I have just looked at the new Palm web site.
It world be nice if they just sold these things as snap-ins so that you ccould have a basic machine onto which you could add a camera/bluetooth/whatever module. You know, a bit like USB allows for PCs where you can plugin a mouse, a keyboard, whatever the heck you like.
Bluetooth is not a module, it is analagous to USB.
Thank goodness Bluetooth hasn't had more penetration. It's a bully of a protocol that just jumps on the airwaves and starts shouting (thankfully quietly, aka not far) regardless if anyone else (802.11b/802.11g) is presently there and talking.
I don't understand the emphasis on Wi-Fi.
What are you suggesting? That I plug it into the mountain's ethernet port?
I develop some picture capturing applications for our clients using Zire 71/Zire 72. So I use Zire for work, but it's fun taking pictures also :).
"It world be nice if they just sold these things as snap-ins..."
The killer device is going to be the one that mangaes to combine the PDA and mobile phone correctly.
That's been done several times, Stephen. The only drawback to my VisorPhone is that it's a bit wide and heavy, but I have big hands anyway. My wife has a Treo 180 which is smaller, lighter, and can find phone entries by their initials. Then there's the Treo 600, smaller and lighter yet. What is it about any of these that doesn't satisfy you?
I think the key here is decide if you want a data centric device or voice centric device. For the former Treo 600 is really good and for the latter Motorola MPX 200 is better. Both do their core functionality really well and not bad for the other functions also.
The one I looked at was the Everex, and I would have bought it if I could have used the touch screen for predictive text.
I have a girlfriend who weares an army belt. It's sort of a fashion statement, but nontheless she wears the magazine pouches to put her girlie stuff plus the cellphone.
Those pants with loads of pockets would do the trick. Trouble is it would seem like I'm mutton positng as lamb.
What about Handspring Treo 600, O2 XDAII, SonyEricsson P900 ?
I discovered that Sony makes several palm-compatible devices. They have good prices (for some models), good screens, and they don't stick a camera on each model.
The P900 doesn't look too bad as long as you ignore the price. It is strange though that I can get a PDA for $200 and a phone for $120, yet to get one deviece that combines the two, and still leaves some things to be desired, I'm having to pay around $800.
It's not strange at all. Replacing a phone about so big and a PDA about so big with a single phone/PDA device about the same size means that all the components in each have to be half the size. It's the same reason laptops cost a lot more than desktops when they have comparable components.
Bad analogy Kyralessa. All of the components on the phone and the PDA are duplicated with the exception of the chip - smaller than a fingernail, and a separate part anyway - and the antenna and microphone. There is no miniutarization invovlved at all.
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