I also believe the line between pdas, netbooks, and ebook readers will smear in future as technology gets better.
However there will likely always be some "standard design" as the notebook style, and the "book like" design as e-reader design. I don't see that 2 devision go away ever, as costumer uses and wants differ.
However as always, once you make any distinction, you will notice how it is imperfect. And either side has some characteristics of the other. And its this "imperfection" of that distinction that will arise. Dedicated reader devices will become have more powerfull CPUs and be more general purpose tools, while the PDA/netbook sector will make their displays in a way, they can also be used to read...
But even if, thats what the original article is so wrong with, even if the perfect display tech would come up, that has eInk capabilities while being fast and cheap enough for "normal" devices, and every device would come to use this same tech, you will still have companies making "note/netbook" design devices, and devices that are designed to be dedicated to be comfortable in your hand when reading... (ebook readers). No doom here ever, as costumers dictate device style at least as much as technology does.
Last edited by axel77; 12-13-2008 at 04:47 PM.