xpPhone Brings Windows XP To The Smartphone For Under $650

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News Posted: Tue, Jan 19 2010 12:17 AM
We've witnessed a stripped down version of OS X on a phone (thanks to the iPhone), and we've seen various editions of Linux ported over to the mobile side (Maemo, for instance), but a phone with Windows on it? Consider it a done deal. ITG has just announced new images and a final price point for a phone that has lived in vaporware status until now.

The phone looks an awful lot like a MID, with a widescreen display, a sliding QWERTY keyboard and Windows XP onboard. Yes, that Windows XP. It's sort of crazy to think that the operating system that was being loaded onto pretty much every netbook ever made early last year has now been shoved onto a phone, but evidently this one has the under-the-hood horsepower to handle such demands.




ITG is marketing the xpPhone has a pocketable, all-in-one PC. With GPS, a real-deal OS and a legitimate keyboard, it's easy to understand why. Users can actually install full-fledged Windows applications on this phone, such as the full version of Skype, and even Minesweeper! All jokes aside, the only thing left here is a release date, but the $400 to $650 price (depending on options) is probably enough to scare most folks away. But just remember--most modern day smartphones run upwards of $500 when you're talking non-contract prices, so these numbers really aren't all that incredible.
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rapid1 replied on Tue, Jan 19 2010 2:24 PM

Think about this, take this phone or a similar model with a mini pcix SSD in it and maybe the next gen processor whether it be nvidia tesla2, Atom 2, VIA etc on it and an oled display with wireless and a full pull out qwerty whats the difference between that and a netbook other than size. With a SSD hd it removes some of the ram amount for operation requirements as well. I think a mini pcix slot or even two could fit in this type of device they are very thin and about 1 inch square by 1 centimeter or 2 thick. Then everyone will have a computer and connection to there mini network 24/7. That's where were going !

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A stripped down version of Windows XP? It's an interesting idea, we're seeing the lines between phones, PCs being blurred. As long as it doesn't taken a couple of minutes to boot up like XP does.

@rapid1 I say lets be done with it. Someone needs to come out with a Tablet-E-reader-Phone-Media Player-notebook hybrid. Yeah I'd feel awkward talking into a 7" tablet, but it would save me from owning 4-5 gadgets with similar functions.

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midfan replied on Tue, Jan 19 2010 4:09 PM

I expect that they will upgrade to Windows 7 soon. They could also implement the concept form factor in http://www.x-fold.com to make it more user friendly.

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Security was a concern for me as well. Since Microsoft has stopped supporting it, XP is not as secure as Window 7 or Vista. Also, there's been a trend of more and more smartphones being attacked by hackers.

Here's a list of top 10 Smartphone security risks: LINK

1. No configuration management plan.

2. No power-on password, or a weak password policy.

3. No inactivity timeout/auto-lock.

4. No auto-destruct/data-wiping plans.

5. No memory encryption rules.

6. No master plan for backup and synchronization.

7. No e-mail-forwarding barriers.

8. No application certification rules.

9. No default browser permission rules.

10. No plan for dealing with smartphone diversity.

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rapid1 replied on Wed, Jan 20 2010 2:39 AM

Yeah; cell phone risks are huge really and no one in the general public seems to realize it. We were talking about security stuff in class and the professor did not even think about cell phones when I listed it in discussion. I told her think about it every bank does phone banking now, how long do you think it would take someone to grab all your bank info while you were walking down the street transferring money or even just checking your balance. Then by the time you got home your account would be cleaned out. She was like wow I never thought of that. What makes it even worse is many people myself included as well as my brothers house and my moms at the end of this month will be solely cell phones.

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rapid1 replied on Wed, Jan 20 2010 2:42 AM

Also I really like the way this phone looks I would buy one for sure.

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These side-way full-qwerty sliders have become pretty popular lately. One of the ones I was surprised by was the Pantech Impact. Sleek, OLED screen, dual displays, decent call quality. It's only available from AT&T however.

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realneil replied on Wed, Jan 20 2010 10:21 AM

I think it would require extra memory storage for all of the security fixes and update you'd need.

Why move backwards to and old OS? Maybe it just can't run Win7?

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rapid1 replied on Wed, Jan 20 2010 1:53 PM

Hey gibbersome I use an eEv2, and got one for my mother, Sarah uses and Env3 I got her, and so does my daughter Amber who turns 13 on the 28th. So I would say your assumption on the keyboard (it is flip rather than slide out, but basically the same thing), is very correct. Having a manageable full qwerty keyboard with a display above it (The LG Env line has two displays one outside and a much larger one inside when you open the keyboard) is very nice. This phone though is quite a lot like what I talk about as a multi use device, although the display lacks a couple inches for my optimal I would get this unit in a heartbeat if it was available on my carrier (Verizon).

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