Summary

Our Score

8/10

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O2 XDA Orbit 2 with Sat-Nav - O2 XDA Orbit 2 with Sat-Nav

But let's not ignore the hardware. As is customary with HTC phones, the Orbit is rammed to the gills, with quad band GSM, EDGE-enhanced GPRS, WLAN, 3G and HSDPA up to 3.6Mb/sec. It's powered by the same 400MHz Qualcomm processor as the TyTN II, has plenty of RAM (128MB) and a generous 256MB helping of ROM for internal storage.

Battery life from the 1,350mAh battery is similar to the TyTN II - I managed two to three days normal use from the Orbit per charge, which is about par for the course on a Windows Mobile smartphone of this size. You get an FM tuner in this phone too and a three megapixel camera, though there's no flash or assist light.
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The main attraction, however, is the device's GPS receiver, which in the version sent for review was complemented by ALK's excellent CoPilot Live 7 Professional, preinstalled on a 2GB microSD card. As we've pointed out before, CoPilot Live 7 is an excellent navigation package: it has remarkably clean and clear maps, superb voice instructions and all the features you'd expect to see in full-blown sat-navs costing around the £200. Plus it has the ability to receive traffic information over the phone's data connection and an up-to-date speed camera warning database. It's also good to see not only the software included with the phone, but also a solid goose-neck windscreen mount and car charger attachment.

The downside is that you only get UK maps with the Orbit. But the fact that, on an inexpensive 18 month tariff of £25 the phone will cost you £199, means you're getting a highly competent sat-nav for very little extra money and this is one of the reasons why the O2 XDA Orbit 2 is more than the competent-but-boring PDA smartphone it looks at first glance.

Verdict

A superb touchscreen with accompanying software enhancements, and the inclusion of the excellent CoPilot sat-nav software and kit, all elevate the O2 XDA Orbit 2 from potential also ran to viable choice. If you don't need the keyboard of the TyTN II it's a competent and reasonably priced alternative, even if it isn't quite as compact as one might desire.

Scores In Detail

Value
8/10
Usability
7/10
Features
8/10
Design
8/10

Our Score

8/10

User Score

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