Advantages Phone & PDA in 1, Crammed with features...
Disadvantages Expensive, poor battery life, bugs in software
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GLOSSARY (LEARNING TO SUCK EGGS)
Bluetooth - Wireless 2 way data transfer medium (Quite secure and very
RAM - Random Access Memory: How much information it will hold
MHz - MegaHertz - 1 million clock cycles per second, very fast for a
PDA - Personal Digital Assistant: Essentially an electronic filofax
TFT _ Thin Film Transistor: display method which allows the screen to
be seen well in most light conditions
OUTLOOK 2003 - The Microsoft Corporation's e-mail and personal
organiser platform for the home computer
Alright then, lets get the blurb out of the way first... The XDA2 from
O2 is one of the newest generation of mobile/organiser devices on the
market. It incorporates a fast 404MHz processor and 128MB RAM /to store
your programs. Powered by Microsoft Windows Pocket PC 2003 operating
system it handles the tasking of being a mobile phone and a PDA
Lightweight with an anodised aluminium body gives the feeling that the
unit will stand up to quite a few drops and scrapes. It has a 65,000
colour touch sensitive TFT screen which is a major improvement (so I am
told) over the original XDA - even with the backlight off, the screen is
easily seen. With the backlight on it provides crisp and clear images
that displays photos perfectly. Oh, and there is no aerial anymore, it
has been removed on the XDA2 (as opposed to the original XDA) and
placed inside the top portion of the body.. pretty cool!
There are four buttons on the face of the device, two of which are
customisable the Contacts and Calendar, a green button to answer a call (or
switch straight to the dialling mode) and a red button to end a call or
disconnect from the internet.
THE MANUAL AND SOFTWARE INCLUDED
The manuals and quick start guides are very comprehensive and tell you
everything you would want to know about the operation of the XDA2.
Unfortunately, who wants to read a manual the size of a small telephone
directory to play? If you can stomach it you will find, if you have owned
a pocket PC before, everyting is self explanatory and nothing has
changed... if you haven't then it's worth sitting down without the manual
and having a play yourself - how else will you find out how it works!!!!
On top of the unit is the memory expansion slot, the XDA takes 2, very
much alike, media formats known as SD (Secure Digital) and MM
(Multimedia) Cards. The cards are about the size of a UK postage stamp and
allow anything from 8MB upto 1GB extra to be stored on them and freely
accessed by the XDA2 as a seperate storage medium.
You may also add programs by downloading them off the internet from
such sites as www.pocketpc.com or www.handango.com using your home
computer then Synchronising your XDA2 to transfer... much easier than it
AS A PHONE
Like a 1980 throwback to be caught with this thing to your ear whilst
talking may be very embarassing, you also may need those few extra
sessions in the gym in order to hold a prolonged conversation. The
manufacturers have, fortunately, thought about this and included a fully
functional stereo hands free kit (With Connect and Disconnect Buttons) and the
facility for a speakerphone option during a call by simply holding down
the green call button for a few seconds. There is one final option:
Bluetooth Headsets, by purchasing and "pairing" your device with the XDA
you have a wireless solution (But with greatly reduced battery life...
think about the trade off!)
Finally, when making or accepting a call you may turn off the unit or even use
the PDA functions of the XDA2 all without affecting your call, to end the call just press the red button. To turn the phone off you just simply tap on the network signal icon and select 'flight mode'.
Another problem is that the phone function has no voice dialling, which considering it should be on your belt or in your pocket when out travelling, would have been very handy. The 'flight mode' method of keeping the phone turned off can make you forget that the phone is actually off... I have missed many calls in this way!AS A PDA
Also incorporated is a 640x480 resolution digital camera/video camera with sound recording and playback and an album facility for storage and viewing of pictures. The camera has several features including sunlight, low light, fluorescent - so even in a variety of environments you can get picture perfect, the viewfinder is the whole screen!!!There are, unfortunately, again several niggles which make this not all perfect, this seems to be the major downfall of the design - read on.
Occasionally when closing down programs that are running you will occasionally get a screen flash up "Unhandled Shell Error" at which the XDA2 will soft reset and any programs running will be terminated whilst the device reboots... very annoying! In order to overcome I have been informed by O2 that you should download a firmware update from their approved website (Over 19.6MB!). I have done this, waited 4 hours for the firmware to upgrade but there is still no difference - in my opinion it is just one of those glitches that will remain.OVERALL
Thankyou very much for taking the time to read and I look forward to your comments.
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