My Pocket PC (PPC) Adventures: XDA Orbit

@author Kai Ruhl
@since 2007-06

Year 2007: O2 XDA Orbit

In 2007, after my MDA 3 touchscreen broke for a second time, I bought an O2 XDA Orbit, originally named HTC Artemis. Being slower than the MDA 3, it has longer battery time in return, and most of all, an internal GPS unit which I had longed for. It is also very lightweight in comparison.

Currently, I would buy an HTC Trinity instead, because it has 400 Mhz and all features of the XDA Orbit. It is about 1mm thicker, though, and does not have the extremely cool scroll wheel.

O2 XDA Orbit
Evaluation
XDA Orbit
Pro:
  • Robust and light weight
  • WLAN
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS
  • 2 MP Camera
Contra:
  • Slow (200 Mhz) CPU
Bugs:
  • Alarm clock ringing unstoppable
  • Both timezone clocks must be the same
  • Loses storage card contents (fixed)

Despite the nasty bugs, I like the XDA Orbit more than any PPC phone before; for the first time, the functionality to size ratio seems to be just right.

EOF (Jul:2007)