At CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment next week, i-mate USA, so far a specialist in Windows Mobile-based devices, will also enters the software utility arena and announces the launch of 1-View, an innovative software that allows users to instantly access their music, photos, videos, documents and other files wherever they are, on whatever PC or i-mate device they are using.
1-View is available for all i-mate devices running Windows Mobile 2003 SE Pocket PC and Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC, and can operate over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPRS, EVDO, 3G and Edge wireless networks.
Among the features of 1-View, users can wirelessly access files on all their PCs from any i-mate device; upload files and data from their i-mate device to a PC; download documents, music, photos and videos from any PC to an i-mate device; download music and videos from PCs to an i-mate device; instantly access their digital photo collections from anywhere, anytime; access a home PC from a laptop at work, or a laptop at work from a home PC; view a device bar showing all connected PCs and mobile devices, and a unified listing of all files.
"We are in an era of mobility, and 1-View is a milestone for consumers and business users who want to be able to access their documents, data and media files whenever they want from wherever they are," said Jon Driscoll, president of i-mate USA. "1-View brings together a personÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s digital life under one mobile umbrella."
1-View also provides small and large businesses and enterprise users with solutions to give employees anytime, anywhere access to data stored on multiple terminals, creating the ultimate remote access solution for any business mobility need.
1-View is already available through i-mate's new 1-View website but unfortunately costs 89.99 US$ which is - well - a little bit too pricy for such a tool. While the idea sounds fantastic and if it comes as a one-click out of the box installation file, I'm sure it's way easier to use then using a FTP client/server but that's way too pricy, especially since data charges comes on top if you don't have a flat plan or use Wi-Fi in an office environment.
Nevertheless, I wish i-mate good luck with the next step into the software business but hardware isn't software and should be prices more reasonable.
Cheers ~ Arne