The vertical market-oriented Motion CL900 is quite heavy, but the trade-off is a rugged build quality that's absent from run-of-the-mill Windows 7 tablets. Lack of performance may be an issue for some potential buyers, but battery life is good and there are plenty of useful accessories on offer.
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<p> The <a href="http://www.pc.ibm.com/europe/thinkpad/why/en/xtablet.html?uk&cc=uk">ThinkPad X200T</a> is Lenovo’s first wide-screen Tablet PC and is a development of the regular <a href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/notebooks/0,1000000333,39462442,00.htm">X200</a> ultraportable that we reviewed back in August. If you choose the right model, Lenovo claims you can get over ten hours of battery life from the system, although our review sample did not manage this. This system will set you back more than £1,300 (ex. VAT), and for that kind of outlay you should expect a well-specified and solidly built notebook. </p>
Windows Mobile smartphones are appearing in ever greater numbers in the UK, but there are few operator-free choices. However, Dubai-based i-mate has recently announced a pair of options -- the SP5 and SP5m. The duo are very similar in specifications and have two key selling points: they run Windows Mobile 5 and have built in Wi-Fi. The 'm' model has dedicated buttons for controlling music and is therefore more of a consumer offering, so we are concentrating here on the basic model.
Convertible Tablet PCs usually have a screen that swivels around a central hinge, allowing you to work in conventional clamshell notebook and tablet modes. However, Acer’s TravelMate C202TMi eschews this system in favour of a unique sliding screen mechanism. It's a clever piece of design, but will it appeal to everyone?
The A920 is Motorola’s second phone for 3G networks, and as such Motorola needed to address criticisms of the first generation of phones -- particularly their unwieldy size and weight, and poor battery life. Unfortunately, although the A920 has plenty of features and 3G networks promise much, it’s currently something of a disappointment.
Microsoft is now well established as a smartphone platform provider, and there are plenty of handsets to choose from. But one factor that mitigates against Windows Mobile smartphones is their relatively low quota of built-in memory compared to connected Pocket PC handhelds. That has now changed with the arrival of the Samsung SGH-i300, which packs a 3GB hard drive into its chassis.
ALK's CoPilot navigation software for Windows Mobile handhelds has impressed us in the past, and now the company is the first to deliver a solution for Windows Mobile-based smartphones. The only other navigation application for smartphones -- <a href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/mobilephones/0,39023925,39162427,00.htm">Route 66 Mobile Britain 2005</a> --runs on the Symbian platform.
<p>At the <a href="http://news.zdnet.co.uk/communications/0,1000000085,39285875,00.htm">3GSM</a> event in Barcelona in February 2007, Toshiba announced two new Windows Mobile devices, the Portégé G500 and G900. Here, we review the slider-format <a href="http://www.toshiba-europe.com/mobile/Mobile2Live.aspx?WCI=PageNavigate&WCE=&WCU=%3bLANG%3d1%3bPID%3d164%3bTYP%3d18%3bPNT%3d0%3bSEC%3d2">Portégé G500</a> is now available. The Portégé G500 is Toshiba’s first Windows Mobile Smartphone, and is also the first product in its class to feature fingerprint recognition. </p>
<p>Towards the end of 2005 Fujitsu Siemens launched its <a href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/notebooks/0,1000000333,39225408,00.htm">LifeBook P1510</a>, a roughly A5-sized convertible Tablet PC. We came out broadly in favour of this system, but had some reservations about screen resolution, USB port provision and battery life. So has its successor, the <a href="http://www.fujitsu-siemens.co.uk/products/mobile/tablet_pcs/lifebook_p_tablet.html">LifeBook P1610</a>, successfully addressed these concerns? </p>
UBiQUiO is probably a new brand to most people. It belongs to mobile device retailer <a href="http://www.expansys.com/">Expansys</a>, following a company acquisition. Expansys has a programme of UBiQUiO launches planned, the first of which is the 401 Smartphone.