SAN FRANCISCO, EARTH — Recent updates to PADD design have been minimal. At a single glance, it would be difficult to differentiate one model from the next. Compared to previous iterations boasting large changes to the design and experimental ideas, this shift in production has been a big change.
Developers have largely focused newer releases on using stronger, longer-lasting components and improving functionality rather than innovative concept testing. For some, this has been an advantage.
Sassiv, the writer of a Vulcan technology news site, is quoted as saying, “Outward appearances make little difference in PADD performance. The ergonomic design is suited to both long hours of work and travel convenience. The continued focus on improving upon materials and user interface has been a noted improvement in PADD performance.”
However, this is not the case for all consumers. While some, like Sassiv, have enjoyed the focus on more intimate changes, some are left longing for the days of the ever-changing PADD. One year, a complete touch screen with minimal buttons. The next is experimental holographic display prototypes.
“I have a PADD from each of my symbiont’s lives,” says Biarzi Mezig, a Trill Symbiont host. “For me, collecting them has become a novelty. Earlier models are so easily distinguished from one another and speak to all of our histories. It’s disappointing to see less risk-taking.”
More of a point of contention than expected, many sites have taken to more closely monitoring their comments and forums amid these discussions. And while debate flares up in tech circles across the quadrant, pre-orders for the new model have spiked as it brought attention to the subject. It seems regardless of controversy, everyone loves a fresh PADD.
If you’re looking to purchase one of these new models yourself, you can expect improved memory up to 200 kiloquads, a sturdier outer casing, an improved Subspace Transceiver Assembly, and an update to the LCARS operating system that will improve efficiency. All previous model owners can expect a scheduled update to their compatible devices in the coming weeks before launch.