It took a little bit longer but finally the O2 Xda Atom appeared on O2 Asia's website. If you are not familiar with the Atom, it's an exclusive O2 Pocket PC Phone Editon with Windows Mobile 5.0 and features W-LAN as well as a FM radio, it's tri-band (GSM, GPRS and EDGE) also and includes Bluetooth.
Unlike current Xda's, the Xda Atom features a 2 megapixel camera and is working with a 416 MHz Intel CPU and 64 MB RAM and 128 MB ROM.
While all the past and current Xda's were manufactured by Taiwanese HTC, the Xda Atom is manufactured by Quanta which might mean, that this device is an exclusive O2 device.
For me, the FM radio as well as the "Media Center" application is pretty interesting. So far, no Pocket PC has a FM radio included, which makes the device so unique:
FM tuner with stereo output through headset or internal stereo speakers
- Easy to use interface
- 72 preset stations arranged in groups of 8
- Auto scan
- Fine tuning at steps of 0.05MHz
- Recording in WAV and AMR format
Also an interesting concept, which basically follows Microsoft's Windows Media Center/Portable Media Center GUI, is the O2 Media Plus application:
O2 MediaPlus is the first one-stop centre that allows users to launch and control various multimedia features on the Xda Atom from one interface. It is the only software that provides equalizer settings for playback on Windows Media Player 10. From the customizable interface, users can also access FM radio with built-in stereo speakers, and their library of photos, videos, and camera functions.
- View and play your music by artists, albums, genres, playlists
- View and play your pictures by name, date, size
- View and play your videos by name, date, size
- Alarm clock that plays your favorite music or turn on FM radio to
wake you up
- Settings that let you personalize an image on the main page
- Display current playing file properties in main page
The Xda Atom should becomes available in Asia during December for around US$ 800. Hope it will makes its way to other O2 countries in Europe as well since it looks like a promising device.
Cheers ~ Arne