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XDA II EXCLUSIVE: Photos and Screen Shots - Part 1
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - on Friday, 26.09.03 - 20:27:11 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 11893x
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After my 2 hour date with the O2 XDA II, I knew I needed more. I wasn't satisfied with just two hours. I neede to explore it, find out what makes it tick and confirm every information that has leaked out into the Internet. How sweet was the news when I heard that I could spend more time with the lovely O2 XDA II. Without hesitation, I asked if I could shoot the actual device and explore it. Here are the results of that last tryst with the O2 XDA II.

Of course I couldn't believe the improvements they have incorporated into the device that roughly measured similarly to the older XDA, less the antenna. The extra buttons, the camera, the small details, actually so many improvements and added features that what I may end up covering now may proabbly be incomplete. But nonetheless, I'll try to include every detail I can remember.

The new O2 XDA II still retains the basic feel of the old XDA, now referred to as XDA I. Still finished in the same satin chrome with full chrome buttons, the striking difference is the black top portion of the XDA II and its lack of an external antenna.

Even the cradle has been redesigned and now sports a pilot lamp and a small hole which I was told was a speaker hole. This gave me the impression that this could be used as a desktop speakerphone. I was also told that the production versions of the cradle would also include a port for attaching external speakers, although the one on the unit I saw had the hole plugged up. It also has an extra slot for an extra battery, hence the pilot light at the front of the cradle.

The button placements are basically the same with your basic Calendar and Contacts buttons along with the Call and End Call buttons on the front face of the device. I know most of you may be cringing now at the thought that this is similar to the older XDA which indeed lacked the typical four configurable button layout of other Pocket PCs. Fear not for this is no longer an issue. The XDA II has six buttons in total, while the placement of the other two buttons are somewhat not ideal for typical gamiing needs, they do exist as you can see here at the Buttons Settings screenshot. Yes, we now get four buttons which we can assign to our favorite applications.


You also get the volume control slider at the side where the other two HotKey Buttons are placed.

And of course with that many buttons, you can accidentally switch your XDA II on when not needed and at worse, make calls without you knowing it that they inluded a basic keylock.

The SDIO slot is now located at the top and beside it are the IR Port and the Power Button. And taking the far corners of the devie are two Notification LEDs for Bluetooth and basic Pocket PC Notifications.

As you can see, the camera is positioned at the back of the device. Also found within that area is the external antenna port and that nice shiny disc that is attached to the battery cover. If you are wondering what that small chrome disc is, well, definitely it is not a lens cover. It is actually a mirror that is very helpful when you try to take your own portrait (alone or with friends). Now, didn't I tell you they even thought of the smallest of details?

Behind the battery cover lies the 1200mAh Lithium Polymer Baterry and the special port for the Piggy-back Unit. The SIM card is now placed behind the battery as state in earlier articles in PPCW.Net. But the sweetest part of it all is the special portwhich is found at the bottom of the unit, just next to the battery lock. This, as I was told, will be the port for the Piggy-back unit which will have a CF slot, and a VGA out port.

The camera, is also tied up with the MMS Composer for video and stills. One thing that is so nice about it is that if you use the camera hardware button, assuming that you have not remapped it for another application, will launch the Camera software automatically.

To be continued.

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

More Information : [Part 2]


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Posted by Dayim on 26.09.03 - 21:22:20

Carlo, thanks for such detailed article and looking forward for part 2.

Posted by Arne Hess on 28.09.03 - 13:50:43

@Ted Kay: Most accessories like chargers, and batteries will be available as it has been with the previous XDA.  As for the other accessories... well I never got to test them so I can't comment on it.

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

Posted by Robbie on 27.09.03 - 02:13:24

Sorry... I still can't see what I am typing! Anyway... Thank you so much! Keep it coming plz!!!!

Posted by zL on 27.09.03 - 03:49:00

Thank you so much. smile

Looking forward to seeing Part 2 ... smile

Posted by gratefuled on 27.09.03 - 06:13:57

Being impatient and from the USA, is there any reason why I should not by the Europe model-XDA II, prior to US availability?

My understanding is that the Europe model should work fine on my T-Mobile US account. This this accurate?

Posted by Mohd on 27.09.03 - 07:10:23

Great, I can't wait for part 2 wink

Posted by masCh on 27.09.03 - 08:58:48

so.. where are the essentials?

screen details (as good as 3970?)

internal memory


battery life?

Posted by Arne Hess on 27.09.03 - 09:21:52

@masCh: Oh, because of the excitement, I wasn't able to post those but if this will help... The screen was just lovely! Not too strong for me and it feels more like a 2210 screen. The dimmer switch really helps when you view it in total darkness which means it's not as blinding as the old XDA.

Bluetooth is built-in but uses nothing more than the default Microsoft BT interface whih is good for connecting things but not for beaming vCards.

Check out part 2 for other details.

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

Posted by Mark Z on 27.09.03 - 17:33:30

Does the Bluetooth include both Headset and Handsfree profiles so that the device can be used with both BT headsets and recently announced factory installed Automotive Bluetooth handsfree systems?

Posted by lonerjam on 28.09.03 - 04:05:52

nice. cant wait for part 2. maybe you can tell us then when will it be avilable in the phils. and how much is this beautiful baby. smile

Posted by Daimaou @ Akiba.Sorobangeeks on 28.09.03 - 05:59:06

One just little question, I am living in Japan and need to fly back to Europe, I want to buy this PDA as replacing my Nokia 6650 (GSM/UMTS) can this PDA use my U-SIM Card ?, It seems that some 2.5G Phone got Pb with U-SIM card, can any one help me regarding this ?


PS, why on earth we don't have such toy in Japan and why we don't have a GSM-WCDMA XDA II sad

Posted by Ted Kay on 28.09.03 - 07:58:00


I'm unfamiliar with the XDA, having been an Ipaq user up to now, but O2 do seem to have got ahead of the rest. I do need some advice on this unit.

How does the XDA compare with the Ipaq range in terms of features and does in have limitations compared with the Ipaq;Is the XDA compatible with Navigation software such as Tom Tom and Bluetooth GpS;are car chargers available;are spare batteries with stand-alone chargers available ?



Posted by brianh4321 on 28.09.03 - 16:30:20

I think Mark Z hit the nail on the head. The bluetooth headset profiles will open a whole new dimension in the xda capabilities. Will the headset profiles be included in the bluetooth installation?

Posted by Arne Hess on 28.09.03 - 19:09:58

The Bluetooth headset profile is part of the Bluetooth configuration of the xda II! :-) Already seen it live! :-D

Posted by Guan on 28.09.03 - 20:46:33

I got a lot of information about XDA II from this place. Thank you very much.

I am searching for a PDA phone such as XDA, but along the way I searched for the detail information, I become blur because my new PDA with phone has come out such as MDA II, E-ten with almost similar function.

Which one to choose for ? I want to buy one with great performance and the price is the lowest one ?


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