Netbooks have captured the mobile tech crowd’s attention like few products and the folks at Ars Technica have published a history of mobile devices that brought us to the netbook stage. The article is an interesting read and goes back as far as the venerable HP 200LX and brings us through the evolution of the clamshell device through the Psion offerings. You remember Psion, they are the folks who trademarked the term “netbook” and have asked people to stop using it.
The history as published rightly points out that Psion did indeed have several classic “netbook” devices and they should be given their due. The Psion 5 was ahead of the curve when released and while the Psion Netbook didn’t get folks that excited it too was testing the netbook form way back when. Take a look at the history which promises to be the first of a series and see if you remember all some of these gadgets as do I.