I have been a long-time follower of Jeff Kirvin’s Writing on your Palm website because Jeff’s writings are usually right on the money where mobile technology and PDAs are concerned. While a big fan of Palm devices Jeff has never hesitated to use other products like the Zodiac (just discontinued) and Windows Mobile devices when he thinks they will better suit his needs. Jeff has been writing a lot lately about mini-Tablets and how they might be the panacea that mobile enthusiasts have been seeking. Sound familiar? :) Jeff has a nice commentary on the forums for WOYP that takes a look at what WindowsVista might mean for mobile devices. It’s a good thought-provoking piece that you might want to give a read. From Jeff:
I’ve gone to great lengths recently to point out how Windows Vista can scale down to a PDA-like device. While battery technology itself isn’t likely to improve much, next-generation Centrinos will get more energy efficient, OLED screens will mature, hard Drives with flash-based cache will become common. Vista’s new Avalon display engine makes it much easier for developers to write applications that gracefully scale up and down to different screen sizes. By 2008, you’ll be able to buy a device roughly the size, weight, price and battery life of the current HP hx4705 that can run all the same apps you use on your desktop and automatically keep your data in sync over WiFi.