Mysterious Flames (Missing Applications from the O2 XDA Flame)

posted in Rants on August 13th, 2007

Let me preface this article by saying that it is not really a rant, more like a big question mark above my head.

When I first researched the XDA Flame, I came across a listing that stated that the device came with a selection of commercial applications, namely:

All in all, three very good applications with a total retail value of $85 and even though O2 probably does not even pay 50% of that value, the applications still add tremendous value to the device.

You can guess how amazed I was when I found out that only one of the three applications was actually included.

Granted, I did not mind much at first, since the application that was included (on a companion CD) was Jeyo’s Mobile Extender, which is the only application I needed anyway because I use different products for the other tasks.

Earlier today I found a way to access the Extended ROM of the XDA Flame and guess what? Two setup files, one for CodeWallet 6 and one for WorldMate 2007, right there, working and licensed.

It really makes me wonder as to what prompted O2 to include the files but not install them automatically. My guess is that 95% of the XDA Flame users have no clue at all on how to get access to the Extended ROM and as such, will never have access to the two missing applications, which would constitute a loss of value of the device.

Strange, strange indeed.

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Waiting in line? No thank you

posted in Tech Talk on June 30th, 2007

So, while just about everyone out there seems to be waiting for Apple’s iPhone, I’m waiting for my very own O2 XDA Flame.

People with whom I discuss technology will know that I’ve beeb waiting for this device since it was first announced on Pocket PC Thoughts, back in November 2006. Initally, O2 planned to release the device in early spring, but delayed the launch till sometime in May.

After waiting for the first reports to come in, I finally decided to take the jump and replace my current mobile device of choice: iMate’s SP5.

It’s been more than two years since I last bought a Pocket PC and while my HTC Blueangel (Qtek 9090 in my case) still works fine, one has to spend some money on worthy upgrades every now and then. Gotta keep the inner-geek happy after all.

One might ask: what’s so special about this Pocket PC that I decided to get it? Well, for starters, there’s the 2gb of ROM, a lot more than any other Pocket PC on the market. Other features include nice things such as a dedicated graphics chip (nVidia, naturally), USB On The Go support, TV-Out and 802.11g WiFi. A more in-depth review of the hardware will be available here soon.

But, there’s a catch of course. The device is not yet available in Europe and chances are that it won’t be for another three to six months, so I had to order mine from an eTailer that, so far, does business the right way.