O2 device 'combines a smartphone with a laptop'

27 March 2009 — 2:00 PM

The Flint was unveiled earlier this year

A new device from O2 has been described as a hybrid version of some of the latest available phones and netbooks.

The 3g.co.uk website looks at the network's Xda Flint and highlights some of its innovative features. However, it suggests the gadget works better as a smartphone than the document reader it was originally marketed as.

It is noted in the review that one of the best things the handset offers is a "huge, readable screen" as well as its detachable keyboard and "impressive" feature set.

"The Xda Flint can appeal to a larger audience than the somewhat arbitrary student market, as it has the specs for internet, satnav and video conferencing," the site adds.

Announced in January this year, the Flint was pitched as an ideal educational tool that combined the communications features of a phone with access to a range of online learning facilities.

Those looking to recycle mobile phones to buy their children a gadget that could help with their homework might also be tempted by its ability to access a range of virtual learning environments.

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