I looked into Smartphones (SP) when they first came out and passed on the couple available. I checked up on them recently and still passed. Here are some of the reasons why PDAs are still alive (your staff just overlooked them):
- Talk on your SP and you get a nice oily screen
- External storage on SPs are still practically nonexistent
- No built-in/optional WiFi - That's right, the GPRS service or whatever they are running is STILL pricey. It was a TOTAL rip off when they first started charging for kb/s, up and downstream. I want a choice to use free WiFi access, but that is something the telco companies don't want you to have because it will take away from their profits.
I never really cared too much for PDAs. My first one was a Palm III that I won at a conference and it was an expensive, bulky and inconvenient address book. Did pretty much the same thing as the Post-it notes in my wallet and numbers, calendar and calculator on my phone.
I then got the e740 (only one I purchased and still use on occasion) which was really useful. WiFi!!! (real reason I got it), vids, WMAs (sorry, no crappy mp3s here), SD and CF slots. I usually don't use it outside of the house for audio because I'm in a car with a real stereo and CD audio. I do use it for audio when I travel up north and get a chance to walk around and ride the subway. I have more than enough WMAs on SD and CF cards to last me through my concrete treks. So, no gay-pods for me.
Too bad toshiba will not support the latest OS on it. Not even if you wanted to pay for an upgrade. Their hardware life-cycle is probably 6 months and they usually stop providing updates for them. Happened for my PDA and a laptop I have. Those were my last toshiba products.
Oh yea, and try putting a GPS on a SP...