O2 Xda Guide

O2 has been striving quite hard to be able to produce something for all, and these efforts have now brought fruit in the form of its new Xda smart phones wide array. In the Xda diverse range, the O2 Xda Guide is the latest one with main focus on location-based services and sat nav, as it’s not all about its A-GPS transmitter, the device houses CoPilot Live 7 software as well.

Just like other phones of this line, Taiwanese firm HTC is behind the creation of this Xda Guide, the company has also been producing the same sort of devices for its Touch brand and the HTC Touch Cruise is the device that you would find nearest to the Xda Guide. How much identical they are, it’s another issue, but it is the O2 model which has CoPilot Live 7 alone.

Aside from CoPilot Live 7, it features a 3.2mp camera, Opera web browser, Wi-Fi, stereo Bluetooth and HTC’s well known TouchFLO interface.

At first look you would find it quite similar to the Touch Cruise, as there is a big round D-pad with metallic panel and sat nav dedicated buttons, but the O2 Xda Guide has been given a classy touch for business users, and has been given some protection with dark grey plastic. Its sides look somewhat Spartan and a volume rocker, reset hole, power button, stylus slot and USB 2.0 slot have been given there. A loudspeaker and a camera lens are on the back side. It is quite pocket-friendly with its slim design and lightweight.

O2 Xda Guide

When it comes to it media features, you will find photos viewing a real fun with HTC’s well-known gallery system. The music player is also awesome and sound can be adjusted with the given ten-band graphic equalizer. The below-par headphones have been supplied with a USB plug adaptor that allows users to upgrade their 3.5mm plug pair.

Opera is the default browser in the device, and it’s always a nice experience to have, but the options are just restricted just to Opera, as IE can also be used if you want to. The browsing is quite intuitive and quick with it, and it becomes quite easier for you to zoom with the given D-pad around.

O2But it’s quite saddening that no accelerometer has been given on board, and screen resolution is not easy to flip into landscape mode. The given keyboard also feels somewhat cramped.

With the given Office Mobile, you can view and develop Excel and Word files, similarly PDFs and PowerPoint docs can also be read.

It has 512MB on board memory that can be expanded to 32GB with a microSDHD card. Its Qualcomm MSM 7225 528MHz processor is quite fast and it can efficiently run many applications in a given time.

When it comes to battery life, you will find it impressive too, but at the same time, it can’t be considered the best and the claims about 400hrs standby and 6hrs talk time feel somewhat faded. But few tricks can be utilized to stretch the battery life of this Windows Mobile phone. You can do so by decreasing screen save time, dimming it and using less applications in a given time are some of your options.

There are many things in common between the O2 Xda Guide and its touch screen brethren that include 3.2mp camera, A-GPS, Windows Mobile OS, however, in this device the main focus is on sat nav.

It’s, indeed, an impressive device for all those who are looking for a device rich in media features in a handy business users ‘friendly device.

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Source: techradar

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