PC Mag has released what they call “reviews” for the new T-Mobile SDA and MDA. They also disclosed official release dates and pricing.
PC Mag claims in their reviews that the SDA will be released on the 13th of this month for $299 and the MDA will come out on the 29th for $399. This data is fairly close to the report that came out of Engadget, though PC Mag has a definitive release date for the MDA.
T-Mobile is seemingly ages behind the other major carriers when it comes to high-speed data access and definitely behind when it comes to hardware. The latter should change soon as the T-Mobile SDA is expected to be released February 13th for $300 and the T-Mobile MDA on the 20th for $400.
T-Mobile MDA (HTC Wizard)
T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado)
Details come from Engadget:
We’re pretty sure some of you are well sick of hearing about T-Mobile’s forthcoming MDA and SDA Windows Mobile handhelds due out next month — but for those whose attention we’ve still got, we have solid prices and still somewhat tentative release dates for ya. Expect the SDA (aka the HTC Tornado) to run you $299.99 , and for it to probably be released on February 13th, and the MDA (the HTC Wizard) will set you back $399.99 and should probably be released a week later on February 20th.
The MDA is pretty appealing. It’s been released by Sprint and Verizon as the PPC-6700 and XV6700 respectively. The one exciting bit about this GSM version is the keyboard. My biggest complaint about the CDMA version is the keys are too smooth and since they’re touching each other, it’s hard to tell which one is being pressed and impossible to type without looking. The MDA looks much more appealing in this regard and while it won’t have as fast data access, the usability increase may offset this negative.
The SDA will surely be a hit for those looking to upgrade their by-now ancient Audiovox 5600 units. Aside from the design hump issue, it should make for a reasonable Smartphone for this form factor. Its taken T-Mobile a long time to get on board with new devices, hopefully their commitment will last longer than a few months.