I seem to recall many years ago, Apple making a digital camera. It was cool. But then the "pixel race" was born. Now if you don''t have at least 4 Megapixels, you''re passe. Gawd knows I *need* 2272x1704 pictures...yup, gotta have it. Supersize my photos. Bigger must be better. Well, except for the camera itself...make that smaller. Ergonomics be damned...make it tiny. We like big and tiny.
I like a small camera like the Canon digital Elphs...pop it in your pocket and be ready to shoot wherever, whenever. But I have somewhat of a tough time using it. Small buttons, endless menus, short battery life. At least it has a separate battery so you can bring extras. But then you start getting to the point where you might as well have a bigger camera with a bigger battery. I want my electrons now *and* later.
Actually the worst offender are the ridiculous small keyboards that exist on pdas and increasingly, phones. Who can type on them? The new Sony PEG-UX50 is a technical marvel, but damn near unusable. Tiny fonts on the screen, tiny keyboard, tiny stylus, low megapixel count (see...back to haunt us). Jack of all trades, master of nothing except costing money and looking cool.
I want my Newton 2100 back...