Tools -January 2009

By Susan Nunziata — January 19, 2009

Built For The Road
Motorola's rugged VC6096 In-Vehicle/Fixed Mount mobile computer features IP64 sealing and military and industrial-grade specs for vibration, shock and solar radiation. Aimed at users in trucking, government/military, and postal/delivery, the VC6096 is due in 1Q 2009. Price: $4395.

Thermal Printer
The Extech Apex 3 three-inch thermal receipt printer features standard short-range Bluetooth and optional Long-Range Bluetooth or 802.11b/g.  It's lightweight but a protective overmolding makes it durable enough for field use. Print utilities are available for most mobile operating systems, including Windows CE, PocketPC, .NET, WM5, Windows Vista and Palm. Price: Unavailable.

Another Android
Australian handset maker Kogan is debuting the Agora Pro Android phone, available unlocked for use on any carrier worldwide. Pre-orders are being taken now and the device is expected to ship on January 29. The Agora Pro features a 2.5-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen, integrated Qwerty keyboard, Bluetooth, WiFi network access, GPS and a 2.0 megapixel camera. Price: $250.

Mini Navigator
Fujitsu's 1.32 lb. LifeBook U820 convertible mini notebook combines full-featured Windows PC functionality with integrated Garmin Mobile PC navigation software. Powered by the Intel Centrino Atom-Z processor, the U820 features integrated turn-by-turn, voice-prompted navigation from Garmin, eliminating the need for field force and mobile sales reps to carry two devices. The 5.6-inch Crystal View wide XGA touchscreen is similar to a navigation device, while an improved Qwerty keyboard features an extra set of rows for comfortable typing and a zoom utility for easy viewing. Price: $1,050.

Tiny Projector
In December 2008, Optoma began shipping the Pico PK-101 portable DLP projector. Weighing in at 4 oz. and measuring two inches by 4.1 inches by .7 inches, the Pico enables you to project pictures and video from a smartphone. An internal battery delivers 1.5 hours on a single charge. Price: $400.

Nokia is calling its N97 "a truly mobile computer." The device features a large 3.5-inch touchscreen display plus full Qwerty keyboard. Integrated A-GPS sensors and an electronic compass mean the device intuitively knows where it is. The 16:9 widescreen display is designed to optimize Web browsing and media experiences. It supports up to 48GB of storage, including 32 GB of on-board memory, expandable with a 16 GB microSD card. Support for services such as Share On Ovi enable immediate content sharing over HSDPA and WLAN. It's due to begin shipping in first-half 2009. Price: $645.

Pocket Printer
Zebra launches the Economy Mobile 220 .52 lb printer designed for customer-facing environments such as retail. With optional Bluetooth 2.0 wireless connectivity and a magnetic card reader, the EM220 provides  mobile receipt printing and credit card transactions. It offers industry-standard software drivers, plus software development kits and OPOS drivers to easily integrate into an existing system. Price: Unavailable.

Healthy Alternative
Engineered for the medical pro, the Panasonic Toughbook H1 is a fully rugged mobile clinical assistant in a sealed and easily santized package. It integrates the low-power Intel Atom processor and offers six-hour battery life plus dual hot-swappable batteries. A fanless design limits the opportunity for germs to be transported by the device The H1 is available in January. Price: $3000.

Fuze Work & Play
AT&T is offering the 3G HTC Fuze, which pairs a Qwerty keyboard with a TouchFlo 3D touchscreen user interface. The Windows Mobile 6.1 device offers integration with Microsoft Outlook, with options for Good Mobile Messaging or BlackBerry Connect. Price: $300.

Redfly Season
Celio added two new models to its Redfly line of smartphone terminals, which are designed to turn a smartphone into a netbook without the additional cost of ownership or data loss risk of a UMPC or laptop.  The 1.5 lb Redfly C7 features a 7-inch display and lightweight five-hour battery. The CN8 features an eight-inch screen and is designed for use with an iPod, iPhone, or Zune media player or digital camera. A new media port and media cable provide a simultaneous connection as a third USB port and composite video input.  Prices: C7, $230; CN8, $300.


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