Monday, April 03, 2006

T-Mobile SDA is One Smart Digital Assistant

T-Mobile is taking the PDA or Personal Digital Assistant to the next level with its SDA or Smart Digital Assistant. In one hand you can hold a mobile device that combines cell phone, portable computer, digital camera and music player in a package no larger than many candy bar style cell phones.

The T-Mobile SDA starts with a quad band GSM cellular phone with speakerphone, voice memo and voice driven menus. It has Bluetooth communications so you can converse without holding up the phone to talk. Just clip a Bluetooth headset on your ear and you're good to go. This phone also provides data connectivity via T-Mobile's EDGE communications on its cellular network. That gives you text and multimedia messaging, instant messaging, mobile Web browsing and email.

Unlike a conventional cell phone, the SDA runs the new Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system on a 200 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP processor, giving it the power of a computer. This computer can connect to the Internet via T-Mobile EDGE or 802.11 WiFi for hotspots or local wireless routers. MS Pocket Outlook email software includes support for MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint documents. The large color display measures 320 x 240 pixels and shows over 262,000 colors.

The T-Mobile SDA features a 1.3 Megapixel digital camera for great photos. Switch to camcorder mode and you can capture video clips. Streaming multimedia support is provided through Windows Media Player 10. Watch videos or download and listen to MP3 music files. A stereo headset is included with your SDA. There is also an expansion memory slot that supports the miniSD card format.

Battery life is good, too. You get up to 240 minutes or 4 hours of talk time. Standby time is 144 hours or 6 days away from the charger.

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