The design is definitely refreshed, with more rounded corners and somewhat resembling TYTN II’s forms. The weight is kept at 5.29oz and even though this is considered heavy, it is very well balanced and feels a lot lighter when held. Dimension-wise, both devices are pretty much identical (could this be the reason why the new one still called Shadow and not Shadow 2). Just as on the original, the keypad is just great – easy to press with good feedback. The same goes for the shortcuts and volume keys and well as the D-pad which can be used as a traditional one, there’s also the option of turning it, just like the iPod except it’s physical instead of digital. Unlike the dull dark and light color scheme of the original, the new Shadow will comes in two flavors – with black front and red slider and black front, white sides and kind of light grey slider.
The feature set and specifications are upgraded as well. The battery talk/stand-by times are almost doubled to 8h talk and 340h stand-by. The processor speed is increased to 260 MHz, and even though this might look as insignificant change the overall performance of the device is just lighting fast. The OS as can be expected is now Windows Mobile 6.1. Added is support for T-Mobile Unlimited HotSpot Calling Service as well.
Our overall first impressions are very positive. If HTC manages to fix the sound quality issues we encountered in the original Shadow, the sequel is definitely something you should consider if you are looking for this type of device.
Officially, the new Shadows is expected to be released in the upcoming week, while our sources indicate a release date of Jan. 28th at selected T-Mobile retail stores and online.