While it does prompt a certain nostalgia, it was really a pretty terrible device. Cool, for the fact that it could do a lot for its size and portability, but let’s just say that portable computing has gotten a lot better since then.
I have an old Dell Axim PDA that I tried to breakdown into usable parts with no luck. I would have been happy just repurposing the display, but it was not to be. The only usable thing I’ve ever been able to get out of stuff like this is the battery. Maybe someday electronics will be built to last more than a few years!
I’ve still got my first cell phone (a BIG flip phone) and several of the incarnations of smarphones I’ve had since then. The evolution of cell phones is an interesting display to have in my office. I sold a few of my phones to ease the upgrade costs back in the early days. I really regret that now. One I regret the most was letting go of my Motorola “Vader” phone. It was the smallest phone I’ve ever owned and had some really great features that even my Android phone doesn’t easily reproduce today.