There’s a nice article on the oqo and ibm’s mobile computer core concept @brighthand. Imho those designs are very promising and i would love to see them pop up soon. Perhaps with broader acceptance of the tablet concept they could really get a boost, since tablets are more or less aiming in the same direction.
I also enjoyed the vaporware 2002 list (@wired) mentioned in that article. Oqo made #4, congrats!
There’s a preview of a new windowsce smartphone named n1 neonode @infoSync. Remarkable is that it is extremely small, features an integrated digicam and is not based on microsofts smartphone os, but a newly developed os based on windowsce and developed by neonode. Furthermore, it features a touchscreen, which are not supported by microsofts smartphone os.
Brighthand got a review of the new hp ipaq h1910. They apparently like it, and it seems as if the ipaq h1910 might turn out to be for ppc what the palm v was for palm-pdas (that is to say: slim and stylish).
Imagine that: a device with svga touchscreen (640×480), powered by linux, that weighs in at 225g and measures 120 x 83 x 18,6 mm? And all that for $700? Sounds like the perfect laptop? Perhaps, but actually it’s classified as pda, not laptop.
The device mentioned above is the sharp zaurus sl-c700, and although the device is currently only released in japan, dynamism aims to bring it to the united states within the next few weeks and with a localized os. This little gadget might show how powerful mobile computing has become over the last few years. With the power of a 400mhz xscale-cpu, a very flexible os and a weight far beyond any mininotebook-competitors (and imho, this is rather mininotebook than pda) this device could be a major threat to mininotebook and (more important) tablet-pc manufacturers, heck, even classic pc design paradigms. I really consider purchasing one, cause it’s about exactly what i was looking for and additionally, it’s highly affordable. A true roadwarriors dream-device!
There are some informations and several pics on legends palm 168 @palminfocenter. Legend is the newest palmos-licensee and their palm 168 pretty much reminds me of sonys clie-series. The unit is expected to ship in january 2003 in china with a chinese language version of palmos 4.2.
Following an article by J??rgen Sundgot in which he points out what he doesn’t like about ppcs, Larry Garfield tells us what he dislikes about palms. I really enjoyed it, especially for the calm and understandable criticism.
The first 3g symbianOS phone (developed by fujitsu) is ready to hit the japanese market! Not only is this the first symbianOS phone for japan, but also the first 3g symbianOS phone ever. Shipment to ntt docomo is expected soon.
You can find out more in the news @symbian.com, and take a quick glance at this breathtaking beauty on the ntt docomo-website (according to allaboutsymbian, the F2051 is the one powered by symbianOS).
After my blog on “mobile gaming pleasure” a few days back with a link to the infosync-review, age of empires was recently released. You can purchase it here @handango.
According to an article @the register handspring will exclusively use keyboards as primary method for textinput in all their future models. Furthermore, more and more other palm-licensees follow handsprings example (just consider sonys nx70v or palms tungsten w).
I personally have to say that i would miss graffiti. I really got used to that method of text-entry and imho it’s not all that bad. It works surprisingly well, makes few mistakes and is easy to learn. Of course there are downsides: compared to cellphones, pdas with handwriting-recognition can’t be operated with one hand properly, but neither modern pdas with integrated mini-keyboards. On the other hand, numberpads with t9-support are not as fast as fullsize mini- keyboards for text-entry. Mini-keyboards might be the fastest solution, but you still have to figure out where to put your stylus while using it (back into the silo, out of the silo, back into the silo,…). Furthermore, the graffiti-solution is very flexible and allows a great formfactor (like tungsten t with its hidden graffiti-area) or great screensize and -resolution (like NX70V with it’s hires+) and considering that pdas are used for information-retrieval rather than text-input most of the time, these solutions work well, imho.
However, I’m really excited about what the future holds for us, and considering that I’m going for a series60-symbian-smartphone, the future of graffiti isn’t really that important to me. But still, i would really miss it.