KITBAG: What's new ... Tools for the M generation

KITBAG: What's new ... Tools for the M generation

Ericsson's R380s Smartphone

Launched last November, the Ericsson R380s is a WAP-enabled mobile phone with built-in personal digital assistant/organiser functionality. The R380s manages to squish a lot of functionality into a small space via a keyboard flip which opens to reveal the large touch-sensitive landscape screen. The user can select from the R380s's applications using a stylus on the large graphic icons. The phone contains e-mail and messaging functionality, and offers an onscreen QWERTY keyboard or handwriting recognition software to scrawl directly onto the screen.

Philips Xenium 9@9

Released in March, the Philips Xenium 9@9 offers WAP compatibility with extended voice command, including the ability to link up with the Internet via a simple verbal command. The Xenium 9@9 also offers a number of additional features including a short cut "@" key, the ability to disable the display header (thereby showing five full lines of text), and the choice of deactivating the image download to speed up Web surfing. The device also offers a patented technique which simultaneously displays up to five icons representing the phone's functions or

Nokia 9210 Communicator

The Nokia 9210 combines 3G technology with a high-resolution colour display, high-speed mobile e-mail, a new user interface, and multimedia capabilities enabling full-colour video clips. The phone also supports PC office applications such as Microsoft Office, while providing bigger keys for data entry and a range of add-on software and accessories. The Nokia 9210 provides for conference calls with up to five people and multifunctionality, meaning it can be used at the same time as other applications. Due for release on the Australian market later this month, the 9210 also provides for standard PDA facilities, such as a contacts database and

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