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Friday, May 05, 2006

O2XDA Atom

For about a grand, you get a PDA phone running on Microsoft's Widows Mobile 5.0 OS, so you get a multimedia machine with excellent handwriting recognition and configurable hotkeys. Positioned as a sort of successor to O2's XDA Mini, you get a lot of other goodies, such as a 2MP camwith a LED flash and video recording capabilities and a ton of connectivity options with Tri-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE, Bluetooth, Infrared, and Wi-Fi. All packed into a compact black package that's around 6mm shorter thatn the Mini.

Well, given that they stuffed so much tech in such a small package, it looks all good on paper. After using it for a week, there are few things e found out: The 2MP cam;s shots are good enough for a mobile, but the refresh rates can be frustrating with the way the screen chops all over tha place, so forget about trying to shoot anything moving. The mini-SD card slot makes any other regular SD cards you might have on you just aboutas useful as stale bread, and finally, the 2.55 mm jack means that you can't use your regular sized high-end buds to improve audio quality.

With dozens of features and connectivity options, the small Atom packs a pretty powerful punch. The choppy 2MP cam is a downer though.

OS: MS Windows mobile 5.0
Memory: 128 MB + Mini SD slot
Display: 2.7", 262K color, TFT LCD
Camera: 2MP
Connectivity: GPRS/EDGE/Bluetooth/IrDA/Wi-Fi
Dimensions/Weight: 58x102x18.5mm/140g


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