I have a thing in my pocket that can take better pictures than any camera I could afford 10 years ago, upload them to the web automatically to back them up, make a phone call, watch a movie, and access and search nearly every single word of written text ever generated by mankind. Oh, and it's also a full-featured virtual analog synthesizer, sequencer, and recording studio.
Yeah, I had one of those. That you're saying a Palm is "stuff like" what I described sort of blows my mind.
*take better pictures than any camera I could afford 10 years ago: Yeah digital cameras were expensive, but no matter what, the cameras in phones are limited by the size of the optics. So digital cameras from 10 years ago with large lenses were probably as good as most cellphone cameras today
*upload them to the web automatically to back them up: That is convenient, but it has more to do with the monopoly cellphone providers had in the U.S (and still have). With a deregulated cellphone system you could have bought cameras that could upload over the cellular network. And, if you had wifi available you could upload them with your laptop. Inconvenient, but not un-doable. And that's my point: We don't have anything we didn't have 10 years ago, just slightly smaller, better resolution and bandwidth and in a more convenient formfactor. (also, I don't actually want my photos uploaded to 'the cloud' i.e. someone Else's servers anyway)
*make a phone call, watch a movie, and access and search nearly every single word of written text ever generated by mankind.: This was completely doable 10 years ago. But there wasn't much video content online because not as many people had broadband, the codecs were a mess (quicktime vs. real) and so on. The text was definitely all there for everyone -- and 10 years ago napster was around so people could not only access every song, they could do it for free!
*Oh, and it's also a full-featured virtual analog synthesizer, sequencer, and recording studio.: First of all, obviously you don't actually have an analog synthesizer, by definition. But that software was out there fore laptops.
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