Two high-end Windows Mobile devices that were hard to get during the holiday shopping season are now easily available. One of them is even on sale.
They have another thing in common too: neither was picked up by a U.S. wireless carrier, and are therefore being sold unlocked directly to consumers.
During the holiday shopping season, which started not not too long after their debut, these models were in very short supply. Now retailers have had a chance to get caught up. and these products are on store shelves.
More About the HTC Touch HD
The centerpiece of this smartphone is its 3.8-inch, 800-by-480-pixel (WVGA) touchscreen, but it also sports a GPS receiver, a 5 MPx camera, and a microSD card slot.
It runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro and offers HTC’s TouchFLO 3D alternate user interface. Inside is a 528 MHz Qualcomm processor, 512 MB of flash memory, and 288 MB of RAM.
This unlocked phone has quad-band GSM but its HSDPA support is in European bands only. Still, it has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0/EDR.
Other features include a GPS receiver and an FM radio.
More about the Xperia X1
Like its rival, the Xperia X1 includes a WVGA touchscreen, but on the Sony Ericsson model, this 3-inch display can slide aside to reveal a QWERTY keyboard. Other navigation options are a four-way key and an optical joystick.
The version of X1 this is available in the U.S. — the X1i — is a quad-band GSM phone with support for 3G, including the frequencies used in this country. It also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
This Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional device includes up to 400 MB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot for additional storage.
In addition, this model has a-GPS, a 3.2 megapixel camera, and an FM receiver.