Recent weeks have been full of new product releases from all the major players: the Palm VII made its American launch a few weeks ago and Psion shipped the Series 5mx. But the best machines released have been the Casio E-100 (and E-105) colour palm-sized machines, and the Compaq Aero 8000. These two models meet the promise of the platform better than any before.
The Casio E-100 plays video clips, plays sound files, has a reasonable battery life for a colour machine, and just about fits into a pocket. It is (inevitably) bigger than a Palm, and even bigger than the deck of playing cards that is probably its biggest competitor as a time killing toy. If a colour "scribble thing" is on your shopping list, then this is the one to have.
The Aero 8000 is an attractive HPC Pro machine, with the star bonus of 800 x 600 display resolution. As with the Jornada, it includes a client for Citrix Metaframe, and is most at home in a nomadic business environment using Metaframe or NT Terminal Server with wireless ethernet inside the office, and the built-in modem and standard Windows CE software for light use when moving between locations.
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