The G500 was floating through the Internet for quite a while and now it was officially announced by E-Ten Corporation, a Taiwan-based ODM.
The G500 is the first Pocket PC Phone from E-Ten to have fully integrated GPS capabilities. The G500's embedded RoyalTek GPS module, featuring the SiRF Star III high sensitivity chipset and an innovative internal antenna design, means that PDA or phone owners who also regularly need to access GPS services, no longer have to carry additional accessories or even a separate GPS device when they travel. No other product makes it as easy or as convenient as the G500 to have the latest satellite navigation technology always on hand.
The G500 is also the first PDA phone with an onboard receiver allowing it to support Traffic Message Channel (TMC) functions in available countries when using the popular GPS application, Destinator. When traveling, the G500 can receive regularly updated reports of the traffic conditions ahead and so alert drivers to problems (such as sudden traffic congestion) that could cause delays on a planned route. TMC's advanced warning system enables users to make on the fly changes to their journey, avoiding traffic jams and holdups and giving them an advantage to reach their destinations on time.
The G500 has been optimized to
support many of the popular GPS software packages available for the Pocket PC.
Its large touch screen display is ideal for using fingertip navigation controls,
while the large storage capacity lets users store roadmaps for multiple
countries and destinations directly on the device. E-Ten also includes several
unique, in-house developed or licensed software applications that add even more
value to the G500 package. For example Location SMS integrates GPS and phone
functions to enable users to send SMS text messages including their precise GPS
coordinates to any other SMS compatible phone or device.
As a phone device,
the G500 supports GSM quad-band 850/900/1800/1900MHz and GPRS allowing users to
make and receive voice calls, send SMS text messages and access data services
including email, mobile Internet and MMS wherever they travel. The G500 also
supports Bluetooth 1.2 enabling wireless connectivity with other Bluetooth
devices and accessories.
Installed on the G500 are E-Ten exclusive
applications that offer enhanced functionality over other Pocket PC Phones
including; Voice Commander to enable complete hands-free voice dialing
capabilities, Advanced Speed Dial which makes dialing frequent contacts even
easier and GPRS Wizard which simplifies the task of configuring data services
such as GPRS, MMS and WAP.
Based on Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile 5.0
operating system, the G500 includes a number of software applications designed
to add value for mobile business or mobile entertainment focused users. Support
for Microsoft Office formats (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) lets G500 owners work
with their important documents even while traveling, while Windows Media Player
enables them to watch movies and listen to music.
The G500 has been
ergonomically designed for handheld operation. Comparable in size to traditional
mobile phone handsets, the device's combination of large (2.8") touch screen
display, intuitively positioned hardware buttons and easy to customize software
interface, offers users multiple opportunities to personalize the G500 to match
their unique usage requirements. And clearly it was inspired by Motorola's Razr-line
if you compare the keyboard design of the Razr with the G500.
Also, as an
added benefit to both business users and travelers, the G500 features a 1.3M
pixel CMOS camera and built in microphone allowing them to capture digital
images and voice memo recordings.
Combining PDA, phone, GPS, camera and
digital entertainment functions all in a single pocketsize device, the G500
represents E-Ten's most integrated and highly-refined solution to meet the needs
of business professionals and frequent travelers.
Cheers ~ Arne