Written on: 23/07/2006 by Darth Andy (2 reviews written)
It's a PDA
You don't have to carry a separate PDA and a phone
Terminal services client
Integrates with Outlook at home and at work
Two words: Micro & Soft
Can't be completely turned off (although the phone can be disabled)
As a phone... Well, the O2 XDA Mini S is a great PDA.
Basically, this is more of a PDA that can function as a phone, than a phone with great organiser functions. As such though, it's one of the better ones, as it finds a good balance between being small enough to hold to the side of your head in public (I refuse to walk around with one of those headsets speaking to thin air), and large enough to allow practical use of its PDA functions.
This is helped in no small way by the slide out qwerty keyboard. You push the screen to the right to reveal 41 discrete buttons for your thumbs, and the screen automatically shifts to landscape mode. Even as a large man, I find the keyboard only rarely lets me push more than one button at a time (and this is usually when I'm not paying attention). It will never replace a laptop for serious working on the move, but it is great for mobile email and note making in restricted spaces. You can even do spreadsheets and view Powerpoint if you like.
It uses Windows Mobile 5 as an operating system, which, whilst great for PC connectivity, does inherit a certain amount of 'character' from MS Windows; basically you need to reboot it from time to time, and not always at an opportune moment.
There's nothing on the market at the moment that appeals to me as a potential replacement (I don't want to go back to carrying both phone and PDA if I can avoid it), but should something come along that does a similar job and can speak with a Mac too...
I wonder if I could put LINUX on it?