Toshiba showcases pocket PC

Toshiba is introducing its A800 Pocket PC at the show today. If you're in hall 3, it is probably worth dropping in to see some of the software innovations that the hardware vendor has come up with for its latest PDA.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  October 23, 2003

Toshiba is introducing its A800 Pocket PC at the show today. If you're in hall 3, it is probably worth dropping in to see some of the software innovations that the hardware vendor has come up with for its latest personal digital assistant (PDA).

In terms of look and feel, the A800 has a 4-inch wide screen and it has a thin form factor. "This will easily fit into a shirt pocket," says Manuel Linnig, public relations manager, EMEA marketing division, computer systems group, Toshiba.

However, it is the software that sets the A800 apart from its competitors. For instance, the Config-free software gives users a graphic representation of the wireless networks in the near vicinity. Users can drag and drop one of the network configurations on to the device, and the PDA will automatically set itself to access that network.

Another significant enhancement is voice over IP support. "This is the first PDA with voice over IP support. Even if it is used in a local network environment, it will enable a company to reduce its costs dramatically," explains Linnig.

A further improvement is the voice/data support, which enables the PDA to read out e-mails, calendars and other information to people.

"Increasingly it is the software features that will differentiate PDAs from one another. The applications will drive the hardware sell," says Linnig.

"Voice command is one area that we are working on very hard because we believe that it offers real value to the PDA. It is one of those technologies that people will really use," he predicts.

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