The Fossil Wrist PDA with Palm OS, scheduled to be available at the end of this month, has been delayed by production problems.
The company has released the following statement: “Fossil apologizes for the delayed WristPDA launch. Flextronics, our production partner, has been unable to meet initial inventory requirements for the launch. Once production complications have been resolved and product quality specifications have been met or exceeded, Fossil will begin shipments of the WristPDA with Palm OS.”
Amazon.com had been taking pre-orders for three versions of the Wrist PDA. It is no longer doing so. Fossil is still listing these on its web store but doesn’t say when they will be available.
Not the First Delay
The Fossil Wrist PDA was originally scheduled to be released at the end of June. The company even started an advertising campaign for it at that time. However, Fossil announced at the last minute that the release had slipped to mid-July.
When this date neared, the release was pushed back again until the end of September. And now the device has been pushed back an unknown amount of time.
Fossil’s problems highlight the difficult task faced by companies putting out their first handhelds. The release of Garmin’s iQue 3600 was delayed a bit and Gateway has indefinitely delayed the release of its first Pocket PC.
An Overview of the Wrist PDA
Unlike Fossil’s previous attempt to combine a watch and a handheld, the Wrist PDA will actually include Palm OS 4.1 and will be able to run almost any application written for that operating system. It will have a 33 MHz Motorola Dragonball VZ processor, 2 MB of RAM, and 2 MB of ROM. Pre-loaded applications will include: Address Book, Date Book, Memo Pad, Calculator, and To Do List.
The 160-by-160 pixel touch screen will be backlit and be able to display 16 shades of gray. It will include a stylus integrated into the band for Graffiti input and a rocker switch.
It will include an infrared port to support beaming between all Palm Powered devices. According to Fossil, it will be able to run for 4 days between recharges and will come with a charging cable.
There will be three versions of the Wrist PDA. These vary by styling and price, not by functionality. The Dress version will have a metal wristband and sell for $295. The Casual version will also be $295 but it will have a leather wristband. Finally, the Sport version will have a plastic wristband and cost $275.