Monday, 24 December 2007

HTC Pharos

The HTC Pharos (p3470)... cool name? well sure, except for the fact the CPU is a... *shudder* TI OMAP 850 (running at a blistering 200Mhz).

The spec sheet says it's a "bar type PDA phone" so basically, you're looking at a PDA that resembles a regular phone more than anything.

the touchscreen is a standard 240x320 (2.8") but on the bright side, it does come with WM6 Professional edition.

Frankly though, I don't really see many of you readers buying this... this is a phone for the "I mildly give a toss about owning a PDA phone" market; the OMAP isn't even 3G, although perhaps the fact that it does have built in GPS (NMEA 0183) makes up for this... plus a rather cool spinwheel control.

Finally, it has the standard Bluetooth 2.0 stack (no WiFi unfortunately), although only a 1100mAh battery which may prove to be somewhat sub-par when powering the OMAP and the 128MB of RAM (and 256MB ROM).

In any case... keep your eyes peeled.

Sunday, 23 December 2007

HTC Shangrila

No doubt many of you have already heard of the Shangrila... it's an amalgamation of a PC and the Kaiser into one device (yep, they based the PPC design on the Kaiser)

Basically, the whole SnapVue thing is just Windows Mobile with a rather poncy program chucked on top of the OS to stop you from using it properly... no doubt this'll be a cinch to bypass, but it does beg the question of why exactly HTC would want to limit the device like this.

architecture wise it's a Qualcomm MSM7200, the lovely all-in-wonder chip that not only is your CPU but also your radio too... the downside is that this has a full-featured signed-code checking ability, so flashing patched radios to this is pretty much out of the window, but of course, reading the NV area as per the engineers do for testing is however not out of the question... it could be written too, but we're not going to tell you *everything*... yet.

HTC Insider

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Welcome to the HTC Insider blog... check back frequently as we intend to load this site up with all sorts of interesting shizz about HTC PDA and UMPC devices that you won't (or at least highly unlikely to) find anywhere else... of course be sure to also keep tabs on where you'll no doubt find plenty of interesting info as well.