AT&T Tilt vs. Verizon XV6800

    September 24, 2007

“Release no smartphone before its time” seems to be the slogan of both AT&T and Verizon. My romance with HTC slide-style smartphones began all the way back in March of this year, when I tested the Verizon XV6700.

I liked it a lot, but ultimately returned it after learning that the release of the newer, sleeker, and more powerful Verizon XV6800 was “imminent.” Weeks passed, then months, with no XV6800 in sight. Apple introduced its iPhone – I was sure this would spur Verizon into action, if only to piggyback on the iPhone hoopla. As the XV6800 release date receded into the ever-more-distant future, I transferred my affections to the AT&T Tilt, not so much because of the Tilt’s slanted display but because the projected release date was a month or two earlier than Verizon’s.

Alas, AT&T has proven to be equally sluggish. September 3rd came and went. Today was the date leaked on various spreadsheet images circulated through the blogosphere, but all signs point to another disappointment when I call my AT&T office. Rumors now focus on September 30 or early October.

The only ray of hope is that the sightings of these elusive smartphones seem to be in the increase. published some comparison photos. It looks like a real race now – will AT&T or Verizon succeed in taking the longest to introduce its HTC smartphone?