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Product News: The latest mobility products for the week commencing 17th September, 2008

Product News: The latest mobility products for the week commencing 17th September, 2008

ARN reviews the latest mobility products

Adobe Flash Lite

Adobe claims its Flash Lite runtime engine for mobile and consumer electronics devices benefits both device manufacturers and content developers. By enabling manufacturers to provide customers with the complete web browsing experiences, video and compelling interactive content, Flash Lite 3 delivers an effective means of differentiating products. Additionally, Flash Lite 3 allows developers to quickly create engaging mobile applications, speed time to market and increase customer adoption, the vendor claim. The software supports a number of streaming video (FLV) formats including H.264, On2 VP6 and Sorenson video codecs, and offers object-based extension mechanism for accelerated user interface design. Flash Lite is an integrated authoring environment with multi-platform support. Key functionality includes text enhancement, shape-drawing ActionScript and synchronised device sound. With support for rendering of SWF files for Flash Player 8, users can also view web videos and a wide range of news and entertainment sites that are Flash-enabled. Developers can also build, preview and test Flash Lite 3 using Adobe’s CS3 product suite.

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RRP: CS3 from $2075


HTC Touch Diamond

The HTC Touch Diamond is designed to give users connectivity, Internet browsing and intuitive usability. Introducing its 3D touch interface called TouchFLO 3D, the Touch Diamond provides one-touch, animated access to people, messaging, email, photos, music, weather and more. Using broadband speeds with HSDPA 7.2Mbps and HSUPA wireless connectivity, the Touch Diamond houses a new customised mobile web browser that enables easy viewing and effortless navigation of websites in the way they were designed, the vendor claims. Users can zoom and pan websites with one hand and automatically view optimised content that has been especially created to fit the display. In addition to web browsing, the HTC Touch Diamond includes a customised new, HTC-developed, YouTube application for watching a variety of user generated video content. According to HTC, the 2.8-inch display provides near-print quality viewing, while the built-in camera has an optical auto-focus lens that ensures photos will be clear and consistent. It also features a second camera in the front of the handset for video calling.

Distributed by: Brightpoint.

RRP: $999


Palm Treo Pro

The Treo Pro smartphone is aimed at highly mobile business professionals. In addition to the benefits of lower infrastructure and support costs and increased productivity, Palm claims the Treo Pro delivers increased security, easier device management and access to information on the corporate network via Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional Edition. Functionality includes business and personal email access, web browsing, appointments and contacts lists which sync with Outlook, and Wi-Fi or GPS connectivity on the go. The Treo Pro has a flush, high-resolution 320 x 320 colour touchscreen, a full Qwerty keyboard and stylus, and a removable battery that packs up to five hours of talktime. Treo Pro has been customised for Telstra customers to take advantage of Telstra Next G content and services. Telstra’s My Place menu has been pre-installed out of the box, giving users direct access to the following: Telstra Business, Sensis Search from Today screen, 33 Channels of Mobile Foxtel from Telstra, BigPond Music, Whereis Navigator, Whereis Maps, My Stocks, Downloads and My Account.

Distributed by: Ingram Micro.

RRP: $929


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