Ok, so I know I'm not the first to say this, but I dont get it.
I can see this having niche uses for workers out on the road (similar to what Sabot mentioned in previous threads) - but I cant see the man on the street going out and buying one of these. I look at the spec for this, and compare it to my WM5.0 pocket PC, and
it just doesnt stack up:
Comparison PPC Origami
Connectivity Wifi, Bluetooth, GPRS Wifi, Bluetooth
Battery life ~7 hours with gprs on ~2 -3 hours
Cost Free with contract ~$1000
The origami site is selling it on connectivity - email and messaging everywhere. My PPC does that allready. I cant see why I need one of these....
Origami comes out better on resolution - so yeah for watching movies or whatever its going to come out well - but are they likely to have dvd drives built in? Yeah I can run my windows apps on it but most people dont run many windows apps other than office
suite and then this doesnt have a keyboard. A cheap laptop would be better for things like that.
Its not going to run any decent games, so its not going to compete with the PSP. I can see their being games developed specifically to target it, but only if it sells well enough and again I cant see that.
Also, when it comes to form factor, I am severely disapointed. Its so 80's/90s. Apple has set a new standard in aesthetics with the iPod and spin-offs and frankly, this just sucks in comparison. People bought iPods partly because they look cool. These devices
do not look cool.
I would have thought MS could have learned some lessons from how apple has gained over the last few years - but it seems not.
It needs to be somthing diferent. It needs to be somthing special and new that nothing else does. As it is it seems half-way to being a laptop, half-way to being a ppc, half-way to being a mobile media device, half-way to being a lot of things, and yet not
good enough to take on any of the specialist devices in any area - and yet more than twice the cost of any of the specialist devices.
Somthign like the iPod - you could explain why you should buy one in less than ten words: All your music, everywhere you go. My challenge to the Origami team - do the same. Why should I have one of these, in less than ten words.