I was promoting the virtues of my Mitac 1600A, a DOS based PDA, with Microsoft Works in ROM, all in the size of a half thickness VHS video cassette form factor.
"Ah" said Graeme, "Pick a day, any day in the last 5 years. Now pick a time". I followed his instructions and he read me his diary his exact appointments and actions that he had faithfully recorded. It was a Eureka moment. Here was a device which could quite literally reliably store all your notes and actions for years at a time. A portable, instantaneously available information base you really could fit in your pocket. When I then observed the basic functionality of the Psion, I was totally sold. In addition to the fundamental facility that every PDA must have, namely Instant ON, the Psion 5 (or Psion 5MX or Ericsson MC218) had
- A usable keyboard you could actually type on
- A screen wider than it was tall so you can construct a whole sentence on one line
- A set of applications e.g Cardfile, Word, Clock that you could use as is or adapt to your needs
Throughout the years I have flirted with other PDA style devices. I still use a Windows CE portable, but my colour, 640x480, Instant on, fantastic keyboard, 6 hour battery ON lifed, Psion Netbook (Series 7) still sets my heart a flutter. How can it possibly be that over 10 years after the initial Psion 5 there is still nothing in the marketplace that can truely perform like a Psion for PDA activities.
This is a Hybrid ultra compact PC with 2 processors, one for Vista (or any Intel OS e.g. Linux / Vista ..) and a Qualcomm processor for Windows CE
The cunning plan then is to use Windows CE for the diary style activities, probably with Pocket Informant, and then to use the Intel and Vista side of the machine for more heavyweight note taking. A full EPOC Psion emulation is available under Vista so you never have to truely say goodbye to Symbian
You can watch spellbound at this now infamous Hugo Ortega 30 minute video.
Since deliveries from Clove Technology are still probably 2 months away, my Psion is getting ready for a fight. He has seen many challengers come and go, he may not be ready for the scrap-yard just yet.