Smartphones are rolling out in droves lately with the enterprise being a primary target of Palm, Windows Mobile, and Symbian device manufacturers. Business users focus less on multimedia functionality than consumers do and more of their needs focus on email and connectivity.
The Mobile Gadgeteer
Professionals are doing more today on the go than ever before. Matthew Miller provides you with news, commentary and in-depth reviews of the latest in mobile gadgetry such as iPads, Android tablets, cutting edge smartphones, portable gaming,
Matthew Miller started using a Pilot 1000 in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since.
The Windows Text Input Panel works well on full sized Tablet PCs, but takes up too much of the display on the new UMPC devices. There are alternative handwriting and text input keyboards that can be used to speed up text input.
The Samsung Q1 UMPC was the only computer taken on a recent short business trip and performed well.. The Q1 was used as an internet terminal, word processor, TV monitor, portable media center and more while traveling across the country and back. Battery life still needs to be improved, but there are solutions to cover extended usage periods.
Reviewers and technology publications have been slamming Microsoft's Origami project, aka Ultra Mobile PC devices, for their underpowered specs in comparison to laptops. However, these devices are not designed to replace laptops and actually excel in many areas to provide mobile workers the ability to get the job done and have some fun wherever they may be.
The Samsung Q1 UMPC is one of the first Ultra Mobile PC devices to hit the market and I'll be leaving the laptop behind on a business trip to see if the Q1 can fulfill the role of a mobile computer in a real-life situation. While the UMPC may have lower specifications than a laptop, the ability to travel light and have a full Tablet PC in hand may be worth the tradeoffs.
BlackBerry devices with EDGE and EV-DO support will be available from all major U.S. carriers soon.
The Sony VAIO UX ultra-portable PC packs a lot in a small form factor, but is there a market for these types of full blown Windows machines?
Office document management, PC synchronization, basic GPS navigation, mobile entertainment, and more are all featured on the Nokia E61 without the addition of any 3rd party applications. The E61 knocked the Treo 650 from my hands and continues to impress me with features every day.
Nokia is directly targeting the business market with their latest ESeries smartphones running S60 3rd Edition. Can these devices compete with other current smartphone devices?
The Nokia N91 sports a whopping 4GB drive for combining your music and phone needs into a single device. But can the battery handle the load and still provide you with basic phone needs?