Two New 3G Handsets from Motorola

The A1000 and E1000 from Motorola are two new, feature-rich phones aimed at covering two separate, but often intersecting, markets: business users and gamers.

The A1000 is intended to meet mobile business needs, is based on the Symbian 7.0 OS. Along with the usual camera/gprs/streaming/email/browser package we’ve come to expect, it allows users to view files of a number of formats whilst on the move, including Microsoft Office and PDFs.

The standard PIM applications are all here: calendar, contacts and notes, and the phone will synchronise with your desktop/laptop though USB and Bluetooth.

As the phone supports the J2ME platform, further applications and treats can be downloaded and installed.

The other phone, the E1000 is an attempt to get into the rapidly growing mobile gaming and entertainment market. The phone features a camera and MP3 player and promises a very striking 260,000 colour display, with 240×320 resolution.

The E1000 will offer location-based services through A-GPS, which could provide interesting and innovative entertainment applications in the very near future.

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Fraser Lovatt

Fraser Lovatt has spent the last fifteen years working in publishing, TV and the Internet in various capacities, and believes that they will be seperate platforms for at least a while yet. His main interests at the moment are exploring where Linux is taking home entertainment and how technology is conferring technical skills on more and more people. Fraser Lovatt was born in the same year that 2001: A Space Odyssey was delighting and confusing people in the cinemas, and developed a lifelong love of technology as soon as he realised that things could be taken apart, sometimes put back together again, but mostly left in bits or made into something the original designer hadn't quite planned upon. At school he was definitely in the ZX Spectrum/Magpie/BMX camp, rather than the BBC Micro/Blue Peter/well-behaved group. This is all deeply ironic as he later went on to spend nine years working at the BBC. After a few years of working as a bookseller in Scotland, ("Back when it was actually a skilled profession" he'll tell anyone still listening), he moved to England for reasons he can't quite explain adequately to himself. After a couple of publishing jobs punctuated by sporadic bursts of travelling and photography came the aforementioned nine years at the BBC where he specialised in internet technologies and video. These days his primary interests are Java, Linux, videogames and pies - and if they're not candidates for convergence, then what is?