A few days ago, we wrote about a Linux based platform for phones. The ROAD S101 series phones are the sexy fruits of that open-souced nerd news. And surprisingly, they have enough nice hardware and software to give the similar Nokia Communicator 9500 a run for its money. The ROAD, which stands for Remote Office Access Device, flips open to reveal a keyboard with very large keys. The hardware includes a tiny monochrome 102 by 65 pixel external screen for dialing, and a beautiful 640 by 240 pixel display on the inside. The camera? A 2Megapixel setup. For connectivity, the GSM phone depends on EDGE data, but also does WiFi, Bluetooth, and infrared. There's an SD memory slot, too. So, it's very PC like. But so is the battery life of 5 hours while you're actively using using it as a mobile workstation. So much for telecommuting a long day from the beach. Jump for another picture, screenshots, and to read about the software inside. (It's cool stuff, actually.)
It ships with a lot of ware, including the usual personal organizer stuff, but also MP3/video playback, an image editor, a Office doc viewer, a browser, POP/MAP email, remote PC access. There's a dictophone feature, which sounds like it can use its speakerphone to read you your emails and text messages. The S101K is a model with voice/data encryption, for which you probably need carrier support. Oh, a glimmer of hope for the German-made phone— It's a quadband GSM model, so it very well could make a decent phone to import. No details on release date, yet.