The SMT5800 was a smartphone that we really hope would have been a success. It had a revolutionary form-factor that gave the device a true edge in the smartphone arena. HTC’s Libra (aka Vox), which was sold on Verizon as the SMT5800, gave the phone a slide-out keyboard, with a traditional dial pad. This made it a great, thin Windows Mobile offering.
Except that it had horrible firmware. Windows Mobile 6.0, EV-DO Rev 0, and the gpsOne chipset in the phone was totally disabled.
Until, oddly enough, a month ago. PCD quietly released an upgrade fixing all this, but it appears PCD and HTC didn’t want anyone to know about itâ€¦ neither PCD nor HTC alerted anyone to the release.
So, we’re proud to break the newsâ€¦ a month laterâ€¦ that the SMT5800 is now a good phone. Unfortunately, Windows Mobile 6.1 is a little late, despite HTC finally meeting their commitment to update their phones to 6.1, everyone else is talking in terms of 6.5.3â€¦ 6.5 doesn’t even seem to cut it these days. It appears HTC decided to bury this update between the HTC Ozone and Touch Pro 2 upgrades… with zero fanfare.
That said, functionality-wise, the SMT5800 now even handles VZ Navigator. No word yet from users as to if that includes GPS utilization in other applications, similar to other neutered Verizon phones in the past.