Psion Teklogix iKôn / Psion Teklogix
1st November 2007
Imagine what would happen if you decided
to design a mobile handset with absolutely every feature
you could think of. Sure, it would be great.. but it
would probably be huge and expensive. But what if size
and cost weren't an issue?
Well, you might well end up with a beast
like the peculiarly named iKôn from Psion Teklogix
(or rather more mundanely, the Psion Teklogix 7505).
It might not look too large in the picture, but this
450 gram monster measures a sizable 115 x 80 x
40mm. The weight is at least partly due to the 5000
mAh battery pack, with around five times the capacity
of a standard smartphone power cell - Psion Teklogix
say that the iKôn's large battery "ensures
full-day productivity for mobile workers".
You might guess from the physical characteristics
that the Psion Teklogix iKôn isn't really a consumer
handset - this is aimed at corporate customers, especially
those working in the fields of warehousing and distribution,
healthcare, field service and any other application
that potentially requires a very powerful handheld device.
The most striking feature on the iKôn is
a huge 3.7" VGA resolution (480 x 640 pixel)
touchscreen, which is easily one of the largest on the
market and has four times the pixel count of a standard
QVGA smartphone display.
the screen is a numeric keypad with large, easy-to-use
buttons. If you're familiar with current Psion Teklogix
they you'll notice a familiar set of function keys and
softkeys, so adapting existing handheld applications
should be relatively easy. Alternatively, you can specify
a QWERTY option instead of a numeric one - and a close
examination of the iKôn product photo shows a
set of accessible screws in the front indicating that
this swap-over might be quite easy to do.
On the back is a two megapixel camera,
and on the top is a barcode scanner.. again, if you're
familiar with Psion Teklogix handheld terminals, then
you will have seen this before. This means that an operator
can take reasonably good photographs of anything that
they might need later, and also scan in product and
packaging barcodes directly into the handheld.
Network connectivity is through GSM/GPRS/EDGE,
UMTS (3G), WiFi or Bluetooth, so the iKôn is very
flexible and it should always be possible to get a network
connection. There's a USB connector, and usefully for
this type of device, you can also plug in an old-style
also a built-in GPS receiver, although you would need
to add your own satellite navigation software to it.
Inside the iKôn is a 624 Mhz XScale processor
with 128MB RAM. The 7505 / iKôn also takes microSD
memory cards and is SDHC compatible which should mean
that you can fit a 4GB card in or even bigger.
When you order the iKôn, you can
tell Psion Teklogix which operating system you would
like it to come with - a choice of Microsoft Windows
CE 5.0, Windows Mobile 6.0 Classic or Windows Mobile
6.0 Professional. This may seem like overkill, but this
will help many corporate customers port their applications
onto the iKôn.
The whole package is wrapped up in a
rugged housing that can protect the iKôn from
a 5 ft drop onto concrete. It's also highly dust and
water resistant, can withstand shocks and vibrations
and it is specified to work in a wide range of temperatures.
Add to this a range of accessories such as vehicle mount
kits, holsters, carrying straps and docking stations,
and you can see that the iKôn is a well-rounded
device for industrial applications. But then with the
name Psion Teklogix on it, most customers would expect
Of course, the what you get out of a
device like the iKôn depend on what you put into
it. For the maximum benefit, you'll need to write or
adapt your own packages for it, but that can be
as simple as a web-based application that can be used
on the large 480 x 640 pixel display.
Psion Teklogix haven't confirmed how
much the iKôn will cost - but in all honesty,
if you're worried about the price then it's not
for you. Our guess would be something roughly in the
£1000 / €1500 / $2000 range, but in any case it
will vary according to the exact specification you order.
Psion Teklogix say that the iKôn should start
to become available from December.
If we had to make a criticism of the
iKôn / 7505 then it will be this: it's a
shame that there's not a version of this for office
users and consumers. It's also ironic that it's a Windows
device, as Psion Teklogix is part of Psion
who invented (and then sold on) the Symbian operating
system. But perhaps we will one day again see the Psion
name on a consumer device.. we certainly hope so!
Teklogix iKôn / 7505
at a glance
+ EDGE + UMTS (3G) + WiFi
115 x 80 x 40mm
/ 450 grams