So, what do I want out of my next laptop and what must it include?
O2 Xphone II
- Size, weight and form factor. Small device packed with features
- Slow boot-up time, VGA camera only, memory card swapping
The Xphone II bundles lots of features into a compact, sleek design. It would suit phone users needing basic organiser capabilities, but those wanting more comprehensive PDA features should stick to the Xda range.
Price$ 749.00 (AUD)
At 107.5 x 44.5 x 18mm and weighing only 102g, the Xphone II is much sleeker and slimmer than its predecessor. It's a small tri-band smartphone that is ideal for those wanting a mobile phone with additional PDA capabilities.
As with other O2 devices, the strongest selling point of the Xphone II is the 2.2" TFT LCD colour screen, which displays crisp images even in sunlight. Despite occupying so much real estate, the large screen size doesn't impact on the usability of the controls, which have angled keys ideal for sending text messages. A five-way navigation joystick is provided, along with a Home key, a Back key and two soft keys just under the screen.
Powered by a 195MHz Texas Instruments processor and with 32MB of installed RAM, the Xphone II runs smoothly--with the exception of its inordinately long boot-up time, over a minute to load properly. Another potential problem is that, while a miniSD flash memory slot is provided, adding or swapping a memory card requires turning off the device and removing the battery. In contrast, other O2 smartphones in the Xda range have a memory slot positioned at the top, making swapping cards easier.
Running Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, the Xphone II has Microsoft Pocket Outlook installed, allowing for synchronisation of Contacts, Calendar and Tasks. Users can synchronise wirelessly through infrared or Bluetooth, or by using a USB cable. The Xphone also supports SMS, MMS, instant messaging (through MSN Messenger) and Web browsing with Internet Explorer. Unlike the XDA range, the range of applications installed is basic, with the usual Calculator and few games but no Office applications.
For multimedia, Windows Media Player is provided but, like other O2 units, the Xphone II has a 2.5mm headphone jack, meaning standard headphone sets can't be used without an adapter. The VGA camera is a little disappointing, given that other phones now have moved on to 1.3 megapixels and more.
The Xphone II would suit users who want basic organiser functionality on their phones without the hassles of carrying around a much larger device.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Nokia 6 (2018) review: Simple. Solid. Supreme.
- 2 Samsung Q9F Series QLED: Peak performance from a home entertainment heavyweight
- 3 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Ring Video Doorbell review
Latest News Articles
- Vivo debut first 'zero-bezel' smartphone
- ZTE has to pay up before supply ban is scrapped
- Blackberry reveal KEY2 at NY launch event
- WWDC 2018: Apple Previews iOS 12
- Oppo tease Paris debut for new Find X smartphone
PCW Evaluation Team
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.
Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
- Computex 2018: Everything you missed at Asia's biggest tech tradeshow
- Computex 2018: Nvidia launches new AI-focused hardware and software platforms
- Huawei P20 Pro review: See it and believe the hype
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies