An old PDA in a new world

I watched Steve Litchfield’s review (below) of the Gemini PDA yesterday and as much as I have fond memories of the original Psion PDAs, I couldn’t help but think that the world has moved on. Such a device just doesn’t seem to fit anymore.

In a world where the MacBook is portable enough for many daily activities (working on a train, in a coffee shop and elsewhere) and with much more power, the Gemini feels like a half-way house we do not need. And one which doesn’t do too much more than the smartphones that dominate portable technology today.

If we needed keyboards still on ultra-portable devices, the BlackBerry would still be king of the hill and the lesson has not been learned with the release of this product.

It may build into a niche industry that makes some money and there is a part of me that wants to try it to see if it does offer something that I have been missing for a couple of decades, but the logical part of me can’t find a place for it in 2018.

One thought on “An old PDA in a new world

  1. Yeah – the affordability of laptops on one end, and ergonomics on the other.

    To leverage a small keyboard, you pretty much need to be sitting, right? And these days you might as well be doing that with a laptop that does all that a desktop does, slips in a courier bag, and is somewhere between $500-1500.

    I missed out on Psion, adored a Palm PDA with a non-over-engineered clamshell keybaord, but once I got a Fujitsu Lifebook (great stylus-using convertible laptop) it was all over, there’s just too much to do, and touch keyboards for the puny crap.

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