O2 XDA Orbit 2 smartphone
Review What we have here is basically a traditional Windows Mobile smartphone loaded to the gunwales with Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, 3.6Mb/s HSDPA, quad-band GSM/GPRS/Edge, three-megapixel camera, FM radio, 8GB-capable MicroSD slot and a touchscreen.
Under the hood the Orbit is driven by the same 400MHz chip as the Touch Dual, and comes with the same 256MB of program memory and 128MB of storage. It's once again powered by Windows Mobile 6 Professional.
The Orbit 2 doesn't look too shabby on paper, and it's not too shabby in the real world, either, the fully flush screen and surround combining to make the Orbit 2 look just a little out of the ordinary.
O2's XDA Orbit 2: not shabby
The Orbit 2 isn't that much more of a chunky monkey than its HTC Touch brethren, weighing 130g and measuring 110 x 58 x 15.5mm. The rubber-coated plastic back and front bezel gives a secure feel in even the sweatiest of palms, while the solid build quality is par for the HTC course. Centre-stage on the handset is a 2.8in, 240 x 320 screen below which sits a circular navigation pad flanked by buttons to start and end calls, a Start Menu button, and the customary Windows Mobile OK key.
The rim of the navigation pad rotates endlessly so you have the choice of either pressing the top or bottom of the pad to move up and down through menus or to roll your rim clockwise and anti-clockwise. OK, this is not a revolution in UI navigation, but it's a nice touch just the same.
Nice tirade, surprisingly lengthy for someone that professes not to care about such things, but naturally you've missed the point. This was never about "high resolution video" (to borrow that clever phrase from HTC's press release), it's just about getting plain old video working at least as well as it did on their older handsets. It's also about basic performance in other tasks and applications, including essentially anything that displays on screen.
HTC have seemingly done a good job of convincing cretins like you that we're all being unreasonable, and that's a shame. They've cut their costs substantially by producing a crippled range of handsets, without paying for the drivers required by the hardware they're using, and you're bending over to thank them. It's an odd position for any customer to take, but I can only assume you're no stranger to it.
Love my Orbit
As Nima stated want photos by a digi cam. The boys all talked about the N95 great camera. I got the Orbit instead, bought a EOS400D for pictures.
Best phone I've had yet
I got my mits on the Orbit II as soon as I could, following my happy experience with its predecessor. I can say whole-heartedly that this is the best phone I've ever had - the only faults that I can pick are the poor WM6 user interface, low camera quality and a tinny loudspeaker. However, there is many improved interfaces out there which one can run on top of WM - in my opinion, PointUi is by far the best. I'm sure that anyone serious about taking photos would invest in a decent digital camera, and the tinny loudspeaker, well I think I can deal with that.