We attended a press event that is usually filled with PDAs and Smartphones, this time around though it was much more quiet. That doesn’t mean there was nothing to see though, the Motorola Q and RAZRWIRE were there, along with Nokia’s 770 Internet Tablet.
There’s plenty of excitement about the Moto Q, which offers Windows Mobile 5.0 and an integrated keyboard into an amazingly thin body. The unit at the show was non-functional, but we were able to get a feel for size and keyboard quality. First off, the size of the unit is amazing. It’s going to be much easier to pocket than anything on the market. The keyboard was solid, though I routinely depressed more than one button at a time. I’m not sure if both presses would register though, since the unit was not active. The biggest problem I see is the small screen. I’m not sure how well it will work given the primary use of data and web access. It’s slightly off-center as well, which is more of a cosmetic issue, but something that bothered me off the bat. Moto confirmed plans to hit the market with the Q in the first quarter of 2006.
Motorola and Oakley have partnered to bring sunglasses to market with a Bluetooth headset clipped to one of the arms. At $295 the RAZRWIRE is expensive. I tried on a pair and while they felt fine, I couldn’t get over the idea of having a headset attached to my glasses. If you’re a heavy talker and happen to like the design, I’m sure this is a fine investment. But I can’t stand the guys who where headsets when they’re not on the phone and the RAZRWIRE rubs me the wrong way as well. As geeky as I am, I can’t get on board.
Nokia 770 Internet Tablet
Nokia claims the 770 is going to be huge with Bloggers. I’ve been bored with blogging since the media christened it the biggest thing on the Internet, but that doesn’t impact my thoughts on this device. The 770 is flat out a cool piece of hardware. You can’t see it in the pictures I took, but the web browser does support full screen, no toolbars, and several zoom levels. I pulled up our notebook site, which looked great. The 770 also supports multiple windows, something that no other PDA has figured out how to do very well yet. The tablet goes beyond the web though, with email and the potential to add more software. The 800×480 pixel display looks very good. Nokia also promised us more in the Smartphone space this year, so stay tuned for that.