Missed this back in March when it came out, but at a Churchill Club tech trends session Elevation Partners’ Roger McNamee tipped his investment thesis for buying 25% of Palm. The gist: He thinks people (like him) will carry multiple single-purpose devices, and multiple cell phones in future, driving a huge proliferation of such things. In other words, the future of these devices will different from what happened in PCs and the like.
While I carry a few cellphones, and I think it’s an interesting argument, the idea of carrying a bevy of such devices isn’t appealing. If you fixed the mobile browser, as Steve Jurvetson points out in the segment, much of the need would go away.