We've been talking about the xpPhone for a long, long time. In fact, in the time since it first surfaced, Microsoft has developed and released a completely new operating system -- one that's actually meant to be on phones. Still, that hasn't discouraged ITG, the maker of the xpPhone, as the device has finally gone on sale and is now available for any and all to purchase.
Packing a full QWERTY keyboard (and by full we mean arrow keys and all), a 4.8-inch LCD, up to 16GB of storage, USB support, VGA, GPS, a touchpad, a camera and Windows XP (embedded), the xpPhone is definitely not your average phone. In fact, we'd venture as far as saying that this is more a MID with phone capabilities than a phone.
It is expensive (you could get a decent low-end laptop for the same money), but if you're looking for grade A nerd-cred, then you probably don't care about the price tag. Expect to pay $798 for the 8GB 3G version or $732 for an 8GB xpPhone sans 3G. Still too pricey? Why not go for the DOS version (yes, DOS)? That's available for the low-low price of $666. Storage hogs can look forward to paying $876 for the 3G model, $810 for the 2G and $765 for the DOS model.
Are they trying to cannibalise W7 phone?
Oh but most importantly... How will you fit it in your pocket? 4.8 inches of XP fun.
The issue with a device like this these days is that almost every phone has web/games/media playback at 1/2 or even 1/4 of the price. 3 Years ago I'd be more impressed.