Symbol's Clunky, Clever MC70

It's not much to look at, but this multifunction handheld is strong enough to take a licking and keep the mobile professional on-task

Symbol Technology's (SBL) MC70 won't win any awards for looks. It's essentially designed like a big block, with large numeric buttons for making calls. And on the unit I reviewed, those same buttons also share space with the keyboard, which packs several letters onto each key and makes typing awkward at best.

While it's style-challenged and pricey at about $2,000, Symbol's MC70 should be a welcome addition to companies whose employees experience the rough-and-tumble workday for which the device was designed.

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