Product Launch by Todd Haselton on Wednesday February 10, 2010.
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This morning Pharos released the 565, a device that the company claims is the first rugged PDA to ever run Windows Mobile 6.5.
At 144mm x 53.3mm x 25.4mm (5.7in x 2.1in x 1in) it's fairly bulky, but the 565 comes equipped with a full QWERTY keyboard, a 3.5-inch 320 x 240 QVGA resolution display, a Marvell PXA210 624MHz processor, 512MB of flash ROM, an "ultra sensitive" GPS, IrDA, RAW IR/SIR, WiFi, and Bluetooth. Its rugged design allows it to be dropped from a height of 4-5 feet.
The device is available now for $529.95.
Todd is a senior editor at MobileBurn and works out of his home in New York City. He covers news for us and also writes reviews. You can follow him on Twitter at @RoboTodd