Re: O2 XDA II opinions
From: Michael Gerbasio (mwgerbasio_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2004 10:15:55 -0400
I was using the HP4150 with a Sony-Ericsson T610; bluetooth on both. Having
two devices, I'd prefer two, just doesn't provide the integration between a
PDA and phone I wanted. It was a tough choice between the XDAII and
Blackberry. Came down to bluetooth and more applications for the XDA
including voice command. I bought mine about a week ago.
The XDA II was purchased from gsmphonesources and it came in a day or two as
promised. This is probably the best phone I've had, and I've been using
cell phones for at least ten years. The sound is loud and clear for
incoming and outgoing, has a speaker phone and rf performance is much better
then my T610. With MS voice command, using it is very easy, making calls,
checking email, very good integration.
No problems using the PDA; PocketPC doesn't seem to be missing anything nor
is it noticeably slower than my HP4150. I don't listen to music, watch
movies or play games so I can't comment on those features. I have loaded up
some third party software and find I have to soft reset every day or two, no
big deal. If I don't soft reset, MS voice command gets screwy. Once in a
while a freeware app seems to lockup again fixed with a soft reset.
The one feature I do miss is built-in wi-fi. Having said that, I see why
this device is lacking it - battery power. I just make it through an entire
work day with the XDA, wi-fi would probably kill it before I left home.
I've had problems keeping the gprs running with MS Messenger when the device
is in "standby" (device is off but phone/data is on). Also, it seems to
turn on my device when checking email at set intervals. I think these are
fixed in later rom versions.
Last comment, the XDAII, MDAII and i-mate are all the same hardware platform
but using different versions of software by the phone vendors. With the
i-mate, you can get the software revisions much faster than with the branded
version of the phone. The roms can be hacked easily to load on the other
platforms, but I'm not risking it. Battery life is improved with the later
rom versions, I've heard as much as 20% improvement.
I wouldn't go back to just a phone and will be putting up my HP on ebay this
week. Cons: expensive, heavy/large when compared to a phone only and just
passable battery life.
"Pete" <NOSPAM.firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Hi there,
> I'm curious to know people's thoughts on the XDA II. I currently have an
> iPAQ 5550 and I'm quite happy with it.
> However, I'm attracted to the GSM aspect of the XDA. Feature wise, the XDA
> probably packs more of a punch on paper, with the exception of built-in
> (the XDA support wifi card), the XDA doubles as my phone (saving me
> the phone with me), accepts CF cards and a built-in camera (although I
> really need it).
> So, money aside, would the XDA be a good purchase or should I stick with
> iPAQ? (I know it's ultimately my decision, but I do value the opinions of
> others so am happy to weigh it all up).