Words cannot even begin to describe how awesome the HTC Excalibur feels in the palm of your hand, and watching videos only gets you there half way. You just need to hold it to understand why I’m giving the HTC Excalibur Best In Show at CTIA Wireless IT and Entertainment in LA 2006. I’ll elaborate more on this in a later article when I do a side-by-side comparison between the HTC Excalibur and Nokia’s E62 smartphone.
The HTC Excalibur is also known as the XDA Cosmo, available in Germany through O2 network. There are rumblings that T-Mobile will score the HTC Excalibur; called Dash. I confirm this report thanks to a shot I’d captured during my photo shoot at the show. Check out the screen shot below showing the T-Mobile logo. Also, thanks to a screen shot via MoDaCo, shows the Dash’s System Information revealing the model name as T-Mobile Dash. More after the jump!
The Dash sports Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone Edition. I’m not a big fan of Microsoft’s operating systems for smartphone, but on the Dash, it works seamlessly. However, my opinion is based on a few minutes of usage during a show, so a more in depth review is needed to determine how it holds up in the real world. Other specs include 64MB of ROM, 128MB of RAM, a 2.8-inch TFT LCD display with 320x240 pixels, and full QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard feels great and the tactile feedback feels every bit as good as the Nokia E61. The Dash is powered by a TI OMAP850 200Mhz processor, has a miniSD card slot, 1.3-megapixel camera, and best of all 802.11 WiFi!
T-Mobile is expected to drop the Dash later next month. I hope it’s priced in the $150 range to compete with Cingular’s Nokia E62. Of course I'd be willing to shell out a little more for the Dash over the E62 for WiFi.
Videos of the Dash on page 2.