4 thoughts on “Digital Portables – Time to cut the cord? Maybe”

  1. Ok, so if I am not using the PC to get content, what even more closed platform am I getting it from? A cell phone provider? My cable company? If we are using Wi-Fi to some random device, how is the UI on the player going to work? On what screen size? Does it need a browser now to work with multiple providers? How do I configure the Wi-Fi on a player? Through plugging it into the PC int eh first place?

    All of these are more closed systems providing fewer content provider options than a PC based broadband setup. If all Wi-Fi does is remove the cable between a PC and the player, who cares? It WILL reduce battery life.

    Have these people learned nothing from the iPod shuffle’s success? Simple and easy wins.


  2. Om,

    One big step in this path is that the new PocketPC devices can function as both a USB device (when connected to a PC), and (most importantly) as a USB Host, when connected to a digital camera or an inkjet printer, or even a GPS device, etc.

    The new PocketPCs have very nice VGA screens (thats 640×480, for readers from Rio Linda).

    But why, oh why do they cost as much as an entry level laptop?

    Oh well, in 2010, we’ll still be bitching about some technology annoyance.

  3. Om,

    I got my Dell x50v for $370 bucks (with coupons and stuff). It’s got everything: WiFi, Bluetooth, SD, CF, VGA, etc. It’s the handiest thing I’ve ever purchased. I haven’t seen any laptops for $400… yet.

  4. I really want a WiFi enabled iPod, but only as a way to avoid cables. I really doubt WiFi will make for an easier “dumb user” experience anytime soon. Who cares about dumb users anyway. Those willing to pay a price premium for something like an iPod are not dumb users. Being “dumb user”-friendly is for commoditiy devices, not premium devices. Remember, the iPod is a higher margin item than the Mac. I’m not sure it is in Apple’s best interest to change that. It’s better to be BMW (notice the i-drive everyone said was too complicated did not hurt their sales at all) than GM.

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