> Back before “PDA” was merely shorthand for kissing someone a crowded commuter train, we carried personal digital assistants. It was a dark age, when our mobile devices still sported physical keyboards.
Except for the fact that the most popular PDA of the 90's, the Palm Pilot, most commonly had no keyboard.
I'm very happy that devices such as this, and my current favourite - the GPD Pocket - are making a return to the market. Having a full-fledged Linux workstation with multitouch, 'retina'-class display, and still fit in my pocket .. this is truly awesome. And if it weren't for the massive (>$1000) investment in software on my iPads, I'd just ditch iOS completely and move 100% to the GPD Pocket for all my touch-interface needs.
This represents an opportunity - iPad-class devices, without any of the walled garden. I'm far more excited about writing apps for Linux now that those apps can take advantage of hardware features such as the GPD Pocket .. now if only there were more competition with the same physical qualities.
Waiting for this one .
If there was an honest external keyboard case for a pixel or iPhone... Might not be too far off.
In German, PDA also is a common abbreviation for https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epidural_administration#Epidur... — which with the current state of IT/tech. might also be a good idea ;)