Saturday, January 29, 2005

The Qoo!/Qool QDA-700 smartphone ships in Germany

There has been a lot of fuzz about Qoo! Labs new Smartphone QDA-700. It has been delayed, reanounced, celebtarted, curswed, etc. And now, finally, it is here and can be purchased in Germany. According to the news portal Nexave, the smartphone will sell for an initial price of 469€ without contract, which makes this one of the cheaper smartphones that have a touchscreen. See below for an image of the device:

The QDA-700 has standard hardware that will not generate much of a fuzz-lets ignore the screen and other details for now. The Processor is a 200MhZ Dragonball I-MX, and the machine has 32MB of standard volatile RAM. Nobody knows how much of this will be available to users though. The memory expansion is handled with a SD/MMC/SDIO slot, and there is no other wireless communication possibility when you ignore the integrated tri-band GSM/GPRS. So, no bluetooth or WLAN for ist users-who knows if this isn't a step towards carriers who want more data traffic. By the way, palmDubai states that PalmSource is working on a Wifi driver-so who knows what will happen next!

The software is a vanilla Garnet, there is no detailled information about the additional software bundle. Some sources state that it will ship with Documents To Go-the only confirmed thing yet is the new PiLauncher picured above. Looking ats its icons you can xsee a lot of new, yet unknown things-who knows what they actually are.
The main features of the phone are its 1.3 Megapixel camera and its QVGA 16bit-screen. The latter is also its achilles heel in my oppinion-the last time such a resolution was seen was with the Handera handhelds-and long time has passed since then. Very few programs are optimized for this resolution, abnd the transition is not as easy as it was with 160² to 320²-you canot simply double the pixels here.
Lets conclude for now-this definitely is an interesting device! If developers start suporting its screen and carriers start subsiding it, it will be a kick-ass phone. It is cheaper then the Treo 650, has a smarter memory system, is a clamshell and has the physically bigger screen.
What do you think?

19 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Qoo! Labs has a support website for this QDA-700?

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.qoollabs.com/mobile.htm

Seems the home page is under construction today

10:00 PM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

Hi,
the mobile page works well for me...
Thank you for posting it!
Tam Hanna

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More pictures here;
http://pd.palmdubai.net/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=6

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Qool QDA-700 or a similar device will be available in the US/North American markets anytime soon????

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought one recently in HK. Works fine, but the built-on MP3 player is very poor - you need to add one. RealPlayer doesn't work but PocketTunes does. Sound is too low
For the rest, the absence of BT is bad, especially because you cannot extend by a SD BT card ... I've been a palm user for ages, but I tried recently an XDAII mini, and I tend to prefer it

1:27 PM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

Hi,
thank you for writing in about your oppinions.
Indeed, silent speakers/headphones have plagued the Palm Os platform for a long time now, it feels as if licencees have not yet understood that most businessmen want to listen to mp3's too.
The lack of Bluetooth in a Palm OS smartphones is annoying-who knows if it isn't the carriers fault though.
Best regards
Tam Hanna

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After 3 weeks using QDA 700
- battery life time is very poor : close to 1 single day ! Being myself for 10 years in GSM handset design, this is most probably very bad power saving software - waiting for the next update (but nothing on website, it was available a couple of weeks ago, then disapeared ...)!
- charging/synchro cable : why did'nt they use a USB plug instead of a bulky custom synchro connector, with a piggy back for charger ???

8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been using this phone (unlocked) for a month with my ATT/Cingular account in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I LOVE the form factor BUT reception is not as good as with my Nokia 3100, battery life is poor, and I managed to lose my stylus which is a non-standard extendable variety and is not easily replaced. I also find that I need to frequently reset the phone, especially after a HotSync. Fortunately the reset button is easily accessible on the side of the body, unlike the Treo 650 which requires removing the battery! The font is too thin (I used Thin Font Fix with my Clie SJ22 to fix a similar problem but it doesn''t work with the QDA) and the screen can''t be seen well outdoors, especially in bright sunlight. The phone can be charged with the included wall charger which plugs into (shares) the hotsync cable. The hotsync cable will also charge the phone via a powered USB port or a car charger adapter that allows a USB connect. I have not been able to find a source to purchase a 2nd cable to keep in the car. Also, Qool Labs does not respond to e-mail request for support (support@qoollabs.com)so buyer beware. That said, I much prefer this smartphone to the Treo 650 in size, form, and ease of use (I don't like/need the attached keyboard and find the Treo's awkward to use. I'm really more comfortable with Grafitti and touchscreens.)

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