“ O2 XDA Orbit 2 - Windows Mobile Phone - Windows Mobile 6 Professional - Qualcomm MSM7200 400MHz - RAM: 128 MB - ROM: 256 MB - SD Memory Card - 240 x 320 TFT - IrDA, Bluetooth - GPS - digital camera 3 MP - MP3, WMA, MIDI, AMR, M4A „
My place of work started supplying the XDA Orbit2's to members of staff when the touch screen craze started about 18 months ago, so as I have setup over twenty of these devices, so I am in quite a good position to write a review.
In the box you get the handset, Lithium battery, stylus (+ one spare), Mains/USB charger, 2g SD Micro card, basic hands free kit and a basic cloth case.
To install the battery and sim card you need to take the whole back panel by releasing the catch with a small leaver on the bottom of the phone. The SD Micro card (up to 8 gbit) is hot swappable and is inserted under a cover on the right hand side of the device. After installing the bits and bob and charging up the device for a couple of hours, I pushed the on/off button on the top of the phone and waited.
Eventually the first time setup process started which incorporates calibrating the touch screen, setting the date and time and confirming the 3g plan you are on, followed by a quick auto reboot and you're ready to go.
It is quite easy to setup email with the Active Sync software, you just need your address and password and the Guide will search for all the settings, as long as you have a web based account such as hotmail or Gmail.
The front panel of the XDA Orbit2 is quite minimal with four buttons (Windows flag, email, answer call and hang up call) and a navigation wheel under the 2.8" screen.
When you start the phone you are presented with a "Home Screen" this is where you should get used to starting from. Displayed in the main part of the home screen is the clock, call history and any unread emails or txt messages. You can add extra items via settings. Under the main part of the screen there is a menu showing shortcuts to, Home, Contacts, Txt, email, camera, internet, music player, footprint and any other shortcuts you wish to add via settings.
If you haven't used a windows smart phone before it may take you a little while to find your way around as everything is icon based, though when you hold your finger on the icon you also get the name pop up in text.
I will not go through all the functions available on this device as its pretty standard Windows Mobile stuff, but here is a quick list to keep you going: Phone, SMS, Email, Contacts, Calendar, Internet, music player and picture viewer.
Phone: Just press the bottom left button (green, answer call button) to bring up the phone interface which has a quick link to your contacts. Just select a contact and the call is started. I have had no problems with the phone quality; both the microphone and speaker are of good quality. To end the call, just press the bottom right button (re, end call button).
Contacts: there are a multitude of different information fields for you contacts, nice easy to use interface.
SMS, Email: both of these are displayed in a funky "flick away" display, which enables you to scroll through your messages. Just tap on a message to read the complete message.
Calander: Again a nice useable interface with lots of different headings. Of course alarms can be set up as reminders for appointments.
Music Player: Again, another great interface where you can flick through your albums until you find the one you want. There are different filters to help you find what you want, Artist, Song, Album and playlist. The sound on the device itself is adequate but not the loudest in the world.
Picture Viewer: Another "flick" interface with the added pinch to zoom function which has been "borrowed from the iPhone. You can also set up for the pictures to scroll as if in a presentation.
Text Input: there are three different sizes of soft keyboards to use, depending on the size of your fingers, though I find quite difficult to use any of them without making mistakes, unless I use the stylus.
Internet: standard internet browsing, but with the use of the circular ring around the big button you can zoom in and scroll, which makes reading the text slightly easier especially as the screen is quite small.
In general, this is a good phone, a little small for major browsing or watching videos, but good for day to day operations.
The o2 Orbit 2 is a great little phone, having many great features such as email, wireless internet, GPRS, built in sat nav etc. The phone is perfect for business users, having a calender, notes, appointments and sync's to your PC either through bluetooth or the supplied USB cable.
For personal users, the phone has a 3.2mb camera with video capabilities, an mp3 player with large memory,along with all the usual phone features, such as messaging, msm, etc.
The phone software is based on the Windows operating system and therefore is easy to use and is similar to your PC.
At first it can take a while to get used to the phone as it is a touchscreen, so rather than typing out messages on a small keyboard, messages are entered on the on-screen keyboard using the supplied stylus. Alternatively, use the handwriting recognition software to write your messages on screen.
On the 5 years that I have been with o2 I have never had a problem with network connections.