Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Jul 2011 22:56 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Today, the technology world is gripped by what can only be described as a dirty war between iOS on one side, and Android on the other. While the parties in this war fight it out in the US court system, the web has latched onto this conflict like a starved leach to a nice juicy ankle, and this focus on just iOS and Android has had a rather unpleasant side effect. This effect was subtle at first, but now, it's everywhere. Yes, if you were to believe the web, iOS and/or Android invented everything when it comes to mobile operating systems. I will have none of that, and my PDA collection begs to differ too.
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Ahhh, I remember my first PDA
by bloodline on Fri 22nd Jul 2011 08:46 UTC
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My first PDA was an HP iPAQ 4150... Gorgeous hardware, bright clear screen, small, light, fast CPU (which was easy to over clock for when I wanted to run PocketUAE)... But the OS sucked, the battery life was about 2 and a half hours of use and te resistive touch screen was just about as horrible as a human can bare...

I could never get it to sync propery, the wifi was flakey (it did improve after a painful, unsupported and nerve wracking OS upgrade)... The web browser was a joke. But the calendar was useful albeit manually "synced" with my desktop, I could listen to my mp3s and play Age of Empires... I had hoped to use it to take notes but the on screen keyboard and handwriting recognition sucked too much to make that a reality... I did find myself using audio memos a lot, something that has carried over on to my later devices.

Despite all its flaws, I did love it and it went everywhere with me... Then due to my mp3 and movie collection growing I bought a 60gb iPod... Which meant I was carrying around a mobile phone, an iPod and a PDA... This was an unsustainable situation... Then after about a year of this, Apple announced the iPhone... All three devices in one... I "drank the koolade", and have been a happy iPhone camper ever since (I jailbroke my first iPhone so I could use it as a proper PDA, but my second one was a 3G with iOS 2 with the App store, so I didn't bother to jailbreak it).

For me the iPhone and Android systems were a massive jump over all that came before them... It was like going from a Sinclair ZX81 to an Amiga 500 (a Jump that I experienced in 1989)... Suddenly these curious toys became proper tool., Before, the iPhone/Android the PDA was as much of a hinderance as it was a help, now these devices are genuinely fit for purpose!

I don't think the lineage of the PDA does stem from the Palm and the Windows Mobile... I think these were dead ends, which were out competed by a new way of thinking.

Xerox parcs owed little to the popular CP/M OS the 70's, it was a new way of thinking about Human/Computer interaction... Similarly iOS (and Android, and WebOS, and Windows7 Phone) owes little to Palm and Windows mobile, it was a new way of thinking about Human/PDA interaction.

I would say, the modern mobile device is probably more directly related to the Media players and Mobile Phones of the past decade than the PDA of the same era... Being "consumer devices", rather than computing devices.

Just my £2s worth ;)

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