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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Not going back far enough...
by cwaig_g on Fri 22nd Jul 2011 07:32 UTC
cwaig_g
Member since:
2009-11-30

I don't think Thom's collection really goes back far enough. The first time I saw what would be the predecessor of the PDA was the Sharp PC1211
http://mycalcdb.free.fr/main.php?l=0&id=1597

- my friend had one on the school bus back in mid 80's (he got it cheap after it'd been discontinued).

But the real predecessor of the modern PDA & Smartphone has to be the Psion series. Symbian started as EPOC on the Psion organiser in 1984 (I still remember one of the guys at school trying to convince me that EPOC was the future - he could easily have been right if the ball hadn't been right royally dropped by Sony Ericsson and Nokia decades later). Plus Psion had the best design for a mobile device keyboard ever (can't believe it was never licensed out to other firms after Psion exitted the market - that sliding hinge was a work of genius).

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I'm still fleshing out how, exactly, the series is going to look, but one thing's pretty clear: I'm going to start with a sort-of 'pre-history' article first, where I detail devices like this. At first, I just wanted to integrate that into the PalmOS/etc. articles, but I think it deserves an article all unto itself.

In addition, I might not spread this out in separate articles, but instead, in one large article. Still debating this!

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cwaig_g Member since:
2009-11-30

The article as is was good - it just needs to go back a little further - nice to see a Zaurus in there though - I loved my SL5500 and SL6000 (now that was a brick and a half) - anyone ever use IRK? that was mine ;)

One more for the list would be the Atari Portfolio (1989), which was an MSDOS compatible clamshell PDA form factor.

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RE: Not going back far enough...
by smashIt on Fri 22nd Jul 2011 18:27 in reply to "Not going back far enough..."
smashIt Member since:
2005-07-06

I don't think Thom's collection really goes back far enough. The first time I saw what would be the predecessor of the PDA was the Sharp PC1211
http://mycalcdb.free.fr/main.php?l=0&id=1597


at some point you have to separate PDAs from organisers and programmable calculators

but it would be nice to include another device:
i can't remember who made it and what it's called
but it was an organiser in the format of a pcmcia-card
the top was covered by a display (not sure if it was a complete touchscreen or only partial)

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Typing in "PCMCIA PDA" into Google revealed it in seconds. ;)

The Xircom Rex:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/REX_6000

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