My i-Mate (same as XDA II) should arrive here in California tomorrow. I can't wait.
As for the review: :roll: :roll: :roll:
Let's just make a few comments about what's in the quotes on the main page of Thoughts, even before I've read the article:
"the convention for ever smaller devices is disdainfully ignored."
Sure. It's smaller (dimension-wise) than the iPAQ 5000 series (even if you don't count the antenna on the iPAQ - which the XDA II has none, making it look very sleek, and a lot sexier than the orginal XDA). It is also lighter than either the original XDA, or the iPAQ 5000 series.
As for Janak's comment about you have to not "mind the idea of holding a Pocket PC to your ear": This is true. However, it does support a bluetooth headset for calls. As other users have commented (and what I plan on doing) is that you don't even have to take the phone out of your pocket to answer the call - let alone hold the XDA II up to your ear.
The XDA II is a great device. 128 MB RAM, 64 MB ROM, Bluetooth, IR, removable battery, always on tri-band GPRS, SDIO slot, integrated camera, etc. etc.
I'll be the first to admit there are some flaws (the bluetooth profiles on there are rather lacking - has no serial, so can't do GPS right now...lots of other misc. bugs as well), but none-the-less it's a great device.
Its biggest flaw is the price. It is expensive, to be sure. But for $20 unlimited, always on GPRS from T-Mobile, I'm willing to pay a lot for a converged device. I love always having the 'net on me.