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REVIEW: SanDisk Wi-Fi SD Card and HTC Himalaya aka O2 xda II
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 28.11.03 - 19:20:02 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 15089x
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Following my previous review of the SanDisk SD Wi-Fi Card many of you are interested to know if and how this Wi-Fi card is working with the HTC Himalaya (better known as O2 xda II, T-Mobile MDA II and i-Mate Phone Edition).
If this card would work with that Pocket PC Phone Edition it would be the perfect companion because it would add the cheaper and faster W-LAN option to an already wireless enabled Pocket PC.
Just to make it short - it works without any problems as expected!

After the driver installation simply put the SanDisk Wi-Fi card into the SDIO slot on top of the device. The Himalaya will recognize the card and if Wi-Fi networks are available it will asks you which one you want to use.

If you don't need the card but want to use a SD memory card instead it can be safely stored in the pouch which offer space for two SD cards.

Always critical is the battery usage and because the SanDisk card doesn't includes a battery it has to take the power from the device. When I was in Toronto two weeks ago we had a wireless network available at the PowerLOC office. Unfortunately I forgot my W-LAN card for my Notebook why I had to use my PPCW.Net i-Mate only and the usage time amazed me. From 10 in the morning until around 6:30 in the evening I've accessed my E-Mail servers twice or more per hour as well as I've surfed the web wireless. So I was - with standby in between - online for around 6:30 hours and the battery made it for that time! An amazing value - I think - and a proof that this combination also fulfill professional requirements!

Final Conclusion

The SanDisk SD Wi-Fi Card is a smart way to enhance the wireless options of your Pocket PC Phone Edition and during my stay in Toronto I've used it a lot. To access the wireless network in the office as well as using public HotSpots in downtown Toronto and in the Hotel! So the card saved me a lot of International Roaming charges!
Like I already said in my general review about the card, installation and usage is easy going and it doesn't makes a difference if you use a Pocket PC only or a Pocket PC Phone Edition. Also - which is a real benefit of the general phone and Wi-Fi integration into the Windows CE platform - you don't have to switch off the GSM/GPRS module but you can operate both in parallel. This means you can surf the web via Wi-Fi while you make voice calls via GSM!

The SanDisk Wi-Fi SD card is a true enhancement for every HTC Himalaya!

Cheers ~ Arne

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