O2 Xda II mini

O2 Xda II mini

Summary: Following the recent launch of the Xda IIs and Xphone II and a lot of speculative buzz over the II mini, O2 today finally unveiled its latest and smallest PDA-phone to date.

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O2 Xda II mini Following the recent launch of the Xda IIs and Xphone II and a lot of speculative buzz over the II mini, O2 today finally unveiled its latest and smallest PDA-phone to date.

The Pocket PC device touts to offer the best compromise between form and function for mobile users, and has been designed to appeal to the female segment which has traditionally skirted around PDA-phones due to their bulkiness.

Upside: The first thing that catches the eye is, well, the Xda II mini's tiny form factor, particularly when placed next to its heftier sibling, the Xda IIs. According to O2, the Xda II mini is about two-thirds the size of the Xda II and weighs just 150g, making it a far more portable PDA-phone for frequent travelers. The matt silver-white finishing on the exterior adds to the overall clean and comfortable touch and feel, although our first impression is that the mini somewhat lacks the design elegance of the earlier Xda offerings.

Impressively, O2 manages to equip the Xda II mini with a faster 416MHz processor than the Xda IIs. The tradeoff is a cutback on the onboard memory size to 64MB RAM and 64MB ROM, although O2 makes up for this with a free 256MB SD memory card bundled in the standard package. This will certainly come in handy for storing images snapped by the built-in 1.3-megapixel CMOS camera, again an improvement over the Xda IIs and Xda II's VGA-capable shooters.

Downside: The Xda II mini comes with all the standard connectivity options such as Bluetooth, infrared, triband GSM/GPRS and USB (through the mini USB port). What's missing, however, is built-in Wi-Fi which will probably disappoint avid hotspotters. Although users can still connect to a wireless network via an optional WLAN card, it will mean that the MMC/SDIO expansion slot cannot be used for other purposes.

One of the tradeoffs for the reduced form factor of the Xda II mini is its smaller 2.8-inch TFT touchscreen. Even though it offers the same 320 x 240-resolution and 65K-colour depth as its Xda IIs predecessor, the result is smaller fonts which can be quite an eye strain for some.

Outlook:Despite some minor quirks and tradeoffs, the handheld's smaller footprint should still appeal to those who want both form and function in a 2-in-1 device. Priced at AU$1,199, the Xda II mini is attractive enough for a Windows mobile device, but finds itself competing with the popular Treo 600.

Topic: Mobility

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  • where can I search for good polyphonic ringtones for my o2 xda mini for both calls and messages - Ringtones provided are below standard and quiet resulting in missed calls.
    anonymous
  • How do u compare O2 Xda II mini with Xplore M28??
    In term of application & user friendlyness???
    anonymous
  • I purchased an Xda II mini last week and am impressed. I have owned a Palm device in the past and numerous mobile phones, and this is the perfect combination of the two. Syncing email with my office via IMAP4 enables access to all mail folders, and handwriting SMS messages instead of multitap and T9 is worth every cent, in addition to all of the other PDA functions. Simply brilliant.
    anonymous
  • By the sounds of this review it was written by someone who didnt even test the device. It looks like they've just gone off the product specs.
    Pathetic effort ZDNet!
    paul93
  • I have recently purchased my "mini". I am getting not enough memory for photos etc. I have a 512M card installed and I can see the internal memory is full and the storage card is empty But I dont know how to direct things like photos etc to the memory card, can anyone help. Thanks Brett
    anonymous
  • This is a great pda phone with almost all of the features you'll have wanted. It suffers, however, from two major drawbacks. Firstly it does not support hands free voice dialling, so the cool call button on your bluetooth headset is unused and you must fish out the phone to place a call - difficult and dangerous while driving. Secondly the touch screen's End Call button lines up perfectly with your ear if you are using the phone for a normal call, which is immensely frustrating. It seems both of these might be fixed by a future software update, at which point this would be a truly exceptional device.
    anonymous
  • An annoying feature that appears to have been reported by O2 XDA Mini users in other countries as well. When drafting sms messages - when the XDA uses the automatic apostrophe insert function (such as "don't)the number of available characters per message drops from 160 to 70. Who can explain this? I have other friends with Mini's - and they all experience the same problem - but only when the apostrophe is inserted.
    anonymous
  • I am currently using a Nokia and really love the profile setting. Does the O2 have similar features as I am thinking of getting an O2 Mini
    anonymous
  • test
    anonymous
  • I bought a bluetooth headpiece - logitech V1.2 since that was the recommended version but it doesn't work.
    anonymous
  • O2 XDA Mini

    Hi there di you get any response to the question about good (loud) poly ringtones for this model? many thanks, JS
    anonymous
  • blue toothheadset

    i also bought a logitech bluetooth mouse which was meant to be able to have the mini sync with my pc through the mouse receiver and after more than on hour to O2's hotline in Singapore, they said it would not work either. I am convinced bluetooth is nothing but a sales tool for sticking on the side of these types of gadgets to sell more of them. Not Happy Jan.
    anonymous
  • blue toothheadset

    i also bought a logitech bluetooth mouse which was meant to be able to have the mini sync with my pc through the mouse receiver and after more than on hour to O2's hotline in Singapore, they said it would not work either. I am convinced bluetooth is nothing but a sales tool for sticking on the side of these types of gadgets to sell more of them. Not Happy Jan.
    anonymous
  • Bluetooth on phones

    The big thing about having bluetooth connectivity on a mobile is not for the add-ons. The big (unknown) feature is that you can make a 'mobile' call through bluetooth connectivity just as you can make a 'mobile' call through GSM network connections.

    This means that once you have Wi-FI hotspots that also have bluetooth enabled (such as shopping centres) you can then make your mobile calls for as little as 12 cents untimed.

    That is the very thing that the regular phone companies don't want you to know about.
    anonymous
  • Bluetooth Usability

    I have noticed a number of comments relating to the usability of Bluetooth (or lack thereof), particularly in relation to devices like Phone, PDAs and headsets.

    Bluetooth was designed as a short-range wireless networking standard. It has been associated with the term PAN - "Personal Area Networking" - and to varying degrees, it succeeds.

    I have a Belkin USB Bluetooth adapter (model F8T001) for my PC, which I have been able to pair with a range of devices:

    *PC to Phone: Nokia 3230
    - great for transferring photos from the phone to the PC
    - enables use of other phone features from the PC, like typing and sending SMS

    *PC to Headset: GN Netcom GN6210
    - great for using Skype or VOIP features in games etc

    *Phone to Headset
    - obviously good for handsfree chat in the car etc
    - enables use of voice-activated features on the Nokia without holding the phone

    While it took about an hour to load the drivers from the Belkin CD and set up the pairing with the 3 devices, it now works fine. I can right-click on the System Tray near the clock on my PC and instantly transfer files from my phone.

    And the best bit - no cables.
    anonymous
  • o2 mini ringtones

    i also was wondering about the additional ringtones available- is there any.
    anonymous
  • mini xda

    How can I download fonix voice in English? or register my pda bought in germany?
    anonymous
  • Agreement with Review Comment

    I agree with this comment. I don't think the author of the article actually tested the product.

    I purchased an XDA Mini wholly and soley due to its size (I know, I know... but I did have someone else "in the know" test the thing before I bought it) and I think it's better than my Tungsten T2.
    It also recognises my handwriting and I can programme it to recognise my shorthand. Yes!

    I don't find its lack of WiFi a problem. I simply slip in the card and away I go.
    An affordable, multi-tasker.
    A very good buy.

    Next time though, get a reviewer who has actually touched the thing.
    anonymous
  • HOW TO SET UP "GPRS"?

    I GET A MOBILE PHONE OF XDA MINI,BUT I DON`T KNOW HOW TO SET UP THIS MOBILE PHONE.HOW CAN I DO.
    anonymous
  • the language

    I bought an Xda mini from Germany, and I don't know how to change it into English language, so It would be kind of you if you let me know what to do.
    thank you for your help
    anonymous