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, 49 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. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former 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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