Leading off are reviews and specifications of four new Windows Mobile 2003 devices. The Asus MyPal A730 has a 3.7-inch diagonal color VGA display, and a 1.3 megapixel camera. The Dell Axim X50v series has a 624 MHz processor, 64 MB of SDRAM, and 128 MB of Flash ROM. The HP iPAQ hx2000 series Pocket PC has dual card slots and integrated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The Sprint PPC-6600 Series Pocket PC Phone Edition device has a built-in slide-out keyboard, integrated Bluetooth, and a SecureDigital expansion card slot.
A special section focuses on this month’s theme, travel. The Best Software Awards judges weigh in on their favorite travel software, and Dan Hanttula and Tim Hillerbrand review some excellent software, services, and accessories that make it easier to stay connected while you are on the road. Ed Zabrek reviews a product that scans all the business cards you collect, and imports the information into your Pocket PC’s Contacts database. Allen Gall reviews some games that will fill the time you spend waiting for a connecting flight (or any other travel-induced downtime), and Tim Hillebrand reviews eBook reader programs that make it easier for you to take your favorite books with you when you travel.
The built-in Pocket Excel spreadsheet on your Pocket PC does not have all the features of Excel on your desktop PC. PlanMaker 2004 is a spreadsheet application for the Pocket PC, yet with all the features of a desktop spreadsheet program. Read a review of PlanMaker 2004 by John D. Ottini. John also reviews Uti-Planner, a PIM application with five software components: Schedule, Tasks, Contacts, Notes, and Journal. You can also read a review of the Britannica Concise Encyclopedia for Pocket PC. Diane Dumas went to the CTIA wireless conference in San Francisco, and report on the latest gadgets and applications that she saw at the show. Kevin C. Tofel introduces us to Podcasting, a system which enables you to listen to audio Web logs (blogs) on your Pocket PC. In his ?What’s Online? column Jim Karpen has advice on buying a new device. There is also a Tips and Tricks section that will help you get more from your Pocket PC.
In the Enterprise section, Chris De Herrera tells you why Pocket PC antivirus software is becoming a necessity. Franc Yacano describes a unique program which utilizes Pocket PCs to improve tuberculosis care in Uganda. In the "Ask Microsoft" column Ed Zabrek interviews Bill Keay, Microsoft’s "Enterprise Mobility Specialist for Microsoft Healthcare and Life Sciences." You can also read about the winners of the Editor’s Choice Best Healthcare Software 2004. You can also read about creating multi-program installers for the Pocket PC.