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What do people want in a "PDA"?


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#1 of 8 OFFLINE   DaveF

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Posted June 20 2008 - 04:14 AM

PDAs are dead, long live the PDA. So I see from the decline of Palm and the rise of the iPhone. But as a PDA user, it leaves me baffled as to what people want, need, and how do I find the product I want. Palm is on the decline because cell phones do enough. They are an adequate address book, MP3 player, and snapshot camera. They lack other features like notepads and 3rd-party apps, but the mass market seems to not mind. And here comes the iPhone. It's not a normal smartphone. By all accounts the actual phone and AT&T service is mediocre. The new approach to voicemail and text messaging looked superb, but no one's mentioned visual voicemail since it launched so maybe it's of no consequence. It's arguably the best iPod ever. With a phone and web browser in for bonus? It's the best mobile web browser to date. That seems to cover for a great many sins It's like a PDA, especially with the upcoming appStore. But it lacks fundamentals such as copy and paste, integrated To Do list, and system-wide search. So what do people need from a digital data keeper? Does anyone want a full address book, or are phone numbers adequate? Does anyone want to manage to do lists (apple doesn't think so)? Or do they just want to listen to tunes and snapshots?

#2 of 8 OFFLINE   ErichH

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Posted June 20 2008 - 04:55 AM

Other than what's on the iPhone now, I'd like a voice recorder for notes. I'm 99% sure I'll get it. From time to time, I'd like a data space on the drive to replace flash drives or SD camera storage in a pinch. The app store should provide everything people want in due time.

#3 of 8 OFFLINE   Ted Todorov

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Posted June 22 2008 - 04:53 PM

AT&T obviously depends on where you live (and of course their 3G service remains to be seen in action). I have no complaints with AT&T service in New York City. But where do you get the idea that the iPhone is a mediocre phone? It is certainly the best phone I've ever used, by far. The iPhone's so much better it seems silly even to compare it. One of many, many examples -- starting a conference call, or putting and retrieving calls from/to hold -- perfectly implemented, better than any other phone I've ever used. The address book is a pleasure to use etc., etc....
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#4 of 8 OFFLINE   DaveF

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Posted June 23 2008 - 02:28 AM

Various and consistent comments that the voice quality is average. Consumer Reports notes that voice quality is "fair". I've seen similar comments here and elsewhere. Nothing to say that it's a bad phone, but as a phone per se, for dialing and audio quality and reception and service, it's nothing special.

#5 of 8 OFFLINE   Ted Todorov

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Posted June 23 2008 - 05:41 AM

Can't argue with the audio quality statement -- Steve Jobs said that it is "much improved" in the 3G iPhone at WWDC -- so I guess he doesn't think it's all that great now if it can be much improved.
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#6 of 8 OFFLINE   Eric Samonte

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Posted July 07 2008 - 05:07 AM

I use an AT&T Tilt, one of those PDA phones with MS Win Mobile on it. I use it to read my med books as well as "vital" medical references. To make it short, I use it for work. The IPhone is a great device and I will switch to it in a heartbeat if it does everything my Tilt does. But that my friends, maybe a good 5 years away.

#7 of 8 OFFLINE   Ted Todorov

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Posted July 08 2008 - 12:12 AM

I'm not sure why you're so pessimistic -- Epocrates and others announced iPhone medical apps including medical reference at the WWDC keynote click for Epocrates iPhone info

I really have a strong feeling that within a short period of time the iPhone will have overwhelming (mobile) developer mindshare, and any developers that avoid the iPhone will do so because they can't compete. (I saw a recent article about some GPS/map software developer who charges $12 per month subscription(!!) saying he will stay away from the iPhone -- no wonder because there will be heavy completion at a way lower one time price -- it will be impossible for his company to bilk iPhone users the way he can the gullible/trapped people on his current platform).
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#8 of 8 OFFLINE   Eric Samonte

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Posted July 08 2008 - 04:34 AM

No, not really pessimistic, just not holding my breath I guess. Epocrates said that like a year ago so....and besides, Epocrates is only but a fraction of the medical stuff out there. I suppose its also like trying to bring down my expectations so I can be surprised if it comes early.




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