Gear 10/02

The newest handheld goes back to basics; conference calling on a cell phone
This story first appeared in the October 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Treo 90

Although it joins a handheld family focused on communications, Treo 90 goes back to the reason why PDAs were invented-to organize. This Palm-compatible is no throwback, though. It innovates with a built-in QWERTY keyboard for thumb typing and a color display that your PIM applications shine through in good light and bad. But Treo 90's Secure Digital/MultiMedia Card slot won't take a communications add-in, though you will get a 10-day lithium-ion battery and a USB HotSync cable-and the usual Handspring sleekness.


Who needs a landline when you have a cell phone that lets you conference call? Motorola's V70 has a 360-degree swiveling, circular display that lets you open the phone and dial with just one hand during on-the-run conferences. Voice activation makes it even easier. V70's always-on Internet connection lets you send SMS text messages to up to 10 people at a time. A cool blue external display allows you to check Caller ID, and you can even change the faceplate ring to match your mood.

PCs have been shipped since the '70s. The next billion will sell in just six years.
SOURCE: Gartner Inc.

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