Musicians have musical instruments, scientists have microscopes, painters have brushes, I have portable electronics.
There are a few new devices I’m interested in but on which should I spend my hard-earned money?
Here’s the rundown on one of them:
Toshiba e800 Pocket PC
eBay: $400 (approx.)
Seems like a lot for such a little computer. The thing about this one is the screen and the connectivity options.
It’s a 4 inch display driven by an ATI graphics card with a dedicated 3D processor… I have never played a good 3D game on a handheld before, but it’s definitely an interesting idea.
As for connectivity: WiFi (802.11b); Infrared; Bluetooth; USB 2.0 connection from the dock; SD and CompactFlash card slots; and I can use the Bluetooth to interface with my cell phone and get online wherever I get service.
The processor is 400MHz which is ridiculously fast for a handheld but seeing as how it runs Windows Mobile 2003 I’m sure it doesn’t hurt to have a few extra Hertz for the apps I might want to run.
I thought about going with another Palm but it’s going to be a while before PalmOS 6 (Cobalt) comes out (it allows multi-tasking, which is heretofore virtually non-existant on previous PalmOS versions). Not to mention the fact that hardly anyone writes software in C anymore so it’s becoming hard to find good applications to run on Palm devices.
If any of you use or would use a handheld computer to keep track of dates, contacts, and get directions while on the road, what do you think?