Two heads are better than one; does the same go for handsets?
UK industrial design consultancy Alloy hasn't given up on convergence, but they are drawing the line at two separate units for one mobile communications product, rather than trying to cram everything into a singular device.
Couple-IT, as the product is known, is a mobile phone paired with a separate device that's like a cross between a laptop and a smartphone. The idea is that on-the-go you can access everything on the handset, but when you've got the time and room to sit down and spread out, you can pop open the smartlapphonetop and work with a manageable-sized interface. Synching software and twin SIM cards ensure what's on one device stays on the other.
So does it work? Scary thing is, the press release heralding the device abruptly ends mid-paragraph. Perhaps they were writing it using the product, and lost one of the devices?