The BlackBerry Pearl and the Palm Treo 680 smart device officially are red hot as AT&T announced today the introduction of an eye-catching, dark ruby-colored version of the BlackBerry Pearl and a striking crimson iteration of the Treo 680. The red BlackBerry Pearl is the first wireless handset to be branded for the new AT&T.Both new colorful models are available immediately and exclusively to AT&T customers at Cingular Wireless, now AT&T, retail stores — the Treo 680 initially at select outlets and the BlackBerry Pearl at all stores nationwide — and through www.cingular.com, AT&T’s wireless business-to-business sales organization, authorized dealers and select national retailers.”The new red BlackBerry Pearl and crimson Palm Treo 680 are the next ‘gotta have it’ wireless handsets from AT&T,” said Michael Woodward, executive director, mobile professional solutions, for AT&T. “Theadditional choices of color offerpanache and style, and theseworld-class products boast all of the features that made the original versions very popular among AT&T customers.”Although the Palm Treo 680 and BlackBerry Pearl from AT&T now come in a choice of colors — AT&T continues to offer the attractive original models — the compelling looks, features and functionality that have given them a broad following remain the same. The red BlackBerry Pearl’s sleek and stylish exterior measures just 4.2 inches x 1.97 inches x .57 inches, weighs only 3.1 ounces and includes the supple and responsive trackball that makes vertical and lateral scrolling fast and easy. It’s packed with such features as a 1.3 megapixel digital camera, multimedia capabilities and an expandable memory slot along with easy-to-use phone, e-mail and browser applications. The unique “push-based” BlackBerry service gives users synchronized access to both personal and corporate e-mail accounts with attachment viewing and the ability to manage multiple e-mail accounts while on the go.The red BlackBerry Pearl also includes optional services such as Push To Talk and GPS-based wireless navigation services from TeleNav, Inc. — the subscription-based TeleNav GPS Navigator™, and the free — and now wirelessly downloadable — TeleNav Maps™.The all-in-one crimson Palm Treo 680 smart device is a compact, full-featured mobile phone with an MP3 player, digital camera, camcorder and video player. The Treo 680 includes a built-in QWERTY keyboard that gives users the ability to easily compose and reply to e-mail, edit documents and use a messaging application that displays text-messaging conversations as “threaded chats,” similar to IM. It supports a variety of e-mail platforms, including Good Mobile Messaging from Motorola Good Technology Group and Cingular Xpress Mail. TeleNav GPS Navigator also is available on the crimson Treo 680 on an optional subscription basis.For GPS capabilities, both the Treo 680 and BlackBerry Pearl require a Bluetooth®- enabled GPS receiver that can be purchased separately.Like their siblings, the red BlackBerry Pearl and crimson Treo 680 have quad-band capabilities. Both can be used in more than 13,000 cities and towns across the U.S. and along some 40,000 miles of major highways, as well as abroad in more than 190 countries for phone calls and in more than 125 countries to access data.Both the Palm Treo 680 smart device and BlackBerry Pearl are available for as low as $199.99 with a two-year contract and after rebates. For more information, please go to www.cingular.com/blackberrypearl or www.cingular.com/treo680.
ASUS has launched the A626 ultra-slim PDA to answer the increasing demand of users who require a highly practical yet versatile PDA. This palm-sized marvel matches high quality with an impeccable standard of design and caters to the user’s expectations for personal handheld accessories.Exceptionally slim at only 1.57 cm, the ASUS A626 really stands out from most of the other PDAs on the market. The casing is made of stainless steel and the whole PDA is less than 158g in weight. The 3.5″ anti-glare touch screen completes the outlook of the A626 and provides the feeling of a solid and high quality luxury accessory.Lightweight and PowerfulIn situations where utilizing a notebook is more hassle than convenience, the A626 can really shine. With its wireless capability (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g), it can keep the user connected to email, the Internet and corporate networks; while Bluetooth 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate speeds up data exchange with a huge range of digital peripherals (phones, printers, etc) by up to two to three times over conventional Bluetooth standards. With ASUS’s user-friendly application “Remote Presenter”, it can also be easily utilized to remotely link and control presentations on a computer via Bluetooth. The most important feature is the fact that all data is stored in Flash memory, so precious information remains saved even if all battery power in the handheld has drained away.Entertainment On-the-Go The ASUS A626 runs on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0, and also provides true multimedia entertainment options. With its front-mounted speakers, it plays video and audio formats (.WMV, .WMA, .MP3 etc) and has a huge library of games available for the Pocket PC platform. For its size, the A626 is simply the most versatile mobile entertainment gadget. With the combination of powerful applications and an ultra-slim outlook that radiates high quality, the A626 is a PDA of choice for the well-heeled and well-traveled.General Specifications: Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 b+g), Bluetooth 2.0 (EDR), 3.5-inch 240 x 320 anti-glare touch screen, 11.7 x 7.08 x 1.57cm, 158g (with battery), 1200mAh removable/ rechargeable battery, integrated microphone and speakers, full duplex recording and playback.Models Available:A626: Intel XScale™ 312Mhz processor, 128MB Flash ROM, 64MB SDRAMThe A626 is currently only available for sale in these countries: China, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Thailand (TBD) and USA (TBD).