Windows in Your Palm
Officially launched at CES in January, Palm now offers the Treo smartphone with the Windows Mobile 5.0 platform through Verizon Wireless. Dubbed the 700w, the new device offers all the great functionality of the previous Treos with the added enterprise capabilities of Microsoft. The slightly re-designed exterior is sleek and sharp, and navigating through the menus is easy with the central button and touchscreen. What really sets it apart, though, is the new EV-DO data radio inside, which will allow users to access e-mail and the Internet wirelessly at broadband speeds. Price: $399 with two-year plan.
Fully eschewing wires of any kind, HP is offering up the nc6140 notebook PC with WWAN service built in, permitting users to connect at broadband speeds via Verizon Wirelessí BroadbandAccess EV-DO network. The notebook features integrated dual-antennas and pre-installed software to help establish a wireless connection. Starting at 6 pounds, the nc6140 incorporates enhanced security features, Drivelock hard drive protection, Mobile Data Protection System shock protection, scratch-resistant in-mold lamination and the HP Panel Protection System, a15-inch, wide-viewing angle display, a full-sized keyboard and a scroll zone within the recessed touchpad. Price: $1,399.
On the Go
OQO continues to innovate its model 1+ ultra personal computer by making it available with Windows XP Tablet PC, a smallest of its kind hard drive, 512 MB of RAM, an 800 by 480 WVGA 5-inch indoor/outdoor readable display, a qwerty thumb keyboard with mouse buttons and TrackStik, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, Firewire, new support for screen rotation and network boot, and three hours of battery life all packaged in a 4.9 by 3.4 by 0.9-inch, 14-ounce device. Price: $2,099.
Moto Delivers Q
Not only is the new Q smartphone from Motorola sleek, stylish and equipped with a qwerty keyboard, the Windows Mobile 5 platform ensures business users the utmost flexibility in performing enterprise tasks, including e-mail, messaging and more. Thinner and lighter than the competition, the Q includes a thumbwheel for single-handed navigation, an internal antenna, a large, bright screen, a 1.3-megapixel camera and Bluetooth radios. The high-quality speakerphone permits voice-activated calling and hands-free operation for the busy mobile professional. It also includes a Mini-SD card slot for file storage. Available Q106. Price: TBD.
Get the Combo
The worldís first UPC to simultaneously run Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and Windows Mobile 5.0 operating systems was unveiled by DualCor at CES in January. The cPC combines the power of a desktop PC, the instant-on convenience of a PDA and the always-connected functionality of a cell phone. Measuring just 6.5 by 3.3 by 1.2 inches, the cPC offers unprecedented battery life for Internet access, e-mail and talk time. A patented dual-processor architecture and integrated 40GB hard drive allow it to run fully enabled desktop applications such as Microsoft Word and non-diluted versions of enterprise applications like SAP and Oracle, while retaining the instant-on, always-on functionality and long-lasting power of a PDA or cell phone. Price: $1,500.
The LifeBook P7000 notebook from Fujitsu offers mobile professionals all the flexibility they could ever ask for. With a weight of approximately 3 pounds, dimensions of 10.3 by 7.8 by 1.4 inches and an Intel Pentium M Processor, the P7000 offers an integrated biometric fingerprint sensor for added security; multiple connectivity options with the V.90 modem, 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11a/b/g radio; a wide variety of ports, including three USB 2.0 ports, IEEE 1394, S-Video and Secure Digital slot; and the unique modular bay can be adapted to your specific work style. The bay accepts an optional bay battery or a weight-saver module for extreme portability. Price: Starts at $1,699.
Upping the Ante
Symbol took a bold step in cementing its place as a leader in the rough and tumble device segment with the introduction of the MC70, the second in a series of what Symbol calls enterprise digital assistants. Armed with a 624MHz XScale processor, Windows Mobile 5.0, eGPRS/GSM cellphone capabilities, a tri-mode 802.11/a/b/g Wi-Fi radio, Bluetooth, and multiple scanner and imager options, the MC70 is built to handle tough working environments and deliver the TCO you expect from a rugged device. Price: Starts at $2,195.
The Go-To Guy
If youíve ever been on the road and needed to access your home or work PC, youíve probably wished for Citrixís GoToMyPC. With drag-and-drop file-transfer, a true-color environment, multi-monitor support, performance monitoring and tuning, the fifth generation of GoToMyPCís Web service offers workers around the world greater productivity with real-time desktop access from anywhere at unmatched speeds. GoToMyPC 5 enables workers to securely access their desktops, including e-mail, files, applications and all network resources from any Web browser while on the road, at a remote site or when working from home. Price: $19.95 per month for one PC.
Back In Ö Grey
Though BlackBerrys are traditionally, well, black, the new 8700c, offered through Cingular, is actually a nice gun-metal grey. Built for the mobile professional set, the 8700c includes a host of features, including an Intel processor, access to up to 10 supported business and/or personal e-mail accounts, integrated attachment viewing for popular file formats, MMS for combining text and images on a single message, a bright, high-resolution screen that provides a large viewable workspace, a built-in speakerphone for hands-free dialing, a Bluetooth headset, a qwerty keyboard and 64 MB of memory. Quad-band network support on 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS and EDGE networks allows for international roaming between North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Price: $349.
For those looking for a capable messaging device thatís off the beaten track, the V, from LG and Verizon Wireless, fits the bill. Truly a multi-media phone, the V handles fast downloads through the V CAST service, video and music playback with stereo speakers, a 1.3 megapixel camera with business card reader, a qwerty keyboard for enhanced mobile instant messaging and text messaging, a MiniSD for file storage, Wireless Sync e-mail, two high-resolution displays and Bluetooth. Price: $199 with a two-year agreement.
Go for the Rag Top
Okay, well, actually, I had a different sort of convertible in mind, the new convertible Tablet PC from Gateway. The first 14-inch widescreen Tablet available, itís ideal for mobile professionals looking for the convenience and flexibility of having a pen-input computer that does it all. The full-size keyboard, 802.11 radios, long battery life (up to 8.5 hours), fast Intel processor, modular bay, high-capacity hard drive, Gateway Mobile Theft Protection Solution for added security features and reinforced magnesium display enclosure for enhanced durability are perfect for the business user. Price: Starts at $999.
Taking the Call
Looking for a new headset for your office phone? GN Netcom, a provider of wireless office headsets, has just the answer in its new GN 9350. It provides useful innovations such as: compatibility with traditional and IP telephony; around-the-clock talk time with two interchangeable batteries; digital encryption security; and digital signal processing to filter out loud noise and boost incoming audio levels. Itís also Wi-Fi friendly, operates on a 1.9GHz frequency and offers users a selectable range of up to 350 feet, multi-unit conferencing, a sleek, lightweight (under an ounce) design and three wearing options. Price: $349.