First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
- — 01 September, 2000 11:29
Unlike its predecessors, the E-115 runs on the latest version of Microsoft's Windows CE operating system for handhelds; it has the friendliest CE user interface yet, as well as a Reader application to handle electronic books. You get a generous 32MB of RAM and Casio's software for playing (fairly short) videos that you've converted to a proprietary file format via an included desktop program. To entice Palm users to jump ship, Casio includes Harmony Enterprise 99 (for transferring data from a Palm to a Windows CE device) in the software bundle. An optional $599 camera plugs into the Compact Flash port.
I didn't really like the boxy metallic look of a shipping E-115, and a USB sync cradle would have been preferable to Casio's slower serial hookup. If you're dying to play videos or listen to stereo music on your palmtop, though, the E-115 is the ticket for Pocket PC enthusiasts.
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