The perfect gadget

If you could just carry one gadget with you what would it be? Maybe an iPod? How about a Pocket PC or Palm PDA? Cell phone? Digital camera? Video camera? Gameboy? USB thumb drive? Laptop/notebook computer? Arrgh! Stop. Think about it for a minute. Some of us have all of these gadgets and I know some people would like to just be able to carry one device that is a jack-of-all-trades. Here’s a list of what I’d want in such a device.

  • Fully functional PDA organizer running Mac OS X pocket edition. 😉
  • Stylus or mini keypad input a la Palm Treo 600.
  • 480×640 display resolution packed in a frame measuring only 4.4 x 2.4 x 0.7 inches.
  • GSM/GPRS world capable mobile phone.
  • Wi-fi, bluetooth, and GPS receiver built-in.
  • 3 megapixel digital camera with 3x zoom and all the features of a standalone.
  • Ability to record MPEG4/divx videos at 640×480 with digital camera.
  • iPod player application. Capable of playing MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF, and even WMA files.
  • Tivo-like video recorder/player application.
  • 40 GB internal storage to store all the photos, videos, and music.
  • Audio in/out, video in/out, USB2/Firewire built-in to docking/charging station.
  • USB2 cable adapter to allow the device to function as a USB thumb drive.
  • Lithium-ion battery that lasts a full day on a single charge.
  • SDIO slot for expansion cards.
  • Easy to use.

I think that if such a device was to exist, it would probably cost $1500. Hey Steve jobs! Maybe, Apple Computer Inc. could step in and use their industrial design expertise to design such a device. Just a thought.

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