My new phone

O2 Xda Orbit mobile phone and PDA

This month I come to the end of my 18 month contract with O2, so on Friday morning, while in Edinburgh waiting for my train connection to Glasgow, I upgraded my mobile phone from a Nokia 5140i to an O2 Xda Orbit.

Which I imagine in car terms is a bit like going from a Vauxhall Astra to a BMW X5.

The O2 Xda Orbit has the following features:

  • Windows Mobile 5.0 (Pocket PC Phone Edition) operating system
  • GSM Quad-band (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900) mobile telephone
  • Wireless LAN 802.11b & g
  • Built-in GPS (Global Positional System) running CoPilot Live
  • Integrated 2 megapixel camera
  • Micro SD memory expansion slot
  • MP3 and Video playback
  • FM radio
  • … and stuff

I’ve still to set it up properly … not least because I needed to restructure the data in my Outlook Contacts as all my phone numbers had an initial “0” and +4401333310140 isn’t a valid telephone number. Five-hundred and ninety contacts later I’ll soon be ready to sync and install the GPS software which arrived yesterday.

Expect a review soon.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

2 thoughts on “My new phone”

  1. Hey Gareth – I predict that you’ll totally totally love the Orbit. I have the O2 XDA 2s which is one or two steps back in time from yours in time. Mobile 5.0, built-in GPS, FM radio and slightly higher pixels camera are the obvious improvements since the 2s was made. As Mrs Thatcher once famously said, ‘Just rejoice!’

  2. Cool. Much like my i-Mate. Only a week ago I installed Opera Mini on it and I can totally recommend it as being much better than the preinstalled IE.

    The built in GPS is the one feature you’ve got that I wish I had, but I’m planning on getting a bluetooth GPS thingy anyway. Will you ever use the FM radio?

    One word of warning. Don’t leave Skype on outside of wi-fi zones. I did this once by accident and then discovered £20 of credit had gone in a very short period of time. GPRS costs!

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