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Upcoming Smartphones Upcoming Smartphones
- More PC than Mobile Phone!
March 2001
By Daniel Cheung

Over the past several years, the term 'smartphone' has circulated and has taken on different meanings.  What exactly does it take for a mobile phone to be smart

In the early days of mobile phones, if the phone did anything more than make a receive calls, it was considered a 'smartphone'.  However, this definition is no longer meaningful when considering the class of products that are being introduced into the market by some leading cell phone manufacturers this year.  Perhaps a more accurate description would be 'computerphones'.  The potential for true voice-data convergence is being realized in 2001 - and this means more than merely connecting a voice module on the back of a Palm or Visor.  In this issue, we shall take a look at some new product offerings from the leading manufacturers of smartphones.

Ericsson R380

The Ericsson R380 Smartphone

Ericsson's R380 is a dual band phone that has PDA functionality.  It weighs 163g and has a talk time of 4 hours and 30 minutes.  Looking at the decice, it seems like any other large screened mobile phone.  However, once the keyboard is flipped open, you will be faced with a large, user-friendly touch-sensitive screen.  It is in grayscale and the dimensions are 360x120 pixels.  Based on Symbian's EPOC operating system, it makes you wonder why you need a Palm at all.

In terms of functionality, on the screen you notice a Graphical User Interface (GUI) that is based on tabs.  It allows you to use all the primary functions of the device with ease.  Navigation is done through a stylus or a specially designed pen.  The first tab is 'Phone', which allows the user to make and receive calls whether if the keypad is opened or closed.  There is also voice-activation function that allows you to select contacts in the address book and a call log that lists a history of your previous calls.  The following tabs, in order of appearance, are 'Contacts', and 'Messaging' (for email functions like Inbox and SMS), 'Calendar' (with to-do functionality).


The R380 is an excellent example of a properly integrated PDA with mobile phone / WAP capabilities.

The next tab is ''WAP Services'.  It is R380's in built WAP browser.  The browser has bookmarks and history capabilities.  It is also totally integrated with other applications on the phone like SMS and email.  The last tab is an 'Extras' tab which has icons such as Notepad, Clock, Calculator, Games, and System. For text input, there is an on-screen keyboard as well as handwriting recognition with the stylus. Other niceties include an infra-red point and serial port for connection to your PC.

The R380 is an excellent example of a properly integrated PDA with mobile phone / WAP capabilities.  One drawback, though, is that it does not have the ability to install third party programs, even though the device uses the Symbian EPOC OS.



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