A first look: Qool Labs Windows Mobile QDA-PocketPC
The new Qool Labs Smartphone QDA-PocketPC, is the lightest and most elegant Windows Mobile PPC Smartphone, with a tri-band GSM/GPRS phone, adding Bluetooth and miniSD expansion ( click the image for the QDA-PocketPC gallery ).
Our first impressions of the QDA-PocketPC after a brief hands-on experience were extremely positive. Surprisingly the QDA-PocketPC is much lighter than the JAM and some how it feels smaller, the 2.8in LTPS LCD screen is very clear, bright and sharp in door and out door, and supports up to 262k colors. The tri-band GSM/GPRS QDA is powered by Windows Mobile 2003 SE Phone Edition (might be upgraded to 5.0 if MS bring it before the release date), which makes Qool Labs the fourth PalmOS licensees to release Windows Mobile along side there PalmOS QDA.
The new QDA QVGA screen can be operated in both landscape and portrait orientation. The device also incorporates a 1.3 mega-pixel camera, Bluetooth, and no Wi-Fi, but currently the company looking at the new miniSD Wi-Fi module, and it might be bundled if the tests go smoothly, however, we've learned that they'll be two version of the QDA-PocketPC the latest will have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi built-in.
One of the Qoolest features I noticed in the QDA-PocketPC is the many lids under the directional-pad; the black surrounding plastic line has many colored lid icons under it, ex. if you making a call a green lid will light a green phone icon, if the Wi-Fi is ON you'll get a yellow Wi-Fi icon, it's really amazing, I'll try to add some photo(s) that show this features.
The company also added a Java support, and amazing graphical animated menu for the multimedia and the web access, and they plan to bundle a punch of softwares when they release the QDA-PocketPC in the end of the 3rdQ, the Wi-Fi version will be released in the 4thQ.
The QDA-PocketPC is powered by lithium battery and it's removable. Qool Labs with the new QDA is targeting both corporate users and consumers, and they made it clear that they still very much committed to PalmOS, and that the new QDA will open the door for more and more PalmOS, and Windows Mobile smartphones in the near future.
Qool Labs will also release new ROM update before the end of the month for the PalmOS QDA-700.