O2 has launched its first extra brainy Windows phone to come with push email software from the box.
Fittingly called the XDA IQ, it serves up Microsoft’s Direct Push service, which gives you regular Blackberry-style updates for your inbox.
Although XDA Exec and Mini S users have been able to get in on the direct push mailing action via a software upgrade from O2’s site, this is the first time it has come pre-loaded.
The feature slots in nicely with the Windows Mobile 5.0 OS, which gives you easy syncing with Outlook and the ability to fiddle around with Word Mobile attachments.
The IQ is also likes to be known informally as Captain Web thanks to its inclusion of Wi-Fi – a feature lacking on the outward bound XDA SP – which will be a joy on its 2.2in QVGA screen.
What else does it cram into your pocket? Well, there’s a standard 1.3MP camera, 64MB RAM and quad-band connectivity for foreign shores. The battery also lasts a claimed 150 hours on stand-by, with 4 hours talk-time.
Shops are receiving their first shipments of XDA IQs now – we couldn’t find any online outlets that are advertising it yet, but it should be available imminently for £100 on contract.
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