Hewlett Packard knows that growth is the best way to look forward in bad times. In creating its new smartphone, however, it's looking back to its old iPaq PDAs, once among the most desirable gadgets going.
Ipaq, as a llne, isn't dead. HP uses the brand for powerful and rugged unlocked handsets that appeal to hardcore business travelers and field workers. The new device, however, will be sold to all by carriers, with all the attendant marketing and subsidy-driven prices that implies. From the WSJ:
The new device will have a touchscreen and keypad and will use Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system, say people briefed on the plan. It will be able to send and receive emails, and access the Internet.
Europe first, in November.