Bits and pieces of stuff I'd heard seemed to be bearing that out. Finally, today I saw a WiredGuy.com review that pretty-much sums it all up.
- While some things became less 95-ish and more palm-friendly, some things got more 95-ish, specifically the addition of Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, and the file manager.
- There's no mention at all of handhelds or laptop machines with keyboards. I wonder if they are going away?
- I wonder what machines are gonna have upgrades available. I'd be surprised if anyone other than Casio offered upgrades. The screenshots the author provided were likely made with an E-100 with a ROM upgrade.
Furthermore, I think I've got the specs for my ideal handheld machine. I want all of this stuff in the form-factor of a Casio E-100.
- t would play MP3's, along with AM/FM radio.
- It would include an integrated cell-phone, accessible from the earphone and microphone jacks. The current crop of integrated phone-PDA machines are a dumbass design, as you have to hold the screen to your face to talk, and you can't take notes or look up other numbers while you talk.
- It'll hold lots of personal information, so it can be used as a credit card. Security won't be a problem, as secure functions will be unavailable unless I'm the one holding it. It'll know I'm holding it by fingerprint or face-recognition (or maybe an embedded chip in my wrist if it doesn't freak out the New World Order nuts too much).
- It will have a digital camera lens on top. The camera lens will swivel to face the person holding it for video conferencing, or away from the user so it can be used as a digital camera (using the screen as the viewfinder). Once big cheap flash memory becomes available, it could also be used as a video camera.
- It could access the internet via the aforementioned cell-phone link. Instant messaging with voice and video will be the killer app.
Interestingly, this isn't a dream. Every one of these technologies are available today. Expect to start seeing these features in up-coming PDA's. Also expect to see the line between pagers, cell phones and PDA's to blur, then disappear entirely.