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.
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Sprint just issued a press release announcing that the Motorola Q is coming by mid-February as part of their Power Vision offerings. The Sprint Motorola Q is much more attractive than the Verizon offering since you can get unlimited data for as low as US$15 with Sprint while unlimited data from Verizon runs something like US$80 per month. My only hesitation with the Q though is that the next version of Windows Mobile, code-named Crossbow, is scheduled for a 2007 release and this Sprint offering may be coming a bit too late.
There is only one Windows Mobile Treo GSM model currently available and that can be found from Vodafone outside the United States. The Treo 750 may be announce by Palm and Cingular at CES next week, but no pricing or availability information is yet available. Will T-Mobile ever catch up again with Cingular? They lag behind in 3G and in available mobile devices.
We wish all of our listeners a Happy New Year in MobileTechRoundup show #84. James, Kevin, and I are heading to CES in Vegas next week and look forward to checking out all the mobile technology that will be on display. Kevin has a Raon Digital Vega in the house and is checking out this ultra portable Windows PC. All three cohosts now have a Zune digital media player, but one of us isn't having as good of an experience as the other two. If you have a S60 device then listen for a couple of freeware titles you may want to try out. Lastly, we give our quick take on what we would like to see from mobile tech in 2007.
The Nokia N73 and N93 are two high end S60 3rd Edition smartphones and in this review 40 detailed photos of both pieces of hardware are shown. The N73 is a candy bar phone that packs in a ton of features while the N93 is a large clamshell phone designed to take DVD quality video at 30 fps. The N93 is available now in the U.S. and the N73 will be available soon. Check out the review and see if either of these multimedia smartphones interest you.
HTC is the premier manufacturer of Windows Mobile devices and a Russian website has posted a possible 2007 roadmap. 6 new devices that we haven't seen any rumors of before were revealed, along with some possible photos of the devices. It looks like HTC will be adding an integrated GPS radio to many of its devices and continue to upgrade its current crop of Windows Mobile Phone Edition and Smartphone devices.
RIM has dominated the QWERTY mobile device market with their BlackBerry devices, but 2006 saw a huge influx of mobile devices running Palm, Windows Mobile, and S60 operating systems with thumb keyboards. There are devices in just about every size and style someone could want ranging in price from US$100 up to US$600+ with specifications to match just about any need as well.
The Nintendo Wii looks like the gift to have this Christmas season and we have been playing it in our house for a couple of days now. It helped to have a mobile device with push email to purchase the system since it is very hard to find in stock anywhere. The Wii's wireless technology makes gaming different and fun for the whole family.
Is there a place and a role for the rumored HTC Athena Pocket PC Phone Edition device? The MobileTechRoundup gang chats a bit about this device and other Tablet, Zune, and mobile device software in show #83.
UMPC devices are full blown Windows computers in a small slate form factor and can be a valuable tool for mobile workers. James talks about the poor marketing strategy and why people may want to consider one anyway. If you have any interest in portable computers then check out the article and see if a UMPC is for you.