XDA Flame

Anthony Caruana
22 December, 2007
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O2 has bucked the trend of ever-shrinking smartphones with the XDA Flame. Weighing in at a hefty 190g it manages to pack in a VGA screen powered by the 3D NVIDIA GoForce 5500. In fact, the multimedia capability is a real highlight and even supports output to a TV via a 3.5mm port.

The left edge of the Flame has a small Infrared transmitter. That’s matched to O2’s Remote Control application so you to use the Flame as a universal remote control for your AV setup. You can even train it to replace the Apple Remote that ships with your Mac.

Connectivity is well covered with WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G mobile comms. Connecting to a Mac is covered with a standard USB cable that’ll also charge the unit while it’s connected. You’ll need a copy of Missing Sync or PocketMac for syncing to Entourage or iCal. As a bonus there’s a USB host cable that allows you to connect USB thumbdrives, making it easy to share files between the Flame and other storage devices and to provide a short-term boost to the 2GB of internal memory.

While the Flame has a foot firmly planted in the multimedia camp, it’s a serious business machine. In addition to standard complement of Microsoft apps bundled with Windows Mobile O2 has bolstered the package with Adobe Reader, O2 SMS Plus, O2 Menu, O2 MediaPlus, Worldmate and Codewallet Pro.

Australian Macworld’s buying advice. You do get a lot in the package but the premium price is a little steep for a device running an older operating system.

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