The home-bound mobile device that isn't actually mobile
HTC's Advantage X7510 is both too large to drop into your pocket and too small to drop into your bag and be a laptop. So what is it? The Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system gives it the potential to make voice and data calls and it features HSDPA, so data speeds should be ﬁne.
MWg’s Atom Life (£200 inc. VAT) is a mid-range Pocket PC, offering excellent connectivity and plenty of features. But with no hardware keypad, the Atom takes the approach of a traditional PDA.
The Toshiba Portégé G910 (£399 inc. VAT) is the successor to the G900 – a Pocket PC offering lots of features for the business user. While its predecessor offered a sliding keypad, the G910 features a clamshell design and leather-look plastics, and looks more like a miniature laptop than a phone.
In this age of connected devices, there is something almost archaic about the traditional PDA, which has been driven to extinction by the smartphone. However, HP continues to support it for its business customers and the HP iPaq 214 Enterprise (£225 inc. VAT) is the latest iteration.
The best doodles you ever draw are the ones while you’re on the phone or in the middle of a meeting. Inevitably you had to quickly screw up that bit of paper, but with the G-Note series you can instantly store all your doodles, and boring stuff like minutes of meetings, digitally through this A4 notepad.
Following the launch of the UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) last year, we've seen a variety of portable products that attempt to offer better usability in a portable package. T-Mobile's Ameo (£80 inc. VAT) sits between the UMPC and Pocket PC, combining 3G connectivity, a 5-inch touchscreen display and a removable QWERTY keyboard.
Even now, email remains the internet's killer application. So wouldn't it be rather compelling if you could receive it as soon as it's sent, just as quickly as you'd get an email at work or on broadband?