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O2 XDA Exec Mini s (HTC Wizard)
I have had this phone now for 12 months on a contract with O2. The phone is a slide design with pullout keyboard keeping in line with the majority of designs of the traditional PDA phone look.
The size is not bad with the dimensions being approximately L x W x D 108 x 58 x 23 mm. It does however appear a bit on the "chunky" due to the slide out keyboard. The screen displays at resolutions of 320x240 so it's not that bad but lacks the clarity of other pocket pc resolutions of other PDA's that have been produced.
The phone runs Windows Mobile 5 Pocket pc. It includes software to allow you to SMS, MMS, Email, and Instant Messaging.The XDA Mini s includes pocket office applications (Pocket Word, Powerpoint and Excel) so you can create documents that are compatable with Microsoft Office and Open Office.
The keyboard is small but very usable even with my big fingers although to type numeric entries you have to press a function key to access these as they share the same keys as the top line of a qwertyy keyboard.
The phone can sync with Microsoft outlook via Microsoft Activesync although I recommend you use activesync 4.5 or greater as there are known issues with this pocket pc with prior versions of Microsoft activesync.
The operation is pretty much like other windows mobile devices there are programs that user of Microsoft Windows and Office will be familiar with. There is a start menu from which you can launch applications such as Word, Excel, Outlook and Internet explorer so you can get your email and SMS/MMS on the move. There are also other programs such as contacts which you cam enter phone number, addresses and contact details.
The phone charges via the mini usb port located on the bottom side of the phone which also doubles as the data transfer to another pc.
You can use Wi Fi to connect to a local hotspot to do some internet surfing at home/work and the display is ok although the screen does feel a little small. It's also better to use pocket opera rather than pocket internet explorer as I find it renders the pages much faster and the look more like the site as you would view it on a laptop of descktop pc.
The software titles available for pocket pc is immense there are loads out there most of the types of software such as databases and small applicatios are freeware and relatively straight forward to install. There is also a mini SD card socket to increase the size of storage vailable for the xda mini s to use.
A nice compact QWERTY keyboard which is functional although can become tiresome if typing long documents due to its compact size.
USB Mini input/output port
Its feels quite a thick phone but this is because of the slide out keyboard.
The web browser is Internet explorer I prefer Opera it's much faster at displaying the pages.
When the Wifi is turned on the battery will drain rapidly.
The keyboard can be a bit fiddly at time to use but in my opionion its easier to use than the traditional keyboards available to most phones in my opionion.
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I got the O2 Mini XDA II s mobile phone for a bargain price off O2's website - £49.99 @ £19/month for 12 months. There is NO way it can be had at a lower price. So that is one up for this PDA phone.
The performance of this phone is so slow, and it just freezes. Sometimes I feel like smashing it. But of course the correct solution is to hit the reset button, which is not ideal. Which brings me to the next point. After the reset, it will take about 2 minutes before it will be ready.
Features wise, it is pretty much Windows Mobile, so if you are a PDA user, there is nothing much to say about it. Other than it is SLOW. The main selling point for this PDA is that it comes with a QWERTY keyboard which makes typing really easy and fast. This is very important, as the touch screen is not that good, and it is made worse when I put a screen protector on. This with the sluggish performance makes using the touch screen a pain.
Call quality is not too good on this. There is static and cracks in the sound of the other party. It seems to me that the reception on this unit is not too good when placed side by side with an SE K750i. However, there are no complains from the other side about my voice, which is an improvement over the Mini XDA.
The camera on this thing sucks big time. Even though it is a 1MP one; pictures taken just lack color and contrast.
It does come with a mini SD slot, but no card. I installed the mini SD card that came with my Sanyo S700i.
The sound on this thing is GREAT! It actually has stereo speakers. And if you plug in the headset, you can actually damage your hearing with it at maximum volume. The bass is surprisingly good for a non-Sony unit. The only thing that is lacking is a radio, and that is me just picking at it.
Despite all my moaning, I still like the features of the phone. You could not really go wrong with a PDA based phone if that is what you need. I would recommend it to LIGHT USERS only, as heavy users will kill themselves (or it) because of its sluggish performance. It has WiFi so you do not need to use an expensive GPRS if you are in a WiFi area. It is well worth the money, since it cost only £49.99 and £19/month for 12 months.
Ok this is my first review so if its a bit confusing I'll say sorry now, I'll give it my best. OK here we go.
Well the XDA 2 it really is a great piece of work. First of I'll give you a list of the ins and outs.
1) It has a huge screen which pretty much takes up the whole phone.
2) There is no keypad for you to get your fingers round.
3) It is all touch screen that also comes along with a small pen type that just slots into the top of the phone.
4) Very easy to use, I will admit it is quite big BUT it will fit in to the side pocket of your handbag or in the inside pocket of your coat.
5) It has Internet on it.
6) It has a video camera.
7) Very easy to use and figure out.
8) It has games.
That is just a small list of what this phone has it has a whole lot more.
I have the phone in front of me so I'll tell you some more but with alot more detail.
The phone is silver and has 3 buttons under the screen the 2 side button are for your phone calls answering and ending. The middle button is for the joy pad mainly for searching through the menus if you choose not to use the pen. It measures 14cm in length, 8cm wide and 3 cm thick, now i know it sounds like a bit of a brick but you really have to hold and see one to know that its not as bad as it sounds. On the top end of the phone above the screen is another 2 button one in each corner, the first one is for the contacts instead of going all the way through the phone to get to them all you need to is touch this button. The other button is for your calendar same idea just a shortcut. on the top of the phone is the on an of button when you turn it on all you need do it touch the screen and away you go. Like every other phone on the bottom of the phone is where the charger goes. On the side of the phone you have got 2 buttons and a up and down slide switch, the top button is for getting in to your notes which can be hand written using the pen (which i always find myself doodling on) the bottom button is the camera when the camera is on you will see 3 tiny boxes in the corner 1 has a picture of a camera which can be touched to chance over from camera to video recorder, another box which has a picture that is pretty much the same as a folder you touch this if you want to get in to the photos you've already taken and the last box has a picture of a screwdriver and a spanner this is for the camera settings. On the back of the phone the top quarter is black this is where the camera lens is. On the other part of the phone it is silver this is the slide off part for getting to the battery and sim card.
This phone has many features I'll do a list this will make it easier to understand.
1) START menu which is exactly the same as a P.C. When you get into the start menu you will notice everything you would get on the P.C (near enough)
The start menu has these features :-
Today - takes you back to the main screen
Active - Which gives you all your Internet options
Active sync - This allow you to connect to your P.C by USB
Contacts - This is all your phone numbers, which is also very good as you can store names, addresses, work details and have a photo for each of your contacts.
Inbox - This is where you will find your messages that you have been sent.
Internet explorer - This allow you to access the Internet on your phone and browse the web
Notes - This you can hand write on the screen and put what you want to put.
Task - Just like any other phone this allows you to set yourself targets
Ultra profiler - This is to set your profiles for your phone
Windows media player - Everyone knows what this is and for those who don't this is so you can listen to music or watch films on your phone.
Programs - This contains all your folders (documents, msn messenger, photo albums, Microsoft word, e.t.c.)
Settings - This allow you to change the settings on your phone and Internet settings.
Find - This allows you to find files on your phone if you can't find them anywhere else.
Help - This is there incase you need help working out what the phone does.
The only thing I've found a problem with was the charger because I only got the USB charger so for me to charge my phone everytime i have to plug it into the computer, so if my phone goes flat while the comps off i have to turn the computer back on.
But the really good thing about the phone is you can use it as your camera for the P.C
Like most phones they can be very pricey but you can get them for a slightly good price but like everything you have to shop around a bit.
I bought mine for £100 of a friend. The cheapest I've seen them for is around £150-200 and that was out the ad-mag you can buy them on ebay too for a bit of a price of £250-350. But with the amount of features you get this is well worth every penny (or pound. lol)
My opinion it that I would tell anyone to get one.
I got my XDA II a few months ago now, before the XDAIIi and XDAIIs came out. In short I'm very happy with my purchase, not only does it do all the cool phone functions I want but It also does a load of really cool pocket PC stuff.
So here's Tom's list of fun things to do with an XDAII:
Firstly try out http://www.handango.com, you can download a bunch of cool games and software straight away and pay online. I got Age of Empires and Sim City there. Two nice games which you can play on the go.
Not willing to pay any more money? Try out http://www.tucows.com, they have a variety of shareware and freeware products that you can either have for free or with limited trials. I got a bunch fo arcade style games from there and some additions to the software.
Fun software I found on tucows.com include picture editing software (it's fun to draw moustaches on the people you've just taken a picture of with the XDAII's modest camera), a lovely little timer so I know how long I've been boiling that egg for (the XDA can replace ever other gadget you ever had!) and, yep, some more games.
You can also find some writing software that allows you to write more easily. There's software that blows the keyboard up to the size of the screen with only a single line preview of what you're typing. This means you can type with your hands rather than the silly little stick.
So try out those websites, and remember that the XDA can do so much more with the right software :)
Bought one a couple of months ago. Fully loaded - well happy, use it as a mobile office as well as a SAT NAV having loaded Tomtom Navigator 3 onto it. Its got the lot - email, internet access, Word, Excel, PDF viewer, a decent digital camera and obviously its a phone! Only thing missing is wireless LAN but the Active Syn is adequate for file exchange.
I went for the buy it for £130 and go on an O2 200 package (£30 a month for 12 months). 400 free mins for first 3 months then 200 mins free each month cross network.
I bought the Aluminium case to protect it - strongly recommend due to exposed screen susceptible to damage quite easily especially if you're as clumsy as I am! I've already dropped it 3 times and without it it would probably have been a gonner!