[quote]Originally posted by Jonathan:
[quote]Originally posted by THT:
<strong>I really don't think so. It sort of like in the movie, The Matrix, Neo is in a headlock on the subway tracks and the train horn sounds, and the AI says, "Do you know what that sound is, Mr. Anderson? That is the sound of inevitability." And in this movie Palm isn't a savior figure, just a putz waiting to be squashed.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Hehe. Sad, but probably true. The thing is, I notionally like
Palm. Its hardware is always of a decent quality, and Palm OS has a consistency, neatness, and obviousness that Pocket PC just can't match. I'd always hoped that Handspring might just come up with a novel twist on PDA design. I feel let down.
You, and other posters, are right about the future of Palm, though. The Palm OS is too clunky for a phone device, and Graffiti will never be a substitute for true HWR and on-screen interaction to make it a true palmtop computer. It's stuck firmly in the original definition of "PDA", and the Zire is more likely to be a bigger draw in this respect than the $499 Tungsten.
[quote]<strong>I am however on an anti-Microsoft campaign and will refuse to use Microsoft items in all possible situations, so I probably won't be buying a WinCE phone or PDA in the future, however tempting. As for Palm, they don't have the infrastructure to sell products that MS has. They don't have a Dell or HP hawking their wares. They don't have a monopolist product like Office which includes the super important Outlook email to leverage off of. So at least for PDA's, I think their days are numbered.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Oh no, not another one. What did Microsoft do now
[quote]<strong>But that's the problem. I don't want to be carrying yet another item, a headset, around with me. In fact, when I'm at my desk, both my cell phone and PDA lay on my desk. Heck I'm waiting for an electronic device to replace my wallet!</strong><hr></blockquote>
I could use. Something that means I don't have to carry around all my cards, keys, and cash.
A headset is hardly a big imposition, though, it's just like wearing the earphones on your Walkman or iPod. I guess this would start to become really
useful if someone could develop a decent system for voice recognition. I think this is what Matsu
is looking for. Life would be much easier if you just had to press a button on your earphone cable and say "Meet Jake 2PM Thursday" to set up an appointment.
I'm still opposed to the whole smart phone thing because the input method (Predictive text input) is even worse than Graffiti or micro-keyboards.
I can currently tell my phone to "Call Jake", and it'll happily oblige. I want more!