It's been a good, long while since anyone has written a gadget blog post about a desktop phone, short of being in the crimson hue and classic shape of the 1966 Batphone. Still, Verizon's Hub/One looks impressive: a widgeted phone that hooks up to your DSL line and allows you to do casual browsing, email and info grabbing through an attractive and wide touchscreen. Remote management of your apps and widgets is a touted feature, allowing you to change a calendar appointment from the office, or remotely delete an incriminating voicemail from a lover before the wife gets home.
Anyway, it looks good, if you can still get a throbber from a phone that sits on your desk and never moves... a paralyzed smartphone. Verizon's claiming it'll be $199 with a $35 a month fee, which makes that analogy particularly apt.
Verizon makes the Hub official [Crunchgear]