Regarding the Apple PDA

According to AppleInsider, Apple is preparing an “iPod Touch”-like PDA. I must say that this doesn’t make any business sense. There is no reason to create a “PDA” in this day and age. That market is dead. The market wants convergence instead, one device that does lots. Now, if by “PDA” they mean a larger iPod Touch with a bigger screen, I’d buy the argument. But just “PDA”…?

In the meantime, Apple doesn’t want us to “hack” their devices. Well then, they better release a fucking official SDK. Customers hack these devices because they want something more out of them, and Apple does not fulfill this customer need. So, what’s up with that Apple? Maybe Adam’s suggestion to boycott them is what some should do.

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Apple Ipod, Ipod Nano and Ipod Video News wrote on September 26th, 2007 at 12:42 PM PST:

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William Eggington wrote on September 26th, 2007 at 1:47 PM PST:

I use my PDA every day. Its a Tapwave Zodiac. I play lots of games, Mame, all the emulators (Playing Phantasy Star 4 right now for the Sega Genesis). It holds all my contacts, I manage my time with it. Its got some great movie playing apps like Core Player. I have watched lots of older TV shows on it and “Sling” shows to it from my sisters Tivo.

I think a good PDA rules. I blew two whole days of my life just playing Bejeweld2 on it. 🙂 Cell phones . . . not so much. Hate when I see people driving with them, I hate them when they ring in movies or at church. The company I’m contracting with right now purchased one for me and I feel like I’m “on call”. I have started turning it off on weekends. Much to their frustration.

I don’t like this convergence crap. I do not want to pay a monthly fee for the convenience of having a small computer/gaming/time management machine in my pocket.

I’d rather a good knife than a pocket knife with everything in it but isn’t so great as a knife.


Thom Holwerda wrote on September 26th, 2007 at 2:38 PM PST:

I blew two whole days of my life just playing Bejeweld2 on it.

Just two?


memsom wrote on September 26th, 2007 at 3:02 PM PST:

Regarding the whole SDK thing: whilst I completely respect your position Eugenia, I think this issue is more about your own preferences rather than the real world. A high percentage of people who buy iPones and iPod Touch won’t give a rats arse that you can program for it. Indeed, I owned a Palm Pilot Pro and a Hanspring Visor. I coded up a few apps for them, but ultimately, I was more interested in writing desktop apps. I’m a geek. I write code all day long. I write code in my spare time. I do stupid things like learn Objective C for kicks. However, should I own an Apple PDA, I would not feel any urge to extend it. I did that to the nth degree in the 90’s with fore mentioned PalmOS devices. I realised after a while, features maketh the device, not third party apps.

I’m thinking of getting a Nokia N800 – should I do so, I’d probably never install any third party apps. The base features are enough. I would buy the device for them, not for extensibility.


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Eugenia wrote on September 26th, 2007 at 4:34 PM PST:

I don’t think it’s just me. People like my brother, who is just an electrician, won’t touch a device that doesn’t allow third party apps.

I believe there is no place in the market for a PDA-only device, unless is also an iPod — or a tablet that can replace a laptop.


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