You can read spec sheets all you want but there’s nothing like getting your hands on a device to truly see what it’s all about. That’s what makes the trip across country to the CTIA Wireless conference in Las Vegas worthwhile. In just a couple of days you can feel and try out some of the latest devices on the market…and some not yet available.
Sierra Wireless’s Voq
The Voq drew plenty of interested conference goers to the Sierra Wireless booth. The yet-to-be-released Voq Smartphone is powered by a 200 MHz Intel PXA262 XScale processor, includes 32MB of RAM, of which 16MB will be available to the user to run applications, and has 48MB of Flash memory, of which 20 MB available to store data and software.
Like all handsets running the Windows Mobile operating system, the Voq has a 220 by 176 pixel screen and a joystick for user input, rather than a touch screen. It also has an SD/MMC slot for removable memory cards.
Voq users will be able to access email and the Web, send instant messages, make phone calls, play games, and run other types of applications. These will be tri-band world phones, supporting global GSM voice networks and GPRS data networks.
Sierra Wireless plans to have its first smart phones on the market by the middle of next year. The company has an existing global network of wireless operators and corporate technology channels and expects to take Voq to market under co-branding arrangements with some of these channels. Voq hardware and software products will be in network operator and end user testing programs in Europe and North America through Q1 of 2004.
So what’s it like hands-on? Well, I wish I could tell you. However, the folks from Sierra Wireless had only a few working prototypes and wouldn’t let anyone touch them (although they’d provide brief demonstrations). Instead, you could fondle the dummy devices (same outside but nothing inside) to your hearts content. So, we’ll have to reserve judgement on this one.