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PHOTOVIEW: O2 Xda Atom Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 27.02.06 - 22:24:43 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 43392x
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Thanks to O2 Asia, today I found an O2 Xda Atom in front of my door. If you don't know yet, what the Xda Atom is, it's an O2 Asia exclusive Pocket PC Phone Edition, running Windows Mobile 5.0, supporting tri-band GSM/GPRS, Bluetooth 1.2 as well as W-LAN b.
Memory-wise the Atom is sporting a total Flash ROM of 128 MB in with 64 MB RAM, features a fast Intel PXA272 416 MHz CPU and has stereo speakers on the front which makes sense since Xda Atom also features a FM radio! Last but not least the Atom includes a 2 megapixel camera with photo light.
While the Xda Atom isn't that brand new anymore, it was released mid December last year, it's still new enough, especially because most of us will not get our hands on it because it is released in East and South East Asia only, available exclusively from O2 but it's also available from some resellers around the world now.
What makes the Xda Atom even more interesting now is the rumor, that HP will release a new Pocket PC Phone Edition soon, which is based on the Xda Atom. The Atom isn't manufactured by HTC (like all the previous O2 Windows Mobile devices)but by Quanta. The new HP device is also expected to be manufactured by Quanta and first leaks in the Internet shows a connection between both devices.
Anyway, before I'm going with the review, here the first photos of the device I made this evening for the review which is coming soon. It's impressive small and light while fully feature packed:

On the bottom of the front side, you have the d-pad with the call/hang-up keys as well as the Start menu button and O2's own Media Plus button which starts O2's self-developed media application.
On the bottom of the device, you have the mini USB connector for sync and charge as well as the 2.5" connector for a wired headset, which is also used as FM antenna:

Right of the device (left picture) you have on top the infrared port, bellow the voice recorder button and as next the camera shutter. On the left (right picture) you have the volume up/down buttons:

On top you have the on/off switch as well as the stylus:

On the backside you have the 2 megapixel camera with two white LEDs which acts as a photo light. For sure, the Atom also has a mirror for self photos:

The Xda Atom is powered by a removable Li-Ion battery with 1.500 mAh which should provides a standby time of around 150 hours and a talk time up to 5.5 hours:

And here we go with an impressive comparison of the latest mini Pocket PCs, using Windows Mobile 5.0. On the left, the HTC Prophet (aka O2 Xda neo), in the middle the O2 Xda Atom and on the right the ETEN M600:

More to come soon, stay tuned.

Cheers ~ Arne

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