Saturday, March 23, 2019

In 1998: Symbol SPT1500 introduced (with integrated bar-code scanner)

I still see these being used in industry all over the place. It's interesting to see just how they've lasted over the years.

Friday, March 22, 2019

In 2001: Samsung SPH-i300 announced (cell phone / Palm)

Another device I know little about, well next to nothing as it goes, but it is an interesting device nonetheless.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

In 2001: Palm m505, m500 announced (first OS4 devices; Secure Digital (SD) expansion slot; shipping May)

Dedicated OS4 devices! Wow! Of course you could update your old Palm III types to OS4 but it was a delicate procedure. Also, SD cards! That was a step forward, and made things a lot easier if you were using a lot of data.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

In 2003: Samsung introduces SGH-i500 (GSM/GPRS smartphone; OS5.2 PXA262 300MHz processor)

I have to admit to knowing very little about these devices. It interests me that Samsung never really developed their own OS and have a history of licensing other people's.

In 2001: Handspring Edge announced

I did like the Handspring devices, and although I never owned an Edge it was a really interesting step forward especially given how modern devices have got thinner and thinner. Handspring were really ahead of their time. It's such a shame that they didn't survive.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

In 1997: PalmPilt Clip-on Modem announced

PalmPilt Clip-on Modem announced in 1997. In a time before we could communicate with devices without even thinking about it the idea of having of modem that could attach to a PDA was huge!

In 1997: PalmPilot Personal and Professional announced (first backlit screens; TCP/IP stack; up to 1MB RAM; OS2)

Incredible stuff. The PDA world was being born here in 1997. It was so exciting!

Saturday, March 09, 2019

In 1998: Palm III introduced (first InfraRed; 2MB RAM; OS3)

The Palm III was my first ever PDA. It was a revelation for me and it was also a landmark device in 1998. Thinking back to then, the idea of communication through infrared was amazing and had huge possibilities. I often think that modern devices could do with infrared now.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

In 2003: Sony releases SJ22 (hi-res color at US$200)

Another of the huge line of Sony devices. Not a massively impressive device though, their later ones were better in my view.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

In 2001: Palm m105 announced

Not really a step forward in my view. I never thought that much of the M series and the 105 was unimpressive from my perspective. I did like the M515 though.

In 2001: Kyocera QCP-6035 shipping

I never had one of these, or indeed very much to do with these devices, but they're interesting to see in the context of the history of the Palm mobile world.

Monday, March 04, 2019

In 2003: Sony announces TG50 (OS5; integrated keyboard; Bluetooth)

Another good device from Sony but not an amazing step forward in my opinion.

In 2002: Palm Inc. announces m515 and m130

I did like the 515, but the 130 was more entry level I think and not of as much interest to me personally. I think that the M series was more about iteration rather than innovation, and perhaps in some ways was more a signal that Palm was running out of steam or not being able to innovate in the same ways.