Ultraportables: The Next Big Thing or a Flash in the Pan?
Enderle argues that "handheld computers and PDAs, as good as they are, dont work for viewing long e-mails or documents. Theyre also poorly suited for developing or giving PowerPoint presentations, and lack the storage capacity to hold the critical documents we sometimes need while on the road. The laptop, on the other hand, has all of the capacity and capability we need, but it is big and often not with us when we need it."
Louderback counters: "The whole concept of cramming everything into a single device is just wrong. I dont want one $1,200 device that does everything. Instead, give me a portable DVD/media player for music and movies, a smart phone with my calendar and address book, and an ultraslim tablet-sized notebook, like the Sharp MM20, with a big screen and full keyboard, but half as thick as a deck of cards."