View Full Version : Psion pulls out of the PDA market

Jul 11, 2001, 03:21 PM
Psion, it appears,
has pulled out (http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/
english/business/newsid_1433000/1433275.stm) of the PDA market:

The firm, battered by the global slowdown and rivals
such as Palm, Compaq and Microsoft, is to abandon
development or production of new personal digital
assistants (PDAs).

Perhaps of mostly historical significance (as one of the
initial handheld/PDAs), though this now leaves
PocketPC and Palm... which, admittedly, are the most
dominent handheld platforms. Curiously enough, with
most MacWorld Expo's, there are usually an
abundance of Apple PDA rumors... but very little has
been circulating. Whatever happened to Inkwell (http://
0,4586,2607921,00.html) for OS X?

Jul 12, 2001, 08:45 AM
I had a Psion Series 5mx...


...and consider it to be one of the very best handhelds I've owned. Really, really nice. It's quite sad to see this happen. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I was always assuming I'd return to Psion at some point. Ahh well. Newton, Psion -- off to the great PDA beyond...


Jul 13, 2001, 05:25 AM
It's a sad day to see Psion computers go the same way as that other trailblazer of British computing, Acorn. They were way ahead of the the game for nearly a decade. Still, when they put all their effort into the Symbian effort the handhelds were left underdeveloped and unmarketed out of some crazy British lack of ambition, 'Oh gosh! there's Americans in our market now - let's all just give up!'

Jul 13, 2001, 08:56 AM
Acorn and Psion -- both created ARM-based machines. The Acorn workstation with its innovative RiscOS was powered by a StrongARM in it's high-end incarnation.

A fine chip.