Of course I'm a big Pocket PC fan. But then I'm also a big Tablet PC fan (and as the host of The Tablet PC Show podcast
, I ought to be...
One of the glaring weaknesses in the Pocket PCs, in my opinion, has always been the lightweight Office applications, especially the Inbox. The UMPCs (aka Origami devices) solve that because you get the full-blown Office applications running on a very small device.
No, it's not as portable as most of the Pocket PCs out there, although they're not a whole lot bigger than the beefier Mobile devices available. None of them would fit in my pants pocket. However, they would go almost
anywhere with me, perhaps in a small bag or carrying case, or for those who carry one, a purse.
Add to that a Smartphone or small phone-enabled Pocket PC, like a Treo, pair them up with Bluetooth and use the phone's high-speed data access to give the UMPC data-anywhere capability, and you've got a pretty powerful combination.
So, I don't see the UMPCs killing off the Smartphone or small phone-enabled PDAs at all, but I do see them giving the larger, more expensive Pocket PCs a run for the money. Perhaps not immediately as the initial price of the UMPCs looks to be about $1000, but Microsoft and Intel are both working to bring down those prices to somewhere close to $500 and at that price, they are definitely a PDA-killer.