Tools - November 2008

By Susan Nunziata — November 07, 2008

Treo Unlocked

The Palm Treo Pro smartphone is aimed squarely at the mobile workforce, featuring Palm shortcuts layered on a Windows Mobile 6.1 platform. Launched in Europe in September on Vodafone and O2, it's also available in an unlocked version in the U.S., Europe and Asia. It features direct connection to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 SP2 or 2007 for up-to-date email, contacts and calendar. With the deployment of Microsoft's Mobile Device Manager, the Treo Pro offers businesses the security, management and information access to corporate networks so I.T. teams can manage large deployments. It offers high-speed UMTS/HSDPA network capabilities for global use. Price: $549.

Q Goes Global

The Moto Q Global with Windows Mobile 6.1 is available in the U.S. exclusively on AT&T. It supports the Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager for single-point access to applications, files and other info on corporate networks. It features a full QWERTY keyboard, and quad-band SM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSDPA connectivity. It supports remote administration, information rights management, and encryption. It offers GOOD Mobile Messaging, Microsoft Direct Push, BlackBerry Connect, an Opera browser, DataViz Documents To Go and TeleNav Track.  Price: $150 with a two-year contract.

Storm Hits

At press time, the BlackBerry Bold's September U.S. launch on AT&T was put on hold and the BlackBerry Storm 9530 3G smartphone was unveiled. The Storm was due to launch in late fall from Verizon in the U.S. and Vodafone in Europe, India, Australia and New Zealand. It features a "clickable" touchscreen that depresses slightly so it feels much like a keyboard. It also supports single-touch, multi-touch and gestures for application navigation. In the U.S. it supports Verizon's 3G EV-DO and A/CDMA network, with UMTS/HSPA and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM for global use. It supports BlackBerry Enterprise Server, BlackBerry Internet Service and BlackBerry Unite and comes preloaded with DataViz Documents To Go Price: Unavailable.

Rugged Upgrades

Trimble upgraded its 17-ounce Recon outdoor rugged handheld computer with a new display and a PowerBoot Module offering expanded battery capacity, lengthened batter life and reduced charging time. The PowerBoot Module also reduces battery memory effect, enhancing its usability for field workers who require frequent recharges. A high-res sunlight-visible QVGA display is designed for use in the brightest outdoor environments. It's designed for operation in extreme outdoor and industrial environments, meets MIL-STD-810F military standards for drops, vibrations and temperature extremes, and is impervious to water and dust. It runs Windows Mobile 6 and offers optional integrated Bluetooth and 802.11g. Price: $999.

Android Arrives

The HTC G1, launched in the U.S. Oct. 22 by T-Mobile,
is the world's first Android-powered mobile phone. It was released in the U.K. in November and rolls out in Europe in 1Q 2009. Using Google's new open mobile web operating system, the G1 offers a mobile web experience that includes one-click contextual search and a full HTML web browser. The phone combines full touchscreen functionality with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a trackball. It supports 3G, EDGE and WiFi connectivity. Features include Google Maps StreetView that syncs with a built-in compass on the phone. The rich HTML email client is designed to sync email, calendar and contacts from Gmail, as well as most other POP and IMAP email services. It combines IM support for Google Talk, AOL, Yahoo! Messenger, and Windows Live Messenger in the U.S. Price: $179 with two-year service contract.

Pocket Power

Psion Teklogix's pocket-sized NEO handheld computer is a rugged touchscreen device weighing 9.7 ounces and measuring 6.5 inches X 2.5 inches. It takes advantage of Microsoft Windows CE .NET 5.0 to integrate advanced data capture and communications functions, including integrated imager or laser scanner, WLAN, and Bluetooth wireless capabilities. It leverages Psion Teklogix's PTX Connect to deliver VoIP with discrete Push-to-Talk for real-time voice communication, as well as Instant Messaging and text messaging functions. It's aimed at retail front-of-store, light-duty warehouse, utility field workers, courier and
parcel delivery services, and hospitality users, among others. Price: $1,000-$2,000.


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