EInfo Solutions is distributing a new handheld device that offers many of the functions of a Tablet PC for half the price. The myfriend runs on the Windows CE operating system and features a 7.5-inch colour touch screen. According to eInfo, the device is ideal for applications used by mobile workers and field staff, and can reduce the cost of ownership by more than 40 per cent. Myfriend is a pen-based unit that allows access and manipulation of Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, as well as other formats such as Autocad. The screen is adapted for Microsoft's Clear Type technology, and the device also incorporates Microsoft Reader. It features a built-in microphone, loudspeaker and 56KB modem. An optional built-in mobile phone is also available.
The myfriend is available in Australia and New Zealand through eInfo Solutions for $2,000 (ex GST).