The first review of O2’s new XDA II has been posted so it seemed appropriate to update the specs and provide a quick overview of this PDA/phone that will surely whet a number of appetites.
The XDA II is set to be officially released in Europe tomorrow (11/1). It’s not immediately clear when it will be formally released in the US, but surely it will. AT&T and T-Mobile both carry versions of the original XDA at the moment and should support the new one as well. It is SIM card operated, so worst case you can pick one up in the UK and use it in the US without issue. It is tri-band GSM, so it will work all over the world.
Pocket PC Dubai has posted a review of the new unit, called i-mate in their area. Here’s what they concluded after using the XDA II for a while:
The i-mate has all the features to make this equally a phone and a PDA all in one slime device. The new processor with WM2003 proven to be power efficient, this contributes to the overall battery performance. You may note I didn t include battery tests in this review due to a reason that it depends on the personal usage, settings, connections and loaded applications. So I cannot commit test results due to that reason, but I can say that I am very impressed with the battery performance considering the fact that this device includes wireless module always active. It even lasts longer than my iPAQ h5450.
You will be impressed even if you don t like this form factor of converged devices. Considering all the hardware, software features and expandability options I believe this is a leap ahead in this technology compared with all the Phone Edition devices presently available. So is it worth the $828 ??? In my personal opinion Yes because you will be spending almost the same amount of money (or even more) to have all of these features such as a camera, a phone and a high-end Pocket PC with this amount of internal memory and loaded applications. Here it is all in one powerful package. Once you try something powerful you never look back.
Surely they meant slim instead of slime, but the end result is very favorable. I’ve used the T-Mobile version of the original and thought there were a lot of ways for it to be improved. It looks like O2 listened, creating a follow-up that should be very impressive. I can’t wait to test drive one.
mmO2 XDA II Specs:
|Description:||The integrated Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC and mobile handset is the ultimate mobile PDA for both consumer and business customers, offering a host of advancements over its predecessor – the highly acclaimed xda. These include a high-quality, built-in digital camera, tri-band functionality and a tailored O2 Active menu that is intuitive and easy-to-use, and guides customers to services such as full internet browsing, multimedia messaging (MMS), colour games, video, information, alerts and pictures.|
|Operating System:||Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Phone Edition|
|Dimensions:||60.9mm (W) x 130mm (H) x 18.2mm (T)|
|Processor:||400 MHz X-Scale PXA263|
|Wireless:||Tri-band GSM, GPRS, Bluetooth|
|Memory:||128 MB RAM, 64 MB ROM|
|Expansion Slot:||Secure Digital (I/O)|
|Battery Type:||Removable Lithium-Ion 1200mAh|
|Battery Life:||PDA mode – 12 hours, Talk mode 2.5 – 3.5 hours, Standby – 160 hours|
|Audio Out:||Speaker, headphone jack (2.5 mm)|
|Display:||TFT 65,000 colors|
|Viewable Image:||3.5″ diagonal|
|Resolution:||240 x 320 pixels|
|Digital Camera:||640 x 480 pixels|
|Other Hardware:||USB Sync Cradle with 2nd battery slot, extra stylus, headset|