QUOTE(ev1l @ Sep 4 2005, 11:51 AM)
It's pretty fun to see all the companies rushing to provide the latest and fastest technology updates when what we really need is more usable devices
Do they think things like the ipod is popular because it's got superior storage?
I'm glad you brougth this up. It is such a good point. IPOD's annoy me to no end. Why are they so stinking popular? They weren't the first MP3 palyer, and they aren't the best. There are probably hundredes of other "MP3" players, but the "IPOD" is still a household word. Apple is even going to announce an IPOD/Cell phone soon. For crying out loud, cell phones have been MP3 players for years now, but no, everyone wants an IPOD-cell phone.
Like you said, sometimes I think manufacturers miss the point of what consumers really need and want. Rather than take the time to see why the IPOD is succesful, they just jam more "cool" into their box and hope they can lure in some poor soul to plop down cash on it, knowing he will probably ditch it in a month and buy an IPOD.
Funny though, they keep making money doing it . . .
As for the Z, I get a lot of questions about it. I always have to say the same thing, "It is a lousy PDA, and a lousy Computer, but it is the coolest toy I've ever had! If you want a PDA, get a palm, if you want a computer, get a laptop. If you are a true geek like me, then you wouldn't be asking me if it is easy to set up, or what software comes with it. If it dosn't blow your socks off when you hear that I can run my Python scripts, unmodified, on my Linux box, my Windows box and my Z, then you don't want one." =D
Oh, but the topic, yeah, faster processor would be cool, but I haven't seen Sharp do anything yet to warrant me buying a new box. They are just too expensive to upgrade every year. I'm happy to just add CF cards to mine and SD cards as they get bigger (if the 2gig cards would only work).