PDA News – Gateway PDA, NEC MobilePro P900, 20% of Vaja, Tapwave Video, AOL 2 for Pocket PC

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Gateway prepping a PDA?

I don’t think I like this very much, but Gateway might release a Pocket PC based PDA in the relative near future. Taking the lead from Dell, Gateway is looking to brand a number of consumer electronics and accessories as their own.

Executives at Gateway’s annual financial analyst meeting in San Diego said Thursday that the company intends to revamp its retail stores and launch a broad range of new products for businesses and consumers. The list of products includes computers, PDAs (personal digital assistants), networking gear and services, home-theater equipment–and even furniture.

“In 2003, we have two major goals for the business. One is to transform the company very rapidly form a PC company to what we’re calling a branded integrator. Number two is to get profitable and stay that way,” said Ted Waitt, Gateway’s CEO, at the meeting. More from ZD Net…

News.com is confirming NEC’s plans to release the P900 this month

Of course bargainPDA.com regulars know this is old news, but we now have a release date of later this month, which we did not know before. The P900 is a Handheld PC, the PDA laptop hybrid. The market for devices like these is obviously not huge, it remains to be seen if this is a viable market.

The device–which will be pitched to niche markets such as hospitals and companies with a sales force out in the field–essentially tries to combine the attractive elements of two different product categories.

Like a PDA (personal digital assistant), the MobilePro contains an energy-efficient processor and can survive up to eight hours on a single battery charge, or five hours when connected to a Wi-Fi network. More from News.com…

Vaja has a 20% off sale

Mother s Day Promotion:
Design a cool PDA case for your mom! With this promotion Vaja is giving you the opportunity of adding all possible features to a custom case with a 20% OFF. Valid for all I-Volution and Classic PDA & MP3 custom cases orders placed from 05/08/03 until 05/11/03(Notice: cellular cases are not included in this promotion). Enter the VAJA CODE “MOM” in the Vaja code word box when carrying out the checkout. Click on “update immediately after having entered the code. If the vaja code word is not entered correctly the discount will not be applicable.

The Palm OS gaming machine has a new promotional video

They won’t show the device yet, but this video represents what the video and some of the games will look like. Pretty nice if they can deliver what they say they can. The video takes a very long time to load, so get a sandwich and come back.

AOL 2.0 for Pocket PC has been released

From the site:

Introducing AOL 2.0 for Pocket PC 2002 handhelds. Keep in touch with AOL e-mail and instant messaging in the office, on the road, or anywhere!

With the Buddy List feature and instant messaging, AOL members can stay connected with friends, family and business associates even without a PC or laptop. In addition, AOL 2.0 for Pocket PC 2002 has new personal e-mail signature and sorting capabilities which make e-mailing on the go easier than ever!

  • AOL Mail – Send & receive e-mail
  • AOL Instant Messenger(tm) – send & receive IMs & access the same Buddy List feature you use on your PC
  • AOL Address Book – access your AOL address book from your handheld
  • Web Browsing – Use your AOL connection to browse the web.
  • Auto AOL – automatically download new mail, send mail and then sign off with one single tap
  • Access the AOL service with up to seven different screen names
  • File Attachments

AOL 2.0 runs $19.95 and is available from Handango.



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