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.

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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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HP iPaq 912

HP’s iPaq 912 Series Business Messenger is a 3G smartphone aimed at maximum mobile productivity. Offering built-in GPS navigation and Google Maps, Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional Edition and HP’s Enterprise Mobility Suite, HP claims the iPaq 912 is a complete mobile solution for business users on the go. The iPaq 912 incorporates business-critical applications, advanced connectivity and email functions. It offers tri-band UMTS/HSDPA and quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE wireless technology to provide Internet and phone connectivity. HP’s Enterprise Mobility Suite provides users with easy set-up and over-the-air manageability so that businesses can remotely manage, secure and support mobile devices from a centralised location. The iPaq 912 has a touchscreen display, alphanumeric Qwerty thumb keyboard for fast typing, a jog-dial for quick scrolling and a five-way navigation scroll wheel for one-handed navigation through menus and emails. There’s also a 3-megapixel camera and built-in voice command and voice replay features for hands-free communication.

Distributed by: Ingram Micro and Dicker Data.

RRP: $799

RIM BlackBerry Bold

RIM claims its new BlackBerry Bold smartphone is the first to support tri-band HSDPA high-speed network connectivity. The device has a full Qwerty keyboard, trackball and colour LCD display with 480 x 320 resolution. The smartphone supports Wi-Fi and GPS as well as rich multimedia such as video streaming and has an enhanced media player to display images, slideshows and manage music collections. This is backed by the new BlackBerry Media Sync application which allows users to synchronise their iTunes digital music collection with smartphone content. Other built-in features include a 2-megapixel camera with 3x digital zoom along, a 3.5mm jack to attach speakers or headphones and dedicated volume functionality. The Bold has 1GB of onboard memory, 128MB of fl ash memory and a memory card slot and USB 2.0 port. It can run a variety of instant messenger platforms and has BlackBerry Enterprise Server Support for enterprise deployments, enabling security and IT administration within IBM Lotus Notes, Microsoft Exchange and Novell GroupWise environments. BlackBerry Internet Service support also allows users to access up to 10 personal and corporate email accounts.

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RRP: Prices dependent on Optus, Telstra and Vodafone plans

Motorola MC75

This enterprise-grade PDA is designed to provide telephony and data services connectivity while on the go and offers GPS capabilities. The unit runs off an Intel XScale PXA270 624MHz processor and has 128MB of RAM and 256MB of fl ash memory. The colour 3.5-inch touchscreen is LED backlit and displays information at 640 x 480 resolution. Network-wise, the MC75 offer push-to-talk, 3G wireless WAN and WLAN functionality and is voice recognition ready for voice applications. There’s also a speaker-phone option and support for Bluetooth headsets and connections. The unit is based on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6.0 platform which, the vendor claims, provides enhanced security, interoperability with existing enterprise applications and infrastructure, a more flexible mobile development platform and improved mobile messaging communication. The MC75 also has a barcode scanner for one- and two-dimensional data capture. A two megapixel camera with auto-focus allows users to preserve information in an image format, while the microSD slot provides additional memory and expandability capabilities.

Distributed by: Vantex, Warp Systems and Tegatech.

RRP: $2898.50