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PHOTOVIEW: O2 Xda cosmo Windows Mobile Smartphone aka HTC Excalibur
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 28.08.06 - 20:24:07 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 28642x
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Do you have enough from fuzzy and blurry HTC Excalibur photos? Me too and thanks to O2 Germany, today I've received its latest Windows Mobile Smartphone - maybe the next Windows Mobile superstar - the O2 Xda cosmo, most of you might still know as HTC Excalibur.
So what's all the cosmo/Excalibur buzz about? Well, the HTC Excalibur is HTC's first BlackBerry look alike Windows Mobile Smartphone with a thumb QWERTZ keyboard. While it reminds on the first sight on a Pocket PC Phone Edition with landscape screen, the screen isn't a touch screen at all since the cosmo is powered by Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone. Other features are quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, W-LAN and Bluetooth, a 2 1.3 megapixel camera, the thumb keyboard and the new jog strip which replaces the traditional jog wheel, BlackBerry and HTC Hermes users might know.

Since I've got the Xda cosmo just today - I hadn't have too much time to play with the device yet but I will do during the week to upload my (p)review as soon as possible. For now - enjoy the photos:

And by the way - before you ask if something went wrong with the keyboard: No, the keyboard layout is fine but in Germany it's QWERTZ not QWERTY.
Last but not least - please not that even pretty close to the final version, some details here and there might change for the release version since the device above isn't a final marketing sample but an engineering device with (in this case) final O2 branding. So please don't shoot neither me nor O2 if the release version might looks slightly different (while all changes will add more convenience to the device, as far as I was told).

Cheers ~ Arne


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