Unlike HTC's own HTC Hermes version, the Dopod 838Pro (which is also based on the HTC's Hermes reference design) is using the rounder ID as used by O2 for the Xda trion as well. Nevertheless, all the other features stays unchanged. Therefore it's also fitted with a 360-degree jog wheel which enables users to check their E-Mail and browse the Internet for important updates effortlessly with one hand. Its user-friendly QWERTY keypad makes data input a breeze for those who are used to typing on keyboards.
However, the power of the Dopod 838Pro lies in its connectivity features. This compact model not only brings wireless data connection via 3G and WiFi to its users, it also supports GPRS, EDGE and Bluetooth v2.0. The higher WiFi speed of 802.11g brings Internet surfing and loading of E-Mail to another level. Users can manage wireless settings easily with the Comm Manager. Quadband GSM and Triband UMTS support in the Dopod 838Pro enables seamless connectivity, regardless of their locations in the world. This 3G device is also equipped with HSDPA, a 3.5G wireless network with up to 10 times more bandwidth than current 3G networks.
Users can get updated instantly with Microsoft's "Push Mail" Technology, which enables them to receive E-Mail the moment they arrive in their inbox. Users will never miss an appointment or lose track of their schedules again with the ActiveSync, which updates data between the PC or laptop in a snap.
The Dopod 838Pro is truly a model of wireless connectivity. Supporting Bluetooth Wireless Stereo (A2DP), users can enjoy stereo music wirelessly over compatible A2DP headsets and the device brings 128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM memory with persistent storage. The screen is a 2.8" 65K color TFT LCD display supporting 240x320 pixels QVGA.
Users can also enjoy perfect visuals when they take scenic photos using the unique panoramic mode with the 2 megapixel high picture quality camera. This comes with flash and a unique macro lens and mirror. Choose from eight shooting modes with five different effects.
The Dopod 838Pro also comes with a PenPower WorldCard Mobile, a mobile version business card reader which allows users to capture business cards, recognize text information and save to Contacts instantly.
"The Dopod 838Pro is a perfect example of Dopod's commitment to deliver Versatility without Limits to consumers. It is a powerful sliding PDA phone that gives users ultimate connectivity from Bluetooth, WiFi, 3G to HSDPA, easy mail accessibility via Push Mail, mobile email and Pocket MSN, as well as enhanced productivity through Office Mobile and Windows Mobile 5.0. All these enabling tools, plus user-friendly features such as the 360 degree jog-wheel and QWERTY keypad, make the Dopod 838Pro the best PDA experience users can get in a phone," said Jack Tong, CEO of Dopod International Corp.
The Dopod 838Pro is available from the 2nd week of August 2006 from authorized resellers in Singapore at a suggested retail price (inclusive of GST) of S$ 1,398 and at S$ 1,248 with a two-year contract from operators.
Cheers ~ Arne