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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 24174x
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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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Posted by Alfredo Padilla on 28.08.06 - 23:08:48

Arne can I just say that i'm jealous as all get up! Can't wait for the review.
Ok Arne, 2 questions:
1) Where is the memory card slot and is it hot swappable?
2) Does it really have a 2 megapixel camera? The reports before now have indicated 1.3 megapixels.

Thanks!

Posted by EnigmaticSoul on 28.08.06 - 23:14:53

Can you add a photo with something next to it so we can get a better sense of size/scale?

Posted by ramond on 29.08.06 - 00:42:51

What's the screen resolution?

Posted by Arne Hess on 29.08.06 - 13:19:07

Alfredo Padilla wrote:

Arne can I just say that i'm jealous as all get up! Can't wait for the review.

The review will follow ASAP but please give me some time to get used to the device since it is - well - different from what I've used so far.

1) Where is the memory card slot and is it hot swappable?

It's a microSD card slot under the battery cover, on the right side of the device (last photo) but yes, even if it is under the battery cover, you can remove the cover to change the card. The device doesn't turns off if you remove the cover.

2) Does it really have a 2 megapixel camera? The reports before now have indicated 1.3 megapixels.

My fault! hmm It's indeed 1.3 megapixel only.

EnigmaticSoul wrote:

Can you add a photo with something next to it so we can get a better sense of size/scale?

Yep - will do later, latest with the review.

ramond wrote:

What's the screen resolution?

Landscape QVGA = 320x240

Posted by bnycastro on 30.08.06 - 09:21:23

hi arne! excited about your upcoming review... smile
--
I have a general WM Smartphone question [haven't owned one since a year back, I used to have the Motorola MPx220 which had WM2003SE] does WM5 for smartphone already sync categories for tasks? IIRC with WM2003SE for smartphones task's categories were not synced with outlook only the task and the time was synced. Has this been addressed in WM5 SP, I want to get a 2nd phone and I want it to be a WM5 SP but I need it to sync like a WM5 PPC [everything including categories] which I have as a primary mobile/pda.

Posted by Arne Hess on 30.08.06 - 10:19:30

Heya, welcome back! Long time not seen here! wink
Well, Tasks were a sad story and stays a sad story - at least on Windows Mobile Smartphones and basically it's the same in WM 5.0 as you already know it from your Motorola MPx220.
Nevertheless, I can recommend Developer One's Power Task which should provides you what you need: http://www.developerone.com/powertasks/index.htm
The US$ 14.95 are worth if you are working a lot with Tasks (what I do as well).

Posted by bnycastro on 30.08.06 - 10:42:14

hi arne thanks for the quick response... haven't been gone really just lurking about hehe the excalibur post made me want a smartphone again hahahaha... big_smile hopefully a version for asia is in the pipepline as well... that is sad though that tasks categories are still not fixed in wm5 sp.

Posted by Alfredo Padilla on 30.08.06 - 22:19:04

powertasks is nice, but if you want to turn your smartphone into the ultimate productivity tool I recommend sbsh's Papyrus and Facade. You can get them at:
http://www.sbsh.net/

Posted by bnycastro on 31.08.06 - 05:22:38

I already own Papyrus [bought it when I still owned the MPx220, I think I beta tested Facade but by the time it got released I sold off my MPx220 anyway no biggie]... now I need to go Smartphone shopping! Waiting for either the Motorola Q GSM ver or HTC Excalibur hehehe if not I might settle for the Dopod 577w or the Dopod 595 [although I'd really like a QWERTY Smartphone] I am even considering the Nokia E61 2 of my buddies got it and are really content with it. Problems is I have already invested quite a bit in Smartphone apps. roll

Posted by labalanguera on 02.09.06 - 17:45:29

Hi Arne, first of all congrats. for all this great fresh info.

Could you post the weight of the Excalibur (including batt) ? Also, comparing the device vs. the HTC TyTN (which I ahve been testing) is the WiFi sensibility (coverage area) better ? I am a little bit upset with the relatively low coverage for the TyTN when compared to an "old " device such a s a Palm TX....

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