Motorola VC6096 handheld mobile computer

Motorola_vc6096When Motorola popped up in my Google Blog Search feed for the "UMPC" term this morning, I clicked on the first link with great interest. I wondered how the company managed to sneak a UMPC into production unnoticed, when and why they even decided to join the fray, and what the GPS-equipped unit would look like.

Then the page loaded and the photo you see here appeared.


The Motorola VC6096 is actually just a rugged Windows Mobile 6.1 device "designed to help transportation and logistics providers achieve cost-effective compliance, maximize driver productivity, improve safety and vehicle utilization, reduce costs and improve customer service." Yes, it features a 6.5-inch screen, integrated 3.5G and Bluetooth, SD card slot, and a backlit QWERTY keyboard, but a UMPC it is not.

[Motorola via GPS Obsessed]
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3 thoughts on “Motorola VC6096 handheld mobile computer

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    the question one need to start asking is:

    whats the definition of a Personal Computer?

  • Yeah, I guess in the most generic sense, this could be called a non-Microsoft-defined UMPC. But it that’s the case, then this is also a MID, PMP, PDA, DAP, and HPC!

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    bingo, rather then getting hung up on the question of what label to slap on it, one should look at what tasks one wants to perform, and if the a device one is considering can fulfill those.

    the problem is that marketing loves labels as that makes their message shorter ones the message have gotten into peoples mind.

    also, custom labels allow for branding and standing out from the crowd.

    what intel found with umpc was that it didnt connect with their chips specifically. hell, the most successful ones didnt use intel chips. so they came up with their own label/brand, mid.

    its a war of words, confusing the hell out of everyone. and moving the focus away from the real point, can the product do what it claims to do, and can the customer use it for what he/she plans to use it for.


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