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PHOTOVIEW: O2 Xda comet Windows Mobile 6 Professional Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 04.09.07 - 16:56:08 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 24266x
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Just in time with today's expected announcement of the O2 Xda comet, this morning I found a brand new Xda comet on my doorstep, courtesy of O2 Germany. Just unveiled recently, the Xda comet is O2 Germany's latest Windows Mobile powered smartphone but Asian readers of the::unwired know the device already - it's an updated O2 Xda Atom Life.
Powered by Windows Mobile 6 Professional, the O2 Xda comet supplements O2 Germany's Xda trion (aka HTC TyTN/HTC Hermes) but unlike all the German Xda's before, this device is manufactured by Quanta.

The Xda comet might be one of the fastest Windows Mobile smartphones today. Sporting a super-fast Marvell XScale PXA 270 CPU at 624 MHz and featuring amazing 1 GB ROM and 64 MB RAM (which can be extended with miniSD memory cards), the Xda comet also features triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900 MHz and dualband UMTS/HSDPA at 1900/2100 MHz with support of HSDPA phase 2 up to 3.6 Mbps. Furthermore, WiFi b/g as well as the outdated Bluetooth 1.2 are on board.
The main camera on the back includes a macro mode and supports photos up to 2 megapixel, videos can be recorded in QVGA only. The VGA front camera is used for UMTS video telephony but also supports self-portrait photos and videos.

While GPS isn't part of the hardware, the Xda comet also includes a RDS FM radio which can also be used as an alarm and also allows to record radio programs.

As always, let us start with some photos to give you a better impression how the device looks and compares to previous O2 Xda's:












Anyway, before I start with my review, I will use it for a couple of days as my main device. In the meantime feel free to ask your questions in the comments bellow I will latest answer with my review.

Cheers ~ Arne


 

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Comments
Posted by Iliyan on 09.09.07 - 16:21:28

Finally, something with an XScale CPU in Germany!
The device looks great - the specs are awsome!

I have some questions for you:

1) How to do feel the button set? It seems a bit too flat, like you can overlook and push the red button instead of the left softkey. For example the XDA Neo's (HTC Prophet) buttons are very well designed and easy to navigate my fingers around them.

2) How does the device feel in your hands - is it solid, or makes the feeling that it's too bulky? Is it really blazingly fast, compared to an OMAP 200Mhz CPU device?

3) What is the feature(s) you miss in this device (except for the GPS)?

Thanks a lot in advance!

Posted by Arne Hess on 09.09.07 - 17:55:35

Iliyan wrote:

1) How to do feel the button set? It seems a bit too flat, like you can overlook and push the red button instead of the left softkey. For example the XDA Neo's (HTC Prophet) buttons are very well designed and easy to navigate my fingers around them.

Even if the buttons looks pretty close to each other, I wouldn't expect any problems. Following your question I've tested it again and I've never failed to hit the right button.

2) How does the device feel in your hands - is it solid, or makes the feeling that it's too bulky? Is it really blazingly fast, compared to an OMAP 200Mhz CPU device?

First of all the device feels rocking solid. It's well done and the overall quality can easily compete with HTC devices. While Quanta isn't too well known in the Windows Mobile space, Quanta is well known in the ODM world and they definitely know how to build devices. In addition I think it helps, that the device is available in Far East for some months already which means Quanta had enough time to improve everything to make it perfect know. Additionally, as you can see on the comparison pics above, it's small - even if it is feature loaded. So if you like the size of the HTC Prophet, you will be more then satisfied with the Xda comet.
Last but not least the speed: While I haven't benchmarked it yet, I can tell you the device is super fast now. Why now? I've just received a ROM upgrade which seems to be the release candidate. Before, the devices was somehow slow and some tasks took longer then expected. Now, with the latest ROM, it's snappy as I expect it from a 600 MHz power-horse.
Again, I haven't benchmarked it nor I've heavily tested videos but it feels really fast (more in my review).

3) What is the feature(s) you miss in this device (except for the GPS)?

Hard to say... I don't miss a keyboard... IMHO a keyboard doesn't makes too much sense for devices in this size so it's fine that it's just a typical PDA. I miss a higher resolution screen. Since I've used the Toshiba G900 I'm in love with WVGA screens (especially for Web browsing). GPS is a nice to have but not that important for me anyway (thanks to an inbuilt car navigation). Well, there is one thing I'm definitely missing: Bluetooth 2.0+EDR because I'm often using my Windows Mobile devices as wireless modems for my Tablet PC. While the comet's HSDPA can connect up to 3.6 Mbps the Bluetooth connection is the bottleneck since it provides a connectivity of 700 Kbps only - a real drawback but even most (all?) HTC devices doesn't support Bluetooth 2.0+EDR

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