The proprietary power charge connector that weâ€™ve seen on earlier Xdas has been abandoned for a mini USB type, so you should be able to use universal USB charging gear when away from the office. This slot doubles for synchronisation and you get a cable in the box. Our review unit did not have desktop software with it, but I assume retail packages will include the new ActiveSync 4 that partners Windows Mobile 5. Beware of this as I understand it will not support WiFi synchronisation except with Exchange Server.
So far, then the Xda Exec comes across as a device aimed squarely at professional users. But there is one oddity here - stereo speakers are built into one of the long edges so they sit in front of the keyboard when you are in â€˜laptopâ€™ mode. Their sound quality is pretty poor and the speakers seem a bit out of place and under-powered.
Iâ€™m happier about the 3.5mm headset jack as this means you can readily loose the so-so stereo headphones O2 bundles and replace them with your own. This will matter if you ever want to use the device for music listening, as while quality is passable-to-good through what O2 provides, it can definitely be improved upon with a better quality headset. Note, though, that if you do use your own headphones, youâ€™ll need to work out how you are going to deal with voice and video calls.
When it comes to calls, video calls are easy to make in both â€˜Pocket PCâ€™ and â€˜laptopâ€™ modes, and the viewing screens are larger than those weâ€™ve seen on many handsets though they donâ€™t by any means occupy as much of the overall viewing area as they could.