O2 closes PDA-phone gap: O2 Xda II mini

The gap between Smartphones and phone-enabled PDAs (personal digital assistants) is pretty narrow, and the introduction of the O2 Xda II mini closes it even further. Dubbed "the smallest PDA-phone on the market", the Xda II mini is a svelte 58x108x18.1mm.

It's slightly faster than the Xda IIs, thanks to Intel's 416MHz PXA272 processor (the Xda IIs has a 400MHz PXA263 chip), but internal storage is limited to 64MB ROM and 64MB RAM. The Xda II mini will also ship with a free 128MB SD memory card - ideal for storing stills shot with the integrated 1.3Mp camera, or music/video files. The 2.8in QVGA (320x240 pixel) transreflective touch-screen is usable in strong daylight and provides a respectable 65K colour depth, but is more cramped than 3.5in models.

Wi-Fi has been cut, but you still get Bluetooth for hooking up to peripherals or PCs, and the phone includes tri-band support, GPRS and long SMS, with standby/talk times of 120 and five hours respectively. It's an extremely capable, albeit a little pricey, product, that'll suit the image-conscious business user and Australia will get it before it's released in the US and Europe.

PRICE: $1199; DISTRIBUTOR: Tech Pacific; PHONE: 1300 651 124; URL: www.seeO2.com

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