Convergence? Who Needs It?
from the give-me-best-o-breed dept
When it comes to the convergence of PDAs and mobile phones most people are saying they’re perfectly fine with two devices for now. They say people are just willing to carry multiple devices. I’m not sure that’s true. I’d say it has a lot more to do with the fact that most converged devices make you sacrifice important things that lessen the value of having a converged device. People buy the device for very specific things (as the article points out), and if the device can’t do those things well, then it’s not worth getting. As converged devices get better, then, it’s likely that people will be more willing to adopt them. That is, it appears that functionality trumps carry-ability at this point – but if you can do both, people would be thrilled. That’s part of the reason why the new Treo 600 has been so hot lately. It’s the first device that comes close to still being a good converged device. I’m sure the next generation devices will go even further.