Summary: The O2 XDA Guide is a good Windows Mobile smart phone, but, despite the excellent CoPilot Live 7 navigation software, it doesn't work well as a sat-nav device, due to its small screen and weedy speaker
Pros: Feature-rich; useful scroll wheel; good navigation software.
Cons: Small screen; speaker isn't loud enough for a sat-nav.
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.
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.