I called O2 select to get mine and was quoted £150 and a wait to get it so I went to the o2 store and they gave it to me a day before release for £130.
My earlier comment about panorama mode was incorrect, in this mode each picture is 640x480 but you can stitch upto 6 frames.
After several days testing I have to say the battery life is impressive. As you can imagine I'm on it nonstop and it still lasts 24-48hrs between charges.
There are some great apps for it, my fav at the moment is a program that lets you stream online radio to the phone via wifi so you can either listen with headphones or hook up the phone to speakers/amp and listen to internet radio without turning on the PC.
I'm going to try out the vnc software this weekend to see how easy it is to control my Pc remotely with my phone.
If you get this or any other windows mobile/pocket pc check out tcpmp.org for the free video player, much better than windows media player and can play nearly all formats fullscreen.
I am due an upgrade on November 30th but O2 always let me upgrade early. Got my last one after 6 months.
They said If I upgrade today I will have to pay £300 however if I wait to end of October I can have it for free.
They said I can stay on my current £45 a month which gets me 400 anytime mins and 1000 texts.
I have XDA IIi at moment and O2 give o2 1mb browsing however you do no O2 Internet is free. Those guys havent charged me for over a year. Loads of people say they get free GPRS internet with o2. I'm always on the net with my XDA IIi but am never charged.
Should arrive wednesday for me.
The deal i blagged;
rang o2 select, upgrade price on all 02 select customer tarrifs is 229.99,
i moved up to 02400 on 18 months giving me 600 min xnet, then i got 3 months free line rental = £135 and then 20% off the line rental from month 4 for life thus my line rental will be £36, £1 more than i am paying now on 02 250 and i get 350 more mins and 100 more texts. They coannot move on the inital cost, hence the free line rental which when taken into account knocks the phone cost down to £95, add in the £9 per month saved on line rental and i am happy with the deal, oh and I've sold the black nokia 6260 for £70 that is now surplus to requirements.
Please be aware O2 have 3 sets of tarrifs and all are different, with varying offers on this phone
high street, o2 online and o2select customer.
Again, the imate Jas Jar, Qtek 9000 and Xda Exec are all pretty much the same. They are all built on the same design and just branded by the particular provider. The O2 version has a nicer color and finish in my opinion but I'm a bit biased as that's the one I got.
Just superficial differences in what comes in the box and what you pay to get it.
I've had time to try out the phone more and I am impressed with the many camera modes. There are burst shot options, sports mode, flash/torch and many more. There is even a Panorama mode that lets you take 3 photos that get stitched together. This means that you could potentially take a 5megapixel photo (they over lap a bit so you wouldn't quite get 6megapixels).
There is a lot of other camera settings such as hue, saturation, contrast, brightness and sharpness which gives you more control. The builtin torch light makes night shots easy.
You can even opt to take photos from the secondary camara which is used for video calls. The quality is lower but makes it easier to do a self portrait shot (or you could just rotate the screen and use the regular camera).
The music through the twin speakers can reach a decent volume - lot louder than the xda 2 but sounds a bit tinny. On the headphones the sound quality is outstanding.
I spoke to a Microsoft Developer and he told me that there is a patch coming to allow you to use all/most of the software from older Pocket PC versions that currently struggle or fail completely on Windows Mobile 2005.
wow what a pda and phone just got it today works fine try it better then all the xdas that came out perfect
Is this item available in the US right now and if so will it work on the Cingular network? I'm also wondering about the cost?
Differnces between the Xda and the Qtek.
They are pretty much the same phone.
The differnces is the software and accessories that come with it. 02 Provide the 02 UserInterface which as you'll see from my last post is a negative. 02 also provide a quality handsfree/headphone set an additional pen, a leather case, Outlook 2002, SPB's GPRS monitor, Active Sync 4 and a 25% discount on any additional accessories bought at the same time.
Not sure what the Qtek comes with yet but assume you will get active sync and possibly outlook but doubt you'd get SPB's GPRS monitor or the quality headphones.
The Qtek also has a silver finish rather than black from what I heard.
Overall there is very little difference. If you are on 02 get the Xda Exec it is heavily subsidised and the black finish is nicer.
If getting the phone on another network or offline then it's just a matter of color choice really.
Correct me with I'm wrong as my I have the Exec but not had a chance to play with my friend's Qtek.
I got the phone friday and it is amazing.
However your experience with the phone will greatly depend on what you do on the initial set up. You have 3 options:
Basic, Corporate and Personal.
The first time I chose personal and the 02 interface which was sluggish and caused compatibilty issues with a lot of software I tried to install.
I reset it and chose basic and installed SPB's interface and wow what a difference. It is really fast and powerful. Can multitask fantastically - With the XDA 2 I struggled to browse the web and listen to music at the same time as the music would stutter. Now I can do both stutter free, watch movies without scaling them down first connect to wifi and use the web at hi speed.
At last an XDA that has 3G. I have tried out the video calling and have to say while still a bit gimmicky as so few people have it the quality images and novelty of it makes it an attractive feature.
If upgrading from another XDA you'll find that most of your accessories and software will not work with the Exec. The connector is a smaller (and harder to break) connection, the battery is different and the headphones socket at last is standard 3.5mm so you can use ordinary headphones (although the ones that come with it are fantastic).
Windows media player 10 is included an is more like the windows media player you are used to on your desktop but unfortunately is only good for playing music. Video is not great as it doesn't play most formats and refuses to show the video stretched to full screen (gets black borders). Installing a free video player I had on my xda 2 resolved that.
The webbrowser has improved. Now you can view it widescreen pages look a lot better and there is nearly no horizontal scrolling. There are move view options and varying levels of zoom.
In summary the phone is feature packed - Play music, movies, stream tv, email, full internet etc. Has the ultimate connectivity - WiFi, USB, Bluetooth, 3G, GPRS, GSM, InFra Red.
Based on the specifications posted in the internet, it has the best feature so far.
I have an O2 XDA II right now and due for replacement this October. When is it arriving in the Philippines?
just got new xda exec wont work with activesync does any one have answer o2 trying to fix problem.
Anyone know what is teh difference between this O2 XDA and the Qtec9000, I-mate jasjar ???? Howcome the imate jasjar is available but the O2 is not? And why the rating for this O2 is much higher than the i-mate one?????? thankssssssss
can this phone access internet explorer or is there any other model that i can access
Does the XDA Exec from O2 have WiFi? It does not mention it on the O2 (UK) web site so I emailed them and got the answer "I am sorry that we do not support 802.00b WiFi". Actually, I had not asked if *O2* supported WiFi, just if the *Xda Exec* did. Is this the right answer to the wrong question? Would someone confirm either way.
I have been an owner of xda II and now xda IIs. Any suggestion if its right for me to have an xda IIi rather than xda exec? By the way, my xda IIs sucks!!!!!!! i miss my xda II coz i never had any bad days with it. Unlike my xda IIs now...always hanging and soooooooooooo slow!
is it true there is a new exec planned to compete with the lifedrive 4gb??? i am going to wait if there is...whats the point of buying this one if they bring out a better one in 5 months???