Handhelds Are Doomed

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It’s time I admit it: in recent months I’ve come to the conclusion that handhelds are doomed.

I know, handheld sales have been going up steadily for most of a year now, but like many people on the Web, I’m not going to let mere facts stand in the way of my opinion.

Nope, I figure palmOne will be out of business by this summer, and HP will drop the iPAQ line even before then. This despite the fact that both are making loads of money selling handhelds and smartphones.

Why do I think handhelds are doomed? Because people keep telling me they are. I’ve read tons of newspaper articles predicting the demise of the PDA. I’ve read analyst reports that say the same thing. And there are even Brighthand forum posts from people who claim to be handheld users who say that this class of devices is inevitably going away.

None of these people have any evidence to back this conclusion up, but, hey, if they believe it, so should I.

Looking on the Bright Side

Rather than fighting the trend, I’ve decided to embrace it. That’s why I’ve tossed out all my handhelds, and I’ve gone back to carrying around an address book and a pad of paper.

These are a lot bulkier than my handheld, but at least I don’t have to worry about recharging them.

Oh yeah, I also used to keep pictures of my latest vacation on my handheld, but it’s no big deal to carry a pack of photos with me.

Sure, I now have to tote around print-outs of all the documents and spreadsheets I need, but a three-ring binder or two isn’t too heavy.

I used to keep track of the news with AvantGo, but a newspaper and two magazines aren’t too bulky.

I kind of miss being able to play a game on my handheld when I had a free moment, but playing tic-tac-toe against yourself is surprisingly fun.

Yes, friends, getting rid of my handheld is the best thing I ever did. Rather than having to put up with the hassle of carrying a gadget with me everywhere, I now have a nice backpack stuffed with paper that hardly weighs ten or fifteen pounds.

I have to go now. I’m writing this out longhand while at the coffeeshop, so I need to go back to my office to type it in. In the old days I’d have typed it directly into my handheld, but I’m sure this is a lot easier.

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