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Editor's Note

Thin Line Between PDAs And Laptops

PDAs are being squeezed into extinction by smartphones from one side, and Ultra-Mobile PCs (UMPCs) from the other. The smartphones do most of what a PDA does (if arguably not very well), and the UMPCs do something a PDA arguably can't--they can browse the Web.

The reasons are obvious: it's survival of the fittest. All you have to do is hold the Fujitsu Lifebook U810 in your hand for two minutes to want one forever. It looks like a convention clamshell notebook, but it's tiny, weighing a little over 1-1/2 pounds. The screen flips up and the keyboard sits flat on a desktop, but that's not the way you'll use it.

The keyboard is too small for touch-typing. But when you pick it up and lay the screen back parallel to the keyboard, it handles like the popular slider smartphones, only better: The full QWERTY keyboard is large enough to make thumb-typing a pleasant experience.

The screen diagonal is only 5.6 inches (smaller than other UMPCs' 7-inch screens, like the Samsung Q1 Ultra's, but it's bright and readable, and the fact that you can swivel the touchscreen and lay it flat against the keyboard in tablet-PC mode makes for a smaller, more easily handled package. Battery life is rated at 5 hours.

If you need a full-sized screen and/or keyboard, the other new Fujitsu model, the LifeBook T2010 convertible notebook, may be the answer. This "single-spindle" PC (meaning it has only a hard drive, no CD/DVD drive built in) weighs about 3-1/2 pounds and comes standard with an extended battery rated at 11 hours.

With Web browsing becoming the primary function of any device with a display screen, it's easy to understand why PDAs look, paradoxically, like dinosaurs. Today, larger devices like these look like the future, with screens big enough to read, and keyboards big enough to use, but overall size, weight, and battery life that makes them easy to take with you.

Read a longer version of this note and see a picture of the U810, here.

David DeJean

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