What's new from ... Symbol, Palm, HP, Vodafone

What's new from ... Symbol, Palm, HP, Vodafone


Symbol Technologies has "industrialised" the Windows CE platform with the release of the PPT 2700, a ruggedised CE handheld incorporating bar code scanning and wireless communications.

"This family of data management devices now offers companies the ability to leverage the familiarity and flexibility of the Microsoft Windows CE operating system in feature-rich pocketable computers," according to Symbol officials.

The PPT 2700 operates by touch or pen input and allows the user to navigate applications through the familiar Windows-based environment. A member of the "Extreme Environments" category of Symbol products, the PPT 2700 is sealed to IP54 standards for protection against windblown rain and dust, and withstands multiple drops to concrete from up to 1.2 metres. This enables users to collect and manage data in places other Windows CE devices, like personal organisers, struggle - at the point of activity, Symbol officials said.

The PPT 2700 provides the standard PIM software and synchronisation capabilities of a Palm-size PC and is fully compatible with standard 32 bit application development tools from Microsoft and third parties. This Palm-size PC comes with 16MB of RAM and 12MB of flash ROM to meet data or program storage needs. An application-programming interface (API) from Symbol allows bar code data capture and wireless communication to be easily integrated into a new or existing application.

The PPT 2700 supports Symbol's state-of-the-art miniature scan engine, the SE 900, which enables your mobile workforce to capture bar coded data even in sunlight and bright artificial light. The PPT 2740 integrates Spectrum24(r), Symbol's IEEE 802.11-based wireless LAN technology for real-time data communications with your remote host system.

Pricing for the PPT 2700 is available on application from the company.

Symbol Technologies: (02) 9906 8677,


Palm has recently extended its product line with its first colour-display device. The Palm IIIc handheld computer is the first colour device based on the Palm Computing platform.

Byron Connell, vice president consumer markets for Palm, said that "with this product, we've combined the industry's leading display technology with an enhanced version of our operating system. We expect that the addition of a colour product to our line will ignite the imaginations of our software and hardware developers to produce thousands of innovative new solutions."

Palm officials also claimed that the new Palm IIIc product was the lightest (190 grams) and smallest full-function colour handheld currently on the market today.

The Palm IIIc device features a long-lasting (approximately two weeks), memory-free battery that recharges like a moblie phone in its included desktop cradle.

The Palm IIIc also has 8MB of memory and provides software-upgradable flash-ROM memory for compatibility with future versions of the Palm OSÒ software. Because its design was based on the Palm III product, the Palm IIIc maintains compatibility with hundreds of snap-on accessories ranging from digital cameras and GPS systems to leather carrying cases.

As the Palm IIIc is one of the first to feature the new 3.5 release of the Palm OS software, it offers users many new convenience, viewing and data entry features. And as the first product to take advantage of colour for Palm OS software, the Palm IIIc has inspired a new category of add-on applications developed by third parties, like Album To Go, a digital photo viewer from Club Photo and Free Interactive Internet Service from AvantGo, which allows users to browse interactive and personalised Web content from leading media providers on more than 350 optimised channels.

The Palm IIIc product is available immediately for an estimated retail price of $899.

Palm Computing: 1300 360 558,


Hewlett-Packard late last year introduced its new brand in handheld PCs - the HP Jornada Handheld PCs, based on the Microsoft Windows CE operating system, Handheld PC Professional Edition.

The first product in that range is the HP Jornada 820 Handheld PC, is a 2.5-pound e-mail companion that according to HP "delivers unparalleled convenience and communications capabilities".

The Jornada allows users to type continuously for 10 hours in Pocket Word without recharging the battery. In addition, an optional, extended battery pack increases battery life for up to 15 hours without altering the size of the unit. An instant-on Intel StrongARM 190MHz processor eliminates boot-up time, and a built-in 56Kbps v.90 modem and user-friendly HP dialup application provide quick access to e-mail and the Web.

It also features a built-in VGA-out port, enabling connection to any standard VGA monitor or projector, which makes giving presentations easy, according to the company.

Once connected, the HP Jornada 820 Handheld PC automatically synchronises e-mail, documents and personal information with a desktop or notebook PC.

"HP's Jornada 820 Handheld PC is the perfect companion for today's ‘on-the-go' professional," said Peter Wilson, HP Australia's business development manager for Mobile Computing. "We created the HP Jornada 820 Handheld PC as a convenient solution for these users to stay in touch and be productive wherever they are."

The HP Jornada 820 Handheld PC costs "around $2000".

Hewlett-Packard: 13 1347,


Vodafone late last year announced the Australian launch of Psion Series 7. With it comes Psion's first large full-colour screen, bigger keyboard and PC card slot.

Encased in leather, the sub-notebook sized Psion Series 7 is lightweight and offers a full day's use from its rechargeable battery. It has a full touch-type keyboard, a large memory and boasts the fastest processor of any of the Psion family and improved communications.

It is loaded with the latest built-in Psion software, including full Internet connectivity, e-mail, word-processing, spreadsheet, a powerful and flexible time manager and comprehensive contacts database.

"The Psion Series 7 offers the mobile user the best of both worlds - a lightweight, sub-notebook size which makes it comfortable to use over longer periods, as well as the instant-on and fast access to your applications that you get with all Psion handheld computers," said Stuart Palmer, Psion Divisional Manager for Vodafone Australia.

As with the Series 5mx, the Psion Series 7 benefits from comprehensive PC-connectivity using PsiWin 2.3 and a docking cable as supplied. This offers e-mail and agenda synchronisation and integrates PC files with the Psion Series 7. With a RS232 port the Psion Series 7 can connect directly to PCs, printers, modems and other devices and its IrDA compliant infrared also allows connection to mobile phones and printers and allows information to be transferred between different devices.

For the first time, a PC card slot has been incorporated. Initially this will work with the Psion Dacom Goldcard, but will support many other leading brands of PC card in the near future.

Powered by an Intel 100MHz StrongARM processor and a lithium-ion rechargeable battery, the Psion Series 7 has 16MB of memory. The industry-standard CompactFlash card slot also allows additional memory storage to be easily added.

The Psion Series 7 has an RRP of $1995.

Vodafone: 1800 81 3523,

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