O2 XDA II
25th October 2003
The O2 XDA II starts to ship in November
2003, according to O2. By all accounts, the XDA II is
a huge improvement over the first O2 XDA model.
To begin with, there's a complete
software upgrade, taking the O2 XDA II to Windows Mobile
2003 for Pocket PC. It has a 400MHz Xscale processor
and a huge 128Mb RAM.
On the hardware side, the O2 XDA II
has a 640x480 pixel digital camera, and it has
a large 240x320 screen in 65,000 colours. Memory
expansion can be done with SD and MMC cards. The
O2 XDA II measures 130x70x19 mm and weighs 190 grams,
which is fairly standard for a PDA but makes this large
and heavy for a phone.
The original XDA suffered from short battery
life, but the O2 XDA II is a lot better. Talk time
is up to 5 hours, and standby time is about seven days making
the XDA II much more practical for the business market.
Also with businesses in mind, the XDA
II comes as a tri-band phone, and it comes with
GPRS, Bluetooth and infra-red. If you have an original
XDA, then it might well be worth considering upgrading
to the O2 XDA II. If you're in the market for a really
smart smartphone, then the XDA II is well worth a look
The XDA II is one of a whole series
of recent phones that pushes back the boundaries between
different electronic devices. As yes, no one device
is perfect. This one has strengths in music playback,
PDA functions and connectivity, but the lack of a keypad
would prove irritating to many. Still, it's a very good
alternative to looking for a PDA such as an HP iPAQ
because the mobile functions are integrated. All in
all, a great improvement for O2's UK customers.