What is it?
A fax machine, computer, e-mailer and web browser that's also a mobile phone.
What does it do?
The Communicator's none-too-svelte exterior conceals 16Mb of memory, stripped-down Microsoft Office software for spreadsheets, word processing and PowerPoint presentations, plus internet access for e-mail, surfing and remote synchronisation of calendars and to-do lists. Everything, in fact, that the mobile worker could wish for. It has a 4096-colour LCD screen, fast internet access and the ability to store pictures from compatible digital cameras. Just don't try to put it in your pocket. At a hefty 244 grams, it will ruin the line of your suit.
What's the competition?
Mostly web-enabled PDAs from the likes of Palm, Compaq and Psion, and other mobile manufacturers that are also taking on the PDAs.
Where can I get it?
The upgraded Communicator is out this summer, priced at about pounds 300 (incl.connection).