Wonder how hard it would be to get the 6000 technology into such a small device? If this product were on the horizon, I'd pre-order right now. :-)
Actually, I think that it has happened.
I have posted this before. The Dell venue 8 pro runs SmartSDR very well and only costs $199 on sale (regular $299 from Dell). It is a full Windows 8 machine and even includes Office.
The largest smartphone that I know has a 6 inch screen. This is 8 but I would have trouble using a screen of less than about 8 inches. There is a lot of stuff on the screen.
Lenovo also makes one that is almost identical.
Anyway, take a look. I got mine at Staples.
73, Tom KM5H
My "dream HT requirements":
1) Digital at RF (like the 6000 series)
2) Multi-touch screen (like smartphones are now)
3) Runs Android (because iOS isn't available and not open source)
4) Ability to install 3rd party apps from android store.
5) Ability to install 3rd party apps which can access the RF spectrum (like SmartSDR API, I guess)
6) WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS capability (probably built in to most chipsets now anyway)
7) Decent GPU for real-time panadapters, with pinch/zoom, etc.
8) Ability to access/control 6000 series via WiFi when on local network. Or even remotely, why not?
9) Internal antenna, no rubber duck. This thing needs to fit in my pocket.
This dream-device would probably cost a fortune to design, but that's why I call it a dream-device. If Flex built this device, I'd use it more than my iPhone. Not sure the cost-to-design is worth it though, not sure what the market is for HT's, but I guess it isn't negligible or nobody would make them.
This is just a brainstorm thread, nothing more, nothing less. I'm surprised at the amount of criticism to an "idea thread".
I have tons of ideas. Lets do this. ;)
Edit: OK another idea. Somebody buys this device and they don't have their license yet. When they first turn it on, it says "Do you have an amateur radio license yet?" They select "No." So the device tutors them every day for 30/60 days. They can read the material and answer test questions directly on the device until they learn it. Then it tells them where they can go locally to take the test (by using the GPS locator built in).