It took a while and some of you even thought it's a ghost only but finally O2 UK, who released the Xda IIs (HTC Blue Angel) previously, released the Xda IIi (HTC Alpine). As reported before, the Xda IIi is the follower of the Xda II which means it comes along in the same form factor and housing but the the CPU was upgraded from a 400 MHz XScale to a 520 MHz Bulverde, the Xda IIi includes a Megapixel camera instead of a VGA only and also has built-in W-LAN!
The Xda IIi is available for Â£249.99 subject to a minimum 12 month contract.
For me, the Xda IIi is the best Pocket PC Phone Edition, available today and O2 is the only one who announced it so far. It's not known today if others will follow O2.
I've forgot to mention that there is one bug in the specs: the Xda IIi isn't a quad-band device like the Xda III/IIs but a tri-band (GSM 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) device only! Please keep this in mind!
Posted by Hans on 01.02.05 - 16:40:14
I ordered my O2 XDA III on the 6th of December here in .de. It is delayed until the end of February according to O2. The will rollout the XDAIIi and the XDAIII both by the end of February. Now I am not really shure which device to take. I plan to do quite a lot of email and IM so the keyboard might be good but I am missing the cam in the XDAIII/IIs. Also what does the faster processor bring you and the Windows Mediaplayer 10? So, which device to take?!?
Posted by Scott on 01.02.05 - 18:45:21
Now if T-Mobile USA would pick this up and make-up for the HP 6315 blunder! Good luck-right! Hopefully i-mate will have an unlocked version soon. My T-Mo PPCPE is just barely hanging on.
Posted by Arne Hess on 01.02.05 - 23:09:38
 IMHO I prefer the Xda IIi over the Xda III/IIs because I don't need the keyboard at all (if I use a keyboard I use the Think Outside Bluetooth keyboard which works fine with both devices) and prefer the Megapixel cam instead.
But well, "wer die Wahl hat, hat die Qual".
Posted by Arne Hess on 01.02.05 - 23:12:10
 Yeah, unfortunately I think the iPAQs lost a lot with the HP/Compaq merger and what iPAQs was before - the state of the art Pocket PCs, the state of the art Pocket PC Phone Editions comes from HTC today - again just my humble opinion. I'm pretty satisfied with both - the Xda III/IIs and Xda IIi (even if I prefer the IIi over the III as you can see in my posting before).
Posted by Hans on 02.02.05 - 02:26:05
 Arne, what about the processor performance and the energy efficiency of the XDAIIi compared to the XDAIIs/III? Also, what does the Windows Mediaplayer 10 for Mobile Devices offer you more than Windows Media Player 9 that is on the XDAIIs/III? Furthermore, is it feasible to write your emails/IMs with the on-screen keyboard or do a ssh session when you are on the run and do not want to carry a BT keyboard with you?
Posted by zatsmee76 on 03.02.05 - 14:52:13
Arne, do u have any information about device availability in EMEA? now that we have this brilliant news!!!
Posted by sa ard weeracharoenkul on 10.04.05 - 10:20:35
i wait for a very long times of new o2 xda lli and o2 xda lll please Rply me how long times launch in Thailand country thanks sorry because i know a little English