Handheld 'Communicators'

We yesterday mentioned the Handspring Treo as an example of a handheld ‘converged device’ that can handle multiple forms of content and communications. Today’s New York Times Technology section reviews (free registration required to read the review) both the Treo and the Motorola V200, another such device. Perhaps borrowing the term for similar futuristic devices in the Star Trek TV show and movies, reviewer David Pogue calls such devices communicators. Says Pogue, “…the Treo is miles ahead of rival Palm phones and light years ahead of Microsoft’s Pocket PC devices. It’s a tiny, trusty, addictive little gadget, fun to hold, use, and show off — word that haven’t sprung to mind since the original Pilot, invented by the same team.