Lookout NASCAR fans - technology has now invaded the stands. Starting Feb. 17th, the FanView will be available for rent at all 2006 Nextel Cup Series races. The first of it’s kind at a major sporting event, the FanView combines a radio scanner and the ability to view up to seven in-car cameras plus the race broadcast. Statistical information on the cars and drivers, audio replay, and priority scanning on up to four drivers will help involve the fans more than just holding down the bleachers (or infield) and swilling beer. Rental fees are $50 for a day or $70 for the weekend plus a minor deposit fee of $500 to ensure it’s safe return.
GPS-enabled devices are everywhere these days. They’re in everything from dog collars, to wristwatches, and of course, cell phones. The latest GPS equipped phone to hit the market is E-TEN’s G500 Pocket PC Phone. A quad-band GSM phone with GPRS, it has the increasingly popular SiRF Star III chipset with an internal antenna for GPS duties. The phone eschews the typical Intel XScale processor in favor of a Samsung unit running at 400MHz and has 128MB ROM and 64MB RAM for program executionstorage. Windows Mobile 5.0 is the operating system of choice, and the rest of the G500’s features read like almost any other PDA or phone - 1440mAh Li-Ion battery, 1.3 megapixel camera, Class 2 Bluetooth 1.2, speakerphone, and miniSD slot. The only thing missing is a VGA screen, as the G500’s is a 65K color, 240x320 TFT-LCD. No word yet on pricing or availability.
If you looking for a more versatile stand alone GPS system, the GV-201 from GlobalSat may be for you. Coming in February, it features a 4 inch touch screen display and voice guided directions. It uses GlobalSat’s much applauded chipset in the SiRF Star III. What makes this GPS different from others is its ability to display photos, listen to MP3’s, and watch MP4 video via an SD Card Storage Slot built into the device. Not a bad way to get lost.
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So, many of the results are in. If you are still on the fence about whether you should pick up the Treo 700w, look no further than a few of these trusted reviews.
It seems the overall consensus is that the 700w isn’t a far enough evolutionary step above the Treo 650. Still, if you aren’t an owner of a previous generation Treo, and are looking for a Windows Mobile 5.0 device, it may be for you. personally, we like the PPC-6700/XV6700 UTStarcom phone ourselves.
The SD-502 GPS dongle supersedes it predecessor SD-501 by including 512 MB of built-in memory, allowing for tracking signals and storing data. This is a good way to keep the memory on your PDA free, using the onboard memory GPS for storing maps and such. The device works on Pocket PC 2003, Win CE.Net, and Windows Mobile 2003 operating systems. On a normal day it will cost you about $150 USD.
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The first of 3 new GPS Technologies released by GlobalSat - known for their receivers - is the BC-337 SiRF Star III. A Compact Flash or PCMCIA based GPS, the BC-377 is designed to fit into you PDA and such fulfilling your GPS needs. It features voice prompted turn-by-turn mapping. It’ll cost you about $90 for this navigational peace of mind.
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We just got our hands on the new Verizon XV6700 UTStarcom Windows Mobile device. This is the other WM 5.0 device available on Verizon’s network, and we are actually quite a bit more impressed with this one than with the Treo 700w, which launched yesterday. This one sports EV-DO, WiFi, Bluetooth, a 2.8-inch 65k color 240x320 display, 1.3 megapixel camera/MPEG-4 camcorder, MiniSD card support, and 64MB internal RAM. It also has a sliding QWERTY keyboard, which when opened, changes the display from portrait to landscape on the fly. The phone is available now to Verizon Wireless Business customers, and will be available to general consumers on January 19th at a price of $299 USD after $100 rebate and a two-year agreement. We have a few more images of the XV6700 after the jump.
CES affords us the opportunity to see many new and wonderful devices that will never make it to market. Fortunately, the DualCor cPC isn’t one of those. The Dual Cor is a relatively small form-factor, full-fledged mobile PC. It sports a 1.5 GHz processor (and another, lower speed chip), 40 GB HD and 1 GB of DDR memory. Its namesake is highlighted by two separate processors running two separate operating systems. The 1.5 GHz x86 processor runs Windows XP Tablet Edition. From the XP interface, you can switch cores and OSes to Windows Mobile 2005, allowing you to run your box considerably longer and allowing it to function on the road as a normal PDA (and, potentially, a cell phone).
The device is absolutely loaded with features, including Bluetooth, WiFi, EVDO, a headphone & microphone jack, a CF II slot, two full USB 2.0 ports and the ability to export to a regular VGA display at 1280x1024 resolution. It also features a touchscreen and utilizes the Tablet architecture for easy data entry on the go. The device is expected to ship in March 2006 for roughly $1500, which is a steal if you ask us.
Andru will have a full video interview with the DualCor CEO up as soon as we figure out an elegant way to get them off his camcorder.
We have been waiting to get a good look at iRiver’s latest, and here it is. The iRiver G10 has a beautiful 262,000 color 800x480 color screen, which matches perfectly with the device’s 3D graphics processor. Being an iRiver device, you can rest at ease knowing it will handle music, videos, and images as well, all on the internal 4GB or 8GB drive. To top it off, this one runs Windows Mobile 5.0. You can trust that we will definitely be going hands on with this one when we hit the CES show floor. From the looks of it, if it could play UMDs. it would so beat the PSP.
Recently we were able to acquire a Qtek 9100, a European version of the soon to be released Cingular 8125. The HTC Wizard is a Windows Mobile 5.0 cellular phone with a sliding QWERTY keyboard and a great little form factor. For more information on the Wizard, and our full review, read on.
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