October 2010

WinPho 7 vs. Android 2.2
The folks at knowyourmobile.com did an good comparison between Windows Phone 7 and Android 2.2 (see here).. -- Posted Thursday, October 28, 2010 by chb

DAP announces rugged, compact M2000 Series
DAP Technologies has introduced the M2000 Series of compact, rugged and highly configurable PDAs. Based on time-proven industry-standard technology (Marvell PXA270 processor, 3.5-inch QVGA display, SD Card, Windows CE 5.0, Bluetooth) and available with either a numeric or an alphanumeric keypad, the M2000 Series can accommodate either a laser scanner or an imager, GPS, RFID, GPRS/EDGE, and WiFi. It also supports IrDA, serial and USB host and client connectivity. Weighing just 13 ounces, the new M2000 Series offers a small and handy handheld computing solution from one of the pioneers in the field. [See description and specs of the DAP Technologies M2000 Series] -- Posted Monday, October 18, 2010 by chb

Elegant multi-function handheld: Casio IT-800
Called the Cassiopeia DT-5300 in Japan, Casio Business Solutions is selling the PXA320/WinMo 6.5-powered Casio IT-800 with its big 3.7-inch full-VGA display as a multi-function mobile computer/scanner/communicator into vertical markets. This elegant and quite handy Casio has an integrated 1D/2D imager, an AF camera with LED flash, a contact-less Smart Card reader, SIM/SD/micro-SD card slots, and more. [Read description and specs of the Casio IT-800] -- Posted Wednesday, October 13, 2010 by chb

Microsoft and partners unveil Windows Phone 7 portfolio
Microsoft and partners HTC, Samsung, LG and Dell revealed nine new Windows Phone 7 handsets that will be available this holiday season in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. All new phones are based on the Qualcom Snapdragon processor and run Windows Phone 7, Microsoft's latest attempt at a mobile OS that ties into Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Office Mobile, Zune, Windows Live, Bing and other parts of Microsoft's portfolio. Read Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 press release and here's a look at the launch devices. -- Posted Monday, October 11, 2010 by chb

Datalogic revenue up 32% over same quarter last year
Datalogic, which makes rugged mobile handheld computers and bar code readers, announced third quarter 2010 revenues of 100 million Euros, up by 32% over sales in the same quarter last year. The Datalogic Mobile handheld computer division did especially well with a 39% sales increase. -- Posted Monday, October 11, 2010 by chb

Handheld Nautiz X3: aggressively priced rugged smartphone/multi-purpose computer
The Handheld Group has announced the Nautiz X3, a small 9-ounce rugged multi-purpose handheld aimed at service engineers in the field who today have both a phone and a bulky rugged PDA. The Nautiz X3—which has a camera, 3.75G radio, compass, altimeter and Runs Windows Mobile 6.5—will compete with the Motorola ES400 and the Intermec CS40 for users who seek to seek to combine those functions into one device. Compared to the competition, the new and aggressively priced (US$999) Nautiz X3 provides substantially more ruggedness with IP65 sealing and a 6-foot drop spec. [Read description and specs of the Handheld Nautiz X3] -- Posted Tuesday, October 5, 2010 by chb

Datalogic unveils ultra-rugged Falcon X3 handheld
Australian Transport & Logistics News reports that Datalogic Mobile has unveiled its latest products into the retail and warehousing markets, the Falcon X3. The device runs WinMo 6.5 or CE 6.0, has 1D and 2D barcode scanning options with Datalogic's patented Green Spot technology for a visible good read, can handle 6-foot drops and carry an IP64 rating. The X3 uses a dual-processor arrangement and a powerful 5,000mAh standard battery provides all-day operation. Apparently, the device was shown at an event at the Ford Performance Racing Race Centre in Melbourne. Datalogic is a sponsor of Ford Performance Racing. -- Posted Friday, October 1, 2010 by chb