i wonder if this thread would get any more responses if it were moved to the general section-- i only found it because it was in one of the listings at the top(i rarely ever check the laptop section).
overall, i think that technology is starting to move more towards integration instead of innovation:
from what i have seen in posts, threads, and articles from recent electronics shows, both this year, and the last couple years, there seems to be much less brand new, never thought of ideas and products, but more products and ideas on how to better integrate a bunch of devices, or customize the user experience.
bugbyte--for the record : i do not see, either now, or in the future, phones becoming the only centerpiece of mobile entertainment. this is because the devices lack, and will continue to lack certain features in the mobile environment that make it such a great phone.
using the iphone as a example, because everyone is familiar with it: would you ever want to use a iphone outside of the car with a 5"-7" screen, and large onscreen buttons? i know i wouldn't-- it would too bulky, and i would find the large buttons clunky, and wasting space-- because my attention would be focused on the device..
but, i do see a move to integrating the phone with the car systems, and a push to allow consumers to use certain things on/in their phone while in the car, without actually having to use the phone.
there is also the customization that consumers have started to expect from app store like places-- businesses are starting to realize that everyone wants a 'custom' feel to their car(is there a app for it?), most do not want exactly what everyone else has...
i also predict that phones will get faster(the nexus 1 is using a 1ghz processor already...), and they will start to be able to do more, but will probably do it via breakout cables, to keep the phones small.
the reason that i do not see phones becoming the centerpiece in cars is that there would need to be a standard across most brands that has not been set yet-- would you pick a car based on what phone you have?
i do not see blackberry working with chevy, and ford, and dodge, and motorola to get a custom dock-- there is just too much competition between brands to allow all of these companies to work together to reach a adequate solution...
alright, that is enough predicting for now, i imagine i am going to wonder what i was smoking while posting this in a year...