Tools - January 2010
By Susan Nunziata
Fast & Rugged
Handheld is offering the Nautiz X7 ultra rugged handheld computer with a lightning fast processor. IP67-rated to withstand the toughest outdoor environments, the X7 features an 806 MHz processor and Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 OS. Integrated connectivity options include 3G cellular, WLAN, Bluetooth and GPS. It weighs 17.28 oz., can withstand temperatures ranging from -22 degrees F to 140 degrees F, and passes full MIL-STD-810G testing for durability, including drops from 1.2 meters. Prices: $1699-$2099. www.handheld-us.com
Research In Motion debuted the BlackBerry Bold 9700, available in the U.S. from T-Mobile and AT&T. Benefits include 256 MB flash memory, a bright 2.44" display, BlackBerry OS 5.0, and support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. The traditional trackball is replaced by clickable trackpad. Price: $199 with two-year contract. http://na.blackberry.com/eng/devices/blackberrybold9700/
Time For A Swim?
Verizon Wireless is offering the Motorola Barrage rugged push-to-talk cell phone that is submersible for up to 30 minutes in 1 meter of water. Made of chrome, glass, mesh and rubber, it's designed to withstand blowing rain, humidity, temperature extremes, and other abuses. Price: $129.99 with two-year contract. www.verizonwireless.com
It was a busy fall 2009 for Research In Motion, which also debuted the Storm2 9520, available in the U.S. on the Verizon network. The device's touchscreen uses SurePress technology, designed to offer improved tactile functionality over its predecessor. It runs the BlackBerry 5.0 Operating System, which provides seamless integration with new 5.0 BlackBerry Enterprise Servers for business deployments.
CSS processing as well as support for Gears and BlackBerry Widgets. Price: $179.99 after rebate with a two-year contract.
Motorola's MC9500 handheld computer offers modular 3.5G WAN with support for GSM HSDPA or CDMA-EVDO Rev A wireless broadband in one device. The MC9500 also features a portfolio of modular, swappable keypads. Equipped with the Marvell XScale PXA320@806 MHz processor and Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 OS, it's designed transportation/logistics, parcel/post delivery, DSD, field service, and public safety uses. Price: $2,496-$3,295. www.motorola.com
N900 Crosses The Pond
The Nokia N900 smartphone, which runs on the Linux-powered open-source Maemo mobile platform, is now available in the U.S. It offers 32 GB of storage and multiple connectvitiy options, including access to 3G data networks. Users can multitask several apps or web browsers simultaneously. The N900's Web browser is based on Mozilla technology. It features a 3.5-inch touchscreen plus full QWERTY keyboard.
Price: $649. www.maemo.nokia.com/n900
Glacier Computer and M3 Mobile debut the Glacier M3 Series Handheld Computers. The M330 runs Windows CE 5.0 and offers 802.11 b/g WiFi and GSM/GPRS/EDGE WWAN connectivity. The M340 offers Windows Mobile 6.1 and is rated IP 65. It has 802.11b/g WiFi as well as 3G+HSDPA, GSM, Edge Quad Band and GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz WWAN connectivity. The M350 also features WinMo 6.1, with 802.11 b/g WiFi plus 3G+HSDPA, GSM, GPRS, Edge Quad Band, GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz WWAN connectivity. Designed for healthcare environments, the M350 can withstand repeated sterilizations. The entire M3 Series has been drop tested from 5 feet. Price: $2,000 to $2,800 depending on configuration. www.glaciercomputer.com
Janam upgraded its XG100 gun-shaped mobile computer line with Windows Mobile 6.1 OS, in addition to its existing Windows CE OS. Janam's XG100 is designed for extended-shift use in warehouses, loading docks, distribution centers and similar environments. Connectivity is via 802.11b/g WLAN. The XG100 has an Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) tag integrated into the body of the unit. Price: $1,995. www.janam.com
TabletKiosk offers three new slate-style tablets powered by Intel Atom processors. All come with choice of pre-installed operating systems: Microsoft Windows Vista Business, Windows XP Embedded or openSUSE Linux 11. All three qualify for free upgrade to Windows 7 if purchased on or before Jan. 31, 2010. The eo a7330D Ultra Mobile PC is a 7-inch tablet with an auto-switching dual mode active digitizer / resistive touch screen panel. The eo TufTab a7230XD is a rugged Ultra-Mobile PC that surpasses MIL-SPEC-810F specifications and is rated IP54. It comes with 802.11a/b/g/n Dual Channel WiFi, integrated RFID reader, built-in 1D/2D barcode scanner, and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. The Sahara NetSlate a230T 12.1-inch touchscreen comes standard with 802.11a/b/g/n Dual Channel WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. Prices: Unavailable. www.tabletkiosk.com