Could PDAs make a comeback?

It’s 2020, I know that PDA’s went the way of the Dodo. With that being said, same could be said of feature phones. Most everyone has a smartphone nowadays and its rare to see a flip phone. I know the Pure was created with the idea of being a secondary device, but reading some responses here on the forums, it’s obvious people want this to be their only device. Back when feature phones were bigger, people also carried around PDAs to stay organized and on top of their goals/schedules. An E-Ink PDA with the same features as those of yesteryear, just updated for 2020 could make for a really compelling product. I mean if an E-Ink typewriter could reach its stretch goal on Kickstarter why couldn’t this? Also it totally feels like it could fit into Mudita’s line up of products. Having more time offline is great, now to just plan it. Would love to hear if anyone else likes this idea.

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I like this idea @braillynn. I also wonder how a PDA would differ functionally from either the Mudita Pure or some of the e-ink tablets that exist on the market (e.g., reMarkable 2, Onyx Boox line, Supernote). I’m not disagreeing with the idea (I like it), I just found myself wondering what functionality a modern PDA form-factor would bring that is different than what is currently on the market. Thanks for you idea!

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Well for my modern PDA idea, it would be about the size of a smaller smartphone with a built in cover. There would also be an area at the bottom of it that could house a stylist. It would have a purpose built operating system that would have great features for things like calendars, contacts, the ability to do email, but no web browser. A built in speaker or piezo buzzer to remind you of notifications. Could include applications like a calculator, an audio player for listening to audio books. A voice recorder for taking down memos. A journal, a notes application, a to-do list application. Pretty much anything that can help you stay productive while offline(minus email, but maybe not) and have an e-ink display to make it less addictive to your brain. Would need to be pretty slim so as to fit in a business persons jacket pocket, or a woman’s purse or a pair of jeans.

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I like it. I’ve used small paper notebooks for years and would love to have a small e-ink device with a stylus and some additional electronic functionalities. Having one with Mudita’s philosophy of design and functionality would be fantastic!

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I agree, it’s a shame PDAs died away. I was looking at buying some old one, recently.

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The modern PDA exists as a smartphone without a SIM card and in Airplane Mode. Calendaring, note-taking, etc. all work when offline. Battery life is much better without the radios on. Just bring it online once daily to sync your stuff, and you can emulate the best days of the Palm Pilot. :slight_smile:

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Thank you all for quite interesting ideas and comments.
Some time ago I was reading a lot about soldier e-ink military PDA utilizing a flexible e-ink display and some proprietary battery management software. As I could read it weighed less than one pound but runs for 6 hours off a single charge, while still providing Ethernet, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity.
Quite an interesting idea :slight_smile: