So the HTC Advantage is available in the US, in retail even. Well, it's in CompUSA, as least, if you consider that a retail store and not a dying albatross hanging about the neck of whichever mall it happens to be attached to.
I'll admit, the urge to buy one of these, even at its $899 US pricetag, is growing stronger by the day. The specs on it are just out of this world:
- 624 MHz CPU with ATi™ Graphic Chip W2284
- Microsoft® Windows Mobile® 6 Professional
- ROM: 256 MB, RAM: 128 MB SDRAM
- 133.5 mm (L) x 98 mm (W) x 16 mm (T)
- 359g (with battery)
- 5" Touchscreen, 640x480 resolution
- HSDPA/UMTS/GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
- Bluetooth® 2.0, 802.11 b/g
- HTC proprietary 16-pin combined port (USB 1.1 host/VGA and TV Out)
- 3 mega-pixel camera with autofocus and flash light
- 8GB Drive built-in
It makes the Foleo look like, well, a PalmOS device. Yes, it's chunky and yes, the keyboard is too big to thumb and too small to touch-type easily. Otherwise, this thing is a powerhouse of a device by any reasonable standard.