HTC Ozone (Verizon Wireless)
Manufacturer: HTC Part number: HTC Ozone
- Bottom Line:
- Though its plastic design and photo quality are unchanged, the HTC Ozone offers a more affordable price tag, improved features, and better voice quality than its Sprint HTC Snap counterpart.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $99.99
- Reviewed by: Kent German
- Reviewed on: 07/10/2009
The good: The HTC Ozone offers an e-mail and messaging-centric feature set that includes EV-Do Rev. A, Wi-Fi, GPS and support for overseas GSM networks. Call quality is quite respectable.
The bad: The HTC Ozone's controls and keypad don't have the best design. Also, it lacks HTC's Inner Circle feature, the volume level is low and GSM data support tops out at EDGE.
The bottom line: Though its plastic design and photo quality are unchanged, the HTC Ozone offers a more affordable price tag, improved features, and better voice quality than its Sprint HTC Snap counterpart.
I really don't like this phone.
by mylifesinnj732 on September 13, 2010
Pros: I like how the pictures are clear. It has many desktop displays to choose from.
Cons: This phone freezes TOO much.
Summary: Verizon has had to send me three HTC Ozones, there is no backup system to back up contacts or pictures so you have to do everything manually. There's no ...
Summary: Verizon has had to send me three HTC Ozones, there is no backup system to back up contacts or pictures so you have to do everything manually. There's no point in paying $30 for internet that freezes, every two seconds.
This Phone Started Off Great......A Year Later....
by Sall7987 on August 23, 2010
Pros: Battery Life, Layout, Never Drops Calls, Easy Email Setup, GSM phone
Cons: Slow Slow Slow, Freezes constantly, NO Backup Assistant (Thanks Verizon), Very Limited on Apps Available, This Phone Gets No Love.
Summary: Switched to Verizon last September, did not want a BB, at the time i did not not all the advanced features. Anyway this phone was a bit of a pain ...
Summary: Switched to Verizon last September, did not want a BB, at the time i did not not all the advanced features. Anyway this phone was a bit of a pain to port from Sprint, (bought the phone online) so all my contacts had to be keyed over manually. Was very impressed and had no idea the phone was GSM (hey Verizon sim cards do exist). Worked great in the Bahamas...but they charge you ridiculous amounts for roaming.
Running WM 6.1 for the first time on my first "Smartphone" (using the term loosely) was impressed at the time. Battery life tended to last forever as i would text and browse for hours and hours. For the first couple of months did not see any real problems other than an occasional freeze, but hey i expect that with Windows OS to begin.
Now FF to August 2010, almost a year later. Finally cracked and decided the "bugs" that were evident in 6.1 had been "fixed" with 6.5 and downloaded. (note: since Verizon does not support the Ozone with its Backup Assistant its important to backup everything on your phone via ActiveSync or MyPhone, but not both or you will have other issues to deal with like i did). With 6.5 installed all your contacts, pics and everything will have to be re-imported to the phone. Now WM 6.5 on this phone is not only slow, but freezes on average 3 or 4 times a day now. The reaction time from hitting any key on the phone to it actually showing up went from about 3 sec reaction time to about 10. When the phone is in stand by and you hit a button to get it back on it will literally take 10 seconds for the phone to get back to the home screen.
I loved this phone to death when i first got it because i am a heavy text and data user (and was under $50 since it was a new contract) and the full keyboard was great, even without a trackball/pad in the center which does lead to some awkward navigation on IE. The lack of 3rd party software for this phone is also very underwhelming. The marketplace offers very little from MS.
I got this phone to be different from the crowd and ended up a little too different. If you do intend on using this for phone calls its great, speaker is quite loud and i have yet to drop a call...although i have dropped the phone causing the call to be literally dropped. With all that said this phone is not for the impatient! With very little love as far as support goes, it could have been just as great as any BB curve, DO NOT UPGRADE TO 6.5 if you do end up getting this (i would downgrade back but it literally took me hours to get 6.5 right)! At the end of the day i cannot wait to upgrade this phone and get as far away as i can from Windows Mobile.
The phone freezes a lot
by l0llyk30mg on July 7, 2010
Pros: I do like this phone, I love the drop down menu part and the sound on it is great! The pictures look wonderful and its very easy to manage.
Cons: I like the drop down menu but at many times it doesn't work because it freezes. For the internet it doesn't freeze a lot but at times it does. It doesn't have a button to go straight to the cam, you have to go through the menu just to take a picture
Summary: I like the look. The sound is great as well as the quality of the pictures, also you can edit your pictures on your phone such as crop it, rotate ...
Summary: I like the look. The sound is great as well as the quality of the pictures, also you can edit your pictures on your phone such as crop it, rotate it and even auto correct it. I love when your on the phone, it beeps if the person your talking to hangs up! The key board is pretty legit, it's pretty much set up like the key board on your PC and its not hard to use at all if your good with little key boards and if not, you will get the hang of it soon after the purchase is made.
What i don't like about this phone is that you have to go through the menu to go to the cam. and take a picture, there isn't a button on the phone to go straight to the cam.(not good) It freezes up a lot!!!! I have to take out the battery and put it back in just so it will un-freeze, I do this at least 3-4 times a day. The drop down menu can be legit but sometimes it doesn't work well for the message part. But altogether the phone is Okay! not great, but not horrible, there is a lot more worst phones out there as well as a lot better ones, it goes both ways on everything.
Great little phone!
by rohanlady4 on May 24, 2010
Pros: Style - love the classy black - I know its a cheesy like, but nice!
Cursor movement - I have large hands and the pad is so easy for me to navigate!
Clear as a bell web pages.
Threaded texting conversations - so easy!
Feels great talking on it.
Cons: Web page (Verizon Wireless no less!) froze on me. Security warning kept asking me if I wanted to proceed. Gave up trying on that one, but for the most part, its the first glitch I've had.
Summary: I don't know what phone these other folks have but its not the one I bought. I spent 1.5 hours yesterday on the speakerphone on it with a ...
Summary: I don't know what phone these other folks have but its not the one I bought. I spent 1.5 hours yesterday on the speakerphone on it with a friend getting tech support for my home computer. Did very heavy web surfing during the middle of the day and more. Only down to 2 bars after all that. No problem whatsoever hearing the rings or alarms and my hearing isn't the best these days.I am now having problems with the battery and will take it back this week to get a new one. My phone is now taking ages to charge and overnight with no use other than sitting on my nightstand, it goes from 4 bars to 2 bars. I recharged it this morning and with nothing more than looking at 2 text messages and doing an update - *228 its down to 2 bars again. The phone is only 3 weeks old at this point. I still love the look and feel of it, but this one issue is driving me batty and I am hoping Verizon will let me change it out for a different phone - an LG Ally perhaps?
I had a Voyager for 2 years. The touch screen was always driving me batty. This has no touch screen and frankly I don't want one. This phone almost seems to be made for me and I had to search for a con on it and didn't have enough room for all the pros. And no, I don't work for Verizon or HTC.
Updated on Jun 7, 2010
Sigh... at least it was free.
by Inveracity on May 19, 2010
Pros: It's a neat setup, I can Wi-Fi on my home network. Its pretty quick when browsing the web on it.
Cons: It's very constricting on how you set up your contacts. I can't even add someone's full name because there's too many letters in it. That alone is enough to ditch this phone. Mobile Messenger on here is awful. Droid Incredible, hurry up!!
Summary: The issues with contacts in my phone book is enough reason for me to say this phone isn't worth it. It's supposed to be a smartphone, yet it'...
Summary: The issues with contacts in my phone book is enough reason for me to say this phone isn't worth it. It's supposed to be a smartphone, yet it's stupid. It can't even hold a person's full name. Mobile Messaging on here is crappy, even while I'm on my own network at home it won't log in when I try to, the button layout is awkward and unnatural, the only real good thing about this phone is the call quality, of all things. Again, at least it was free for me with the upgrade eligibility. Don't spend money this phone.
Seems to be a good phone to me
by MrPat8567 on May 5, 2010
Pros: I like the bigger buttons i have big fingers so they are easy to push also like it because it has wifi i can basically do most everything i can on my computer as far as internet go's.
Cons: the only thing i really have a problem with it is it needs to have a better way to move the mouse courser like a little scroll button its a little difficult but i make due with it
Summary: Basically i like the phone 95% the other 5% i don't care much for is the mouse scrolling it needs a better way to scroll the mouse its kinda ...
Summary: Basically i like the phone 95% the other 5% i don't care much for is the mouse scrolling it needs a better way to scroll the mouse its kinda time consuming other than that everything seems to run good and work smoothly
A poor phone
by jctapley on April 27, 2010
Pros: none -- there is not a single thing --- okay: it's lightweight
Cons: Recurrent issues w/ email and wifi that've literally burned hours of my time to resolve by myself & w/ Verizon. Unreliable e-mail and wifi access. Poor functionality. A total waste.
Summary: I have never disliked a product as much as I dislike this phone. The functionality is clunky, scrolling and scrolling thru menu after menu, totally counterintuitive. Function key to access #...
Summary: I have never disliked a product as much as I dislike this phone. The functionality is clunky, scrolling and scrolling thru menu after menu, totally counterintuitive. Function key to access #s is a nightmare. Just forget this and go with a blackberry. That's what I've been reduced to. Every week, I get the same error msg and have to delete and re-set up the e-mail acct -- who has time for this nonsense?
This must be the try-out version.
by waverushtheoriginal on March 1, 2010
Pros: It's handsome and has many sound/ringtone options. Holds a charge well if you don't use Internet.
Cons: It comes with all the headaches of Windows. There is practically NO storage space. If you exceed 10 photos, you will run "dangerously low" on storage space. Frequent "freezes," both on Internet and offline. Call quality/connection/sound is TERRIBLE.
Summary: My next phone purchase will take into consideration the operating system. I try very hard not to be a "fangirl" and use cliches to reference Windows, but the operating system ...
Summary: My next phone purchase will take into consideration the operating system. I try very hard not to be a "fangirl" and use cliches to reference Windows, but the operating system is just forcing me into it. Windows is a giant headache, especially when it attempts to run on what seems to be a first-try model of an HTC phone. I had a simple little LG flip phone before this, and my calls came through crystal-clear. With the HTC, I constantly hear my own voice in feedback, people tell me that I am cutting out all the time, and I have developed a habit of pressing my thumb HARD into my ear every time I take a call. The volume is all the way up, and I still can't hear callers reliably. My reception is FINE, and my location is SUBURBAN. I am not in the woods here. Bottom line: If you want a cheap alternative to a blackberry-ish phone, this is it. Not for people with low frustration thresholds.
this phone is ass!!!!!
by Elogoodinb on February 18, 2010
Pros: nice size, works around the world, wifi, evdo- rev A, tons of business apps
Cons: Horrible screen, no inner circle, over seas only edge speed, internet explorer sucks, the keyboard is hard to use, will not recieve emails, will not send emails, feels cheap, camera is horrible, windows mobile 6.1, bad call quality, bad speakerphone
Summary: This phone felt like a slap in the face from HTC, a company that makes great phones. It is also a waste of $50!!
Summary: This phone felt like a slap in the face from HTC, a company that makes great phones. It is also a waste of $50!!
Verizon data plan required. No high speed access.
by tx_cybergal on January 7, 2010
Pros: Not much good to say. WM 6.1 for half screen devices (non-touch) is not much fun to use.
Cons: Camera is very poor. Windows 6.1 Mobile Web Browser is awful to use. Clunky and slow. No broadband or 3G, just EDGE with out of date modem technology. The Verizon salesman led me to believe $30 mo data plan would give me high speed access. Wrong.
Summary: I used this phone for four months. I went to Verizon store for service twice and they will not do anything. They have dropped selling the phone already in company ...
Summary: I used this phone for four months. I went to Verizon store for service twice and they will not do anything. They have dropped selling the phone already in company owned stores. I have tried to sell it for over a month and have had no takers. Verizon is totally unforgiving when you make a poor phone choice. If you do not swap it within a few days, you will own it forever. They will not give customer compensation for buying a phone from them which has poor performance characteristics.
- Manufacturer: HTC
- Part number: HTC Ozone
- Description: The HTC Ozone has all the essentials designed to bring balance into your life!
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone
- Form Factor Full keyboard
- Integrated Components Digital camera,
- Width 2.5 in
- Depth 0.5 in
- Height 4.5 in
- Weight 3.7 oz
- Technology CDMA2000 1X / GSM
- Band CDMA2000 1X 1900/800 / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- Service Provider Verizon Wireless
- Operating System Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard
- Application Software Microsoft Office Outlook Mobile,
Microsoft Office Mobile,
Microsoft Internet Explorer Mobile,
Windows Media Player 10 Mobile
- Input Device(s) QWERTY keyboard
- Phone Navigation Buttons Navigation button
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services SMS,
- Data Transmission GPRS,
- Wireless Interface Bluetooth 2.0 EDR
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Supported Digital Audio Standards MP3,
- Type QUALCOMM MSM7225
- Clock Speed 528 MHz
- RAM 192 MB
- ROM 256 MB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSD
- Sensor Resolution 2 megapixels
- Type LCD display - Color
- Technology TFT
- Diagonal Size 2.4 in
- Display Resolution 320 x 480 pixels
- Connector Type Data port - 11 pin HTC ExtUSB
- Technology Lithium ion
- Capacity 1500 mAh
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 290 min,
Standby - up to 290 hour(s)
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Power adapter,