Monday, October 11, 2004
Combo phones biggest disadvantage may be their explanation. Their feature set though is here to stay. Mossberg's July 29 piece reviews the basic features of the HP iPAQ h6315. The model seamlessly integrates a handheld computer (PDA) with cell phone. http://ptech.wsj.com/archive/ptech-20040729.html Palms Treo line has been doing this for some time. What makes HP's product much more valuable is the integration of slower speed cellular systems with high speed Wi-Fi networks with wireless data access ($500). Competition soon from Noka and Motorola will hopefully drive this price down.
Combining computer networks with cell phone networks will come in many variations, such as Vocera Communications products which are voice activation only (no keypad).