Business execs will hardly be able to keep their blackberry-stained fingers from trembling at the news of O2’s latest PDA phone, the Xda Atom Exec.
O2 is touting the PDA as the latest must-have accoutrement, “Keeping mobile professionals steps ahead in the business world with its improved memory and processing power, features and PIM applications – letting users online and launch applications swiftly, store more data and software, and multitask without losing speed and performance,” the company says.
O2 says the Xda Atom Exec delivers the best in style, security, connectivity and entertainment, and describes the PDA as “Pushing the standards of design, technology and usability to deliver a true mobile office.”
The gun metal-coloured device retains the key propositions of the Xda Atom, including compact size and sleek design. Weighing in a 140 grams and measuring only 58 x 02 x 18.5 mm, the Xda Atom Exec sports upgraded software, enhanced overall performance and features.
An Intel XScale PXA 27x 520 MHz processor is at the heart of the device, which packs 192 MB of expandable memory.
Running Windows Mobile 5.0, the Xda Atom Exec provides enhanced security benefits and direct push technology for email, says O2, which adds that users will be able to download email automatically and keep their corporate calendar, contacts, tasks and inbox up-to-date. In addition, confidential data stored on the device will be secure with the Messaging & Security Feature Pack. Businesses will have the option to install compulsory PIN passwords and have data wiped clean remotely.
The latest editions of Microsoft Office programs for Windows Mobile (including Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, PowerPoint Viewer, are included, as is ActiveSync. A convenient Global Address List feature permits users to access corporate contacts over the air.
Users can also benefit from the device’s new Wireless Manager application, which allows users to effortlessly configure wireless LAN, Bluetooth and GSM/GPRS/EDGE phone settings. With this complete assembly of connectivity features, users can be the first to learn about stock market movements, study map directions online, or trade files with associates.
“The Xda Atom Exec is a one-of-a-kind device that will appeal to users who wants a stylish mobile handheld that delivers rich mobile office features and applications. It is for customers for whom quick and timely communications are key to their success, who need to stay in touch wherever they are, and maintain efficiency at all times,” said O2’s John Featherstone.
Knowing Jack and Jill aren’t too dull, O2 has added some entertainment touches to the PDA, which provides FM radio, photo capture via a 2.0 megapixel camera with flash, and personalisation of images with a Photo Editor. O2’s MediaPlus, a personal media dashboard that gives users easy access to all entertainment features, is included.
The O2 AutoInstall application lets users personalise their device by choosing which applications they want to install and use to save on memory space and battery life. CodeWallet Pro stores sensitive information including passwords, banking and online shopping accounts, with strong encryption and password protection.
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