I visited the Cebit in Hannover, Germany, and just want to share some of my impressions with you.
As a TamsPalm author I’m interested in mobile computing in general. And of course especially in smartphones and handhelds. At the Cebit one can find many interesting devices and I’ll show you some of them:
For all the Linux-enthusiats the GPS smartphone from ImCoSys might be both interesting and disappointing. One the one hand it’s interesting because it’s running Linux, has integrated GPS, Bluetooht, Wifi, supports Java and VoIP via the SIP standard. On the other hand it might be disappointing for some of you because the Linux Software has been modified and is not an open platform like Debian, Ubuntu and other “normal” Linux distibutions. It’s more like a proprietary OS which means that you cannot easily port Linux programs to this smartphone. The company did this because they wanted one consistent platform and they spent three years for developing this device. The smartphone originally should have been presented in June, but because of the Cebit they showed the prototypes now.
The ImCoSys smartphone
I could also take a look at some WindowsMobile devices. The Asus P525 has a nice form factor but I could not manage to handle it without the stylus. The joystick had no function and so it was impssible to scroll through the menues. I don’t know if this device was only a prototype and the problem will be fixed or if this is a generall problem.
I also tested the Ipaq 6xxx mobile messenger (I can’t remember the exact model number). The one-hand navigation is not bad, but you’ll have to use the stylus sometimes.
The Qtec 9100 smartpone is a very interesting device, too. The keyboard is hidden under the screen and slides out when you need it. Then the screen automatically rotates to landscape mode. The 240×320 screen is big enough for emails, PIM and other text-based applications.
Another WinMobile smartphone was presented by BenQ mobile. Its name is P51 and it has integrated GPS and Wifi. This device offered the best one-hand navigation of all WinMobile boxen I tested at the Cebit.
I also wanted to test the Loox T800, but FujitsuSiemens only had one device behind glas:
Of course there were not only Linux and WinMobile devices, but also Symbian
smartphones. I had a closer look at the Nokia E61. It’s interesting for buisnnes users because it’s one of the phones that has NO camera. It’s very slim and offers full Microsoft Office support: Word, Excel and Powerpoint files can be showed and edited. You can see that Symbian is a mobile phone OS, because the handling is fully based on the keyboard. It has a full QWERTY keyboard and wrintig with it was no problem for me. I like the E61 more than the WinMobile smartphones because Symbian has a more simple GUI which is better adapted for mobile phones.
At the end of this article, here are some pictures from the “Origami” UMPCs:
I think the idea of this “Ultra Mobile PCs” is not bad, but you should check out if a “normal” TabletPC suits your needs better.