Not yet Widows Mobile compatible, Texyt.com has an interesting article how the Microsoft Windows Vista SideShow future might also looks for Windows Mobile
Prices for PDA-style Windows SideShow devices will start from about $ 80,
according to a developer that demonstrated prototypes to Texyt.com today. The
touchscreen handheld gadgets share many of the features of PDAs, smartphones and media players like Apple's iPod, but they connect wirelessly to a PC to send or receive data. A high-end SideShow device with a slide-out Qwerty keyboard will cost 'approximately US$ 150', said staff of Taiwan-based chip manufacturer, Winbond, which makes CPUs and other chips for the devices. A smaller device with a square 3.5" touch screen will cost 'about US$ 80', they predicted.
One manager from a hardware developer attending Microsoft's WinHEC conference
in Taipei, who did not wish to be named, claimed that Microsoft is hoping to
create a new market for low cost SideShow devices without alarming the
smartphone and PDA makers who are using its Windows Mobile OS and Pocket PC
However, with the potential for overlap in features and end users, this is
difficult, he said. Smartphone makers are said to be worried that corporate
customers might opt for cheaper, less feature-rich phones if they can rely on a
cheap SideShow handheld for contacts, e-mail and scheduling. Microsoft has
announced that Windows Mobile will soon support SideShow gadgets, perhaps
alleviating this concern.
Cheers ~ Arne