i-mate upgrades Pocket PC with Wi-Fi

i-mate has launched the PDA2, the successor to its popular Pocket PC, upgrading it with a Wi-Fi feature and a more powerful processor.

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By  Chris Fernando Published  May 31, 2005

i-mate has launched the PDA2, the successor to its popular Pocket PC, upgrading it with a Wi-Fi feature and a more powerful processor. This tri-band GSM/GPRS handheld is powered by Intel’s 520MHz Xscale processor and runs Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC (Second Edition). Sporting built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for over-the-air synchronisation, the PDA2 also packs in 128MB of RAM and an external SD card slot. For scribbles, users can use the PDA’s 3.5-inch touchscreen, which provides a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. The PDA2 features an Arabic handwriting recogniser and a traditional on-screen Arabic keyboard; a useful feature for buyers in this region. The built-in ‘screen view rotation’ function also means the screen can be viewed in both portrait and landscape modes. Using the device, users will be able to access and edit Microsoft Word and Excel documents, manage e-mails on the move, and view and navigate PDF files. Windows Media Player 10 is also included in the device for music and video on the move, while a built-in 1.3 megapixel digital camera is present for aspiring shutterbugs. The device boasts pre-loaded Skype software, but this feature will prove useless in the UAE due to the TRA’s ban on the popular VoIP service. The i-mate PDA2 will be available from June across the region, for an asking price of $885.

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