Innovation With a Twist
Sony Electronics breaks new ground with its CLIÉ PEG-NR70V handheld. The Palm OS v.4.1-based PDA is the first to feature a rotating color LCD screen, a Dragonball Super VZ 66MHz processor, and a built-in CMOS digital camera on the hinge. The CLIÉ screen opens for access to the integrated keyboard or rotates 180 degrees and folds so the movable camera lens can capture photos. The TFT 16-bit color display shows 320 by 480 pixels, weighs 7 ounces and measures 5.5 by 2.9 by 0.7 inch. The unit has a lithium-ion polymer rechargeable internal battery.
CLIÉ PEG-NR70V Sony Electronics www.sonystyle.com/clie $600
Siemens Does The GSM/TDMA Tango
Siemens' S46 Global Phone marries dual-band GSM and dual-band TDMA coverage to keep mobile roamers in touch in more places worldwide. The S46 is the first phone to offer expanded coverage, with TDMA technology picking up where GSM drops off - for instance, in parts of the United States and in Latin America. The phone weighs 4.3 ounces and is GPRS-enabled on AT&T's GSM cellular network. The multiband phone claims talk times of 2.5 hours (TDMA) and 5 hours (GSM).
S46 Global Phone Siemens www.attwireless. com $200
More Than Meets the Eye
Logitech debuts its all-in-one protective case and wraparound fabric keyboard, the KeyCase, for Palm OS-based handhelds. The handheld sits in the cradle, ready for stylus-free input, with an on-screen button, dedicated function keys and a pressure-sensitive scroller for navigation. KeyCase is compatible with Palm i705 and m125 and m500 Series handhelds, as well as Windows or Macintosh operating systems.
KeyCase Logitech www.logitech.com $100
Wi-Fi Fortified Notebooks
Compaq Computer Corp. announces the wireless-ready Presario 2800 (below) and Evo N800 notebooks with Intel 1.7GHz Pentium 4-M processors. The Presario 2800 boasts integrated 802.11b MultiPort wireless technology, a 30GB hard drive, a 15-inch SXGA+ display, a DVD/CD-RW combo drive and USB 2.0 support, and weighs less than 6 pounds. The Evo N800 packs the powerful P4 chip in a 1.3-inch design and sports up to a 60GB hard drive.
Presario 2800 and Evo N800 Compaq Computer Corp. www.compaq. com $1,399 (Presario), $1,949 (Evo)
Motorola's V Series takes design in a completely new direction. The sleek Motorola V70, operating on the Cingular Wireless GSM/GPRS network, features a futuristic form factor with a rotating cover and circular display.
Motorola V70 Motorola Inc. www.cingular.com $400
Gateway to Handheld Convergence
Audiovox presents Thera Handheld Pocket PC, the first PPC 2002-based PDA with integrated CDMA2000 1xRTT cell phone capability. At 7 ounces and 5.0 by 3.1 by 0.8 inch, Thera features a 206MHz StrongARM processor and a 32MB Secure Digital (SD) card. It will operate on Verizon Wireless' high-speed Express Network.
Thera Handheld Pocket PC Audiovox www.verizon.com $800
Compaq's Rugged Case protects iPAQ H3100, H3600, H3700 and H3800 Series Pocket PCs from dust, water, and drops of up to 4 feet. The 6.0 by 4.2 by 2.0-inch, 0.4-pound Rugged Case keeps the handheld safe while operating at temperatures up to 104° Fahrenheit and down to -4° Fahrenheit when not in use.
Rugged Case Compaq Computer Corp. www.compaq.com $99
Web Video Made Easy
Sorenson Media announces Sorenson Squeeze for Macromedia Flash MX, which includes a new video codec, Sorenson Spark Professional. The application compresses high-quality video into a small file size, enabling multimedia producers to create distance-learning and training videos optimized for dial-up connections. Sorenson Squeeze also offers content-distribution capability over the Web via Sorenson Vcast.
Sorenson Squeeze for Macromedia Flash MX Sorenson Media www.sorenson.com $299
Kyocera Wireless Corp. introduces its line of Assisted Global Positioning System-enabled (AGPS) handsets, the Kyocera 2300 Series. The Kyocera 2325 and 2345 (shown) handsets can locate users in emergency situations via the wireless network, in compliance with FCC directives. The 4.7 by 1.9 by 1.0 inch, 4.3-ounce CDMA phones will feature 1xRTT technology, reaching data-transfer rates as high as 153Kbps, and should provide up to 3.8 hours of talk time.
Kyocera 2300 Series Kyocera Wireless Corp. www.kyocera-wireless.com contact carrier for pricing
Centralize Control of Multiple Handhelds
XTNDConnect Server Professional Edition v3.0 by Extended Systems gives IT managers enterprise-wide control over handhelds, including Palm OS, Windows CE/Pocket PC and Symbian devices. XTNDConnect Server PE supports cradle and wireless synchronization to provide e-mail and database applications to mobile workers.
XTNDConnect Server Professional Edition Extended Systems www.extendedsystems.com $150 per user, based on 100-user volume
J2ME Shows Its Colors
Motorola introduces the first color phone based on Sun's Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME). The 3.5 by by 3.5 by 1.9-inch i95cl enables graphics, mapping applications and streaming video to be viewed on a 1.1 by 1.5-inch, 120 x 160-pixel color display. Users can customize their 5.8-ounce clamshell handsets by downloading Java applications as needed.
i95cl Motorola Inc. www.motorola.com/ iden $299
The Workstation Goes Mobile
IBM introduces its version of a mobile workstation, the ThinkPad A31p, combining high-speed graphical performance with wireless 802.11b and Bluetooth technology. The A31p features a Mobile Pentium 4 Processor-M, a 15-inch UXGA display and viewing angles of up to 170 degrees. The notebook also comes with a standard 256MB of memory, to a maximum of 1GB.
ThinkPad A31p IBM www.ibm.com $3,349 to $3,699
It's Got Personality
The newest version of Sony Ericsson's T68 color phone is the first to offer Multimedia messaging (MMS) so users can send photos, animations and sound clips in their messages, and personalize the phone book. The triple-band GSM T68i, which weighs 3 ounces and has a claimed talk time of 3 to 12 hours, supports GPRS for fast downloads. The phone also accepts the snap-on 0.8-ounce CommuniCam MCA-20 mobile camera, which can store 14 to 208 pictures.
T68i and CommuniCam MCA-20 Sony Ericsson www.sonyericsson. com $300 to $400 (T68i), $200 (CommuniCam)