CES 2019 Takes You Back 2 Decades to PDA Era with Cosmo Communicator

Feeling nostalgic? Do you wish you could just slow technology down? Planet Computers brings you back two decades to the era of PDAs with Gemini, and now at CES 2019 they introduced a prototype of the Cosmo Communicator, a more modern PDA with today’s technology.

Truthfully, PDAs never really caught on, but they more or less seemed to desire to do what our smartphones and tablets do today. They were small handheld devices that you could keep with you that worked as digital organizers.

While Planet Computers Gemini takes you back to that time of the PDA, their Cosmo Communicator keeps that idea of the PDA but brings it forward a few decades to 2019 with modern features.

The Communicator features a two-inch external screen as well as a six-inch internal screen that is accessed when you open the clamshell. Many functions work with the external touchscreen, such as replying to messages, answering calls, and flipping through your notifications, so that you don’t always have to open it up.

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While that part seems sleek, the Cosmo communicator is still a clunky device. It’s longer than an iPhone XS Max, has twice the thickness, and weighs 0.66 pounds. While you can carry it in your pocket, it’s certainly much heavier and more difficult to pocket than your smartphone.

The keyboard inside is backlit, and there will be tiny feet added to it that allow it to have more stability on a desktop. It also employs a 24-megapixel camera and 5-megapixel selfie camera, things that were missing from the Gemini unless you added a special module.

It includes a MediaTek new-generation processor that has abilities associated with higher-end smartphones and tablets. It has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage and includes a USB Type-C charging port and a USB Type-C connector, and a MicroSD card slot. The Cosmo Communicator operates on Android 9 and Linux can be added to it as well.

If you get nostalgic for PDAs, this may be a device you want to check out. But if you enjoy all the technological advancements we’ve made in the past couple decades, and not just some of them, you may want to just skip over it.

Are you nostalgic for devices you’ve had in the past? Does this Cosmo Communicator interest you? Let us know in the comments what you think of this product that was shown at CES 2019.

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2 comments

  1. Please don’t take this the wrong way, but isn’t this just a different form factor and not a step back in technology?
    I think it’s less of a throwback and more of a case of a form factor that some people simply prefer.
    Phones these days are so thin that they require a case just to make them easy to hold. And sure, I can use a Bluetooth keyboard with my phone, but that’s a workaround compared to a slightly thicker device that has the advantages of extra internal space (larger battery, more connection options) and a permanently attached keyboard. If carrying a separate Bluetooth keyboard and phone is your thing, go for it. But personally, I’d rather have a UMPC in my pocket and a smart watch and Bluetooth headset. And work hands free most of the time. And then have the more work functional umpc to work with. Or connect to a TV with an hdmi cable and a Bluetooth mouse and have a full android or Linux pc.
    I realize only a few people would agree with my way of doing things, but obviously there’s a small demand for these types of devices. And after poking around online, many more people would use UMPCs if there were reasonably capable options available for under $300. Unfortunately, due to high cost of new products, the market prices keep the demand lower that it might be.

  2. I’m not sure the statement “PDAs never really caught on” is accurate. The original Palm Pilot was launched in 1996 IIRC, and the iPhone (the start of the smartphone era and end of the PDA) was 2007. Ten plus years is a pretty good run for anything in the tech space.

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