Most of the latest and greatest QWERTY devices are non-touch screen Windows Mobile Smartphones. i-mate is starting to roll out their new device that actually uses a touch screen like the Treo 750, but this model has integrated 802.11g WiFi, scroll wheel, higher resolution display and more. The i-mate JAQ3 is the world's thinnest Pocket PC Phone Edition device and after some initial testing it may be a promising device for those looking for a solid, powerful device that is still pocketable.
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The iPhone seems to be getting all the attention this past week, but there are other more capable and functional devices already out on the market or coming soon. A few specifications and thoughts are shared about the Apple iPhone in comparison to the Nokia N95 and Cingular 8525. There are many more devices available too so don't sell yourself short and wait 6 months just for the iPhone if you are looking for a device that meets your business and personal needs.
Windows Mobile Smartphones have traditionally been able to view Office documents, especially attachments that are sent, using 3rd party applications. Now with the popularity of QWERTY keyboard models with larger landscape displays and more power, people are looking for more functionality and DataViz just released a preview of a product that addresses that need in regards to native Office documents.
The OQO Model O2, the Medion UMPC, and the S-XGEN device were all announced at CES in Vegas. Although Samsung was the first to launch a UMPC device with the Samsung Q1 they never made any official statements regarding a Vista device. They showed off existing models like the Q1P, Q1B and Q1 SSD and also a new Q1P SSD model. Toshiba introduced a new Tablet with a docking system using Ultra-Wide Band technology to help free you from cables that could make your transition from work to home a bit easier. The FlyBook V5i also provides a small form factor Tablet with 3G connectivity.
The iPhone is admittedly very cool looking at first, but the enterprise user wants a functional device that enables them to get their job done and the touch screen on the iPhone won't be that enabler. With the size of the iPhone it may be a difficult task to do one-handed and although many people may not admit it they do dial while driving or in a car and having to use two hands on the iPhone makes it very inconvenient and dangerous to try on the road.
James, Kevin, and I are all in Vegas so we thought it would be good to try to get together and record a show with some of our thoughts on CES. We also had an unexpected guest host on MobileTechRoundup show #86 that required a bit of editing to make sure we didn't get kicked off iTunes. We did chat about the VERY cool Origami Experience, OQO Model 02, Toshiba's new UWB technology in use, and a bit more. We'll cover the iPhone in the next show since we were recording in a public setting at the Bloghaus, but we think you will have fun with this show.
There hasn't been a lot of major breaking news in the mobile device arena at CES, but a few devices have seen upgrades that make them more compelling and desirable. OQO announced the Model 02, Nokia announced the N800 and N65, and Palm announced the Treo 750.
The three co-hosts of the podcast are either in or headed to Vegas for CES so in MobileTechRoundup show #85 you will hear James, Kevin, and myself give our listeners a bit of each of our history. Some people like to know more about the people they listen to and we promise to go back to lots of talk about mobile devices since tons of news should be pouring out of CES this week. We will try to record a show live in Vegas so stay tuned for that as well.
CES 2007 will be covered by mainstream press, bloggers, and the casual attendee this year as people hit the show floor with video cameras, cameraphones, microphones. With something like 140,000+ people hitting the streets of Vegas this week stay tuned for instant coverage and an information overload.
Axiotron and Other World Computing will be launching the ModBook next week at the MacWorld Expo. This is a slate Mac computer with Tablet PC-type functionality. There will be ModBooks being demoed at the event, but there are no real rumors of an actual Apple Tablet PC being launched anytime soon.