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REVEALED: O2 Germany to introduce the HTC Magician as Xda mini during this month
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 01.06.05 - 11:44:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 31763x
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O2 Germany's latest shop-flyer, which is valid from today until mid June revealed a big surprise: O2 will add the HTC Magician to their successful Xda-line and will carry it from mid June as "Xda mini". While we know the HTC Magician already from i-mate (as JAM), from T-Mobile (as MDA compact) and from Vodafone (as VPA compact), the German version will be different from the versions above (while it will use the (IMHO nicer) round JAM design, not the square-edged VPA compact design) as well as different from O2 Asia's Xda II mini version because O2 Germany is going to introduce the Xda mini in an exclusive anthracite:

Below on the left - the silver colored Xda II mini from O2 Asia, on the right the anthracite colored Xda mini from O2 Germany:

Please also note: While O2 Asia is calling their Magician "Xda II mini", O2 Germany is calling it "Xda mini" only - without "II". Feature-wise, the Xda mini is the same as the Xda II mini, i-mate JAM, T-Mobile MDA compact, etc. since it is the HTC Magician.

With a 24 months contract, the Xda mini costs between 179,99 Euro (O2 Active 100) and 199,99 Euro (O2 Genion); without a contract, the mini will be available for 499,99 Euro.

I really appreciate O2's decision to a) launch the HTC Magician (better late then never), b) to launch it in anthracite (have I told you that I can not see silver gadgets anymore) and in reality it looks as nice as it looks on O2's marketing photos:

Well done O2, now you've completed your Xda portfolio and I know of many O2 customers which was awaiting this news! Now I wonder how I get the anthracite cover on my JAM? ;-)

Cheers ~ Arne


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Posted by Tripwire on 01.06.05 - 15:14:30

When will this be available in the UK?? O2 UK need to get their act together!

Posted by GeekStyle on 02.06.05 - 16:51:36

Great news for Germany and I don't expect it for UK. 02 is completely clueless here and they lost the Windows Mobile market to Orange and T-Mobile.
I cross the fingers for you Germans, not the same happens over there too!

I got my mini from 02 Asia and I'm happy; even if I like the German mini color too! Arne, do you have a second cover? wink

Posted by Aye on 03.06.05 - 17:32:21

In Thailand, XDA Mini in silver version is very popula, probably most in the history of Pocket PC here. By now many XDA Mini is in short supply still.
Do not be dissapoited if you got silver

Posted by Arne Hess on 04.06.05 - 14:07:09

GeekStyle wrote:

I got my mini from 02 Asia and I'm happy; even if I like the German mini color too! Arne, do you have a second cover? wink

Hehehe... smile No, I don't have it yet, sorry... sad

Aye wrote:

Do not be dissapoited if you got silver

True, no reason to be disappointed but the anthracite one looks really good and generated a lot of positive interest yesterday at the Windows Mobile User Group meeting where I had one with me to show.

Posted by sonic on 06.01.06 - 00:50:59

do any of you know where i can download games for the o2?

Posted by Arne Hess on 06.01.06 - 14:34:18

Try and

Posted by stevie80 on 21.02.06 - 22:55:26

the xda mini is now available in uk stores. free for new customers i am told. ive been an xda user for the whole series in the uk. (although the exec seems toooooo) large!

dont be scared to get any xda.

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