Thursday, December 18, 2003

Requiem for a Machine - The season's hot gadget proves that PDAs are obsolete. By Paul Boutin

Requiem for a Machine - The season's hot gadget proves that PDAs are obsolete. By Paul Boutin


Treo 600: It's not a PDA, or even a combination PDA/cell phone. It's a phone, pure and simple. (Service is available from at least four companies: AT&T, Cingular, Sprint, and soon T-Mobile.) To be clear, this is a phone that contains everything you used to buy a PDA for: Palm operating system, a QWERTY keyboard, a bright color screen, digital camera, Web browser, video and MP3 players, instant messaging, desktop-sync software, and more. But the important thing is that it has the form of a phone, not just the function. If you saw one lying on a desk, you'd immediately know what it was. Could you say that the first time you saw a PalmPilot?


While, I still have my very first Palm I am not particularly attached to that type of a PDA anymore. What I would like to see is how the Treo, or anyone else for that matter, handle the separation of personal and business lives. I am still waiting for something that would be able to have separate calendars and adderss books but be able to show them together on screen and be used together when calling or sending mail.

Nevertheless, finally having only one device for the phone, organizer, mp3 camera, and a small camera looks very nice. Of course, Verizon does not support it yet...

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