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THOUGHT: Why - oh why - isn't SDIO supported on the xda and...
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 12.11.02 - 11:51:00 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 6442x
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...even if your Pocket PC supports SDIO, why doesn't support SDIO products the Pocket PCs!?

Everything started with the Toshiba Bluetooth card for Palms, some months ago where most Pocket PC users angered that this card didn't supported any other Pocket PCs than the Toshiba Genio series but okay, it was Bluetooth "only".

However, now the next fine SD sized accessory becomes available soon and again it doesn't include any Pocket PC support. :-(

It's the Veo Photo Traveler for Palm - a SD camera which will be released within the next two - three weeks and should costs US$ 99.99 only!

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While Veo already offer its Veo Photo Traveler for Pocket PC, the Pocket PC version is a CF card only which is already available in different shapes from HP and Pretec - the Pocket PC world doesn't need another CF camera but a SD camera!

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And here we run into the next issue: SDIO support on Pocket PCs. While the new HP iPAQs, the Toshiba Genios and the Casio E-200 already supports SDIA, devices like the o2 xda or the T-Mobile Phone Edition doesn't support it while it would be even more useful here!
Some days ago I wrote my column about MMS with the xda and can you imagine how cool it would be if I would be able to snap a picture with my xda and send it right through MMS to my friends!? So I hoped for the next xda to be supported on it but when I saw the announcement I was more than disappointed! Yes, the new xda includes 64 MB RAM now which is more than useful and should contain also some GPRS improvements but still no SDIO support! :-( This makes me so wonder and sick that network operators introduces multimedia services like MMS and releases at the same time devices which doesn't support benefits of this kind of services!

On the other hand, wireless devices which could be used with cameras never made its market entry like the HP WDA 928. This hurts… :-(

Just my thoughts I had to exhale here! ;-)

Cheers ~ Arne


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