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THOUGHT: Why a Pocket PC doesn't replace a Notebook so far?
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 03.04.03 - 11:10:38 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 5687x
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When we had the MDC during the past days here in Paris, I was wondering how many folks used a Notebook, compared to the MDC last year in London. Like last year, also this year Microsoft offered a free high-speed W-LAN network to the attendees as well as you was able to get a W-LAN enabled Pocket PC loaned for free and while last year in London everybody used the Pocket PC this year “nobody” used the Pocket PC but Laptops/Notebooks/Tablet PCs.

So I wonder what went wrong here. Was is because all the folks at the MDC were developers and there are no developing tools available on the Pocket PC or is it because Pocket PCs missed something?

I mean when I watched the screens of the guys they mostly ran IE, Outlook or Terminal Service Client, which is also available on the Pocket PC so where the hack is the reason to use a Notebook instead a Pocket PC?

Well, to add my personal experience here, here are some reasons why I also used my Sony C1 Notebook instead my Pocket PC on the conference. Mostly – for me – it's because of the screen resolution, not because the screen size. I don't feel comfortable with 240 x 320 anymore, I want to get at least 320 x 480 or even better 480 x 640 and I want it in a Landscape mode. While there is always a room for improving the applications like Inbox or PIE, the screen resolution becomes the most annoying for me since this is the only thing I can not change by myself. I can buy cool 3rd party applications to fit my needs, I can buy external keyboards that my Pocket PC even feels like a Notebook but I only can rotate the screen from Portrait to Landscape (mostly with a soft reset) but can not really increase the screen resolution without changing the TFT display.

So this might be for me the greatest limitation of using a Pocket PC as a true Notebook replacement.

What do you think, do you were on MDC also and did you use a wireless Pocket PC or a wireless Notebook? Do you also carry a Notebook with you if you travel and why don't you use your Pocket PC only? Add your thoughts.

Cheers ~ Arne


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