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Saturday, December 04, 2004

O2 XDA IIs Reviewed!!!!


Here comes, straight from the Stable of O2, the all new and superb O2 XDA IIs (or shall I call it as O2 XDA III in German Style). Both the previous models from O2 have been hits, specially the XDA II with the first of its kind to have a Bluetooth Support.

The IIs works on 400 MHz processor and preforms good, though there are PDAs which run on either 520 or 624 MHz. The 102 MB of user RAM and 40 MB of non-volatile memory, makes it look (rather work) gorgeous second by second. All the battery life is good and worth a mention.


The XDA IIs is similar in shape and form factor as of XDA II - however the real change in these two models is that in XDA IIs, the front half of the device glides to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard (or for that matter we call it thumbboard) - something which was used as an accessory with XDA II

It has as black matte finish, away from the regular silver colored ones, with a 16-bit colour display. The top layer on the case, just above the display has the two standard buttons along with four additional buttons at the bottom to access Start menu, open the Messaging app and Internet Explorer. The fourth button "Ok" really helps to do a one handed operation.

It also includes the 0.3 Megapixel camera lens in the upper right corner on the back of the device, a loudspeaker in the center on the top of the XDA.

The XDA IIs can be called as Wireless Freako - quad-band GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 MHz with GPRS Class 8 and 10, Blueooth and Wi-Fi 802.11b - will be more than enough for anybody's Wireless games, surfing as well as connectivity. Under the hood, the IIs offers an SDIO capable SD/MMC Card expansion slot, doubles up as a dial-up modem via either serial or USB - courtesy of the bottom connector.

The XDA IIs runs the Second Edition of Microsoft's Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC platform. The O2 Active User Interface offers up handy menus including links to offerings from O2 as well as chalks up points for including easily accessible mute button in Active UI. Wireless Manager utility is for non-power users, while the Enroller application for use with 802.11x-enabled Wi-Fi networks and a MIDlet manager.

To sum it all in few words, the O2 XDA IIs is Jack-of-All-Trades, a real value for those users who want to be connected all the time, for those users who want superb connectivity support, solid performance, an integrated thumbboard and a spacious amount of memory. However the only glitch that I feel, is that its on the heavy side, in terms of the weight.


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