.Net Separates V37 From Other PDAs

By John Taschek  |  Posted 2003-07-07 Print this article Print

ViewSonic May Be Known as a Monitor Company, but it can turn out a good PDA, too.

ViewSonic May Be Known as a Monitor Company, but it can turn out a good PDA, too. The Pocket PC V37, which will list for about $399, is small, light and fast, and it has Microsofts .Net Compact Framework inside to boot (so to speak).

The V37s Intel 400MHz XScale processor provides snappy performance, and the V37 includes 64MB of RAM and 64MB of ROM for .Net CF. It provides only 36.5MB of addressable memory, however. ViewSonic states this upfront because its attempts to market an earlier version as a 64MB device led to complaints.

.Net CF sets the V37 apart from other PDAs. Since the .Net CF is in ROM, there are no issues related to installing the .Net run-times for enterprise deployments. Developers can use Visual Studio .Net 2003, create applications for the V37 and deploy them faster than if they had to install the framework on competitive Pocket PCs.

More information is at www.viewsonic.com.

As the director of eWEEK Labs, John manages a staff that tests and analyzes a wide range of corporate technology products. He has been instrumental in expanding eWEEK Labs' analyses into actual user environments, and has continually engineered the Labs for accurate portrayal of true enterprise infrastructures. John also writes eWEEK's 'Wide Angle' column, which challenges readers interested in enterprise products and strategies to reconsider old assumptions and think about existing IT problems in new ways. Prior to his tenure at eWEEK, which started in 1994, Taschek headed up the performance testing lab at PC/Computing magazine (now called Smart Business). Taschek got his start in IT in Washington D.C., holding various technical positions at the National Alliance of Business and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There, he and his colleagues assisted the government office with integrating the Windows desktop operating system with HUD's legacy mainframe and mid-range servers.

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