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PHOTOVIEW: O2 Xda orbit 2 Windows Mobile 6 Professional GPS Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 26.11.07 - 08:15:58 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 51650x
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I had the chance to get my hands on a brand new O2 Xda orbit 2 recently, a GPS-enabled Windows Mobile 6 Professional UMTS/HSDPA smartphone, O2 Germany recently announced. While the device was a preproduction unit, the final device will get some minor chances, I was quite impressed by O2's latest Windows Mobile smartphone which is expected to be released in December.
Based on the HTC Touch Cruise (aka the HTC Polaris), O2 again decided to uses a slightly different, rounder design to better fit in its range of Xda smartphones and the Xda orbit 2 follows the design guidelines of its forerunner - the Xda orbit.

The Xda orbit 2 features Windows Mobile 6 Professional which makes it a touch screen device. It's powered by a Qualcomm MSM7200 CPU at 400 MHz and A-GPS support and features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. Furthermore it sports a FM radio, a 3 megapixel autofocus camera on the back and a front facing VGA camera for video telephony and self portraits. The Xda orbit 2 is backed-up by 128 MB RAM and 256 MB ROM which can be expanded with microSD memory cards.
While the Xda orbit 2 doesn't features a slide-out keyboard, it also features HTC's TouchFLO GUI, like the O2 Xda nova and Xda star as well as a 4-way D-Pad which additionally works as a jog wheel. The trackball, as used for the Xda orbit isn't used anymore.

The device I got my hands on was a preproduction unit and O2 Germany will replace the GPS and Internet Explorer Mobile keys bellow the call buttons with a Start and OK key (as you can see here):

Please feel free to ask your questions in the comments bellow.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by NotoriousBGC on 26.11.07 - 08:51:25

this is way more purtier than the touch cruise. does it have the same exact specs? what are the chances of it working when flashing the ROM with the cruise?

Posted by BlackJack on 26.11.07 - 10:54:14

I'm sure, with the help of the Devs, it will be possible to flash the HTC ROM on the Orbit II. In the past, it was always possible to change the O2 ROMs.
I'm also considering buying the Orbit II since it looks way nicer but I need an English ROM!!!

Posted by Arne Hess on 26.11.07 - 17:36:43

@NotoriousBGC: Yes, same specs as the HTC Touch Cruise. The only differences are the ID and some network specific applications, O2 Germany is going to add.

Posted by Horst on 26.11.07 - 18:49:11

How about the video resolution?
- 352x288 or 320x240?
- 15 fps or 30 fps?

And how good works the macro mode?

Thanks for answering!

Posted by pvh on 26.11.07 - 21:48:59

Does the color of the front look blackish or is it more silver metalic?
Black would be very nice.
Greez from Hamburg

Posted by VK on 28.11.07 - 12:00:35

The specifications on the HTC Touch Cruise seem to have both GPS and A-GPS
while the Orbit 2 seems to have only A-GPS. Does the Orbit 2 have both?
If not will it have both types of GPS capabilities upon release?

Posted by Vitor Nog on 28.11.07 - 23:40:36

Can we buy it "free". With no contract to O2, like for instance O2 XDA Flame (expansys €489,95) ?

Posted by Arne Hess on 29.11.07 - 14:46:20

@VK: The Orbit 2 features real, satellite based GPS! The A is just an addition which allows to download satellite references for faster fix.

@Vitro Nog: Yes, you will be able to buy it without a contract. Not sure if Expansys will carry it but O2 shops in Germany as well as some German online shops will offer it SIM-free.

Posted by VK on 30.11.07 - 10:14:42

Arne, Thank you for the clarification of the issue relating to GPS.
Kind regards,

Posted by James Bailey on 03.12.07 - 03:54:08


Superb article as always. Could you pls confirm the GSM and UMTS bands for this phone? Looking at the O2 Germany website, my (very bad) German led me to believe this was tri-band GSM and single-band UMTS. If this were the case, would the phone work in Japan? Also, do you know if the configuration may change for the UK release?

Many thanks 


Posted by Kieran on 03.12.07 - 05:02:59

Other than the camera being 3MP vs 2MP, can someone please tell me how this improves on the Dopod 810?

Posted by Arne Hess on 05.12.07 - 16:42:40

@James Bailey: The device I had was quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS/HSDPA. In any case, even if it would be triband GSM and singleband UMTS only it would work in Japan since Japan also uses 2100 MHz for UMTS like Europe (my girlfriend tested UMTS availability some weeks ago with a singleband UMTS HTC smartphone).
AFAIK the German and UK versions are the same, except some minor software tweaks to make local services available.

@Kieran: HTC TouchFLO, faster HSDPA (up to 3.6 Mbps), improved GPS density.

Posted by john2007q114521 on 11.12.07 - 00:12:12

does it have a photo light / flash?


Posted by Arne Hess on 11.12.07 - 10:50:33


Posted by john2007q114521 on 13.12.07 - 21:17:27

thanks for your answer.

I've got another question: How much do you have to press the touchscreen? is it as reactive as the iPhone (does it have a capacitive touch screen)?


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