New rugged mil-spec PocketPC
Tripod Data Systems has thrown their hat into the ring with a rugged military specification PocketPC. The Recon features Windows Mobile 2003, two CompactFlash slots, a 200 or 400 MHz processor, 64 MB RAM, 64 or 128 MB internal flash memory, is impenetrable to dust and water immersion, and claims 15 hours of battery life on the standard 3800 milliamp-hour battery.
Don’t get too excited about non-industrial use though, their definition of ‘lightweight’ stretches credulity a bit: at 17 ounces, the Recon might be better called a DashboardPC. Prices start at $1,500.
Sony cuts prices on NX73 and NX80
Sony has reduced the retail prices for the NX73, down from $500 to $450, and the NX80, down from $600 to $550. They have also discontinued the NX70.
iPaq 4000 series prices revealed
Online retailer eCost.com now lists the iPAQ h4155 and h4355 wireless PocketPCs on their site. The h4150 is listed for $425, the h4350 for $471.82. Given the usual rate of markdown, MSRP on these units will probably be $450 and $500.
Repaired Zire 71s now shipping
Recent delays in the return of repaired Zire 71 handhelds have been corrected, and the repaired units have been shipped out. The delays were due to a shortage of screens for the model. The lag time reached up to three weeks at points, however only a relative few users were affected.