Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Jun 2007 11:37 UTC, submitted by JCooper
Hardware, Embedded Systems "The Series 5 pocket computer from Psion was launched 10 years ago this week. It was a remarkable achievement: entirely new silicon, a new operating system, middleware stack and applications were developed from scratch in just over two years. This was the last time anyone undertook such a daunting task: it may be the last time anyone ever tries, either."
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My Psion Persective.
by hyperdaz on Wed 27th Jun 2007 02:49 UTC
hyperdaz
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2007-06-05

Id spent years watching others play with Psion 3's...
I could never afford one ((( I was still at school ))) I even remember Psion coming to our school to do a photo sessions trying to encourage the education section probably (((( who at the time were buying loads of Amstrad word processors -=-= yep them Amstrad Cambridge ones-=-=-= ))))

Anyway I joined IBM late in 1995 and was playing around with some pretty cool stuff I remember others having Palm Pilot 5000's... I never really thought that highly of the product as they were constantly having issues then I remember reading about the IBM workpad this really triggered the idea to purchase a psion 5
I wanted the electronic paper storing my ideas on the move...
I bought my Psion 5 from Boots at 399.99 there was only one problem I never really used it experimenting aside... At this time I did not even own an x86 PC that's how highly I rated this .... this was the PC....

the original product had some instant flaws for me...
even though I hoped it would do everything given time..

pealing rubbery paint ((when I first got the product I was shocked at how easily the rubber came off)) this fear kept it away from my pocket ---
The thought of another CASE on top just took it outside pocket portable (((the market it was being advertise as))) and hey Id just spent 400 on something that felt un-mobile this was money I should not of spent I was far from rich... --- the ironic thing was that pealing the rubber off was what the product should have shipped
a decent paint job was under (hard wearing)... ((found out a few years later))..

Keyboard for me yes the form factor was great but I was unable to touch type on my Psion 5 because the keyboard was """ TOO HARD """ would stick slowing me down.... few years later I played and used a number of Psion 5mx and this was miles softer and nicer then the original....

Buzz from the backlight reading in the dark was not fun...
need I say more..

There was one more nail in the coffin for my Psion 5 a good few months later maybe 10, I would get a ((((free))))) IBM Workpad 20x. it was smaller fitted in my pocket much easier and was the electronic paper pad style device....
scratch resistant plastic (((lived in my pocket with no 3rd party case))) being black it was super cool for about four years to come....

I have used palm OS ever since (((( I wish I would have spent more time with the psion 5 but to be honest looking back the psion 5MX is the product that should have been released first time around....

Palm had so many advantages on Psion by the time of the palm 111 (((IBM, 3com, and all the OEM devices supermarket barcode readers etc)))...

But the keyboard and screen real-estate in a slimmed down 5mx with current technology is what makes it so desirable today...
mixed with built in phone capabilities and wifi / bluetooth and an amazing browser and I think you have a perfect companion to the extra skinny but highly functional phone... (laptop almost replacement)...
++++ full Linux OS with much needed Psion type engineering.. some companies have got close but never really committed to a full product (software / hardware and the improving factor(S) now are Internet / WIFI and SCREEN RES..........!!!!!!!!)...

It the first time I have heard that the two companies could have merged ((maybe one of them split second things who knows))) and this does make you wonder what if...... ... or if Psion producing a ""Palm"" alternative they had the much better and polished software stack etc..

One thing that does ring through this is MANAGEMENT... or mismanagement........... Psion and Palm slitting the companies up....

I will leave with Windows CE they never had a product.
The OEMs had hardware... but...

Edited 2007-06-27 03:04

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