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Friday, January 14, 2011

HTC HD7 Pro Hits European Shelves Next Week

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 01:00 AM

HTC's HD7 Pro is the first landscape slider model in the WP7 line-up, and is due to hit the streets in Germany next week. Unlike the pic above, O2 Germany's version will sport a QWERTZ keyboard, and will be offered for €22 with two year contract, or €599 unlocked. Here's hoping the rollout goes global soon.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

UK Carriers Support Windows Phone 7 Release

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 01:00 PM

Alex Reeve, Director, Mobile Business Group, Microsoft UK, said: “Following our announcement at Mobile World Congress that Orange will be our lead partner, it is wonderful now to have all of the UK’s network operators supporting the launch of Windows Phone 7. This means we can provide network choice and also a range of phones across networks for customers to choose from, all with the power of Windows Phone 7. We are thrilled to be working in partnership with these major industry players.”

The news regarding Windows Phone 7 is starting to come at an increasing pace. Recently, news of the semi-official release date for Windows Phone 7 in Europe and the US have come to light. We've also heard that Microsoft will not be supporting CDMA carriers such as Verizon and Sprint in the US. However, in the UK all major carriers (Orange, O2, Vodafone, T-Mobile and Three) will be offering Windows Phone 7 devices when it launches. This is great news for UK consumers. As a US consumer, I can only hope that Microsoft will be able to bring CDMA support as soon as posssible. It will take support from carriers around the world to help Microsoft gain ground on their rivals.

Friday, November 13, 2009

4WinMobile Posts Comprehensive HD2 Review

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 01:00 PM

"I've been honoured to have the HD2 in daily use for the last six weeks (thanks O2) and I'm very impressed with all aspects of its design and function - The Sense tabs that replace the Titanium interface work beautifully well and the deeper integration that HTC have done to hide the somewhat finger unfriendly WM6.5 interface make the device a joy to use - and yes I can say that the stylus has not been missed at all. The speed of the HD2 has to be seen to be believed (videos to follow) everything feels fast and smooth from the transitional tab navigation in the Sense screen to the speed of scanning photos in flow mode, or flicking through large pictures in the Album itself. Transitions from portrait to landscape modes in applications is nigh on instant and the same can be said when zooming in and out of photographs using the two finger pinch system. At one point I actually found I had fourteen applications loaded in the background (including heavyweight items like the Album) and there was no slow down in operation and no applications had auto-closed in the background. During the time I've used the HD2 there have been no problems with the device heating up or behaving in an adverse manner in any way."

I normally don't like to quote as much as I did above from 4WinMobile's review. However you can believe me when I say that I'm not quoting any more than my normal percentage! This thing is massive! And with more screenshots than you can shake a stick at (ANY stick.. large or small), it is worth a read. And I'm fairly sure it would make even the most ardent iPhone supporter admit that the UI is quite nice!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

HD2's First Official Appearance?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 11:00 AM

"We've been furnished with the above page from an O2 in-store catalog detailing the HTC HD2 (aka Leo), which was set for a UK release on October 12 (though we're hearing that may have slipped to the 26th). Interesting that it's pictured with a stock Windows Mobile 6.5 UI instead of TouchFLO 3D."

HD2, the name now popular for the Leo, appears to be on track for O2 UK - including this possible catalog image that's leaked out. Looks good for my friends across the pond to pick one of these up soon, if they so desire.

Tags: uk, leo, htc, o2, hd2

Monday, September 28, 2009

HD2, HTC Leo, Launches on O2 on October 12

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 07:30 AM

"A trusted tipster with a proven past just gave us the launch day scoop on the hotly anticipated HTC Leo. A Windows Mobile 6.5 handset we recently spied with HD2 branding and a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display with 800x480 resolution -- a pixel density that should give plenty of room for finger-friendly TouchFlo 3D navigation"

Looks like the Leo, or the HD2, or whatever it wants to call itself, may be showing up in the UK as early as October 12. Those on O2 may want to be aware if they're interested in replacing an aging device. Or just want another one to play with!

UPDATE: And MAN is that thing fast! Engadget reported yesterday that benchmarks are showing it to have about a 300% increase in raw CPU speed over the original HTC Touch HD!

Tags: hardware, leo, htc, o2, hd2

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

4WinMobile Reviews O2 XDA Guide

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 02:30 PM

"Over recent years O2 announced and brought to the marketplace the Orbit 2 and Ignito devices which featured: 3Mpixel cameras, fast processors, large RAM / ROM, GPS, Quad band phone, Touch interface, etc. The range has now been extended with the svelte and small Xda Guide which is engineered as a fully functional phone with a definite slant towards GPS and navigation use."

4WinMobile has an extremely comprehensive review of the O2 Xda Guide, which looks like a decent little device. Head on over for a boatload of images, and discussion on practically every aspect of the device. A tempting device for those in O2's realm, for sure.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

O2 Germany Plans to Launch Toshiba TG01

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 08:00 PM

Toshiba's TG01 is coming... to Germany, at least. The folks at O2 Germany have just announced that the white TG01 will be available sometime this summer, but are keeping mum on the price. No word yet on whether the TG01 will surface elsewhere, but we're willing to bet that it will, and we'll let you know as soon as we hear more.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

O2's Xda Guide Poses for the Camera

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:40 PM

If you don't mind a mere 2.8" QVGA touch screen and just dual-band UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA connectivity, then there are plenty of reasons to love the Xda Guide. Our pal, Arne, at the::unwired has taken some great shots of the device. Click for a peek at the gallery.

Tags: hardware, guide, htc, o2, xda, iolite

Monday, December 22, 2008

O2 Germany Announces New Xda Guide Smartphone

Posted by Paul Martin in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 02:00 AM

"O2 Germany today announced the new O2 Xda Guide, its latest Xda smartphone running Windows Mobile 6.1 which will replace the Xda orbit 2. The Xda Guide comes in an O2 exclusive design and is running on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. The Xda Guide is powered by a Qualcomm MSM 7225 CPU at 528 MHz and features GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA in addition to Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi b/g and GPS. The Xda Guide comes with a 2.8" QVGA touchscreen and sports a 3.2 megapixel camera, 256 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM which can be expanded by microSD cards. A 1 GB microSD card is part of the sales package and holds TomTom Navigator 7 (with maps for Germany, Austria and Switzerland). The O2 Xda Guide will be available exclusive from O2 Germany from February next year. A price wasn't given today."

The new Xda Guide looks like a nice device, especially with the included GPS mapping setup with TomTom. As Arne Hess notes above in his the::unwired coverage, it will replace the outgoing Xda Orbit 2. It receives an upgrade of double capacity for both RAM and ROM, as well as the 6.1 Windows Mobile OS and a faster CPU. While you can get the 6.1 upgrade for the Orbit 2 free from O2 Germany, the upgrade only includes Opera Mobile 8.65, while the new Xda Guide offers Opera Mobile 9.5. You can check out the original German press release at the O2 Germany site.

Tags: guide, o2, xda

Monday, December 1, 2008

O2 Xda Zest Reviewed

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 08:10 AM

"I'm not going to beat about the bush here, I'll just come right out with it. I just love the O2 XDA Zest. I am fortunate as a WM reviewer to have a good selection of the latest devices to hand and the Zest is my device of the moment. I have an HTC Touch Pro, an HTC Touch Diamond and several other high spec devices sat gathering dust on my shelf while the Zest goes in my pocket every morning and back on charge every night. I've been trying to figure out just why I find the Zest better than the smaller flashier Diamond for example and I think it all comes down to O2 and ASUS having found the perfect balance of hardware and software. On paper the Zest is not the best device in stores at the moment, and it's not the prettiest, but it's just so easy to use (once you replace the SIP keyboard that is). It’s complete. The fact that O2 have launched the Zest as their first PAYG XDA as well is utterly amazing. £250 for what in my opinion is the most usable device on the market today? That's just a bargain, and to be frank, you should all go and buy two today (everyone needs a spare!)."

4WinMobile has reviewed the ASUS-built Xda Zest and given it a whopping 91%. If you're looking for a device that hasn't been touched by the hands of HTC, this may fit the bill.

Tags: review, asus, o2, xda, zest

Sunday, March 30, 2008

MWg Slaps Logo on Existing UbiQUiO Device

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:50 PM

I miss the days when O2 Asia-Pacific would work with the ODMs to release devices worthy of making the rest of the world jealous. That was before it crumbled and became MWg. Now, the company has re-released the UBiQUiO 503g as its own, which is a far cry from its predecessor's innovative releases, but at least this device has its fair share of features to make up for it. The QWERTY Professional (Pocket PC) device packs an Intel PXA270 520MHz CPU, 96MB RAM, 192MB ROM, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA connectivity, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, front and rear cameras, a 2.4" QVGA touch screen capable of displaying 262K colours, and a microSD slot. Anyone interested?

Tags: asia, mwg, o2, pacific, ubiquio, 503g

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