Qualcomm PDQ 800

Qualcomm PDQ 800

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Description (Brief)
In 1998 Qualcomm introduced their model PDQ-800 cellular phone. An early so-called “smart phone,” the PDQ-800 combined a cell phone with a personal digital assistant (or PDA) based on the interface used by Palm Pilots. The user simply flipped down the number pad and wrote Palm “Graffiti” characters with a stylus to interface with the unit.
Location
Currently not on view (box)
Object Name
smart phone
cellular telephone
personal digital assistant
date made
1998
1999
maker
Qualcomm
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 17.6 cm x 6.5 cm x 2.9 cm; 6 15/16 in x 2 9/16 in x 1 1/8 in
ID Number
2003.0095.054
catalog number
2003.0095.054
accession number
2003.0095
Credit Line
from Daniel Henderson
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Exhibition
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

This product was before its time and was quite large even for the era. I had the honor of working on it back in the 90s. It's from an era when it wasn't quite clear if PDA would become phones, or phones would become PDAs. In hindsight, like many things, it seems so obvious.

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