There it is again. Like a junkie hidden inside, needing its fix, something lit up at the sight of Motorola's VC6096, even though it's just another ugly handheld computer. And yet the sense of palpable excitement will not subside: I must hold it, play with it, and see if it's any better than its legion of nigh-useless predecessors.
But this, this might be the one. It has 3G internet and 802.11abg WiFi, a full QWERTY keyboard, a mic, speakers, GPS, bluetooth. It runs Windows Mobile, which, for all its flaws, should mean decent battery life and the option of Skype should it not otherwise do voice calls.
There's no camera, though, and it's pitched as a carputer/in-dash gadget, so it's bigger than it looks in this photo – that screen is a full 6.5 inches. Moto's sales model for it is crushingly vertical: "Click here to arrange for us to negotiate pricing with you," seems to be the closest thing there to a "Buy it now" button.
Nevertheless, technology is getting close my nerdiest dreams of youth.
VC6096 WWAN In-Vehicle/Fixed Mount Mobile Computer [Motorola]
Motorola VC6096 [Navigadget]