PDAs and Smartphones at CTIA Spring 2005

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While it’s mainly a wireless show, there was plenty of news regarding PDAs and Smartphones. The biggest news was of course the three new Palm OS Smartphones from GSPDA that will be released in the next few months, but there were other announcements and products being shown that are worth noting.

While GSPDA isn’t a big name here, it hopefully will be. There doesn’t seem to be much excitement about these new units, but there really should be, especially the M68. For more info on these devices, check out this story:

GSPDA Xplore M68 in black and white casings

While on the Palm OS topic, there were several smaller announcements from PalmSource worth highlighting:

  • M-Systems is working with PalmSource to support their 2 GB NAND-based embedded flash drive solution. the Treo 650 and many other PDAs use similar technology from M-Systems already. A PDA or Smartphone with that much Storage is certainly promising and should be easy for manufacturers to integrate.
  • JP Mobile has joined Palm Powered Mobile World. This will make it easier for them to deploy SureWave mobile Office on Smartphones, which is a network-independent push email and PIM solution with end-to-end security. SureWave integrates with Exchange, GroupWise and Domino.
  • MessageVine also joined Mobile World. They offer an enterprise chat and presence management application.

One of the more interesting “devices” is a concept that Philips is working on. Pictured below, this soon to be compressed hardware will support just about everything, including 802.11g, Ethernet and Bluetooth and has enough power to handle video streaming and video-based phone calls.

In the CTIA smart home, Samsung was showing off a refrigerator with portable PDA-type device called HomePAD. The panel comes off the fridge and includes a calendar, web browser, limited PIM applications and the ability to watch television. It’s available now if you need to be online even more than you already are.

Nokia was also present with their latest in the communicator line, the 9500. The notebook-style design offers a large display in a form factor that has thankfully gotten smaller over the years. The setup is actually very nice, with a responsive keyboard and a helpful joystick.

Not to be totally left out, Windows Mobile was present to a small degree. While we saw a lot of devices for the third or fourth time, like the BenQ P50 and the Samsung i730, we got to play with the T-Mobile SDA which was just announced in Germany. It won’t be coming here any time soon, but the small device with Windows Media 10, Bluetooth and VGA camera could be nice to have.



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