I had the pleasure of reviewing this incredible PDA, the E-TEN “Glofiish” X500+, which has added features like a 640×480 VGA, GPS via SiRFstar III, and a wonderfully useful application set.
When I first heard the rumors about the E-TEN “Glofiish” X500+ back in late 2006, I was smitten by the initial specifications! This device sounded like it could very-well be my “holy grail” PocketPC: a converged device that featured a Cell-phone, Full PDA, Integrated Camera, Integrated GPS, and most of all, a VGA screen, all in one device! Woo-hoo!
I was overjoyed to confirm later in February 2007 some additional facts, such as:
1.) The X500+ would come with Windows Mobile 6 Professional,
2.) It’s GPS would be SiRFStar III, and support TMC (Traffic Message Channel).
3.) The Camera would be CMOS based (not CCD!), have a 2-MegaPixel capacity, as well as a camera Flash!
4.) The addition of an integrated FM Radio and stereo earbuds that would act as the Radio antenna.
5.) Support for both WiFi “b” and “g”, as well as Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR (Enhanced Data Rate).
You can see the whole review here.
There are many PDAs out there with Telephony services, a camera, and other features, but they are always lacking something: like integrated GPS, VGA, or sufficient base RAM memory.
When will some company create a PDA with these features?
- Cellular (GSM & 3G) plus Data (GPRS/UMTS/Edge).
- 4″ VGA (640×480 minimum) screen.
- Faster Processor (624Mhz PXA270 or better).
- More SDRAM (128MB minimum, 256MB preferred).
- SiRFstar III GPS (AGPS would be cool).
- 3MP Camera, + 1MP front-facing Video Conference
- Wireless WiFi b & g, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR.
- SDIO or MicroSD (SDHC compatible).
- Barcode scanner & Inventory Software.
So far, the Psion Teklogix “iKï¿½n” PDA Phone that Breley alerted us to last week is the closest match to date, but even the iKï¿½n is lacking in a few areas, namely a 2MP camera instead of a 3MP camera, no front-facing camera for Video Conferencing, no AGPS (minor actually), no 3G capabilities, and a 3.7″ screen. Also, it appears the Barcode scanner/imager is “optional”, so it looks like it may be an “add-on” module.
Next closest is the E-TEN Glofiish X500+, but it too lacks a lot: 2.8″ screen, 64MB of SDRAM, no front-facing camera for Video Conferencing, and no Barcode Scanner.
Can anyone else suggest a device that comes close to offering these same specifications. I’ll draw the line at UMPCs because I’m still looking for a regular PocketPC.