Sure while everyone is taking pot-shots at Windows Mobile and market share hub-bub, people are using it left and right to get things done in the world. The latest group to do so is not some fly-by night company but the United States Army.
Launching their Go Mobile Gear, designed for the modern, tech savvy solider (who would be laughed off the battle field for having a pansy iPhone), the U.S. military has approved a handful of "...communications and conferencing devices that can fit into a soldier’s pocket while going easy on the service’s pocketbook."
Soldiers can use these devices to access "...the Army Knowledge Online portal, a repository of online information, distance learning tools, e-mail and other resources for 2.6 million Army users. The Web-based service is now part of a broader service known as Defense Knowledge Online."
So what does the military consider to be solid devices for the troops?
- HTC Ozone
- Samsung Epix
- Palm Treo Pro
- HTC Touch Pro
- Celio Redfly
- Planon Prinstik portable printer
- Solar Charger
- Myvu Solo Goggles
(Funny, I have half of that stuff....Army here I come!)
The whole kit (we imagine only one phone of course) can be had for about $1,000. It's a pretty huge endeveor too by the military, which states:
And joking aside, the military is evidently "tech agnostic" as they do plan to look at and roll out iPhone and Android sometime in the future. But for now, it's all WinMo baby.
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