The Consumer Electronics Show is an interesting event, mainly because a lot of the awards for best products are actually announced before the show attendees even touch down in Sin City. But on the plus side that makes it easy to know what to look for when heading to Las Vegas.
I checked out the new Traveler 137 smartphone from Pharos. It is the winner of the 2009 CES Innovations award. The Traveler 137 is an unlocked Windows Mobile phone that isn’t exactly cheap – at $599.95 it is a bit more expensive than just about any other handset out there.
But it provides a lot in a sleek package, including a 3.5-inch touch screen. And it also offers full-featured navigation system with voice prompts on a pay-as-you-go basis, rather than an ongoing monthly fee for this service. This could make it a must for those savvy business travelers who also spent extra coin on a handheld GPS device or pay for a subscription service. The Traveler 137 includes vector map and routing calculations, as well as location-based services.
Additionally, I’m hearing that Pharos still has a few tricks up its sleeve, and will unveil the Traveler 117 and Traveler 127 phones at CES. Both of these are Windows Mobile handsets and will include Pharos’ Smart Navigator pay-as-you-go software. And on the other end of the spectrum from the Traveler 137 comes the Travelers 619, which is being billed as the most affordable Windows Mobile handset and will be priced at $199.95.