you are unable to connect your X1 to the O2 network,
new X1 is a stylish clamshell handset with a camera,
tightly integrated into the O2 Active service.
It weighs just 80 grams and comes with all the usual
features of this class of phone, including a 640x480
pixel camera. The O2 X1 is 89 x 48 x 24m which is about
the standard for a clamshell (images is actual size
on a 72dpi monitor), although it is quite light. Talktime
is up to 5 hours with a standby time of up to 3 days.
polyphonic ringtones, Java, a good colour screen and
the usual bells and whistles that go into a quality clamshell
phone make the X1 an nice looking choice in pure
technical terms, but O2's pitch with the X1 is the
low price. In the UK it will be around £50 with a contract,
£170 for pay-as-you-go. In Ireland prices start
at €109 for a contract and €199 for prepay. German phones
are around €80 with a contract.
What's clear is that there's a huge battle amongst
UK networks to provide fully functioning high-end clamshells
tightly tied into the network's value-added functions.
With Vodafone there's the rather expensive Sharp GX20,
and Orange are looking pretty good with the LG
7100. However, it looks like the O2 X1 has the advantage
on price at the moment, and certainly it's a pretty
looking handset too which will help.