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.

 

Specs

  • 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.

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