Best Buy Nixing PDAs?
Another sign of the slow death of the stand-alone PDA device: Jupiter’s Michael Gartenberg reports that Best Buy is discontinuing sales of PDA devices.
When you combine this with other stories, like the recent news that PalmOne is going to de-emphasize PDAs in favor of smartphones like the Treo, it’s hard not to think that the days of the PDA that doesn’t also do something else (make calls, play games, tell time, etc.) are numbered.
August 30, 2008
I think it’s a shame that stand-alone PDA’s are on their way out. For some of us, they are a necessity. When I am entering info for my patients, the last thing I need is for the PDA I am using to also begin ringingor vibrating because it is also a phone. Or, if I am speakig to someone – using the combined phone/PDA and I need to enter info, then I have to stop talking or put the person on speaker phone to enter the info. Both situations are bad in a professional medical setting where privacy and confidentialty are required under law. My lifestye requires a stand alone PDA, a phone that is nothing BUT a phone, and (unfortunately) a pager that is JUST a pager. I don’t want an all-in-one item. They are not as functional in all situations or professions.