We've been in a love/hate relationship with the Toshiba TG01 since Flora was called Andy and we laid eyes on it way back in February at the Mobile World Congress. Now that it's launched exclusively on Orange in the UK, we're still conflicted.
We love that it's the first smart phone to rock Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and we lust after its 104mm (4.1-inch) screen, all packed into a case so slim it gave us body-image issues just looking at it.
It's got Wi-Fi and HSPA for speedy Web surfing, as well as GPS
with Orange's built-in turn-by-turn navigation. And take that, iPhone: there's a microSD card
slot, which comes with an 8GB memory card, expandable up to 32GB.
But we hate that it sports the dated-looking Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system, and that gorgeous screen is a resistive one, which means you'll have to apply a little pressure with a fingernail as you try to tap those tiny, 90s-style Windows icons.
In response to our anguished cries of "Why, dear gods, why?" Toshiba told us it chose WinMo because it's easy to develop on, so it could get this innovative phone out the door promptly. Orange said it plans to roll out the next version of the OS, Windows Mobile 6.5, as a free over-the-air download when it's released, which should improve things slightly.
We'll admit Windows Mobile is much-beloved of IT managers because of its business-friendly configuration, security and remote-wiping options, so the TG01 could be the big-screen smart phone for suits who aren't allowed iPhones.
It's not up as of this moment, but Orange says the TG01 will go on sale today from free on a £39.15 per month, two-year contract from its Web site.
Click the image to read more about the TG01's impressive features and depressive user interface.