As a highly-mobile gadget nut, I’m always looking for new
gizmos that will fit in my pocket. But I just don’t understand why I should
spend $1,000, or even $500, for an oversized PDA. Microsoft and PC makers have
recently unveiled a series of minitablet
PCs. These lightweight, low-wattage devices will run a variant of Windows
XP developed through Microsoft’s Origami Project.
Current models will set you back about $1,000, but manufactures are promising
$500 systems by mid year. So again, I have to ask why.
Sure you can browse the Internet,
send e-mails, and listen to MP3 files, but the drawbacks are many. Without a full-size
keyboard, document creation and editing will be all but impossible. Even
writing e-mails with a stylus is a chore. Sure, I see some limited applications
for these smaller-than-laptop devices. Doctors and nurses can easily carry
them around a hospital. But beyond a few very limited markets, I don’t see a
large segment of consumers rushing out to spend $500 on a glorified PDA. Perhaps,
I’ll change my mind if I get one to try for a few months. But for now, I’ll