Recently, I had the opportunity to travel across the country. I was not surprised to see the large amount of cell phone devices at airports. It seemed as if no one has the ability to remain unconnected; as though the need to stay on top of things is paramount to one's very existence. What did we do before cell phones?
But the smart devices, well they are the more interesting gadgets. Yes, there was the iPhone which seemed very interesting, but I had the opportunity to see some other devices in action. The Ericsson P3i model was interesting. I was able to get my hands on one at the airport and it really looked and felt good. The Blackberry line was also interesting.
Not to be left out, I took out my Lifedrive and ran ran the eBook program and started reading Dr. Doolittle, a novel that I had started about a year ago on a family vacation. It was interesting and I got through about half the book without interruptions. But then I ended up watching a movie and an episode of House. It was then that I realized how versatile my Lifedrive really is. Not only could I read an eBook, watch a movie and a TV show, but I can then leave both of those and run Documents, Spreadsheets and medical software.
Then I got to thinking. With Apple announcing that they will open up the iPhone in January or February, will this bode well for Palm? In fact, will this bode well for Microsoft and its platform of devices? If you suddenly have a device that has the best screen known on any portable device, coupled with the speed of program access and seamless phone and web access, along with a built in music player; now adding an SDK for developers to port popular programs such as Epocrates, Documents, PDR, Harrison's, various medical calculators and suites, PDF's and other software, what would stop thousands of health care providers migrating to the Apple side, buying either the iPhone or iTouch?
Throw in an ereader with black ink on a white background and you just might have the perfect device. Obviously batteries are a concern and if Apple decided to make iPhone II with removable batteries, then this could spell trouble for Palm. As soon as I see the first medical app for the iphone, with very little utilization of memory, I will know what is happening. I think that we will have to see how this pans out, but my guess is that the small entrepreneurs are the ones who will be doing this first. A simple OB calculator to begin with and the next thing you know, it's an iPhone Medical Suite.
Palm must come out with its new OS soon if they are to prevent the migration of providers and customers to Apple.
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