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What Were They Thinking?

Toshiba used to be one of the best-respected manufacturers of mobile computers, you could almost guarantee that if you walked into any blue-chip enviroment you'd find all the mobile professionals banging away on Toshiba laptops. The company used to be able to charge a premium based on the quality of the product. That is no longer the case, as Toshiba farmed out production and design to OEMs quality fell off and now Toshiba laptops are a rare sight in a corporate environment.When Toshiba entered the Pocket PC market a few years ago many thought it was the end for traditional Pocket PC manufacturers like HP. After a promising start, which included the first VGA screened Pocket PC, Toshiba canned the whole line and withdrew from the market.In 2007 they decided to return launching the G900 Windows Mobile 6 Professional phone, which has the distinction of being the first Windows Mobile device to top that resolution, having a WVGA 800x480 screen.Which would be great. Except Toshiba laun…

New Devices For The New Year

Having moaned at the lack of tempting toys currently on the market, lets have a think about what might be coming down the line over the next twelve months which may cause credit cards to leap spontaneously from wallets in a buying frenzy.First off I'm expecting Apple to launch a 3G iPhone. Sales in Europe have been slower than Apple probably hoped and its interesting to see O2 and Carphone Warehouse stores stacked to the rafters with unsold product. This has to be down to the lack of 3G and the locked down nature of the software. We're a lot less taken with hype than on the other side of the pond and the iPhone needs to start filling in the blanks for the European market. There'll almost certainly be a storage bump for the iPhone and iPod Touch and the latter is probably due to receive the email client its so badly missing.There are rumours of a Mac OS X tablet/UMPC style device. Which doesn't require a great leap of imagination as OS X already packs handwriting recog…