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It's an exciting time to be buying a network-connected handheld computer, a pocket PC, a smartphone, or whatever we've decided to call it. Three well-established operating systems are fighting for dominance, and there are two new contenders waiting in the wings.

The Apple, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile operating systems are all getting major updates. Windows Mobile's latest iteration, 6.1, was released back in February. Blackberry promises version 4.5 of their OS is coming soon, and Apple's iPhone will soon have the ability to run third-party applications, which will make it a true handheld PC.
Source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,2298975,00.asp

I posted a thread about buying a Pocked pc a while ago. I decided to wait till september. I found this story while I was looking around and checking whats going on recently with mobile devices.
Edited by kmo_9000 - 5/12/08 at 4:03pm
    
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im gonna get a iphone this summer hopefully, if they decide to let us canadians actually buy it and use it up here.
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Yep, I like windows mobile, it's a good, functional os. And there are so many hacks for it for media. I've never liked blackberries much (would it be spelled berries or berrys?), i've never tried the iphone, and the palm os is really outdated.
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In 5 years, we'll be able to play Crysis and Lost Planet and get 20k on 3dmark vantage on pocket pcs.
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Windows mobile is great.. but sucks if you dont have tweak programs installed.

Im going to stick with my full keyboard thank you very much haha
    
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Year Windows Mobile is great.
Especially if you know some .net and can code for it.
But it's power comes from the available apps.
MS really has to improve it, to make the out-of-the-box status ready for most Mobile users.


That is where the iPhone is strong.
It is nothing special at all.
While it is a great combination of what is possible today, together with easy accessibility.
When you want to increase the possibilities of your shiny apple mobile, the trouble starts.
You have to take it as it comes.
And I don't think this will change much even when apple is opening the SDK more and more.
Programming for it is just too complicated and worth a small profit (because of user base).


I never done something for Blackberry.
But from what I know Palm and Symbian are way more interesting because of the tradition, wider user base and more available applications...
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I don't think I'd ever get a PocketPC simply because I wouldn't have a use for it. I don't ever feel the need to check my email while I'm walking somewhere or chat on MSN while I'm waiting for a meeting or something. I can understand, though, how a business person would have a use for it.

Still, I find it interesting the potential that these devices could have in the future.
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Definately Windows Mobile for me, the 3rd party apps are what make it special.

CoD 2 on a HTC Touch is ftw
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Laptop...awesome.
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I don't think I'd ever get a PocketPC simply because I wouldn't have a use for it. I don't ever feel the need to check my email while I'm walking somewhere or chat on MSN while I'm waiting for a meeting or something. I can understand, though, how a business person would have a use for it.

Still, I find it interesting the potential that these devices could have in the future.
Ya they can be usefull as a Digital agenda. But even those ones they gave us in highschool I barly used them lol.

I would use the Wi fi to read up on overclocks at college during my time between classes or if im in a really pointless boring class.

P.S. Im getting my 2 1Terabyte HDD's at the end of the month. They will be way more usefull anyways. Ill use the summer messing with my dads old PDA and decide then wether or not I really would use one, I already know I dont "need" one.
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