WSJ.com - Portals: Cellphones Get Smarter As Flash Memory Gets Cheaper, Better "Flash maker Sandisk says the average cellphone will have a gigabyte of memory in just three years. Coming soon, promises the company: high-quality camera phones, phone camcorders, phone video conferencing and more. Battery life remains a problem, but progress is being made there, though it isn't as dramatic as what is occurring elsewhere in electronics.
In fact, it's flash memory that is allowing cellphones to slowly morph into the role of the ultimate converged end-point mobile device, the single gadget that sucks in, and replaces, the various MP3 players, hand-held organizers and the like that people carry around today. IDC analyst Mario Morales predicts that with all the action in portable computing honing in on cellphones, computer companies like Dell and Hewlett-Packard will soon be forced into the cellphone business to compete against the Samsungs and the Nokias of the world."