Motorola A1000

May 2005
Australian Personal Computer;May2005, Vol. 25 Issue 5, p73
The article presents information about hardware pocket phones Motorola A1000. At just 162g, this PDA phone is lighter than its 11.5 x 5.7 x 1.9 bulk implies. Exclusively distributed in Australia by 3, the A1000 features a tri-band GSM/GPRS radio and W-code division multiple access. Data connectivity is supplied through 3's 3G services, though the input system is somewhat awkward. Bluetooth and USB are offered for connection to a desktop PC, but there is no infra-red or Wi-Fi. Uniquely in this roundup, it ships with a Bluetooth headset. Out-of-the-box syncing to Outlook, Lotus Notes and Lotus Organizer negates the need for third party sync software. The solid software bundle includes the Opera Web browser and Picsel's viewers for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF and ZIP files. The Symbian operating system gives the A1000 a great interface and packs plenty of information into the 2.9in touchscreen. Battery life was the third lowest of the handhelds in this Labs Challenge, with a rated 170 hours on standby and four hours' talk time.


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