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SYMBOL Technologies has launched its latest PDA-format handheld computer, PPT 8800. The PPT 8800 is designed for mobile professionals requiring a high performance handheld computer that is far more durable and reliable than typical consumer devices, while still being similar in size to a consumer-grade PDA.

The device is built and tested to withstand extreme temperatures, multiple drops on concrete, and is sealed against water and dust for reliable performance in the toughest working conditions.

"This launch will shake up the business PDA market because it's the first small device that's purpose-built for sending, receiving and sharing business information in real time," Symbol Technologies general manager Cal Anderson said.

"In an attempt to develop functional business tools for mobile professionals some companies have been trying to 'enhance' available PDAs with add-ons and extra applications.

“However, these become cobbled together impractical tools and are fraught with difficulties including integration issues, application failure, instability, battery drainage and the need for multiple chargers.

“Until now, businesses have been giving their mobile professionals tools that simply can't work the way a purpose-built device does.

"Symbol's mission is to reduce the cost of ownership through more adaptable and sustainable devices.

“A device like the PPT8800 could potentially replace the phone, pager and PDA, dramatically reducing the portfolio of business tools that a doctor, for example, might need to get the job done.”

Usefulness of a PDA in retail, field service, public safety, healthcare and hospitality environments is enhanced by integrated barcode scanning and wireless LAN connectivity, as well as a Bluetooth option.

The PPT 8800 Series sets a high standard for wireless mobility that includes the speed of the Intel XScale PXA250 processor, and the flexibility of Microsoft Windows CE .NET 4.1.

These features allow for the development of Windows-based applications for virtually any industry in which fast networking, multimedia and Web browsing capabilities are a necessity.

The PPT 8800 also supports the Symbol AirBEAM family of mobility management tools, wireless security options and Symbol Spectrum24 wireless network software utilities, so that it fits into a mobile solution set for any industry.

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