Hands-on with the New Shadow UMA

We still don't have a firm release date (though the folks at the T-Mobile booth did give a sly smily when we mentioned the "late January" rumor) on the new Shadow, we do have a full hands on.  As expected, you're not going to see any 3G here, but you are getting a Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard smartphone with support for T-Mobile Hotspot - aka UMA aka VOIP aka free calls over voicemail.

After the break, get your spec rundown, brief impressions, and photo gallery, including some shots of how that UMA software sets itself up for ya.  As for an offical name, it's "The Shadow with Hotspot," but we're going to go with "Shadow UMA" because "Shadow II" is played out and "Shadow 2009" is just wrong.



  • Processor: TI Neptune 260MHZ
  • 256 ROM / 128 RAM
  • MicroSD
  • 4.06" x 2.05" X .59"
  • 5.29 ounces
  • 2.6" 320x240 display
  • Sure-type-esque slide out keyboard
  • 1100 mAh battery - 7 hours of talk time on GSM, unknown on WiFi
  • Quad-Band Edge
  • UMA / Hotspot
  • Bluetooth 2.0 / EDR, A2DP supported
  • WiFi b/g
  • 2mp camera

Overall we find the Shadow UMA to be pretty much the same as the original Shadow, just a bit rounder at the edges.  The slider mechanism is as solid as you'd want and we're happy to see that they hung onto the custom Today Screen from the original Shadow instead of going with the stock.  We only had a few minutes with it, but that Neptune processor seems to be overachieving a bit -- animations were slick and we saw few pauses.

Exact price and release date are unknown, but we're hoping for "low" and "soon," respectively.



Reader comments

Hands-on with the New Shadow UMA


Am I the only one that feels 260MHz is too low for any windows mobile device to have to actually function correctly? I guess that 128 of RAM is being pushed lol, and yes...Shadow UMA sounds much better then Shadow 2009. Lol!!

If you just want the basic PIM functions and MP3 playback then I guess a 260mhz is enough. But my brother had the original Shadow, and it's 200mhz CPU was rubbish at just about anything other than the basics....going to 260mhz just enough in today's multimedia rich world.

At least they seem to have upgraded the battery, cause it was pretty weak on the original.

There are a number of websites that will help anyone who has the original Shadow with a number of modifications to boost the performance of your smart phone up to what the 2009 edition is capable of doing. What's the difference between HotSpot and Skype> By itself, it simply isn't worth the upgrade. Ever since it was rumored that the Shadow II (2009) was to be released and the actual release date there were a few things they had to do to make this a very nice upgrade to the original... 1) A bigger battery - check! 2) A faster processor, but let's be real it needed to be higher - check! 3) 3G and despite FCC hinting at it, nope! The drum beat for months, will it or won't it have 3G? And the rub, unless there's an unlocked smart phone with UMTS 1700/2100, it's not compatible with T-Mobile's network. Maybe it's me, but that's not how you keep your loyal customer base.