Since I was still rockin' a super-cool teal pager in August 1997, we got everyone's favorite editor Gordon Mah Ung to chime in on the late 90's PDA craze:
When I arrived at boot, the entire staff had already been admitted to the PalmPilot cult. I soon joined the same cult after miserably failing with my Post It Notes method at the now defunct PC Expo show and was a die-hard Palm supported until Windows CE put its foot on its windpipe and choked it out. Still, it’s hard not to look back on those halcyon PalmPilot days and think that the future had arrived. With your entire calendar and contact list in your pocket, and a modem option, you could even check your email via dialup! Certainly, flying cars and the miniaturized Dick Tracey wrist phone was around the corner!
And it was. We can thank the PalmPilot for today’s smartphones. If the PalmPilot hadn’t caught on, we’d probably all be using smartphones the size of the Newton.
Despite being Handheld's smallest and lightest rugged handheld PDA yet, the company claims its new Nautiz X3 was designed with field work in mind. Towards that end, the tough and rugged PDA comes ready to withstand drops from 1.8 meters and can operate in extreme temperatures ranging from -20C to 60C.
"The Nautiz X3 is a true breakthrough – it’s a unique product in today’s market. We’re offering a handheld PDA that’s smaller and lighter than most similar computing tools – and yet it still meets IP65 and MIL-STD810G standards. It has fast voice and data performance – plus all the performance features you’d expect from a rugged PDA which makes it go beyond a smartphone. It has a combination of size, performance, ruggedness and value that the market hasn’t seen before," said Jerker Hellström, CEO and Chairman of the Handheld Group.
On the hardware front, the Nautiz X3 packs an 806MHz X-Scale processor, 256MB of RAM, and 512MB of Flash memory for storage chores. It also comes with a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen, 3300mAh battery, 3MP camera with autofocus and LED flash, WLAN, Bluetooth, 3G, and and Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional.
The current lot of PDAs, and perhaps their smartphone and Tablet PC stand-ins, are neat technology, but could you go to war with one? (Maybe even more relevant: could you afford to drop yours?) If what you need is something that will withstand a lot more abuse, AIS Industrial Innovations has something that might interest you: the Mobile Rugged PDA (RPDA37), with the looks and brawn that pair well with your cosplay Master Chief outfit.
The Mobile Rugged PDA is MIL-STD-810F/461F compliant, has an “ingress protection rating of IP67” and meets the IEC 60529 (IP65) international protection standard. It’s build to withstand extreme conditions, repeated five-foot drops, and thermal shock. And it has cool rubberized bumpers.
While that’s impressive, perhaps the internal specs aren’t. The RPDA37 has a Marvell PXA270 625MHz processor, 256MB RAM, and a base storage of 256MB Flash ROM. It has a 3.7-inch transflective TFT LCD that’s touchscreen capable. Resolution depends on the option chosen: either QVGA, 240 x 320, or VGA, 480 x 640. And for operating systems there’s a choice of Windows CE 5.0 or Windows Mobile 6.1.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are standard, but GPS/GAlILEO and GPRS/3G/3.5G are optional. Ports include two USB 1.1 Type A connectors, one USB 1.1 Type B mini connector, an RS-232 port, and ethernet port, headphone and microphone jacks, and a Micro-SD slot.
If you really got to have one you’re going to need to save. The base model will set you back $1,899.
As in previous surveys, respondents recognize that people are both an organization’s greatest asset as well as its weakest link. But security vigilance is even more important in hard economic times, when the increased stress levels can lead people to behave in atypical ways.
Need a good reason to "go green" by recycling your old electronics? How about getting some green (money, that is) for your old desktop or laptop computers, digital cameras, monitors, PDAs, smartphones, inkjet or laser printers, table PCs, or workstations? HP has teamed up with Market Velocity, Inc. to offer the HP Consumer Buyback and Planet Partners Recycling Program. Whether you think you're sitting on a potential gold mine of old stuff or are looking for a painless way to get worthless digital junk out of your office, give it a try.
Taiwan-based HTC might be committed to the progress of Android but it hasn’t forgotten Windows Mobile - its favorite mobile platform. Not that it has the luxury of forsaking Windows Mobile. It happens to be the leading manufacturer of Windows Mobile-based devices in the world.
The company’s CMO John Wang said that Android and Windows Mobile can coexist. However, Wang let it be known as to where HTC’s allegiance actually lies. He stated that Windows Mobile will continue to be most important for the company. This statement appears to be targeted at Microsoft rather than the average smartphone consumer.
Intel’s strategy for Atom processors and WiMAX hinges partly on a new class of handheld computers called mobile Internet devices (MIDs). Larger than cellphones but smaller than subnotebook PCs, MIDs are supposed to make the Internet available anytime, anywhere.
Actually, MIDs aren’t new. They’re the third major attempt to establish the nebulous product category of personal digital assistants (PDAs). Hit the jump for a history lesson, and read what challenges need to be overcome.