The press release went out earlier this morning, but we were kindly invited to a Trimble press event to discuss the new Nomad PDA this afternoon. This isn’t your everyday handheld: it’s meant for the rugged, outdoorsy types. Why is that? Well, for starters, you can dunk the Nomad in a meter of water for 30 minutes. Not rugged enough for you? How about meeting military specs for extreme drops, vibrations and temperature. Get the picture?
So what about the specs of the handheld: Trimble started with an 806 MHz CPU to power Windows Mobile 6 for 15 hours on a battery charge. You can also include up to 1 GB of flash memory, GPS, 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, digital camera and barcode reader. Prices range for this portable powerhouse between $1,699 and $2,499 and you can grab one for your favorite outdoor PDA user starting today.
One quick tidbit (as I just asked about it on the conference call): the 3.5-inch VGA screen does use an LED backlight along with a transreflective screen. Trimble mentioned that they looked at over 100 screens and spent a large portion of time choosing the one that fits this product the best. The screen they settled on is outdoor-viewable; it works so well apparently, that you can turn the backlight off in full sunlight and not see much of a difference. Clearly, this is a high-end device that caters for outdoor business types, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive to me.
Trimble set up a nice Ning community for their product users right here; a great way to get additional information.