HTC O2 Xda Graphite in-depth review -

Look and Feel

You can tell from its sober design and two-tone battleship grey finish that the Graphite is boardroom material. It may be solid, but it remains lightweight and will easily slip into the suit pocket.

Features

The Graphite arrives packed with a Windows Mobile OS, built-in Wi-Fi and 3G capabilities. You're privy to the integrated push-email capabilities and you can seamlessly sync your contacts, calendar, tasks and notes from the Outlook on your PC with your handset.

Ease of Use

If you use a PC, this Windows powered smartphone should be easy to The joystick has a domed top that can prove slippery to grip. However, it's not a major gripe because the nub is lucid to thumb.

Performance

The handset's reliable without blowing you away with its speed or battery life. A simple no nonsense business PDA without the wow factor of, say, the Blackberry Curve.

The Battery Life

Not great for a business phone. Although, with smartphones users occasionally have to sacrifice some juice for extra fiunctionality.

 HTC O2 Xda Graphite Review -
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,2/2/2012 2:58:58 PM

8

out of 10

Performance

6

out of 5

Look and feel

6

out of 5

Ease of use

6

out of 5

Features

6

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

This smartphone has all the right connectivity options, including Wi-Fi and 3G

Cons:

Its conservative design screams efficiency

O2's Xda series covers all the business smartphone bases. From the giant PDA-type Argon, through to the compact sat nav-savvy Orbit and the phone-orientated Graphite. Whatever your smartphone tastes, O2 will no doubt hit the spot with one of its devices. The latest addition to the clan, the Xda Graphite, is aimed at suits that demand a basic phone without compromising on features.

User interface

The device is made by Asus and arrives packed with a Windows Mobile OS, built-in Wi-Fi and 3G capabilities. You can tell from its sober design and two-tone battleship grey finish that the Graphite is boardroom material. It may be solid, but it remains lightweight and will easily slip into the suit pocket. The keypad sports sizeable buttons to aid text typing or email writing. The joystick has a domed top that can prove slippery to grip. However, it's not a major gripe because the nub is lucid to thumb.

Push email

Unfortunately, the Graphite isn't powered by the latest Windows Mobile 6 version, rather the previous 5.0 platform. Even so, you're still privy to the integrated push-email capabilities and you can seamlessly sync your contacts, calendar, tasks and notes from the Outlook on your PC with your handset. You can also view and edit your Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents through the Microsoft Office suite and send them as email attachments.

Wi-fi

The Graphite has built-in Wi-Fi to hook up with W-LAN hotspots for broadband speeds when internet browsing, checking your emails or downloading on the fly. It's easy to get connected and webpages load quickly via Pocket Internet Explorer. Move out of range and you still have a brisk 3G connection to fall back on. The bright 2.2-inch display is spacious enough to view websites, emails and messages.A front-loaded VGA camera is on hand if you dabble in one-on-one video conferencing over a 3G connection. The quality is juddery and pixellated, but good enough to see the whites of callers' eyes.

Business features

The Graphite may be built for business, but it's not all about spreadsheets and PIM functionality. The device harbours a two-megapixel camera with a crude LED flashlight that shoots in a 1200x1600-pixel resolution. Picture quality is sufficient for the casual snapper, but some may find this a hindrance with business practices banning camera phones from their premises for security reasons. The Windows Media Player also spins your MP3 and WMA music files and a microSD card slot sits alongside 64MB of internal memory for storage.The Xda Graphite won't make the style mile, but for the hard-nosed business bod, this handset is a no-nonsense smartphone, without the bulk of a PDA device.