pretty good bundle, although I would much rather have a holster with a belt clip than a pouch.

I have already made a few test calls on the xv6700 and so far everything sounds pretty good, although the speaker does not seem very loud. I was able to successfully pair the phone with my primary Bluetooth headset, a Plantronics 640. As expected, the device did not work with the Bluetooth speakerphone built into my car. It paired with the car but it looses the connection after about 15 seconds during a conversation.

Next, I successfully set up Exchange ActiveSync with the Exchange server at work. This is the first converged device I have tried to use with Exchange ActiveSync and upon completion of the first successful sync, I was giddy. So far I am loving not having to be at my desk to get my e-mail, calendar, contacts and tasks. The Exchange server at work does not support “push” e-mail, so I have the device set to sync automatically every 10 minutes.

So far, so good! I am really looking forward to giving this unit a workout. In my next entry, I will discuss the device itself including buttons and layout.

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