A few months back, Motorola announced what may very well be the first MIL-STD ruggedized QWERTY smartphone (or at least the first worth looking at IMHO): the ES400 Enterprise Digital Assistant. It has a modest spec sheet by modern standards, packing in a Qualcomm 600mhz ARM11 processor, 256MB RAM/1GB ROM, 3 inch VGA resistive touchscreen, 3.2MP AF camera, wireless-G, microSD slot, GPS, accelerometer, biometric scanner, USB Host, multi-(maybe even penta-)band CDMA/GSM cellular radios AND the enterprise variant of the now aging WinMo 6.5.3.
Which is all really boring in the face of more modern consumer devices like the Desire Z, the iPhone 4 or the upcoming WP7 smartphones. Which isn’t surprising as it’s a purely enterprise oriented device, one that wasn’t even planned to be made available to the public at large.
And yet I find myself inextricably drawn to it, even more so now that Sprint has decided to bring the device out for personal use by October in the US as the ES400S – bringing with it the hope that Motorola will bring the ES400 out for limited non-enterprise consumer purchase elsewhere.