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Issue #2003 - 28 (November 2003)
(Updated Nov. 4, 2003)


Device News This Week
Source: FierceWireless, MobileMag, CNET, Vendor Websites and others

1. Sony Ericsson's P800 Gets Upgraded to P900 - Big on Multimedia
Compared with P800, P900 supports 65,3536 colors (versus 4,096 on P800) and 48 MB of RAM (versus 32 MB) It comes equipped with 32 MB duo stick (upto 128 MB). The phone has a still camera/video recorder - the video clip takes up 1MB per minute of video. The phone also has an MP3 player.

It is based on Symbian 7.0 - the latest OS release from Symbian. The phone supports several push-based email systems, as well.

The phone will ship in November 2003 in Europe and first quarter of 2004 in USA. There will be a special version P908 for the Chinese market.

2. Sony Upgrades Two Handheld PDAs -CLIE TJ25 and TJ35
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 1, 2003 - For those whose handheld computing needs can be boiled down to the basic, but who want the speed, features and ease-of-use in a tool fit to carry into a boardroom, Sony's latest CLIÉ® handhelds, announced today, have all that, and value, too. 

Less than half-inch thin and comfortable in a shirt pocket or handbag, the new CLIÉ PEG-TJ25 and -TJ35 handheld models will be available this month at retailers nationwide for about $200 and $250, respectively. Pre-orders for both models begin today at http://www.sonystyle.com/clie.

Framed around an aluminum body, the devices' high-resolution (320 x 320 pixel) color LCD screen provides a clear, bright window to schedules, phone numbers and memorable images. Additionally, the enhanced Jog Dial™ navigator, which enables an effective four-directional movement, gives quick access to various supported applications.

Allowing users to spend more time enjoying the device and less time setting it up, Sony has pre-installed key applications, including CLIÉ Memo and CLIÉ Viewer, directly on to the ROM memory.

The CLIÉ TJ35 handheld features lots of extras, including an integrated MP3 player (headphones optional), Decuma Latin natural handwriting recognition software (Decuma AB), and Picsel Viewer™ for CLIE software (Picsel Technologies, Ltd.) for viewing native Microsoft® Word®, Excel® and PowerPoint® files. 

For the first time, Sony has designed, engineered and manufactured a new processor for the handheld that has been optimized with three key benefits in mind: multimedia processing, battery life and miniaturization, which are essential factors for a premiere mobile device.

Both feature a 200MHz processor and ample memory for viewing work documents and images, as well as playing graphics-intensive video games. Thirty-two megabytes of internal RAM memory (23MB available space) are offered on the TJ35 model and 16MB (11MB available space) on the TJ25 handheld. The dedicated Memory Stick PRO™ media slot provides optional memory expansion of up to 1GB.

3. Review of Handspring (Now part of Palm) Treo 600 By PC Magazine http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,1313981,00.asp

4. Another Review of Treo 600 by Stephen Manes in Forbes Magazine http://www.forbes.com/2003/10/13/cz_sm_1013tentech.html

5. Toshiba announced the release of its e800/e805 Pocket PC, a new PDA with built-in 802.11b and VoIP (voice-over-IP) capabilities. Looking to capitalize on the emergence of wireless VoIP, the e800 series is the first Pocket PC to ship with VoWLAN (voice-over-wireless-LAN) software.

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: Smartphone models from SonyEricsson are now going head on with the low-end PDAs in terms of screen form factor. For many mobile and sales force application where voice communication is important, these devices deserve attention in the enterprise. Enterprise dvice planners, please revise your device selection guidelines and standards Toshiba is pushing the convergence from the PDA side with VoIP. Toshiba e800 Pocket PC is an advanced product. No doubt, it will go through revisions, enhancements and upgrades as PDAs with its VoIP capability as VoIP infrastructure becomes more substantial. Right now, VoIP is just on the ground floor but a few universities in USA have started major projects across the entire campus. Only stickler in this - would students and faculty spend money on these new devices ? Over time, yes. 

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