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10 Gadgets That Really Should Be Obsolete By Now


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PDAs are DOA
While PDAs were once cutting edge and really ushered in the age of perpetual connectivity, their time in the sun really is over. ©Jason Nemeth/iStock/Thinkstock
While PDAs were once cutting edge and really ushered in the age of perpetual connectivity, their time in the sun really is over. ©Jason Nemeth/iStock/Thinkstock

It all seems so quaint now. There was a time when incorporating note taking, voice memos and calendars into one handheld device seemed cutting edge and innovative. These wonderful devices were called PDAs (personal digital assistants), and they were The Next Big Thing.

And for a short while, they were. Now, in the common vernacular PDA stands for something else (public display of affection) ... and the digital devices themselves? They need to go away, pronto.

The exception here may be warehouses, hospitals and similar businesses where workers need a way to track inventory, collect data or manage products. In this case, PDAs serve as more affordable, limited purpose tools without all the unnecessary bells and whistles of smartphones or tablets.

Still, we'll never miss the stylus. And in another 10 years, we'll probably figure out where we lost it.


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