There are lots of smartphones competing for your attention and a new name has just arrived: Velocity Mobile.
The company's aim is to make minimalist-looking hardware with solid features for a good price, and to do something about the boring Windows Mobile look and feel.
The Velocity 103 is the first launch in the UK. It has a black fascia, two front buttons for Call and End functions, and a white track-wheel. Its 640 x 480 high res, ﬂush to casing, screen was ideally sensitive to our tapping.
There are plenty of features, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, quad-band GSM with HSDPA to 7.2Mbps, video calling camera and GPS. Velocity's main selling points though are Odyssey and VOTA.
Odyssey is the front end to Windows Mobile. It provides a neat overlay that is like HTC's TouchFLO in looks and ﬁnger-dragging operation to gain attention, but different enough so it doesn't feel like a complete copy.
VOTA is Velocity Over The Air. This will deliver updates, including OS tweaks and new applications on a regular basis. This could be great for continuously refreshing your device, but there are problems.
The headset connector is 2.5mm rather than 3.5mm, the camera shoots at just 2 megapixels and has no auto-focus and no ﬂash.
Battery life is reasonable for a Windows Mobile device. Under intensive use, daily top-ups may be required, however.