Okay guys, this week I had the chance to spend my 30 minutes with a preproduction HTC Hermes which surfaced first time, unofficially, during the 3GSM Congress in Barcelona as i-mate JasJam and which was officially announced later during the CeBIT in Hannover by T-Mobile Germany as MDA Vario II.
The HTC Hermes is a Windows Mobile 5.0 based Pocket PC Phone Edition and similar to the HTC Wizard since both are featuring a slide-out keyboard and are similar sized. However, the Hermes will be a UMTS device with HSDPA support and therefore it's also the follower of the HTC Universal, the first UMTS Pocket PC Phone Edition device.
It's way too early for a review since the unit I got my hands on was a preproduction but I had it long enough for some interesting photos:
All I can say so far is, that the Hermes is really small, close to the HTC Wizard, a little bit longer and thicker than the HTC Magician/Prophet but it features a slide-out keyboard, which is way better than the Wizard keyboard (pretty similar to the Universal keyboard) and not to forget it features UMTS and HSDPA. Also the 300 MHz Samsung CPU is pretty good in terms of speed (hadn't had the chance to test the standby time yet) and it features a 2.1 megapixel camera with macro option.
Please note that again I got the word, that the keypad layout around the navigation pad isn't the final one but the one I caught at T-Mobile during the CeBIT is the to be released one (two buttons more).
Cheers ~ Arne