I used a palm for 15 months 2 years back and as student I felt it was really useful!
Making notes, appointments – especially when life is really random as a grad student, tracking your expenses, reading books. well, my use stopped there. But the decently sleek design of my Palm Zire and the concept of adaptive writing were things that left an impression in my mind.
Handwriting recognition – where the humans adapt their gestures to an extent and the machines are efficient beyond that was win-win situtation! This is some concept designers have to keep in mind while making new products. Simplicity is more important – you customers are willing to learn and spend the time. Thats provided your product rocks once they learn the basics!!
This Cnet news article talks about the 10 years of Palm. i cannot believe its been a decade… 10 quick years of product design evolution! Some pics taken from the article:
The palm I owned 🙂
The Palm Treo (no-windows mobile one!):
Others notable mentions