Casio Cassiopeia E-125 Pocket PC
by Rick Smith (December 4, 2000)
Want a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) that is more colorful that the grey electronic “scratchpads” your friends have? Run applications that look more like the Microsoft Office applications that you use on your Windows PC? Use videos for effective visual presentations from your PDA? Play tunes on a PDA while you read and write your E-mail? If you say yes, Casio has the answer with their new Cassiopeia E-125 Pocket PC.
Intended primarily for the business user, this E-123 Pocket PC includes business software applications and the ability to connect wirelessly along with video playback and E-mail capability. The key feature is that important business spreadsheets can not only be carried as “view-only” documents, but can be run and manipulated as well.
Another unique feature of the Cassiopeia is the “Action Control” dial mounted on the left side of the unit. It enables you to easily scroll the screen, select menu items and to perform other operations, simply by rotating and pressing the dial with your thumb. The front “Cursor Button” makes cursor movement much more intuitive by working like PC arrow keys.
Since this device has a vivid color display, the Casio E-125 can display JPEG still images from digital cameras. A slide presentation can also be created from these images and shown directly from the E-125. By using an optional digital camera card, both still and moving images can be captured directly on the Cassiopeia and played back. Mobile Video converting software is included to convert popular video formats, such as MPEG-1, AVI and QuickTime, so they can be played back on the Cassiopeia. The mobile calendar software also makes use of this color display by effectively differentiating the appointments using color.
The new Cassiopeia E-125 Pocket PC also:
downloads data from an office PCs or servers a faster throughput speed due to the USB (universal serial bus) equipped cradle connection. (Standard serial is also available.)
includes Microsoft Pocket Word and Microsoft Pocket Excel.
uses a 240 x 320 Dot Hyper Amorphous Silicon thin film transistor (TFT) 65,536 color LCD screen. This low-power LCD is designed for the precise reproduction of both text and images, including motion video and still images.
is equipped with a CF Type II (the thicker one) card slot. This can be used for easy addition of increased memory, digital camera cards, modem cards or LAN cards.
communicates wirelessly using a mobile phone. With Casio’s CDMA communication cable, in conjunction with a data compatible CDMA phone and cable, you can wirelessly access the Internet with the E-125.
is compatible with IrDA 1.2 infrared communication standards.
plays both MP3 and Windows Media Audio (WMA) music formats. Both a mono internal speaker and stereo headphone 3.5 mm mini-jack are built-in.
features easy E-mail Setup. Included software can copy PC e-mail settings (DNS, POP, ID, etc.) to the Cassiopeia’s settings. E-mail is compatible with Microsoft Outlook 2000 and Outlook Express 5.0.
uses a 150 MHz RISC VR4122 CPU with 32MB of memory.
weighs 250 g. Runs approximately 8 hours on the Lithium Ion battery.
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