New technologies continue to shrink the physical size of the devices and peripherals we carry while vastly increasing their power and usability. New display technologies announced June 11th will allow a 2.7" LCD panel to have a contrast ratio of 2100:1. These tiny displays will allow some mobile phones and PDAs to have, in theory at least, a better picture than their 15"-19" LCD counterparts.AU Optronics Introduces New Technology for Mobile Device Applications (TMCnet)
No matter what device you point out in the IT industry, smaller always seems to rate as better to some people. Via has a series of ultra-small motherboards that have allowed people to put computers in some of the strangest "cases" you can imagine. Another company recently unveiled an ultra-thin scroll wheel device for use in laptops and cell phones and Linux is beginning to move into mobile devices as well.
Although I have long been a fan of new technology, I have not fallen in with the "smaller is better" crowd. I would still rather see sporting events (even highlights), movies, or TV shows on my far less than portable television. I also prefer to do most computing tasks on a full-size computer that has the horsepower to keep everything that I need open most of the time (several terminal windows, Outlook, a browser or two, etc.). I even turned in my laptop over two years ago because it simply did not have the power to do everything that I wanted.
Now, I have not been a "road warrior" or mobile worker for years, but even when I was, the PDA I owned (Apple's Newton) was slightly less functional than I wanted, and the Palm device I had later was hardly more than a glorified address book. What do you think about the ever smaller devices coming on to the market these days? Does the technology in these tiny devices have the power to do all that you need to do, or do you find yourself gravitating back to larger but more powerful machines? Join the discussion.