10 DIGITALIRELAND INSIGHT Thursday 24 March 2011 Mobile Tech
Mobile devices for mobile workers Smartphones
Laura O’Brien looks at some of the latest mobile tech which will keep you connected to the office
iPhone 4 The iPhone 4 features Retina Display, pro- viding a sharp 940 x 640 resolution screen. It features FaceTime for video calling, with both front and back facing cameras. The smart- phone offers multitasking capabilities and users can access a huge range of apps on the App Store. The device offers up to seven hours talk time and includes either 16 or 32GB of storage. The iPhone 4 can integrate with Mi- crosoft Exchange for push email, calendar and contact notifications. It also includes in- built features such as Voice Memos and Voice Control.
Google Nexus S iPhone 4
The Google Nexus S was developed with Samsung to provide the first Android 2.3 phone. The upgraded mobile operating sys- tem brings a variety of new features. It of- fers Near Field Communication capabilities, which could pave the way for mobile pay- ments in the future, and supports VoIP/SIP support for internet calling. The phone can also operate as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to six
portable devices, includ- ing laptops and tablets, giving them internet ac- cess. It also has the latest Google apps, including a 3D view of Google Maps, letting you zoom, tilt and rotate the full map using your fingers.
The hTC hD7 runs on Windows Phone 7, which brings many of Micro- soft’s business capabili- ties to a smartphone. It includes a mobile version of Microsoft Office, allowing users to view and edit documents. It also offers Microsoft OneNote Mobile for note taking, which can be accessed virtually us- ing SharePoint Online through the Windows Phone 7 browser. The phone has a 4.3-inch screen, with a kickstand to allow you to prop it up if you wish. It also has a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD recording capabilities.
Tablets Google Nexus S
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Motorola Xoom iPad 2
The next iPad is 33pc thinner and 15pc lighter than the first model, making it even more travel-friendly. Its new A5 chip is twice as powerful as before, helping users multitask more efficiently. It offers both front and back facing cameras for video calling and has a 10- hour battery life. With thousands of apps on the App Store, users can avail of a wide selec-
tion of productivity apps to help manage their workload. The new iPad also has video mir- roring. With an adaptor, users can connect the tablet to a HDTV to display a document or presentation on the big screen. The iPad 2 ships internationally from 25 March.
The Motorola Xoom runs on Android 3.0, Google’s first operating system designed spe- cifically for tablet computers. The tablet offers a 10.1-inch HD screen and has a 10-hour bat- tery life. The Xoom is powered by a dual core processor and it can connect to other devices through Bluetooth or its micro-USB port. It supports Adobe Flash Player for navigating rich web content online and can access thou- sands of apps on the Android Market. Motor- ola Xoom is available from 4 April.
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