Excerpt: Soon to be released by O2 Germany and recently announced by HTC , the O2 Xda cosmo (previously known as HTC Excalibur and now, also known as HTC S620) is something completely new for HTC since it follows the BlackBerry idea - a mobile phone with a QWERTY keyboard as also available by Motorola as the Motorola Q and Samsung as the Samsung SGH-i320. Feature-wise, the Xda cosmo includes everything you might expect from a state of the art Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone.
Conclusion: A good texting/emailing device for the Windows Mobile lovers, with a very good battery. This might not be as good as the blackberry’s for emails, the iphone’s for toys or better at taking pictures than the 5-8MP phones out there, but as an all rounder it fairs well. All in all, a robust phone on a robust platform.
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PHOTOVIEW: O2 Xda Guide Windows Mobile Professional Smartphone
27 January 2009
Excerpt: Late last December, O2 Germany announced the upcoming launch of the O2 Xda Guide , which is planned for mid of February. Running on running Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, the Xda Guide (which is based on the HTC Iolite ) will replace O2 Germany's Xda orbit 2 . The Xda Guide is announced to come in an O2 exclusive design and is powered by a Qualcomm MSM 7225 CPU at 528 MHz.
Conclusion: Don’t get me wrong, it is quick, stable, and full featured, and hopefully the faults that I found are test device specific. The overall spec and screen coupled with that processor do make it very good value for money. Just not for me.
Conclusion: Looks and feel are good, and the dual sliding mechanism is both clever and useful. But the internal specs aren’t what they could be, and this lets the show down.
Pros: The small if chunky design of the O2 Xda Venn is comfy in the hand at 106x51x21.6mm, but the star of this particular show is the dual-slide mechanism that's firm and solid both ways. The buttons are fairly easy to use all round, although those with hands the size of King Kong's might find it all a bit cramped. Battery life was better than the average for this type of device, and while there isn’t a great amount of built-in storage there’s a slot that supports microSD ...
Cons: Specs-wise this handset is way behind the times. There’s no Wi-Fi, no touchscreen, and as a smartphone Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard providing the capability is a bit long in the tooth. There’s no app store for downloading stuff over the air, and you can’t even create documents from scratch in Office Mobile – you can only edit pre-existing ones. We aren’t sure the screen is really the ideal smartphone size, either. At 2.4 inches it is just too small for much multimedia-...
PHOTOVIEW: O2 Xda diamond Windows Mobile Professional Smartphone
14 May 2008
Excerpt: Together with today's launch of the HTC Touch Diamond , I also had the chance to get my hands on a brand new, also just announced, German O2 Xda diamond which is the same device like HTC's Diamond but in a slightly different design. However, it follows the same design principals by being thin and squarish but unlike HTC's Diamond version, the Xda diamond has a flat "soft-touch" battery cover.