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Satellite PDA

Multiple PDAs, same data (and programs).
 
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I've long had the debate (with myself if not with others) as to whether it is a good idea to combine a PDA and a phone. The advantage is that you have only one device to carry around. The disadvantages are that the size that is good for a PDA makes for an inconveniently shaped phone and that it's difficult to write on a PDA when you're holding it to your ear.

So, I stick with having separate devices. Then the thought struck me... why not make them both PDAs. The phone could have its user interface and shape optimised for being a phone but could be a PDA in its own right, storing your contact information. Your watch could keep track of your diary for you. All of this is probably baked.

What I have yet to see is these devices to accept the lowly position of second in charge to your PDA (whatever it might be). It calls the shots, chooses which device gets what data and programs and keeps it all in sync. That way you can use a PDA when you want to without being tied to carrying it around all the time.

st3f, Nov 23 2002

Kyocera QCP 6035 http://www.kyocera-.../kysmart_series.htm
Been around for a while, now heavily discounted - 7135 due soon. 6035 display is about 46mm across, while the Clie's is/was 53mm [thumbwax, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Samsung SPH-i300 http://www.samsungu...h_i300_features.jsp
A PDA/Cellphone hybrid that works quite well. [muzer, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

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       Normally they're all satellite to your main PC. Is "sync on the go" so important?
egnor, Nov 23 2002
  

       Do you mean a bit like my Nokia 9210i?
Micky Dread, Nov 23 2002
  

       Obligatory Opera Browser Post (the remarkable Nokia 9210i aka Communicator uses Opera Browser)
thumbwax, Nov 23 2002
  

       Wasn't Blue Tooth supposed to do this? (Along with cure the common cold, aat.)
DrCurry, Nov 23 2002
  

       egnor: I'd find it useful.   

       Micky, thumb: er, no.   

       DrC: Infrared and bluetooth sound like the two most likely means of synchronisation. I don't, however, see this as a necessary consequence of adding bluetooth to devices.
st3f, Nov 25 2002
  

       How about one unit that separates into two pieces?
phoenix, Nov 25 2002
  

       how about an ear piece for your PDA like my boss uses - she happily chats and types away at the same time...
seedy em, Nov 10 2003
  

       Bluetooth pretty well bakes this.   

       Even pre-Bluetooth (well, before Palms came with it), I remember some kids in my English class with (Siemens? Samsung?) cellphones messing with my Palm m505 from across the room by sending 'business cards' (names, numbers and addresses from their phones' lists) to me while I was in the middle of a particularly engrossing adventure game.
disbomber, Apr 08 2005
  

       See my response to DrCurry above. Don't forget that the idea is not to have a PDA on a watch or phone, nor for these devices to communicate wirelessly but rather for a small device to cede control of the data it holds to a larger but still portable device which, in turn... blah.
st3f, Apr 08 2005
  
      
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