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XDA II EXCLUSIVE: Photos and Screen Shots - Part 2
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - on Saturday, 27.09.03 - 08:49:59 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 8436x
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As promised here is the second part of that O2 XDA II Exclusive wherein I was able to talk to a friend from O2 who brought this near final model to the Philippines.

As I said, I was able to play around with this live unit and explored it pretty well.

Although the unit I previewed was only fitted with 128MB of RAM and 32MB of ROM, I was told by the representative of O2 that it will indeed be fitted with 128MB RAM plus a sizeable ROM at 64MB, the reason for this ROM upsizing is that they want to include more applications that will make the XDA II extremely useable out of the box.

This XDA II was also fitted with probably the latest ROM version as it shows in the screenhot above.

As it was mentioned in other articles that have circulated throughout the Internet, the XDA II will be equipped with a 16-bit Transflective TFT screen. In addition to that they also added a Brightness Level Setting panel which is far better than the previous XDA which only had on and off as an option.

Other nifty imprpvements are the inclusion of a Modem Settings Option for setting the XDA II as a modem for a laptop.

As you can see it even has a selector for choosing either Class8 or Class 10 GPRS.

The backup battery is meant to keep data intact while replacing themain battery or when attachning the Piggy-back Unit.

Just like the previous XDA, Ringtones ca be loaded up by this utility which searches the XDA for possible ringtones to use.

Below are more screen shots to complete the exclusive converage I did with this particular device.

Price range? Expect this device to be priced at about US$ 850.00. Availability, really soon.

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

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Posted by Rob Ellis on 12.10.03 - 14:43:13

Info from an o2 store - the O2 XDAII will probably be the same price as the original XDA when it was released - around GBP£500.  The current price of the XDA is a reduction from over a year on the market.  Remember that within two months of release, the XDA was dropped in price by £100 - so maybe its worth waiting.

Posted by Arne Hess on 28.09.03 - 13:56:42

@Daryl M: Yes they are not consistent as we hard reset the unit several times and never bothered to set the date or time.

Also, some of the screenshots I did were done with a different Today theme that was very dark red... and some were done with the Green Windows Mobile theme... Remember, I didn't have much time to play around with this unit so I had to make do with what was offered to me... :-)

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

Posted by masCh on 27.09.03 - 09:12:58

oh nevermind my other post in Part 1.. its here! =P

so any more details about the bluetooth? Is it limited? Can you play MP3 files and listen thru a BT headset?

Can you set an MP3 to be the ringtone?

Posted by fadi on 27.09.03 - 09:55:54

thanks v nice review ,,, keep it coming

can you assign Pic or ring tones for a callers?

Did you test the bluetooth?

thanks again

Posted by Arne Hess on 27.09.03 - 10:08:43

@fadi: Yes you can. It has IA Caller ID built-in.

Sadly we were not able to test the BT since we didn't have any BT headset available.

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

Posted by Mars on 27.09.03 - 15:30:34

Dear Carlo:

  Can u tell me how to shot the screen of PDA to desktop PC.

Install Software? Or PDA has included the function

Posted by Irfan Soneji on 27.09.03 - 16:03:54

Dear Carlo,

Can you tell me where I can buy one ?

Also I take that for 802.11b support you would a SDIO ? As it's not built in?

Finally is the GSM still 900/1800 or is there 1900MHz support for US as well..?

Posted by Arne Hess on 27.09.03 - 16:33:24

@Irfan Soneji: Yes it can use an SD Wi-Fi card as it is SDIO equipped.

And yes it can be used in the US because it is Tri-band which supoorts 900/1800 MHz for Asia and Europe and 1900MHz for USA.

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

Posted by Tekguru on 27.09.03 - 17:10:23

What is the sound level like - hopefully much louder than the current range of iPAQ machines?

Posted by Arne Hess on 27.09.03 - 17:33:00

@Tekguru: Sound is similar to the h2210 as I had them both running side by side.

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

Posted by David on 27.09.03 - 19:07:54

Will the connector be the same as the XDA1 for the new XDA2.   I have many accessories for my XDA... car charger, extra ac, serial adapter.


Posted by Scott R on 27.09.03 - 19:28:17

Any sample photos taken with the built-in camera?  I've heard that it might actually be decent.

Posted by Tom Huseby on 28.09.03 - 00:32:33

I noticed that the modem utility only showed cabled and infra-red.  Can the unit use bluetooth to act as a wireless modem?  Most other bluetooth phones can do this (i.e. Sony Ericsson T68, P800, Nokia...).

Posted by Tom Huseby on 28.09.03 - 01:35:59

The ROM version of the unit you tested said USA.. Anyone find it at least a little suprising for a phone that's suppost to come out first in Europe?

Posted by Mitchell Waite on 28.09.03 - 01:54:41

The only weakness is the touch screen keyboard. This approach has been panned regularly for giving no tactile feedback. The diminutive Handspring Treo 600 is geting a lot of attention because it has a full  QWERTY keyboard, phone, camera, web browser, SD and MMC, and palm in one small unit. "This new product line combines a smaller, more phone-like design with a full QWERTY keyboard that is small enough to fit on this compact device but still big enough to enter text quickly and accurately." Only bummer is its a Palm :0

I wonder what the battery life is on this XDA?

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