-300"> Cassiopeia BE-300
Based on Windows CE 3.0 and a Casio-designed interface and application set, the Cassiopeia BE-300 trades some of Pocket PC 2002s flexibility to hit a low price point$299. Although the BE-300 sports a nice color display and is a solid performer for basic PDA tasks, it lacks the available application breadth of other Palm OS or Pocket PC operating system-based devices.
LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Unless the BE-300 is a huge hit among PDA buyers, lack of applications and drivers will likely place a pinch on users looking to expand their BE-300 devices. PROS: Operating system and applications are saved in flash ROM, so users may save other data to flash as well; bright color display; low price. CONS: Windows CE applications must be specifically recompiled for BE-300; display is difficult to read outdoors. Casio Computer Co. Ltd., Dover, N.J.; (973) 252-7570; www.casio.com
SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Users accustomed to Pocket PC- or Palm-based devices will need time to learn the BE-300s new Casio-designed interface.