LG eXpo GW820 hands-on and video


Engadget just posted their quick hands-on impressions of the LG eXpo. It is worth noting that the eXpo is the first SnapDragon powered device officially available in North-America (you had to import the Acer neoTouch/Toshiba TG01 etc) and also the first smartphone to feature an optional pico-projector. The only downside seems to be the lack of 3.5mm jack (one can say that the resistive screen isn’t a plus too..):

You might think that slipping a mighty 1GHz Snapdragon processor this package works wonders, but after using the eXpo for a while, we’re not so sure. It’s not that the Snapdragon isn’t a brilliantly capable core, it’s that it’s simply not playing in the same league as a bone-stock WinMo 6.5 build like the eXpo uses — it’s like trying to race a Ferrari in a parking garage (don’t anyone dare make a The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift reference here). In terms of everyday usability, we’d venture that an old-school 528MHz MSM7201A (like that found in the Tilt2) would work just as well — and you’d get more battery life out of it to boot. Cores like OMAP3 and Snapdragon excel at powering flashy, modern, animation-intensive user interfaces, and considering that 6.5 is basically a tweaked version of a UI we saw early this decade, it doesn’t need (nor can it really take advantage of) this kind of processing power effectively. Gaming capability alone might justify it, but goodness knows WinMo isn’t anyone’s mobile gaming platform of choice these days. Perhaps the one place where you’d think the Snapdragon would pay dividends — browsing — didn’t seem to have much of an effect; we didn’t have an MSM7200-based phone side by side to benchmark it, but the eXpo doesn’t scroll or zoom in IE Mobile with the creamy smoothness you might expect (it’s not bad, it’s just not anything special). We can’t believe we’re saying it, but yeah: this might be the first, last, and only time we wish a Snapdragon phone had an MSM7200 series chipset instead. Revel in it, because you won’t see us making that statement very often.

Obviously the fact that Windows Mobile 6.X (WinCE 5.2) doesn’t natively support the SnapDragon doesn’t help. Engadget is right in saying that an MSM72XX wouldn’t have made much of a difference espcialy given the fact that there’s no fancy UI.

PhoneArena did a short video of the device:

Source: Engadget

New HTC HD2 Sense UI features: Documents tab & new music library


Included in the T-Mobile US HTC HD2 rom I posted yesterday is a new version of the HTC’s Sense UI for the HD2. This newer versions now includes a documents tabs that has direct access to your My Documents folder and lets you browse through you PDF’s Office docs without having to access the File Explorer. The second improvement is in the music library; browsing through your music is now faster thanks to a new drop down menu that appears when you tap on an artist’s name for example.

Source: XDA