Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Aug 2012 11:20 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless You'll want to see this. "A teardown chronological history of PDA Organisers spanning 17 years: 1986 Psion II Organiser, 1996 Palm Pilot 5000, 2003 HP iPAQ 5550." Very thorough teardowns of the hardware, detailing all the chips and other on-board parts. Hardware porn, basically. Great work by David L. Jones.
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RE: Great devices (except the iPAQ)
by Morgan on Wed 15th Aug 2012 20:49 UTC in reply to "Great devices (except the iPAQ)"
Morgan
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2005-06-29

Well I certainly miss my trusty old Palm Treo 650, I still consider it the best smartphone I've ever owned. It even beats my current two, the HTC Arrive WP7 phone and the Samsung Nexus S with ICS. I'd give up both of these phones and a little cash for a modern Treo with WiMAX and a high resolution screen. And I don't mean a WebOS phone, that's not the same thing at all! I mean a thin, fast Treo with an updated Garnet OS. Of course I know that will never happen.

Back on topic, the video certainly brings back good memories. I was already familiar with the innards of the USR Palm unit as I've owned one and had to fix a broken solder joint in it many years ago. I think it's amazing to see how much has changed, and yet how much remains the same, in 20 years of PDA tech.

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flypig Member since:
2005-07-13

Yeah; the video clearly shows evolution across the devices - it's fascinating to see how the boards get more tightly packed - but the fundamentals all look similar.

Not that I'd even know a resistor from a capacitor. Every device I ever opened up ended up with some crucial functionality mysteriously missing afterwards.

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