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ITG xpPhone Weighs Heavily On Our Mind

David Gilbert


ITG xpPhone Weighs Heavily On Our Mind

Branding itself as a Mobile Internet Terminal, the ITG xpPhone has gone on sale for the satanic-looking price of $666. That maybe of course because the devil himself (or herself as many believe) is housed inside this device.

A full year after the device was announced, the pricing for the xpPhone has been revealed and you can now own your very own from between $666 and $800. Weighing in at 345g without the battery attached, there is certainly something ungodly lurking within the phone’s 175 x 84 x 25.5 mm housing. Listing the phone weight on its official website without the battery included should give us some insight into the mindset of the people behind this behemoth. When you consider the hefty HTC Desire Z weighs in at 180g and the iPhone4 40g lighter than that, you have to wonder whether you will need a crane to lift the xpPhone.

The phone, and we use that term in the loosest sense, seems to have had everything except the kitchen sink thrown at it in terms of features with a blind disregard for aesthetic, feel, usability or what people actually want from a phone.

The xpPhone, as the name suggests, runs Windows XP or rather a slimmed down version called Windows XP Embedded. It has a 4.8in LCD touchscreen with resolution up to 1024x768, full slide-out QWERTY keyboard including a touchpad, front facing camera, has support for all three major 3G networks, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS – though for all this on the 16GB model you will need to part with $798.

What ITG was thinking when it came up with the phone/monstrosity is unclear. It is clearly too big to work as a phone and too small to be a tablet/netbook replacement. For some reason we don’t think that the UK or indeed the US were its target markets and maybe the technology obsessed Asians may fancy showing off this weapon to their friends.

We don’t know about you but we can’t stop picturing Dom Joly shouting “I’m on the mobile” for some reason.

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