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1. PalmOne LifeDrive Mobile Manager
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2. PalmOne Tungsten E Handheld
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7. PalmOne Tungsten C Handheld
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8. PalmOne Tungsten T3 Handheld
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9. Garmin iQue 3200 PDA/GPS Handheld
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10. PalmOne Zire 72 Handheld
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11. PalmOne Zire 21 Handheld
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13. Fossil Abacus AU5005 Wrist PDA
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14. PalmOne Tungsten T2 Handheld
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15. Sony Clie PEG-TG50 Handheld
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19. PalmOne Vx Handheld
20. Handspring Visor Prism

1. PalmOne LifeDrive Mobile Manager
by PalmOne
list price: $499.99
our price: $499.99
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Asin: B0009JMT38
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 958
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

palmOne LifeDrive Mobile Manager What Drives You? With a 4GB hard drive and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless support, the LifeDrive mobile manager from palmOne lets you easily carry all the essentials of your busy life. Files and folders from your desktop computer, 300 songs, 2.5 hours of video, 1000 vacation photos, and more are right there with you. Even files you may have left behind are within easy reach with WiFile software,2 whether you're in the airport lounge or a hallway between meetings.With support for POP, IMAP and built-in Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, you can stay on top of email at your Wi-Fi enabled office, home or any the thousands of hotspots. You can even download important web pages and view them later offline. Plus, an onboard voice recorder, MP3 player, and photo viewer keep your precious few moments of free time both interesting and productive. ... Read more

Features

  • Also includes a voice recorder, MP3 player, and photo viewer
  • 4 GB hard drive and built-in WiFi and Bluetooth wireless support so you can easily carry all the essentials of your busy life
  • 320 x 480 high-resolution, color display with choice of portrait and landscape viewing
  • Support for POP, IMAP, and Exchange e-mail accounts helps you stay on top of your e-mail at WiFi hotspots around the world
  • Solid, lightning-quick Intel 416 MHz XScale processor

Reviews (19)

3-0 out of 5 stars Very Glitchy
When I recieved this LifeDrive, the first thing it required me to do was to reset it. I did, reluctantly, and when it began to start up again, it would "No notice" reset itself again. I was forced to hard-reset it in order to begin using it. This happened to me many times, including when I was in a meeting. Now, it won't even boot up. However, when it was not glitching, I found it very satisfying. It had an endless supply of memory, and I could store whatever I wanted-even if it wasn't compatible with the Palm OS-via the "Life Drive Manager", or "Drive mode". The graphics were superb, but many times I was not able to experience it fully because of the noticable lag. Another thing I noticed was that soft resetting it took longer than a Windows machine to boot up.
There are many superlatives about this product, but wait a while for the firmware to be upgraded, because the OS included with this program is very glitchy.

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice try, but...
Palm is on the right track here with the LifeDrive, but they don't quite pull it off, and when you spend five hundred smackers, you want a convergence product that solves all of the little nagging issues.

Like an iPod mini, the LifeDrive has a 4GB hard drive, but attaches a fully-featured PDA to it that includes WiFi but no phone as yet (maybe in LifeDrive 2 or Treo 1000?). You can do all the classic Palm functions, plus for the first time decent video (other Palms just don't have enough memory).

The device has a beautiful, large enough screen, and finally somebody has figured out how to automatically download camera memory, turning the LifeDrive into an effective memory bank. (Too bad they figured this out AFTER flash memory prices cratered.)

But if you want real video or even significant photo storage, the 4GB just isn't enough. Battery life is weak, at under 10 hours. And the size is large, significantly bigger than an iPod maxi. Overall, it's not bad for a first try, like the original 5GB iPod. But before this becomes a killer, must-have device, Palm is going to have to:

1) Up the GB level.
2) Up the battery power (new batteries being developed by Toshiba hold much promise).
3) Upgrade the sleekness of the machine.
4) Improve the software package so it will better sync with your pics and movies. That is the beauty of iPod photo -- the syncing with iPhoto and iTunes is a joy, versus a cumbersome loading process.
5) Consider adding a wireless TV dock so that LifeDrive (or more likely, LifeDrive2) can double as a DVR. How cool would it be to be able to record the Sopranos, take it to a friend's house on your LifeDrive and play it? There are ways to do this now through your computer, but it's a bit cumbersome.
6) Cut the price so regular folks can afford it, not just doctors and lawyers and techno geeks looking for the latest toy.

Overall, first adopters will ignore the glitches and glow over the best attempt at a video/photo/PDA yet created, but savvy regular shoppers will wait a year for LifeDrive 2, or, more likely, for a video iPod, which could be headed your way by Christmas.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good start, but not perfect yet.
I got the Lifedrive one week ago to replace a sony Clie.The following comments are based on one week experience.
Pros:
1.New lifedrive manager software which in most cases obviate the need for hotsync.This is truly revolutionary.
2.Larger hard drive.Finally we are catching up with the rest of the world.You may be able to replace your iPod mini with this more versatile handheld.
3.Good voice recorder.I just got back from a meeting and recorded one whole days worth of talks from the back of a room with 60 people and record quality was quite good and no software bugs were noticed.In addition to the time allocated under your voice memo section, you can directly record to your hard drive allowing you to record more stuff.
4.This machine can store an enormous number of powerpoint presentations.This is a big plus for if you do any teaching e.g. quick review of a topic with a med student before a surgery.
5.Nice metallic finish.Looks better than cheap looking T5.

Cons:
1.Poor battery life.After a whole day of heavy use, the battery dies without warning.
2.Repeated powering down of the hard drive causing a few second delay in opening new applications.Annoying as hell!!!
3.No way to customize turning off the screen after a short period of inactivity.If you play chess on this machine, it becomes annoying.By the way, Hiarcs chess engine runs quite well on this machine(Downloadable for 39.99).
4.Adobe reader formats most documents well, but some with complex formatting turn into incomprehensible amorphous text.
5.Price.I don't understand why a piece of cheap looking electronics made in china should cost this much money.
6.No integrated cell phone or camera.
7.Some applications don't run on this device.I signed up for audible.com membership to get a $100 rebate.But so far I have been unable to make the audible manager recognize this device and download audiobooks to this device.
8.It is very disappointing palm decided to put the cheaper and slower WiFi.I suspect their next device will have the faster version.
9.Size.More bulky than other palm handhelds.Not a true shirt pocket device.
10.No headphone provided.Why can't they throw in a $10 headphone for this $499 device.I am using my old sony clie headphones which works fine.

Overall, 4 stars.I am sure I will find a lot more annoying problems as I use it more.

5-0 out of 5 stars An honest look at it all...
Let me preface this review by saying that I did in fact order mine - it should be arriving any day and I look forward to posting a very honest review of this palm handheld.

I just had to post this review to combat those many bad reviews on this item.It technically is not available yet and will not be released until the 30th of May.To all those WinCE users out there - stop complaining about items you don't even use!

Now I have a long history of having palm handhelds - from my first Palm V to my current Palm Tungsten T3, I have a good viewpoint on their company's evolution (albeit slow).I recently left Palm for Sony's CLIE TH-55 which I thought was the best all-around PDA available at the time.It had everything I could ever want, and more!I decided to stick with Palm since Sony was leaving the market and purchased a Tungsten E which I was sorely dissapointed by.Long gone was the metal for PDAs from this company, as seen by their recent trend with the Tungsten T5 (plastic, plastic), and their new E2 (plastic again).

I sold my Tungsten E and purchased a T3 the moment the T5 was available because that perhaps was one of the larger dissapointments in Palm's history.Well, here were are with them satisfying our needs with 4 GB of storage space, Wi-fi, bluetooth, and USB 2.0 (yes, it has USB 2.0 unlike other's reviews).

So why did I order this item?I plan to have it replace my USB flash drives, I look forward to checking my email wherever I am at work or in my house with the wireless networks.Heck - even when I'm waiting for food at Starbucks or Panera I can leech onto their free Wi-fi.Battery life?I'm hoping its better than what I get with my current T3 - though nothing beats that Sony CLIE I had thus far in the battery life comparison.I'll post an addendum to this review once I've used my new LifeDrive for a month or so.Keep an eye open for my updates!

4-0 out of 5 stars Promising, but too expensive and not ready for prime-time
I'll start with the bottom line:PalmOne has finally woken up and created a device with essential and innovative features, like an integrated mini hard drive, USB 2.0 connectivity, and WiFi.However, the price is too high, and there's a critical issue with the hard drive that you need to know about before you buy this.

The big news here is the integrated 4gb hard drive - the same drive found in iPod minis and similar MP3 players.This VASTLY increases the storage potential of Palm-type devices, which of course means you can store and edit a ridiculous number of documents directly in the device. But the addition of the hard drive also opens up new possibilities for productivity that just couldn't happen with the limits of the flash memory that all previous devices have.For example, you can use the LifeDrive as an external hard drive, and you can automatically back up or sync the contents of a directory/folder structure on your computer with the hard drive in the device.You can now store enough MP3 or video files to make this device an alternative to a dedicated personal media player.

Besides the hard drive, this device incorporates two other innovations that will make Palm users drool:First, USB 2.0, for blazing fast file transfers (which is even more important because the 4gb hard drive now permits the transfer of LOTS of data as never before).And second, built-in WiFi, a critical feature that was sadly absent from most Tungsten models (including the high-end T3 and T5).With most other Palm models, WiFi was either impossible, or required the addition of an awkward and expensive expansion card, which didn't work flawlessly on most models.The integrated WiFi on the LifeDrive works very well, as good as my IBM ThinkPad's WiFi. (Though, web pages load much more slowly than on a laptop, which is par for all Palm and PocketPC devices.)

The device has good build quality, is well-designed, and is aesthetically pleasing.A minor idiosyncracy is the headphone jack is on the bottom, next to the Palm universal connector. The display is beautiful, and the device features a handy button to toggle between landscape and portrait mode.The device accepts standard headphones; for music, sound quality is no worse than other Palm and PocketPC devices, but not as good as a dedicated MP3 player.

Now the downside:as you'd expect, to make room for the hard drive, and the larger battery that is required to power it, PalmOne had to make the device a bit thicker and heavier.The device is 7 ounces, compared to the 5 ounce weight of most other high-end Palm-type devices.I find the weight and thickness not to be a problem, but you should be aware of it before you order yours.

The real problem in my view, the thing that will be a deal-killer for most folks, is a power management issue with the new hard drive.In order to have decent battery life, the LifeDrive is designed to power down the hard drive frequently when not in use.And powering it back up causes the device to freeze for 6 seconds.So, say you're browsing the web and you want to jot some notes about an article you've just read.You fire up the notes editor, and the device freezes for 6 seconds while the hard drive is revving up.In fact, this 6-second lag happens almost every time you open a new application.Very, very annoying.

I imagine this issue will be addressed in a software update in the near future, but for now, I find it upsetting, considering you pay top dollar for this device.

And speaking of the price - it's just too high for what you get.

So, I applaud PalmOne for taking this first step and incorporating the hard drive and other important features in their latest device.Yet, I encourage all of you to wait for the next iteration of the LifeDrive, which should resolve the hard drive issue and have a lower price tag.
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2. PalmOne Tungsten E Handheld
by PalmOne
list price: $199.95
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000DB4D1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 115
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Tungsten E Handheld ... Read more

Features

  • Easy-to-read, high resolution, 320x320 transflective color screen
  • What's in the box: Handheld device; Palm Desktop software, including Documents To Go; all basic utilities such as Calendar, Contacts, Tasks., etc.
  • Packed for business and priced for value
  • Create and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint-compatible files on the run
  • Listen to MP3s, watch video clips and view photos wherever you go

Reviews (279)

1-0 out of 5 stars 100 days and fatal error
I loved my palm for 99 days. on day 100 I experienced a fatal error code. I paid $25.00 for telephone support. I was told they could not help me and that a repair would be $125.00. I am now considering a new handheld. I would rather put $25.00 toward a more reliable PDA

3-0 out of 5 stars I'm really pissed!!
I bought the Tungsten E to replace my Vx, that I REALLY loved and had no problem with. It held a charge for days at a time, and never gave me any problems.The only thing was, it wasn't in color.I saw my cousin's new Tungsten E in 12/03 and loved the screen and just HAD to have one.So I ordered it in January of 2004, and it worked fine, except for the fact that it doesn't hold a charge very well and I don't even use it with sound! If you use it for a full day, forget about it, the battery will be all the way down.But okay, I was fine with that.What really got my goat was that within the past few months, the power button got increasingly hard to turn the unit on.I would have to press really, really hard repeatedly, and last week, I pressed so hard that the stylus kind of went INTO the unit.I eventually was able to get it on, but now, the power button does not work without a significant amount of pressure and repeated attempts.I'm scared to keep doing this because I don't want to damage the unit to the point where it wont turn on at all. And in my crazy mind, I was thinking of buying another one, becuase I did love my Tungsten E so much!! Thank God I saw another review with someone complaining about the same problem and they mentioned that they turn on the unit with the hotkey button. I will be doing that from now on because I will NOT buy another one if the unit is almost non-functioning after only ONE YEAR.This is really crazy.Buyer beware!

1-0 out of 5 stars Good for a while, and then...
This was a fun little device, until all at once it all fell apart.The PDA itself started shutting down and not responding to the power on button, even when fully-charged, unless it was subjected to a "hard reset" (which erases its memory).Then, to make matters much, much worse, the software on the PC (Palm Desktop) started crashing every time it was launched.So now I have no way to get at my databases, and no PDA.If you go to the Palm support website, you find many, many threads making these exact complaints, and furthermore bemoaning the lack of good customer service from Palm.I am walking away from this device, and never ever looking back.I urge you to do the same.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not built to last
Even after investing in two different protective cases, the headphone jack developed problems within 4 months of purchase. Since this was beyond the warranty period, it would have cost over $155 to repair. When I ordered two separate replacement motherboards from a repair vendor, each had the same problem. Palm itself has been no help with any technical problems leading up to this defect and has not responded to any emails regarding the the problem itself. Since Sony's pulled it's clie series, I would recommend investing in a Pocket PC. Palm lost a loyal customer on this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good product
I have had one for 1 year. I do not find any problem with that PDA .You can pay each dollar with satisfaction.Everything in that appliance works perfect.Although I would have liked to find any voice recorder feature.The screen is beautiful and the performence is excellent (I installed everything that I could and all worked without problems).Although the Tungsten E does not have all possible feature (voice recorder and Camera), the best value that you can get in a PDA is in this product. ... Read more


3. PalmOne Zire 31 Handheld
by PalmOne
list price: $149.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001KWGOW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 162
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Affordable color. Another bright idea.

Not only fits your busy life. But also your budget.

Life is best seen in color. Take the Zire™ 31 handheld from palmOne, forexample. With its bright, colorful screen, it turns your busy schedule intoa dazzling display. All, we might add, at a price within your budget. Keepyour schedule, look up phone numbers, store photos of family andfriends, even play MP3s1 or a game.

See things clearly on a color screen.
A display that’s bright, colorful (with support for thousands of colors), and easy to read is exactly what you’ll find with the Zire 31 handheld. Whether you’re at home, at work or at school,you can organize your day, view photos and even play a game, seeing allof it the way it was meant to be.

Be as organized as you want to be.
palmOne is always looking for ways to improve your life on the go. That’swhy an Agenda view lets you stay ahead of your day, and the ability toattach a photo to a contact means you can always put a name with a face.Your Zire 31 handheld synchronizes with Outlook and offers color-codedcategories so you can track your schedule and those of your family, work,school and more.

Play MP3s1.
Carry your tunes with you wherever you go, and listen to them using thespeaker or add stereo headphones1. The Zire 31 handheld won’t slow youdown, either. You can play MP3s while you’re scheduling appointments,adding contacts, or just enjoying a spare moment. With the Zire 31handheld, your life just sounds better.

1 Expansion card required; stereo headphones optional; both sold separately.

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Features

  • Standard mini-USB connector
  • Comes with Palm Desktop Software for Windows and Mac and Software Essencials CD
  • 160x160 color display with contrast and brightness controls supports thousands of colors
  • 200 MHz Intel ARM-based processor, Palm OS v5.2.8, 16 MB RAM (14 MB actual storage)
  • Expansion slot supports MMC, SD, and SDIO memory cards

Reviews (84)

1-0 out of 5 stars This machine will just DIE on you...
Like all the other reviewers, I was happy with my Zire 31 for the first four months of owning it...then one day it just did not turn on.I did a soft reset...nothing.Hard reset...came on for a moment, then again it DIED.Now it is worthless, I got 120 days of use.Warantee is for 90 days.Don't waste your money.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Horrible Symbol of Corporate America
What a piece of garbage.It works great, but look out, because this product is a heartbreaker.I'm probably the 20th person on Amazon that has had this issue:One day I shut off this device, and it no longer works correctly.No, that's probably the understatement of the century: IT DOESN'T EVEN TURN ON ANYMORE.

So let me ask you, PalmOne:Do your customers mean nothing to you?

Does your very source of revenue deserve to be treated like garbage?

I am awaiting tech support for this issue.I am extremely angry at PalmOne.How is this any different from stealing $150 dollars from my wallet?I work hard for my money, you corporate sleazebags.Don't buy this handheld.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stylish and Simple, a Classic
This is my first PDA, and I chose it over the Tungsten E which cost a third more in price (Tungsten E2 costs 2X the price... out of my budget).
The contoured white plastic back looks great, like a prop from Star Wars, instead of the plated metallic of the T|E. The 160x160 screen is also 1/4 of the T|E's resolution, but sufficient for most apps, even Palm Reader. The MP3 player (Real Player) can play any mp3 files on a card (no DRM hassles), highs and mids sound great but the bass is a bit clipped (like most low-cost flash MP3 players incl. iPod shuffle). It has a strong audio amplifier, so there is some background hiss at low volumes... but you can remove the noise with any inline volume control (resistor) equipped headphones, turned to minimum.
My choice between T|E and Zire 31 is the based on photo viewing need (or doing w/o it)... the T|E with 4X the resolution and much better color (a real TFT) makes it more useful.... but since it has a weak CPU, it cannot play full res video on its excellent display. What a waste, so I compromise a bit and got the Zire for only its classic PalmOS functions. I love the efficient user interface, as well as the Zire's simple design.
Looking forward to the Zire 41 or 51 as my 2nd, next PDA.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great PDA for starters - I love it!
I bought this product a month ago, and am still very happy with it. It is my first PDA and it meets all my requirements: keeping track of my timetables and appointments at school and social life. The Graffiti writing is very easy to learn, and the interface is very user friendly. A great amount of free software is available for this PDA, but gaming, hovever, is a disaster on this PDA. I get the idea that a lot of games designed for PalmOS were intended to be played on PDA's offering a lot of buttons, like some previous palms. Only very simple, but nonetheless cool games can be played on the Zire 31.
To conclude, if you're a first time PDA user, this one is defenitely for you. But don't expect it to be a gameboy or something.
Don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions or suggestions.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good if you never have to use it outside.
I liked my Zire 31 until I tried to use it outside.Outdoor light totally washes out the screen.My old Cassiopeia may be plain but at least I can use where ever I am.The Zire should be labeled "For Indoor Use Only".This puppy is going back to the store. ... Read more


4. PalmOne Tungsten T5 Handheld
by PalmOne
list price: $399.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002Y7DO0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 770
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

PalmOne stretches the possibilities with this Tungsten T5 handheld computer, the first handheld from PalmOne to utilize flash memory. In addition to an amazing 256MB of memory, it also features a bright 320x480 trans-reflective TFT color display, a fast 416MHz Intel Xscale processor, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and a Secure Digital memory card expansion slot. Connect it to your PC or Mac and use it as you would a USB flash memory drive to transfer data and multimedia files from work to home, or listen to MP3s stored on optional expansion cards via the built-in speaker. Includes a built-in rechargeable battery; carrying case; USB HotSync cable; power cable; a stylus; Palm Desktop 4.1 CD software; and Getting Started guide. Imported. 3Wx4-3/4Lx1/2D". ... Read more

Features

  • Palm Desktop Software for Windows and Mac and Software Essentials CD included
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Sleek, stylish handheld with groundbreaking 256 MB internal flash memory
  • Doubles as a flash drive--quickly drag and drop files from your PC to handheld
  • Expansion slot that supports MMC, SD, and SDIO memory cards

Reviews (62)

4-0 out of 5 stars Tungsten T5 WOW
well I love this product.love its memory capacity.love its ease in transferring of information from pc to handheld.love its flash drive capability... no more lost data cause the battery ran out!my deal was awesome I got a hard case with free rebate and a free keyboard.I am very happy.I had only one soft reset to handle a problem with my beam. its pricey but the best out there in my view.note* i purchased an additional warranty for workmanship and technical difficulites.i havent had to use it for workmanship but have made some calls to the technical dept all free and all matters thoroughly handled.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice update to my old Vx
Like several other reviewers here, this is not my first Palm device. I started many years ago with a US Robotics 500, upgraded that with more memory and an IR interface. I eventually dropped it and broke the screen so I upgraded to the (then) new Vx. I have used that until I got my last laptop and it didn't have a serial port (no way to hotsync). Now I have updated once again to the T5.

The T5 is a great device. I gues it could have a metal case and WiFi, maybe multiple memory slots, how about a CF slot for a MicroDrive? A Microphone? Sure it would be a better device with all that. But then it would be more expensive too (and since I never had any of that to begin with, I'm not missing it with the T5) I do miss a docking station though.

Maybe I've got simpler tastes. For an update to the Vx it's got everything I need and is working very well. The battery has a great lifetime. The screen is large and bright and easy to use (I'll get use to Graffiti2.. someday)
It has enough new 'toys' to play with (MP3, Photos, Color with large format screen, expansion memory) that I feel like I'm getting more than I had before (other than just USB sync'ing).

For me 4 stars is a really, really good device. Want 5 stars? Add in all the above stuff and keep the price the same ;)

1-0 out of 5 stars Utter Garbage
I recently went from an iPaq to the T5, recalling fondly how much more stable the OS was on my older Vx compared to Windows CE.How things have changed.The reset pin has turned out to be the most valuable accessory provided, and it gets a regular workout.No Wi-Fi?Really? Whose enlightened decision was that?This is a classic example of a product designed in a vaccuum, with little or no regard for the needs and expectations of the customers who keep palmOne in business.I live overseas and the tech support one gets from Singapore is, while courteous, wholly ineffective.I have been walked through unnecessary processes that border on comedy, and find myself running a mini-tutorial for them (on my dime) each time I call.The T5 is a paperweight.It will mean nothing to them, but palm has lost another customer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Palm OS device I've ever owned
I've had the T5 for a month now and can honestly say it's the best Palm OS device I've ever owned. I've owned 2 color hi-res Clies before this. What I really like about the T5:

*Great color screen. The clarity and brightness is better than the ones on my Clies. I've yet to see a PDA with a better color screen than this. Go to a retail store and check it out for yourself in person. It's fantastic.

*Large internal drive. It's great to have the extra internal memory in addition to the ability to use an external card. It's live having two card slots. This way I can still keep a lot of apps on the handheld while swapping out the external card for movies or playing MP3s.

*Plays movies beautifully. There is a free player for Palm OS devices on the net called TCPMP. It does a great job of playing movies on my T5. I just love it. To convert regular DVD movies for my T5, I use Pocket DVD Studio.

*Non-volatile memory. I just hated losing all my data with my Clies whenever the battery drained or I had to do a hard reset. And this used to happed with regularity. With the T5's flash memory, data is retained on battery drains, though not on a hard reset. The good news is that in over a month of use, I've never had to do a single hard reset. Soft resets, yes. But not one single hard reset. So this is the most stable my data has ever been on a handheld.

I like the T5 much better than the clunky slider design of the T3 which annoys me. Some complain about the design and finish on the T5, but to me the design is sleek and stylish. And I can't see anything cheap or flimsy with the finish. It feels solid and well-made in my hands.

The T5 is not perfect. There is a slight hiss in the audio, which is otherwise of excellent quality (loud, clear etc.). The hiss is most noticeable when you wear the in-ear bud type headphones. So I simply use my external type compact headphones with my T5 and all is good. Still, this is something that PalmOne shouldn't have overlooked.

Another thing to be careful about is the new file system the T5 uses, which is a little more finicky than older Palm OS systems. Some apps simply won't work well with it. However, I put well over 50 apps on my T5, and only about 3 or 4 I had to remove because of incompatibility. If you get a T5, make sure you do a clean install of all your apps, one by one, testing each as you go along. That's the only way you can weed out the apps that won't play well the T5. This is what I did and while I may have to do a soft reset now and then, I never have the need for hard resets.

If you have the patience to do a clean install like this, you should end up with a T5 like mine -- a relatively stable device that handles MP3s, movies, and graphics beautifully,in addition to doing all the traditional things a Palm device should!

1-0 out of 5 stars new features negated by functionality
I agree with all of the other 1 and 2 star reviews, with the exception of battery life.The battery on the T5 is much better than previous builds.

The T5 is truly a promising machine with many new features and memory improvements.Beautiful screen, navigation, etc etc.

HOWEVER

Let the buyer beware.Any of those new features advertised for the T5 (and they're all there) are completely negated by the functionality of the PDA itself.For instance, I have always used my palm products as an alarm clock.It's anybody's guess if the T5 is going to wake you from one morning to the next.The alarm volume is fine, but that's only when it decides to go off.The "snooze" feature is as hit-or-miss.And this is not error on the part of the user.More...

- The clock, when it decides to go off, and other alerts such as meeting notifications will keep the T5 energized if you are not there to acknowledge the alerts, thus completely draining the battery.

- The data entry interface regularly misprints your stylus inputs, and is very slow to update once you've written a character.

- The T5 is not a sturdy device.Very cheap case and buttons, which sometimes need to be pressed twice.

- Many soft and hard resets, never for any apparent reason.

The list could go on to include the new plug device that doesn't interface with any other accessories, or the lack of voice recorder, wifi, etc.

The important thing for the buyer to note is that he/she is likely to spend $300 on a device that is going to frustrate to no end on usability alone. ... Read more


5. PalmOne Zire 72 Special Edition Handheld Silver
by PalmOne
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B0002ZAEYA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 836
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The PalmOne Zire 72 Special Edition Handheld Organizer works as hard as it plays. The built-in 1.2 megapixel camera and MP3 allows you to take pictures, capture photos and video clips (expansion card required), and listen to your favorite tunes—all while you're on the go. Or, create and edit Word- and Excel-compatible files, synchronize with Outlook and get organized (compatible with Windows only). You can also get wireless e-mail and Internet access with built-in Bluetooth (Requires a compatible Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone and an ISP, both sold separately). Features a high-resolution 320x320 color screen, expansion slot and voice memo recording. Imported. ... Read more

Features

  • Expansion slot that supports MMC, SD, and SDIO memory cards
  • Palm Desktop Software for Windows and Mac and Software Essentials CD included
  • Bright, 320x320 transflective TFT color display supports more than 65,000 colors
  • 312 MHz Intel PXA270 processor, Palm OS v5.2.8, 32 MB RAM (24 MB actual storage)
  • Integrated 1.2 MP digital camera that also shoots video

Reviews (16)

3-0 out of 5 stars Zire 72 Not Worth It
Although the Zire 72 has fairly decent screen resolution, other features (or lack thereof) make it not worth the price.The battery life is terrible.After only 10 to 12 months of occaisional use, the battery in my Zire will not hold a charge for more than 10 to 20 minutes, and PalmOne wants $125 (plus shipping)to replace it.The blue paint began flaking off within days after I bought it.I just scraped it all off with my fingernail and the rough, brushed steel look was OK.

4-0 out of 5 stars My first color Palm OS handheld!
All I can say is that PalmOne has really impressed me with their Zire 72 Special Edition!Perhaps I'm so taken by this PDA because I upgraded from a Handspring Visor Deluxe.I would give this PDA 5 stars if it included 802.11x wireless networking instead of the Bluetooth support. That costs one star!

Overall, I would definitely recommend this PDA to anyone interested in buying a new one.It's FAST, the color 320x320 screen is awesome -- very crisp text on this brilliantly lit color screen!I have yet to try the mp3 side of the handheld.That really isn't something important to me, though for many it is, and I have read reviews that say the sound quality is quite poor.Don't just take my word for it though -- do some research using Google.com to find reviews.

4-0 out of 5 stars I like the Palm Zire 72s
Great little toy!

Pro:
Super blazing fast
Bluetooth works really well; sync via bluetooth is slow, but everything else is fine
I love the camera; great little addition
The screen is VERY vibrant and full and bright
Bundled software is great; lots of 3rd party stuff available, too, of course
Extra button for voice memos
Comes with a decent little case
USB cable allows it to trickle charge
Palm desktop makes adding and removing data easy, like media and contacts and stuff, including easy-to-use import/export utilities

So-so:
Battery life is simply sufficient; however, what do you expect with all that it does?
I'd like a better stylus
Screen makes a faint buzzing sound

Cons:
Well, the OS does some quirky "background" stuff when alarms are set or when the auto-off-and-lock feature is activated, etc.
Background image disappears when reset is performed
Seems like I have to reset more often than I did with my IIIxe; but that might be some 3rd party stuff I have installed

All in all, I've loved it.It's been great!

4-0 out of 5 stars Bad Palm warranty
Overall its not a bad product, it does do a lot. The different language programs to read different types of languages has not caught up with it.

Nonetheless its good with letters. However, mine stopped recharging after the initial charge to start using it. Apparently it can often be damaging to carry it too close to certain kinds of cell phones. I don't undertand since it has a blue tooth function, what do they expect? Anyways I CALLLED PALM, and they wanted to CHARGE ME $40 TO "EXCHANGE" it with a new one, which I do not think is fair at all. I recommend purchasing some sort of insurance that would cover it so that you don't get ripped of by the "EXCHANGE" costs of replacing it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not a bad device
This is my first PDA in a few years and although I haven't really cross-shopped the Zire 72 with other PDAs in its price range, I am extremely happy with just about everything it does.The screen bright and the colors are nice and clear. The speaker is loud enough to be heard clearly at an arms lenth away.It probably could be heard even better if you were in a completely quiet room. Probably the best feature is the notes with alarm.Nothing beats scribbling a quick note and then having an alarm go off to show you what you wrote. ... Read more


6. PalmOne Tungsten E2 Handheld
by PalmOne

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Asin: B0007VMROE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 293
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Introducing the sleek, stylishly designed Tungsten E2 handheld from palmOne. It's packed with the latest handheld technologies, including Bluetooth Wireless technology and an extra-sharp, high-resolution color display. It also features non-volatile flash memory for safe storage for your Calendar, Contacts, documents and presentations, photos and videos, even if you don't have time to recharge. ... Read more

Features

  • View and edit spreadsheets and word processing documents
  • Manage calendar, contacts, documents, presentations, photos, videos and music
  • Brighter, richer color screen
  • 32MB of built-in flash memory
  • Bluetooth wireless technology

Reviews (7)

1-0 out of 5 stars Goooing dooowwwnnn!!!
I've been buying Palm handhelds from the very first one (Palm Pilot). I've been periodically upgrading to the next model... UPGRADING???!!!

It seems that the company is going backward running against quality. The first ones came in good and robust plastic body, well assembled. Then they made the m500 series very good finished, in a metal body. Since then the handhelds come now in a poor plastic body, metal like painted, that easily scratchs showing the white plastic behind. The Stylus peel off (m500's). The brand and model in the front of the machine come off in a few days (Tungsten E). The flip cover simply breaks apart after months of use (Tungsten E), without chance to be replaced because palmOne doesn't sell it as an accessory. Now I bought the E2 thinking is was going to be better than E and, sorprise!!! It's slower. Even the stick in the Stylus we use to reset it is so weak that bends when we make the minimum pressure on it. The E model got charged throught the USB cable, great advance! and now its successor doesn't do it.

What's worse, same thing happens with cameras, cars, and so on... higher prices, less quality!!!

At this point, I am not pretty sure I will remain being as loyal with palmOne handhelds. Next "upgrade" I'll be for sure checking other brands.

Stop doing this, get back to basics please!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Not so bad after all..
I had a m515 a couple of years ago when it crashed and never woke up. I somewhat apprehensively decided to get this Tungsten E2 mainly because it has non-volatile memory and so here I am.

First about the case itself: It is a solid case with a solid look of steel and I suspect that this is for a reason along with the fact that they got rid of the cradle systems. Traditional Palm PDAs did come with a cradle and they did have quite a bit of issues with the SUDS (Sudden USB Death Syndrome). The steel finish is elegant but it does leave smudges which is managable. For whatever reason they decided to leave this finish, personally it is fine with me. I don't get it when people complain that they are dissapointed when there is no cradle. Good thing I don't have to lug a cradle while travelling and if not will have to buy a travel charger.

Compared to the previous m515 I've had, this is a steal for $249. The interface is very good and I really like the crisp display. All in all, looks like they took the best of the Tungsten E model and improved it. It took a bit of time figuring out to play mp3s using the Realplayer. I had to format my SD Card using FAT instead of the FAT32 file system. After this step, adding and removing songs was a breeze. I must say that I am totally blown by the music quality. Agreed that the built-in speaker isn't meant for this but on a headphone it is awesome.

The operation speed is pretty good and a 10 hr battery life doesn't hurt at all (mighty impressive). Haven't played around with Bluetooth yet and it's dissapointing that if I need wireless, I've to shell out another 100 bucks for it. For now, I am satisfied with the base version and I don't think I'll go for wireless anyway. Additional SD Card would probably be a good idea if one needs more songs on the go.

Bottomline is that this is a decent PDA for the price (which is bound to go down shortly) and if you know the limitations and capabilities and don't have high expectations you'll be satified. Just keep your fingers crossed if your unit goes bad and is out of warranty (Palm support has been legendary in being terrible).

Hopefully we don't have to deal with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than the E
Way to go palm, you did it again.

Pros:
Faster processor
Sweet sounding MP3's
great movie quality.
Tons of apps
Bluetooth web browsing.

Cons:
included memory is low
cradle not included.

Other than that, a grat buy at an affordable price!

3-0 out of 5 stars An odd, disappointing update to Palm's workhorse model...
There is a reason, sadly, why sales of PDA's have shrunk each of the past few years -- a crushing lack of imagination and innovation -- while rival gadgets competing for valuable pocket space, like Apple's iPod, have taken up the slack and have seen booming sales as a result.

The Tungsten E was a breakthrough in its time, a beautiful piece of engineering with a high-quality color screen and a rock-bottom price of 199 clams. Its main drawbacks -- it's paltry 32MB Ram and it's lack of built-in wireless capabilities -- could be fixed with add-on cards.

But two years is a long-time in electronics land. Since then, Apple released the iPod mini, which will store the contacts most people use Palms for, plus hold 4GB worth of tunes, for the same price. It's also far smaller than a Palm.
Meanwhile, folks who want the more sophisticated functions that a Palm can deliver -- like medical imaging etc. for docs, photos, sophisticated calculator, email and web surfing on the go -- found the Tungsten E outclassed by Blackberry's, upgraded cell phones, Palm's own Treo and the like.

So it was odd, and frankly disappointing, to get a look at the new, pricier Tungsten E2. I'd love to see the market research that suggested they could raise prices with a minimal feature upgrade while the competish has been eating their lunch. After a two-year wait, they didn't even increase the 32 MB memory. They merely made it non-volatile flash (something they should have done long, long ago). At a time when Apple is selling a 1GB shuffle for $149 and flash memory is dirt cheap, it's mind-boggling why Palm would choose to link the E2's fabulous hi-res screen to low-rent memory.
As for what you still don't get: There is no phone, no camera, no thumbpad, no WiFi. This is close to a pure PDA, though it can display pictures and double as a poor-man's MP3 player.
The added bluetooth -- odd why they went that route instead of the far more common WiFi -- does nothing unless you have a compatible bluetooth phone or computer.
As with the E, the E2 still is a great design. Clean, simple, portable, shirt-pocketable. No keyboard, but I've never been a thumbpad fan.
MS Office functions are also included -- Word, Outlook, Powerpoint. Why you would use them, however, is a bit bizarre to me. Who wants to spend the time coding in a Powerpoint presentation with a stylus? Yet, if this is important to you, it's here. And having your email with you can be a plus...
Here's a basic product guide:
Mono Palm Zire -- Bargain basement model with 7.2 MB of Ram, upgraded from hobbled 2 MB original model. About 100 smackers. Often offered free as bundle deals with new computers. Good starter model for the price, but designed to leave you wanting more. Includes rechargeable battery. Memory can not be upgraded. Horribly skimpy black-on-grey screen.
Tungsten T2+, etc.: Deluxe models that feature, in some cases, larger screens/Bluetooth/Wi-Fi/thumbpads with dropdown graffiti screens. All unnecessary features in my book, especially given their much higher prices.
Zire 72: Similar to E2, but with a low-rent camera attached.
Treos: These models should be seriously considered if you are a thumbpad fan, or if you want your PDA to also be your phone. But let's face it, how many people can afford spending several hundred smackers on a PDA?
BTW, when comparing, I've found you can generally ignore the speed of the processor. For most Palm functions, the reaction time is near instantaneous, or at most a second or two lag.
As for PocketPCs, some of them are now very attractively priced and are worth checking out. I've yet to use one extensively, so I'll stick to what I know -- Palms are simple, easy to use and almost guaranteed to improve your productivity. It's like having a backup for your brain. And who doesn't need that?

4-0 out of 5 stars It is great for many things, and not so great for a few
Ignore most of the complaints about this model and Palm in general.Remember what you want a Palm for: storing information in an easy-to-access manner.For most people, it isn't supposed to be a mini laptop.It doesn't matter if the specs haven't changed much over the years.How much has a DayRunner improved in the past couple of decades?Some innovations make sense, sure.I've had several PDAs over the past few years because of specific things I wanted (rechargable battery, color screen, wireless access, etc.).Now I have a E2 (for the Bluetooth, screen, design, and ease of use).But at the end of the day, my usage has stayed pretty constant.I want good PIM applications (personal information management) on a small device with a good screen and battery life and the ability to check my email.That's all I want, and the E2 gives me that.Sure, Palm could wow us with innovations, but I really can't figure out what they could introduce that would be a "must-have" feature.Competing Windows Mobile devices don't offer anything particularly better either (unless you want a jack of all trades device that isn't particularly good at anything.In other words, if you want a PDA, this one is great.Here's why:

1.For most of the things that anyone does with a Palm, it works great.In other words, the PIM features work great, and the direct synchronization with Outlook is fantastic (and a new feature only on the past few Palm devices).
2.The hardware and "fit" of the device is great.This is the latest in the "Palm V" model and it shows.No gimmicks, just a good device fit and design wise.
3.The Bluetooth feature is great, if you need/want it.Setting up PC Bluetooth sync is easy if you follow the manual and the wizard on the device.Using it with a phone is a much greater challenge due to the few phones supported directly by Palm.Check first to see if yours is.If not, there might be a work-around, but prepare yourself for a few hours on the internet trying to find one.
4.The fact that the memory doesn't get erased when the power runs out will be really helpful if you're prone to forgetting to charge your devices.

The bad:
1.Versamail is incredibly difficult to work with.By far it has taken me the longest time to find out that I can't use it to sync with Outlook as planned (this is because you can't directly Hotsync IMAP accounts with SSL security, nor can you sync an IMAP account to Outlook, points buried in Palm's website).
2.As mentioned, getting Bluetooth to work with an unsupported phone is a real pain and not the most reliable connection ever invented.
3.Yeah, yeah, it shows fingerprints, should have a power indicator light, and a cradle would have been nice.A little too much cost-cutting, I think.

Overall, I'm very happy with the E2.It does what I want and probably more than what most people desire (most people probably don't need Bluetooth on a PDA).If you don't care about Bluetooth or the non-volatile memory on the E2, get the Tungsten E and save yourself $50. ... Read more


7. PalmOne Tungsten C Handheld
by PalmOne
list price: $399.00
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Asin: B00008ZOYE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 1899
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Palm Computing Div. (P80900US) Palm Tungsten C Handheld ... Read more

Features

  • Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard Expansion Slot
  • What's in the box: Tungsten C Handheld, Stylus, Flip Cover, USB HotSync Cradle, Power Supply, Desktop Installation CD, Software Essentials CD
  • Bright 320x320 transflective color screen
  • Fast, 400 MHz Intel PXA255 processor with Intel XScale technology
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and keyboard

Reviews (87)

5-0 out of 5 stars LOVE it!
Got this as a present for myself.Now, not only am I a geek, I'm a geek that can check his email wirelessly with a PDA.How cool is that?

I've been a long-time Palm person (and a Newton user before that--but that's another story) and this is the best one I have seen.

If you like Grafitti, you don't need this.Get a Tungsten and a wireless MMC card.However, if, like me, you think grafitti really isn't that good, this keyboard is excellent and you don't need grafitti at all.I'm able to dash off quick emails with it without problems.

Anyway, the C is great--worth, in my opinion, the premium price.

4-0 out of 5 stars A PDA worth your while
When I aquired this PDA two years ago, I was a total newbie
where gadgets are concerned and this is my experience in all
this time that I've had it.

First, the fact that you have 802.11 connectivity is a real
plus. You usually don't want to carry around a laptop or
a similar item, some specific websites (not all because of
the browser's incapability to show popups and other typical
web features) can be seen, and all of the infrared goods are
a plus when used with your favorite IRDA enabled cellphone.

Second you have a color and a more decent resolution than of
the usual PDA's. This gives the Tungsten C a display that can
help pictures show in a more proper fashion. You get an email
program that has its limitations, but useful otherwise.

Finally, the only two drawbacks I found is that you need to '
upgrade to a more recent version of the PalmOS and the battery
after some time does not give all the time advertised. Overall,
the product is good and will be of great use once you have it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Tungsten C Support!
Tungsten C is a great product when it is working but when you need support forget about it. The support number you call is not a toll-free number and they keep you on hold so long that you don't even want to bother. When you finally get a hold of someone they can hardly speak the english language. PALM SUPPORT is the worst and the next time I think about buying a new PDA I will probably get another brand. It is too bad that this company can't back the great product that they sell!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best Palm I've ever owned
I've had my Tungsten C for 6 months now and it is the best Palm I have ever owned (and I've been through quite a few).At first I thought I wouldn't like the thumb keyboard, boy was I wrong - it is one of the features I like the best.You can enter text so quickly, compared to using grafitti.And the Wifi access.Another great feature.All-in-all I highly recommend it.If only the screen was bigger.

1-0 out of 5 stars Palm is great if you never need service
I was considering this or a T5 after my T3 died within the warranty period as I needed someting to work with while waiting for repair.In December 04 I sent the T3 in for repair after talking with support.It came back within 7 days! However I soon found that Palm sent the same T3 back to me unrepaired with no explanation.

Back to support calls again, they say to send it in again.They get it on January 24th.I get no notification they have it. (Glad I sent it Fed Ex to check delivery!)I call mid February and am told it will ship Feb 23.It is now March 15 and no T3 and no word from Palm.The so called repair status on thier website which is supposedly updated hourly has not changed since 1/25/05.

Tried calling again today and after a 15 minute wait was hung up on.I emailed, so will see what they say now.My T3 has been out of service for over 3 months.I went switched to Pocket PC in January.This was my second Palm, I was a big Palm supporter - not any more.I advise not to buy Palm unless you can afford to buy a new one if it dies within a few months. ... Read more


8. PalmOne Tungsten T3 Handheld
by PalmOne

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Asin: B0000DBJJT
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 1321
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Tungsten T3 handheld comes packed with power and boasts Palm's new breakthrough Stretch Display.Slide open to reveal the 320x480 display with 50% more viewing area (than other Palm handhelds) and twice the resolution of Pocket PC 2003 handhelds. Keep it compact for easy, one-handed access to information. It instantly rotates from portrait to landscape, and a new status bar provides one-tap access to battery and memory levels, Bluetooth status and more from a single location.With an ultra-fast 400MHz Intel XScale processor and 64MB of internal memory, it handles Word, Excel and PowerPoint-compatible files, wireless applications and multimedia tasks with lightning speed and room to spare. Its new and improved organization stores more of your important information and provides better synchronization with Outlook. The ultra-capable Tungsten T3 handheld also features MP3 and video playback software, built-in Bluetooth, voice-recording, the latest Palm OS and more. ... Read more

Features

  • What's in the box: Handheld device; Palm Desktop software, including Documents To Go and Adobe Acrobat for Palm OS; all basic utilities such as Calendar, Contacts, Tasks., etc.
  • Palm’s new breakthrough Stretch Display
  • Device slides open to reveal a 320x480 display with 50% more viewing area
  • Ultra-fast 400MHz Intel XScale processor and 64MB of internal memory
  • Wirelessly access email, dial phone numbers, send text messages and connect to the Internet

Reviews (95)

2-0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
I wanted to try it out, I did and now I know. - First for the good points: it's practical to have an electronic agenda - although good old fashioned scribbling by hand onto paper is more convenient than typing in letter by letter on the tiny keyboard or using the handwriting application. It's practical to have all your addresses incl. telephone nos. and e-mails always with you. It's pleasant to listen to mp3's while sitting on the train or waiting for a plane. - Now for the bad points: The making is rather flimsical. Forget about going into the internet while on the go. Most webpages are not made for it, especially the interesting ones. The only thing that goes is reading news - but you can as well read a newspaper or wait until back in your hotel room and turn on the tv. You don't want to recieve e-mails while sitting in a taxi in Jakarta (if it works in the 1st place). If it's urgent they'll call you. Otherwise you can certainly wait for the next opputrunity to hook up your notebook somewhere. SMS function doesn't work with Nokia 6230 (one of the best mobiles according to test results). Dialing function doesn't work either. You definetely don't want to use Word, Excel or Powerpoint with this thing (unsless you want to carry around a magnifying glass). Downloaded some games (made sense to me to listen to mp3's AND playing chinese chess while hanging around airports) but installing didn't work within one hour and I'm not interested in spending another hour finding out why. You don't want to look at photos on this thing (well, again the magnifying glass comes to my mind). I didn't try the movie solution because I refuse to carry that magnifying glass with me. Palm's webpage is a maze (in particular when it comes to support). Customer support is awkward. - As an alternative I suggest you buy a simpler solution with merely an agenda, an address book and mp3 function (you hear me Steve?). Games maybe?

4-0 out of 5 stars Why a T|T3 is still a great PDA as of May 2005.
As every product review arises from the unique preferences and tastes of a particular individual, I begin with the following disclosures. (a) I'm a medical professional and I think that the volume of medical references and tools available for PDAs, and especially palms, is transforming the medical professions for the better. (b) I do research and I use Windows laptops, and UNIX workstations, regularly, almost all day. (c) Scheduling and reminder notices are a key part of my work and
personal life.

More on (a): It follows that I'm partial to the Palm platform and the medical software for PalmOS that I've accumulated over the years. The medical software available for Palms makes continuing medical education a pleasure for me. In a few free moments, or even as a break from the work routine, I like to read up on medical subjects from 5MCC or Harrisons' or epocrates. In casual interactions with other medical professionals, or while reading the newspaper, or looking over
content.nejm.org, sometimes I want to look up some quick information to refresh my memory.Medical information on a Palm is often at the perfect level of detail. It's key, however, that the Palm be accessible, that it be in my pocket with my wallet or in my labcoat. If it takes me more
than 20 seconds to find the information I am wondering about, often, the information may not be worth tracking down. The T|T3 has a near ideal size, the size of a wallet. I would think that the T|T5, the T|Es and the Sony TH55 would be very comparable, but the T|T3 is still smaller. The upcoming LifeDrive looks too large and heavy. Many of my medical programs want to reside in
volatile RAM; that argues against the 16MB limit of the TH55 and, perhaps, the 32MB limits of the T|Es. The T|C appears to be an important contender, but I prefer the security of short-range Bluetooth to 802.11b WiFi without WPA-PSK/AES. Also, it is likely that unencrypted 802.11b violates HIPAA.

More on (b): For research work, there is a clear separation from the heavy-weight computing tasks for which I need a workstation, the medium-weight tasks for which I need a luggable laptop, and light-weight scheduling, quick notes, reminders, etc. that a PDA does well. I don't want my PDA to
be a database or have the feature sets of office productivity suites. Still, adding research info. management to medical info. management increases demand on volatile and non-volatile storage.This argues for the T|Ts, the T|C and the LifeDrive.

More on (c): I want my PDA apps to be useful day-to-day, quick to launch and nimble to use.Keeping this in mind, I was disappointed that PalmOne did away with voice recording on the T|T5.I like the idea of using voice recordings for quick memos while driving or just before going to bed or adding voice-over notes on calendar and to-do apps. The T|C will do voice recording, but with the hassle of an external mic.Unfortunately, that little hassle could be too large a barrier to my using a voice-memo feature regularly. That takes me back to the T|T3.

The Treo 650 would be a reasonable contender. But I like my PDA to be available for scheduling and note-taking while I am talking on a cell-phone. So for me, the two should be separated.Besides, I've recently signed up for another two years with Nextel. That excludes the Treos. In the back of my mind is also the fact that cell phones aren't compatible/safe with many hospital wards.Unfortunately, as of today, there precious few sources of new, warrantied T|T3 available in the US.Amazon & associates just sold the last of the warrantied OEMs; I squeaked by and managed to get one of these. Ebay may be the only remaining source. I bought a spare T|T3 and some spare parts from ebay last week and I've been happy with this route.

To conclude, I assert the T|T3 is still a great PDA as of May 2005.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great product, except for the screws!
Great product! My wife works in real estate, so the Tungsten T3 is invaluable to her. Easy to use and durable EXCEPT for the 4 little screws on the side of the slide part. They are NOTORIOUS for coming loose and falling out.They are so tiny that you do not even notice them come loose untill they have fallen out and are gone. However, I have contacted PalmOne and they graciously sent me 4 new screws for no charge. Great customer support!

4-0 out of 5 stars To "tommy mike" and the White Screen of Death
Caveat emptor: I, too, had the same problem when attempting to run the Universal Wireless Keyboard (UWK) with my T3.Apparently, you have to download an updated version of the Keyboard.prc (located on Palm's website) and install that along with two other prc's that came bundled with the UWK installation CD.In my case, my T3 actually froze and would not even respond to a hard reset.But I called Palm's tech support, got it exchanged, uploaded the other prc's, and it's been working brilliantly ever since.

This problem is actually really common among T3 users.Anyone experiencing the same problem, might find this post from the palmOne Help Forums useful:http://forums.palmone.com/pe/action/forums/displaysinglethread?rootPostID=20140203&returnExpertiseCode=__Accessories__USCA

Aside from that little hitch, I highly reccommend the T3.The expandable view screen and landscape mode definitely evoke that "Wow" factor.And functionally, it's great.I'm a student, so I've started taking all of my notes on my T3.Here's where the landscape mode really comes in handy.And now that my UWK is working, it's easy as pie.

I should add that warnings about a low battery life are right.It does seem to run down pretty quickly.I got a travel charger to add some juice in between classes, which seems to work fine and doesn't take up a lot of room.So I reccommend getting either that or an attachable battery if you plan to be using your T3 extensively during the day.I believe the average battery life is 4 hours without a recharge (less if you plan to be browsing online or using the high media apps like the Kinoma player).

Hope that helps!

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice machine, poor support
The T3 is a very nice machine, but with a serious design flaw. And, it is very poorly supported, a bad combination. The Palm Universal Wireless keyboard comes with an application with a serious bug such that if you attempt to run it on the T3, it will hang the T3's ROM code. Unfortunately, the T3 is designed so that a soft or hard reset requires the attention of the ROM code, which in this case is completely catatonic. So you cannot regain control of the machine, rendering it an expensive paper-weight with a white screen (hence, the term "White Screen of Death", which others have called this syndrome). (In my 40 years as a computer pro, I've never encountered a machine where you could get the hardware in such a wedged state that a reset button or power-cycling wouldn't return the hardware to a good, if re-initialized, state). You can wait for the battery to die (I sent mine back to Palm 6 days after this event, and the battery was still alive). Or you can do a little surgery on your nice T3 to disconnect the battery connector from the mainboard. Or you can try to get Palm to replace the machine. I chose the latter, and believe me, it wasn't easy. After a couple of calls to support that got me the folks in India, who told me the only remedy was to let the battery die, and when it didn't, I finally called the main number at Palm and screamed bloody murder. They did an advance exchange. So the outcome was fine, but it took me an awfully long time on the phone at my own expense and a lot of aggravation to get them to fix the fact that THEIR software killed THEIR machine.

Want a laugh? They released an updated software package for the Universal Wireless keyboard without a word on the website saying that if you don't switch to this upgrade, you will kill your T3 dead. I did install the updated stuff, because I'd like to be able to use the keyboard I paid for. And guess what? Try to run the app and it crashes (the driver works, so you can use the keyboard; you just can't change any settings). It is improved, in that you can recover from the crash by soft-resetting. This is quite unbelievable. And it would be nice to be able to run this app, because with the keyboard driver installed, battery life, not a T3 strong-suit, is compromised because the driver is constantly probing the IR port to see if there's a keyboard there, consuming power in the process. For me, this is bad, because I use the keyboard only once/week. The app supposedly lets you control this behavior to save power, if you can run it, which I can't.

I must agree with the many other reviewers who have said that this is a nice product when it works, but Lord help you if you need support. ... Read more


9. Garmin iQue 3200 PDA/GPS Handheld System with North America Detailed Street Mapping
by Garmin
list price: $535.00
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00026VT7K
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 3524
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The iQue 3200 joins the award-winning iQue 3600 as the only Palm Powered personal digital assistants (PDAs) that offer fully integrated Global Positioning System (GPS) technology.These products combine the portability of a PDA and the utility of an automotive navigation system in a sleek, lightweight design.The iQue 3200 is designed for business users who want an affordable device that can manage their personal information and deliver personal navigation in a single unit.Beyond organization and navigation, the iQue 3200 boasts a bright display, long battery life, and Secure Digital Input/Output (SDIO) capabilities for added functionality - at an attractive price.The differentiating feature of the iQue 3200 is its integrated GPS capabilities. GARMIN's innovative Que technology delivers location awareness, electronic mapping, automatic route calculation, turn-by-turn voice guidance, and map data interface to the iQue 3200. Que technology enables users to see where they are, find a street address, know where the next turn is via visual and voice guidance, get back on track when they have strayed off course, and navigate efficiently to their desired destination. One of the key benefits of technology integration on the iQue 3200 is its patent-pending contact-locator feature ... Read more

Features

  • What's in the box: iQue 3200, protective flip cover, stylus, USB HotSync cradle, A/C power/charging adapter, quick start guide, Install CD-ROM with manual, City Select CD-ROM, Automotive windshield mount with Talkbox
  • ARM processor powered by Palm OS 5.2
  • 320 x 320 pixels, 16-bit color display and white LED backlight
  • Integrated Que technology, with GARMIN GPS and mapping software
  • Memory: 32 MB SDRAM

Reviews (14)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product - Easy to Learn & Use
This is my second GPS and 3rd or 4th PDA so maybe it was easier for me than it would be for others.But, I found the iQue 3200 to be a great product.Super easy to install the software on XP PC desktop, load the maps to a 512M SD card (purchased separately) and hit the road.I loaded 1/3 of the US on my card and tested routes to my church, son's school and wife's office (all of which were listed as "places of interest" on the maps) in less than 10 minutes.

I did a lot of research and would buy it again in a heart-beat.

1-0 out of 5 stars This product needs to "GET LOST"
Sorry...I REALLY wish I could write a good review of this product, but if possible, I would be rating it with LESS than 1 star.I am extremely disappointed and currently packing it up for return.

All previous reviews (until May 3rd) for this product were good so I was excited.However, upon receipt of the product and attempts to install it, I ran into many of the same problems that the reviewer below did and have been trying to get this product to work for 2 weeks with absolutely no luck and nothing but frustration and the run around by the manufacturer.

I even hired a computer consultant with lots of experience installing similar products and he said that he has never had such a problem with a product before either.

Don't waste your time or your money.

1-0 out of 5 stars Nice idea; poor execution, esp. in software & interface
This is a great idea.The idea of have maps in a PDA device is super.The hardware is very good and high quality.

The software and documentation, unfortunately, leave very much to be desired.The documentation and the hardware display often do not match.For example, when explaining how to use GPS, the documentation refers to taping a QueGPS icon.Unfortunately, there is none.You find that the icon on the screen is called GPS.There are many other instances of sloppy, confusing and vague explanations.The softwareis very geekie, assumes that you know what is not disclosed in the guides and is monumentally frustrating because of the poor documentation.Oh, did I mention that it takes forever to download because of some of the dumbest programming imaginable and an even dumber user interface?

An early indication of the poor documentation is that when you are confused by the missing, confused, vague and contradictory explanations given by Garmin and you go to the website, you find more than 50 FAQs.Many of these FAQs do not clearly explain what is necessary and are themselves vague and confused.You rapidly become more and more confused.

If you try to load maps on to your SD card and there is not enough space on the card, the download software executes the entire download process to conclusion (which process may take 30-45 minutes to complete) and passes you a message that the process failed because there was insufficient card space.There is only one word to describe such programming: STUPID.Any journeyman programmer that would not query the SD card and compare the empty space vs. the proposed download maps show be fired.At Garmin, he was apparently promoted to the software documentation section to make havoc over there.

Downloading software to an SD card is (surprise!) partially undocumented, vague and confused.Garmin assumes that everyone who uses its software has used it in the past and is familiar with it.(Must be that rogue programmer.)

If you load maps for one part of the country onto your SD card and then try to load e.g., Topo maps for your vacation for another part of the US, you find that SURPRISE! your home state or region maps have been wiped out even though there was plenty of space on your SD card.This is another instance of STUPID programming that wastes hours of time.

The Maps:The maps are detailed and, when loaded and the hardware works, do a fine job.However, whoever conceived the download procedure should be tortured with Chinese water tortures for eternity.

If you want to download the maps of an entire state (or horrors! a region like NY, NJ + CT), you have laboriously to load minute sections of each state map (examples: the upper Bronx for NY State; a section of Queens, etc.).

The result is that if you want to load a few states, it can take 30-45 minutes of repetitive clicking to get them set up for downloading and you risk repetitive stress syndrome.Then the download process takes another 15-45 minutes.Can you see why it is an outrage to go through this entire procedure only to be told that it failed because there was too little SD card space?Hello, Garmin this is DUMB, DUMB, DUMB and needs to be fixed.

Why there could not be a "lasso" command to allow you to grab the maps of an entire state or region is not explained.This is just silly programming.

Of course, if you want to keep two sets of maps (City and Topo) on your SD card, that cannot be done so you must waste more time re-clicking and re-downloading.Is there any rational life in Olathe, Kansas.

The hardware is good but nowhere can you find what cables and other things are in the box (Shhhhhhh: It's a Garmin secret; Garmin won't even disclose it on the website.)Consequently, you may buy accessories that you do not need like I did.

Conclusion: nice idea but the documentation and software need a thorough revamping.Garmin has produced so many GPS systems in the past (there is a list on the website with scores of them - did you know that Columbus used a Garmin GPS system but the interface was so bad that he landed in the new world?)that this junkie, kludgie, stupidity prone software is unforgivable.

If you are unemployed, retired or have a great deal of time and the patience of a saint, this is a good device.Otherwise, run for the hills!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Accessory to any Car
I purchased the iQue 3200 2 months ago and have really enjoyed using it.It's easy to set-up and get on your way.The maps are very detailed and I'm able to find most of the things within its database of commercial businesses.My only complaint is that you can't re-label a food establishment to say a gas station or hotel to a hospital.

Navigation system works flawlessly and the screen is more than adequate to read as it automatically zooms in when coming up on a turn.The navigational voice is clear and easy to understand and it's already saved me time in knowing the exact route to my destination and re-calculating a new appointment (I'm in sales).Fits well in my car and overall I'd give it a 4.25.It'd be nice to have longer battery life and Internet capability, but for my use, it will suffice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get lost.(Not with this PDA.)
My girlfriend and I are avid campers.Preferring maps to megabytes, she was skeptical when I added a Garmin iQue 3200 to our gear kit.Her doubts melted away when the unit delivered us to the gateways of half a dozen obscure Florida state parks with ease.

I'm no fan of complex electronics, and apparently neither is Garmin.The unit is simple to set up and install in a vehicle.It has a pleasant yet commanding voice -- we call "Jane" -- that frees us of having to look at maps enroute, so we can truly enjoy our adventures.

A 256 megabyte card is more than adequate for our southern trips. When we branch out, I'll just add more cards.

In addition to travel, I intend to use the unit in my new real estate career.With Jane prompting me, I'm confident I'll be able to spend more time focused on my clients, which is the key to sales.Being able to store addresses as waypoints is invaluable.

The PDA, itself, functions fine.There is a little lag when writing, but I'm not exactly a speed demon when it comes to using graffiti anyway.

Bottom line: If you want a powerful PDA with GPS combo, you can't beat the features, price and utility of the Garmin iQue 3200. ... Read more


10. PalmOne Zire 72 Handheld
by PalmOne

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Asin: B0001KWGP6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 2252
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Capture life's moments with a 1.2 megapixel camera built right in to the Zire 72 handheld. Shoot photos and video clips, 1 then download them to your computer to share with family and friends. Create photo albums on your handheld, attach photos to contact information, display a favorite photo in the background, and more.Carry your tunes with you and listen to them using the built-in speakers or a pair of stereo headphones. Play MP3s while you're scheduling appointments, adding contacts, or just enjoying a spare moment.Manage photos and videos just as easily as schedules or contacts. Stay ahead of your day with the Agenda View, and track your schedule easily by color-coding your events.Keep your business tools close at hand. Create and edit Word and Excel compatible documents and read Adobe Acrobat files right on your handheld.Synchronize with Outlook email, calendar, contacts, tasks, and notes right out of the box.Get connected with built-in Bluetooth technology. Use a compatible Bluetooth-enabled phone as your modem to send and receive email and connect to the web. Or share files, photos and more with nearby Bluetooth devices like computers, printers and other handhelds.Record your thoughts with the Voice Memo application and microphone. Then synchronize them to your desktop computer - even email them to colleagues and friends. ... Read more

Features

  • Expansion slot that supports MMC, SD, and SDIO memory cards
  • Palm Desktop Software for Windows and Mac and Software Essentials CD included
  • Bright, 320x320 transflective TFT color display supports more than 65,000 colors
  • 312 MHz Intel PXA270 processor, Palm OS v5.2.8, 32 MB RAM (24 MB actual storage)
  • Integrated 1.2 MP digital camera that also shoots video

Reviews (75)

1-0 out of 5 stars Nice.... if it worked!
Me and my brother got each one Z72 in xmas and we basically have the same problems.

At first I was very excited about this little thing and got my life around it quite fast using it as organizer, as a book reader with Palm/Acrobat reader, and as a messenger used in conjunction with my phone.

Then, problems started and it got slow, continously crashed and needed a complete reset. As mentioned in other reviews changing for a new one did not solve the problem and if you thing the technical services in the US are slow with 8-10 weeks, try it in other countries.

The screen of this device is very very delicate. I say too much for stylus input. My Palm got its screen shattered with no reason and my brother's seems to be ok but no input with the stylus is posible. Meaning other 4 full months in not covered by warranty service awaiting for both palms.

I asked to the people in service about the delay and they said there was a line of 200+ palms waiting to be fixed

Not cool

1-0 out of 5 stars Problems
This is a really neat item,But I had alot of problems out of it,I transfer all of my appointments and phone book on to it and it crashed and I lost everything I wouldn't buy this one it's not very compatiable with XP,I called palm and you have to send it back to them,and it took 8 weeks for a new one that did the same thing!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome but complicated
I got the Zire 72 for my birthday and I absolutely love it.The camera is pretty neat, the mp3 player is totally awesome, and the video recorder is beyond cool.I only had a few complaints.

To connect to the internet you have to buy a $40 bluetooth thingy to attach to your computer, you need to buy a extra memory cards for the videos and mp3 feature.

But other than that, the calender is nice, I like having an easy-to-manage address book, and the camera is awesome.The combination of the features add up to an IPOD plus more, so it's a better value.

4-0 out of 5 stars palmOne Zire72
This was my first PDA purchase and I've been very satisfied. I have used this to arrange my complicated schedule and find it easy to use. I've read reviews given here at Amazon.com and haven't experienced any of the complaints others have. One of the most gratifying aspects is that the Zire72 retains its value. I've owned mine for about six months and I still find the price has remained the same. In a world where technology is always changing and electronics are becoming obselete in a few months, this is very reassuring.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great upgrade
I had a Zire 71, and I think this is a great upgrade. It has more memory, and I like the camera much better. The 71 camera was used by pushing the body up to snap pictures -- a feature I didn't care for much. This one is always ready to snap pictures. Plus, it takes movies with sound. I love capturing the moments of my four-year-old as he grows up. I don't care for the zoom feature -- the picture is closer, but very grainy. Otherwise, the camera is great for on-the-go. The additional memory card feature allows you to store as many photos as you might want to view; however, more photos stored means more of a time-lag in accessing them. Even so, it's only a few seconds, even if it seems longer.

It also comes with Real Player, for playing MP3s. I don't use it a lot, but sometimes it's nice to have. Usually, if I listen to something on the Palm, I use Audible.com files, as they take up less filespace. But if you're so inclined, additional memory cards help out in accessing your MP3s whenever you feel like listening. The battery isn't extremely long-lasting, although it does fairly well. Be sure to set the display to go off while you're listening, however, or you'll burn through the rechargeable battery a lot more quickly!

Documents-To-Go is also part of the package, making it easy to synchronize with Excel and Word documents on your PC.

It also comes with Versa-Mail so that you can synchronize with your Outlook Mail. I tried it and found it merely annoying, but if you're using it for work purposes and need your mail at your fingertips, it might be of more use to you.

One problem that I did have was in my initial synchronization, I could no longer access my memory cards. After messing around with it for a bit, I found information that this can happen with certain 3rd-party programs installed on the 72. I then did a hard reset and reinstalled 3rd party programs one at a time. Once I had the programs installed that I use most frequently while still maintaining access to my memory card, I stopped reinstalling. I'm not sure which program it was that gave me the problem, but I can tell you it wasn't HandBase or Moon Phases or Solitaire or any of the packaged programs.

All-in-all, I would recommend this product. It has a beautiful color screen, runs fast, does fairly well with battery power, has lots of memory, and takes great photos and movies. You can also set wallpaper on your calendar and palm desktop. Pretty cool. ... Read more


11. PalmOne Zire 21 Handheld
by PalmOne
list price: $99.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000CBJ8J
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 283
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

With 8MB of memory and intuitive software, this Palm Zire 21 Handheld frees up brain space and time by tracking all of the small details for you. It stays on top of your schedule with reminders and alarms for appointments, and puts thousands of contacts at your fingertips. While you're out, you can check things off your to-do list as you go, take notes on the Graffiti 2 writing area, check for upcoming birthdays and anniversaries, track your automobile maintenance, manage bills and finances, calculate tips or taxes, store passwords and more. The handheld synchronizes with Outlook so you can use the calendar, contacts, tasks and notes you already have. It has room to grow, too, which means you'll be able to add personalized software, such as an exercise log or shopping list manager, as you need it. The included software essentials CD features a customizable calculator, games, Palm Reader for reading eBooks (sold separately), Handmark Mobile DB date tracker and Money finance manager. Kit includes protective flip cover, stylus, read-this-first document, rechargeable battery and charging cable, and USB HotSync cable for synchronizing the Palm's data with a desktop PC. Uses Palm OS 5.2.1 and Texas Instruments OMAP 311 ARM processor. Compatible with Windows 98/2000/Me/XP or Mac OS 9.1 or OS X 10.1.2 to 10.2.6. 4-2/5Lx2-9/10Wx2/3D. ... Read more

Features

  • Synchronizes with Outlook
  • What’s in the box: Handheld device; Palm Desktop software including Note Pad and Expense; Software Essentials CD with Handmark Mobile DB and PDA Money; pre-installed basic applications such as Address Book, Date Book, etc.
  • Keep all your important information--from appointments to addresses to notes--at your fingertips
  • 8 MB of memory, bonus software, and a fast processor
  • Play games on the go or read an eBook

Reviews (70)

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad Palm Pilot
Like the others, I bought this Palm since my old Palm V died. Lured by the low price and name 'Palm', I figured this would be ok just for the basics. After a few months (just after the meager 90 day warranty expired) my Palm died. Kaput. Nothing. After doing some 'soft' and 'hard' resets, still nothing. I will not buy anything from Palm again. Waste of money and time...

1-0 out of 5 stars Total junk
I had the same bad experience as others- was looking for a simple PDA and got the Zire but after using it less than a dozen times it just broke. Poof. Nothing.

2-0 out of 5 stars Same problems!
My palm just died, for the second time in less than a month! I've had mine for nearly 2 years, had never hot sync'ed it, and threw my organizer out when I got my palm. It was good for the first 2 years, and then phht! I wasn't looking for anything flashy, I wanted something very basic. All I needed was a basic organizer and phone book. Now I don't have either, and with no help from support. My problems seem like the same ones everyone else seems to be having, but I do agree--I'm very wary of buying anything from palm again.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worthless junk: died after a few months of light use.
It was ok when it's working. The display is a little dim and can be hard to read. It died after a few months (just out of warranty). Now I have a DELL Axim X50, but still like the Palm
operating system better. Just wish Palm could make more reliable
hardware.

2-0 out of 5 stars Just... missing too much.
I've bought this Handheld when it was still $100, and i seriously felt that i was losing interest in its possiblities. I had a Palm M100, that the Zire21 is truely a great improvement from but doesn't stand out to all the other handhelds.

What i was really dissapointed in was there was NO backlight. The M100 had backlight, and it was a hassle to change batteries. But now you can "recharge" it! And still they didn't implement it.

I think the best thing about the Zire is the processor, which is(not accurately )120 mhz, making the handheld not lag even if clogged up with as much data as possible.

For a handheld of $100 i didn't expect color, just a decent grayscale, and it was good. Downside was the resolution. In this case, the bigger the better.

The reason i bought the zire was to have a quick palm to flash out when i'm at work, school, or have to write something down in a jiffy. Thing is, maybe i don't know my own strenght but it seemed that there were already scratches on the screen's surface.Which made it sometimes harder to see.

I would recommend this palm for anyone who need a little jump start on palm handhelds or students who need an inexpencive organizer. Hey, it worked for me, well.. heheh.. uhh.. for while. ... Read more


12. PalmOne Zire 71 Handheld
by PalmOne

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Asin: B00008WFVI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 2768
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Palm’s Zire brand is designed primarily for consumers rather than for professionals. The first Zire was a low cost, entry level machine, this one, the second in the range, is a multimedia extravaganza. The most eye catching feature of the Zire 71, after you’ve noticed the sleek rounded blue casing for the hardware, is the built-in digital camera.
The Zire 71's built-in digital camera
You need to slide the upper and lower body apart to reveal it, and when you do so the Zire 71’s screen automatically turns into a viewfinder. Click the button that is also revealed during the sliding process, and you can take pictures, at resolutions of 160 x 120, 320 x 240 and 640 x 480.

Palm has even produced a new version of Palm Desktop to help you make the most of managing digital images. This includes a nice viewer and some editing tools. Palm Desktop also, incidentally, has a new installer which is more efficient than before when it comes to selecting multiple applications to send to your Palm. The Zire 71 runs version 5 of the Palm operating system, which has improved sound features. Install the provided copy of the Real One player and you can play MP3 music through headphones. Gaming is assisted by a joystick style navigation button that sits beneath the screen. But when you want to use the Zire 71 for more traditional personal information management tasks you can tap the application shortcut buttons to launch Date Book, Address Book or Note Pad. The fourth button takes you to your digital photo library. As usual these buttons can be reallocated to other applications if you like.

Only 13MB of to the 16MB of memory on board is actually available for applications and data, but an SD card slot means you can add to this easily. The screen is a superb transreflective TFT type – it is the best we’ve seen on a PDA from Palm. The Universal Connector means existing peripherals like keyboards which support this should work without problems with the Zire 71. The Zire 71 is a great multimedia PDA which finally puts Palm in a position to rival Sony for its Multimedia crown. --Sandra Vogel ... Read more

Features

  • What's in the box: Zire 71 Handheld, Protective Carrying Case, USB HotSync Cradle, Power Adapter, Desktop Software CD-ROM, Software Essentials CD-ROM, Stylus
  • Bright, 320x320 transflective TFT color display supports more than 65,000 colors
  • Texas Instruments OMAP310 processor (ARM); 144 MHz
  • Integrated digital camera with 640x480 resolution, auto exposure, and automatic white balance control
  • SD expansion slot

Reviews (170)

1-0 out of 5 stars Poorly Made
My wife and I each bought a Zire 71 and they both failed after about a year. Makes you think the units are made to be disposible. The problem with my wife's was the battery. After a charging it would drain almost immediately. More than likely caused by the camera or joystick(she tried taping the unit shut so it wouldn't slide open but this didn't help). Mine stopped syncing and the touch screen worked eraticly. We owned other Palms which were simpler, better made and lasted longer. The Zire 71 is a disaster!

2-0 out of 5 stars Good for 18 months, then went belly up.
The Zire 71 was a pretty good PDA for the first 18 months of its life.The camera was kind of a "wow" feature when I first got it, but the picture quality is poor.I haven't found much use for the camera, but overall the Zire 71 worked pretty well.

The problem is that the touchscreen has gone haywire.It no longer responds appropriately or predictably to the stylus and the PDA has been rendered useless by this problem.Unfortunately it is not worth the $125 that palm charges for non-warranty repair.

3-0 out of 5 stars terrible software and terrible support
I am quite pleased with the handheld itself and have never had any major issues with it. The desktop softare, however, is downright terrible. I can't switch to a yearly or monthly calendar view without having it crash. I have reinstalled several times to no avail.

I contacted tech support but they never seem to understand the problem, insisting I reinstall their software even though that is what I have already told them I've been doing. I filled out a survey telling them I was unhappy because they hadn't been able to solve my problems and never heard from them again.

If a decent competitor arrives on scene with better software, and better tech support, palm will quickly be a thing of the past.

1-0 out of 5 stars FRUSTRATING!!
I loved this when i got it for xmas 2003-- then about a year later, the trouble started.. i had many problems hotsynching with my mac at work, finally worked that out, and then the battery must have been running by being in my purse (the joystick must have been pressed in) and i lost everything on my palm.i had backed up fairly recently and was able to convert alot of my info back on to the unit... then the fun reallystarted! some phantom appeares to be playing with my palm, i will hear click click click and it will be in a loop of toggling beetween functions, or in the calandar it will highlight an event over and over again, and i can not get it to stop.I will turn it off and turn it on, and still the same issue - we did a restart and now it is unusable- the stylus will not respond and it just clicks all over and it is a waste.

I am sad because i really enjoyed the camera function and used it a lot for quick pics to friends and family via email of things that were new in my life.

i will have to find a new pda, and i do not see myself getting another one of these, beware!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Palm has a dirty secret...
This was my first venture into the PDA world and I am sorely dissapointed. For starters the unit is rather large in terms of thickness and adding a protective case only makes it worse. Also the built in software is almost useless, necessitating 50-100 dollars worth of software purchases just to get this thing to do what you want. And lastly, the dirty little secret is that all your data, programs, everything is lost when the battery dies and doing a hotsync will not restore your programs you have to reinstall them from scratch. There is no backup battery!!! I must have lost my data five times before giving up on this piece of trash. Even when the PDA would warn me about power consumption I would turn the unit off and plug it in the next day only to have my data whiped again. I am very surprised that there are no class action lawsuits over this, as I would never have purchased the unit had I known of this flaw.

After having this unit for a month I went out and bought a Dell PDA and have never looked back since. Unlike the Zire it does have a backup battery, so my data is safe for extended periods. I will never buy another palm product again. ... Read more


13. Fossil Abacus AU5005 Wrist PDA with Palm OS
by Fossil
list price: $169.00
our price: $142.49
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00077ALQ4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Fossil
Sales Rank: 7145
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Features

  • Built-in Applications: Address Book, Date Book, To Do List, Memo Pad, Calculator, Time
  • 8 MB Memory
  • Operating System: Palm OS 4.1
  • Motorola Dragonball Super VZ 66 MHz Processor
  • Display: 160 x 160 pixels, 16 level grayscale, EL backlight, Touch Screen

14. PalmOne Tungsten T2 Handheld
by PalmOne
list price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000AH5N1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 6303
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • What's in the box: Palm Tungsten T2 handheld, Stylus, Premium Screen Protector, USB HotSync Cradle, Power Supply, Software Essentials CD, Palm Desktop, Palm Photos, Documents To Go 5 by DataViz, Phone Link Updater
  • Compact and powerful Palm device with advanced wireless functionality
  • Bluetooth-ready, for wireless email and Internet access
  • 32 MB of memory
  • MP3 and video playback

Reviews (36)

4-0 out of 5 stars Erratic behaviour solved
My palm T2 experienced erratic behaviour after 6 months of operation. This kind of "bug" is also described by other persons in the T2 amazon reviews. The displacement bar moved without control and in the main window, the focus jumped from one application to another. Well, I did the soft reset and finally the hard reset, nothing happened. The incredible thing was that the problem was solved taking out the window plastic protector! I do not know why, but now my palm works fine. So, do not throw away you palm ! just change the protector and see what happen.

1-0 out of 5 stars Tungsten T2, simply disappointing
My Tungsten T2, which I purchased new, revealed its defects only following 4 months of active usage. A soft and hard reset, and a call to Palm support did nothing to resolve the problem. Anyways, here it goes: The unit incessantly moves, without prompting, between screens. For example, it'll move to Brown, Joe while I'm still looking at the details of Alfa, Romeo. I've resorted to using the find feature to access telephone numbers, which I'll jot down quickly enough because tapping for details simply repeat jumping between screens and contacts. This erratic behavior is not unique to the Address book application. It's the same in datebook, photos, etc. I've only used about 7mb of my 29.7M, so it can't be because of memory.
Palm's 90 days warranty, which I find suspicious, meant I was already outside warranty before I realized the defects. This will definitely be my last Palm PDA.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product w/ great bonus uses!
I absolubtely love my Tungsten T2. I've had no problems and, unlike a reviewer below, I've never had a 'fatal error' or had to do a hard restart and lose any data. I'v also never run out of batteries or had any other sort annoyance. This is just an all around great palm, and makes life a heck of a lot more organized. Two great uses: 1. I cook a lot and when I find a recipe I want to ty online, I just immediately type in the ingredients onto my desktop software's to do list, do a hotsync, and go to the grocery store w/ everything on a neat checklist. 2. I also travel a lot. When I am preparing for a trip, I can search for restaurant reviews, store locations, museum exhibit details, and then just copy them and paste them onto my memo pad on my desktop software, hotsync, and then I have full articles and reviews at my fingertips. Those are some awesome bonuses to an already highly useful little device.

2-0 out of 5 stars Nice concept-lousy execution
When it works it's marvelous.Unfortunately it is a huge source of frustration.The big problem is in the "hot-sync" function. I have installed the software on four seperate computers, with three different operating systems.They all react the same way: within a short time when a "hot sync" is performed you get a "Fatal Alert" error on the Palm.Sometime a reset will clear it sometimes it won't.Sometimes you have to do a hard reset and lose your data.Their customer support is off-shore and the language problem is overwhelming. One-half hour on the phone just to get a Service Request number.When it came back it was exactly the same.The software has to be reinstalled regularly on the PC to keep it working right.I have reinstalled the PC software over a DOZEN times on four different computers just to make sure my data is safe and functionable.The software is MISERABLE!!Get a Sony.

5-0 out of 5 stars Improvement on a great theme
I am a former owner of the original T|T.After a little over a year of T|T use, the power button became much less responsive.After several calls to PalmOne's customer service and speaking to several nice Indian folks (Note: PalmOne customer service is obviously outsourced overseas), I was told that it would be $125 to have the unit repaired.This was too much to invest in old hardware. I enjoyed the small form factor of that device so much, I decided to buy a T2 (depite PalmOne's abysmal customer service).

The appeal of the screen has been mentioned several times.I would agree tremendously!I thought the original screen was pretty good.However, the 320x320 display on this unit makes the original T|T look like someone put window tint on it.I also enjoyed the extra internal memory.The subtle changes with the Palm OS were nice too: like hitting the 5 way button to the right when in your address book to look a name up and the color themes.

One aspect that I just could not bring myselft to do was to adopt Graffiti 2.I have used the original Graffiti for so long that using anything else is heresy.For those that are like me, simply grab your old handheld with Graffiti 1 and get a file manager program.Search the ROM for the following two files: Graffiti Library.prc, and Graffiti Library_enUS.prc.Now beam them to your new handheld.Do a Soft Reset on your new handheld and PRESTO, you now have Graffiti 1 again.

If I had any advice, it would be to buy PalmOne products with a credit card that doubles the manufacture's warranty because their customer service is terrible and they will deny warranty service if your handheld is 1yr and 1day old. ... Read more


15. Sony Clie PEG-TG50 Handheld
by Sony
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00008L3HH
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 19336
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The PEG-TG50 CLI� handheld features Palm OS 5 software, high-resolution color screen, built-in voice recorder and MP3 audio player, providing everything you need to stay organized and entertained. Integrated keyboard can be used to type in new appointments or take notes on the go. Don't want to take your notebook PC on the road? You can view native Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on the handheld with no need to convert the files. Integrated Bluetooth networking feature will allow you to browse the web using wireless connection with similarly enabled cell phones. Very unique, very Sony. ... Read more

Features

  • Palm OS v. 5.0, as well as an ARM-compliant 200 MHz CPU and 16 MB RAM
  • High-resolution TFT color display (320 x 320 pixels)
  • Built-in Bluetooth, MP3 player, and voice recorder
  • Built in keyboard, remote control feature, and polyphonic audio alert feature, as well as lithium-ion rechargeable battery
  • What's in the box: Sony Clié PEG-TG50, USB HotSync cradle, stylus, AC Adapter, AC cable, hand strap, installation CD-ROM, instruction manuals

Reviews (33)

5-0 out of 5 stars Not the best handheld, but it is still my choice.
The TG50 is not the best Clie, but it is my top choice. I bought it when it first came out, and I broke the motherboard by having it in my bag. I loved it so much I ordered another one on ebay for $110.

4-0 out of 5 stars TG 50
I got my tg50 from ebay, you all should.It retails for about $300, I got a used one(that is great) for $97, less than I payed for my clie sj20 (b and w screen)
1- keyboard, gotta have it cause i hate graphiti
yah it takes a little getting used to but i like it (but it obviously doesn't compare to the one on the ux50)
2- Truely awesome crisp colorful screen
3-well thought out and overall fantastic design
4-very thin (1/2 inch thick)
5-OS 5
i previously had a sony sj20, which has a palm OS (no OS 5), so I am used to a palm pda, but that being this pda is extremely easy to use, I never looked at the manual, but figured out all the features anyway.
Neccessary accessories include
-a memory stick (64mb if just using for apps, 256 if you want to store a few songs(get these on ebay too, for about half price))
-a case, if you are getting a case that stays on it all the time(custom fit) which I recommend get the Bellagio one, its nice and it allows the pda to hotsync in a cradle while still in the case

1-0 out of 5 stars Down and Out After One Year
What a nightmare. I had bought my Clie less than a year ago when it refused to stay on. After several tries to do a "hard boot" on it where I had to constantly restore y data from my back up I called what Sony loosely refers to as Customer Support.... What a misnomer. It took me approximately10 days just to get a person on the phone that understood the problems with my Clie and agree to let me send it in for warranty repair. I found the Service Tech's rude and very hard to understand. I needed to repeat what the problem was with the unit several times and was told it wasn't under warranty. I had to prove to them the date of purchase...not a problem.

Once they got their hands on it they decided that it had physical damage that caused the problem. I had had an area on the screen that had faded for at least 1-2 months before the problems began on a unit I used several times a day. After 10 days they phoned me back to say it was physical damage and they needed $138.00 to cover the repair and shipment of my unit. After I had paid the ransom for the return of my Clie to me it took another 15-20 days of constant phone calls to get status of the repair. Once they stated it would be sent the next day and to call for a tracking number. Once that they were waiting for parts, then that it was in for exchange due to the fact they were unable to keep it booted. This was my initial problem. Finally have someone call back from Sony San Diego stating that they no longer made my model and want to send me a sub-standard unit to replace it. If I want them to replace mine with a like unit that had the equipment on it I once hadI will have to give them another $60.00. They have little respect for their customers and have no qualms in using the old it was physical damage to make up for a poor warranty service. To this day I still have nothing resolved. I would give anything to have bought from any other company than Sony.

J. Peterson R.N.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sony Clie TG50 and my eMac
I bought my Clie TG50 a week ago as the sales person said "it runs OS 5.0 so it will work with your eMac", I learned sales clerks know as much as I do about technology! I purchased the refurbished Clie and bought it home 200 miles to learn it isn't compatible at all with my eMac. After phone calls and frustration, I learned to download "Missing sync" off the internet ($40), go to apple.com, download iSync and iSync conduit for PDA. Now I was finally having some success. Now that I have my eMac talking the same language as my Clie TG 50, I am really digging it.I love the date book, the memo's, the fact with a memory stick I can listen to music. I have downloaded a freeware game or two.My old paper date book has been retired, now I pack around a lite little box that has my info and some entertainment to boot. And my purse weighs a lot less!!In a way, if that clerk hadn't sold me this Clie', I wouldn't have learned so much about it and my eMac.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good value for your money
I have used the TG-50 for about 9 months now and it has performed well.In addition to the basic PDA functions, I like the one button activated voice recorder.I also use it to play MP3s and music videos and it works well.

I use Outlook on my PC when I hot sync, and have not had a problem.The software that comes with the TG-50 lets you sync with Outlook without much hassle.

The only irritaion that I have had is, sometimes it will give an error and the only option left is a hard reset.However, when it comes back up the most recent data is still there (I use a memory stick). Use the TG-50 with a memory stick and back-up regularly.Data back-up is essential no matter what technology you use.

Bottom line is...It really is a cool little gadget, and provides great value for your money. ... Read more


16. PalmOne m515 Color Handheld
by PalmOne

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Asin: B00005Y1Z7
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 3589
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

A stylish marriage of form and function, the Palm m515 handheld is perfect for today's tech-savvy professional. Whether you're managing contracts or your calendar, composing email or a Word-compatible doc, you'll get brilliant color, simplicity and sophistication in one ultra-slim design. A new, brighter color display offers outstanding readability with more than 65,000 colors and an adjustable backlight for maximum viewing control. With 16 MB of internal memory, you can store hefty applications, PowerPoint presentations and even video clips with room to spare. Bonus software lets you view Word, Excel and PowerPoint files right on your handheld, send email, read eBooks, view video clips and photos, browse Web content offline and more. Plug in stamp-sized MultiMediaCard and SD expansion cards to instantly add software applications, additional memory, backup capabilities, eBooks, large databases and more without taking up built-in memory space. Or, use the Palm Universal Connector to add I-didn't-know-you-could-do-that peripherals such as a wireless LAN module, a GPS receiver or a portable keyboard. ... Read more

Features

  • What's in the box: Palm m515 handheld, USB HotSync cradle with built-in battery charger, Getting started manual, Palm Desktop software and bonus software, Complete documentation, Protective flip cover
  • Palm organization and style at an affordable price
  • Easy to learn and use--even if you've never used a handheld before
  • Mini-USB connector allows easy transfer and backup to computer
  • Keeps addresses, appointments, and important information safe and secure

Reviews (107)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Handheld for Students
I bought myself a Palm M515 after I destroyed the screen on my M100.I have been using the M515 for three years and have had no problems whatsoever.Any student interested in a Palm handheld should give the M515 serious consideration.This device has proven very useful in tracking homework, projects, and tests.Only complaint is no wireless capabilities without the use of Palm's bulky add-on modem (Nearly every school has their own wireless network).

1-0 out of 5 stars While it works, it's really great.
One star for:While it works, it's really great.

Reason it doesn't get more stars:ITS TOTALLY UNRELIABLE! (ditto the other reviews.)Mine died (stopped synching) after a year.That was my 3rd death of a Palm in 3 years.I've now gone back to paper.I hate the paper, but it's reliable.Loved the Palm while it worked.Then it crashes, you waste days trying to get it fixed.Customer support is ridiculous.Best they can offer is ask you to spend $100 to send it in to look at it - with no guaranty they can fix.

1-0 out of 5 stars it lasted less than a year
I had my palm for 2yrs but only had it activated for about 3 months I would not recomend this product to anyone.I liked it when it worked but the durability is horrible.I had my palm stored in the box it came in for about one and half years.When I wanted to use it agian it will not work and palm wants to charge $125 to replace. I wouldnt give them $125 for something that has let me down the way this machine has. I paid almost $400 for it and used it for 3 months

1-0 out of 5 stars A Totally Disappointing Product
I, too, had a similar experience to several of the other reviewers.I purchased this Palm and it worked well for about a year and then suddenly it wouldn't sync anymore.I searched this website and others and found that the great majority of buyers have experienced the same thing.I am a medical student and several other medical students and residents would approach me with amazement saying "Yours still works?Mine died after about a year!"I don't see anyone in the hospital using this Palm anymore, even though many are using other old Palms and Sony Clie models.I read about the SUD (Sudden USB Death) effect on this and other websites, but when I called Palms Customer Service I was just sent on multiple goose chases.Basically this product was the poorest investment I have ever been involved with.After investing in expensive software that can only be installed on a single device and then having the device fail months after installation, I feel doubly disappointed.I wouldn't purchase another m515 in a million years.Please learn from my experience.

3-0 out of 5 stars Worked great for about a year
I absolutely loved this handheld until it stopped syncing.

When I started having this issue I contacted Palm immediately.They said it was a problem with static electricity - or something like that - and promised to send me a card to reset the thing. Well they took months to send it and it still didn't work. Now my warranty is over and they won't honor my claim although it started during the warranty period. I am not going to pay $125.00.It just isn't worth it.

Now it is nothing more than a play toy for my children. ... Read more


17. Handspring Treo 90
by Handspring
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B000067DKO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Handspring
Sales Rank: 16410
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Handspring Treo 90 is a small, powerful Palm OS handheld computer with a built-in keyboard, full-color screen, and expansion slot for Secure Digital (SD) and MultiMediaCard (MMC) expansion cards. With 16 MB memory and a lightweight, compact design, the Treo 90 makes getting organized easy. At only 0.7 inches thick and 4 ounces, it's small enough to fit comfortably in any pocket. It also features a fast, 33 MHz processor and an internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can be charged using the included travel charger.

Entering data and navigating are now faster with the Treo's built-in QWERTY keyboard. You can look up a phone number, view your calendar, and switch applications easily with one hand. Or use two thumbs for fast typing of notes and e-mail.

Display
The Treo 90 delivers text and graphics in vivid color with its 12-bit display. The transmissive color STN display offers a backlight for easier viewing in a variety of lighting conditions and supports over 4,000 colors.

Expansion
With the Treo 90's integrated Secure Digital (SD) expansion slot, you can easily add a variety of applications--from games to databases--as well as family photos without compromising size or sacrificing memory. It is compatible with both SD and MMC cards. You'll also be able to add more functionality using optional SD cards, which will be available in the future.

Operating System
The Treo 90 runs the popular Palm operating system (OS) and is compatible with thousands of applications that use this platform--from games to enterprise business software. It includes all the classic applications that you've come to expect from the Palm OS for Handspring, including Date Book Plus, To Do List, Memo Pad, Advanced Calculator, and CityTime world clock. It also features a few new applications, like Contacts (an improved Address Book), that includes Instant Lookup. This new feature enables you to find any contact, usually within three taps of the keyboard.

Handspring provides its own version of the Palm operating system--Palm OS 4.1H--which seems older than the current Palm OS 4.x now available. Handspring continues to make its own versions of the Palm OS, some of which are given back to Palm and incorporated later, and some that are only available in Handspring products.

Extra Software
In addition to the built-in applications that come with Palm OS 4.1H, the Treo 90 offers the following applications on the included CD-ROM: the Blazer Web browser, One-Touch Mail (POP3 compatible), SMS messaging, phone drivers for connecting to compatible GSM phones, and the WordSmith word processing application. WordSmith features rich formatting capabilities and offers seamless integration with Microsoft Word.

Synchronization
The Treo 90 comes with a USB HotSync cable so you can instantly back up, update, and exchange information between the Treo handheld and your desktop computer. (An optional recharging USB HotSync cradle is available separately.) A CD-ROM is included with the Palm Desktop and HotSync Manager applications for both Windows and Mac; you can also choose to synchronize with Microsoft Outlook for Windows.

Compatibility
Like other Handspring handhelds, the Treo 90 is compatible with the following Windows and Macintosh computer systems:

  • Windows 98, Me, 2000, and XP with USB port (USB cable included); Windows 95 and NT 4.0 with serial port (serial cable sold separately)
  • Mac OS 8.5 through 9.x with USB port

In the Box
The Treo 90 comes with a USB HotSync cradle, travel charger (100 to 240 volts), metal stylus, and CD-ROM with Windows and Macintosh desktop software. It is backed by a one-year limited warranty. --Agen G.N. Schmitz ... Read more

Features

  • Sleek and lightweight Palm OS organizer with color display (support for over 4,000 colors)
  • Built-in keyboard offers easy one-handed access to applications and fast thumb typing
  • Built-in 16 MB memory stores thousands of contacts, appointments, to-do items, and notes
  • Expandable via Secure Digital and MultiMedia cards--add memory, applications, and content
  • What's in the box: Handspring Treo, USB HotSync cable, Travel charger, 16 MB RAM, Internal rechargeable lithium ion battery, Protective flip lid, Metal stylus

Reviews (80)

4-0 out of 5 stars Handspring-the world of compact PDA's
I just got my new Handspring Treo 90 about a month ago, and so far, I have no complaints. Seriously, what got me into the Treo first was when I saw doctors using it for appointments on CNN saying PDA's are really useful, plus I had never even seen one with a built in kepyboard. I'm really glad I got it finally. The screen doesn't look as nearly as vibrant as the one on the front of the box or the picture on amazon, and that's good. My eyes are sometimes sensitive to vibrant colors probably because I don't have good eyesight, but it's still great to have a color PDA after using a black and white one ever since I got into handheld devices.

The built in keypad is very original, almost like a Blackberry, and also very compact in the small space you have on the screen and the PDA, but as surprisingly small as the buttons (and the PDA itself) may seem, it is very easy to type in things. I'm already a pro at it, and only have sideswiped a key next to the one I was aiming for once or twice. Like for me I'm 5' 10" and my hands are fairly large, but it helps to remember assignments for High School, since I'm a junior, and things can get pretty hectic around the middle of the day when you try to remember homework. I really also like the keyboard because with PDA's that don't have keyboards (which is mostly all of them) you have to continually tap at the screen with the stylus, and it gets annoying after a while.

I'm sure I'll still be using the PDA for work when I get out of college, but while you're using it, it helps when you're so concentrated on entering in something, and you forget about the smallness of the PDA and it's just very smooth in what it does in the small space to hold. It's even got a guide through on the programs so you won't have to go back to the guide book to find out how to use the keyboard or how to get started period.

And also another thing that I like is that when you turn it off, it stays in the same place that you left it so you won't constantly be going back to the main menu and have to click on the place you were just to get there. I'm still trying to figure out what mail is all about. The guide that comes in the box is very basic, but I'm sure I'll figure it out.

I didn't want to bother buying it for $300.00 though. I'm sure a lot of us don't have that kind of money, especially when you're in high school like me. But for a refurbished one, and you're not paying full price for one that might break down as many have said before, I got mine which works great, almost like a new one, at priceisright.biz where PDA's of all sorts soar in low prices, and I saw that it's currently unavailable here, so there you have it. I got mine for $39.00 because the previous owners of them all must've all had the same problem: the flip cover came off, but I like it even more without it. The battery life is also very useful when recharging. It doesn't even take an hour before it's fully recharged, and it last's a long time. Like me, I'm used to my Sharp OZ-590 (which I still have) which needs one triple A battery, but I wanted to upgrade to something more modern, and durable, and recharable instead of regular batteries; thus the Treo 90, and it works great.

You won't believe how durable this thing is. (I hope my mine keeps working after what others have said) I've dropped it at least four times. Once on the carpet, another time on a hardwood floor, and the other two times on hard concrete. This thing has obtained barely minor scratches, and hasn't messed up or anything. I've only reset it a couple of times, and that was because I had downloaded a bunch of things too quickly, but hey, when you do as many resets as me, you begin to do it routinely.

Synchronization is a little hard to figure out, but once you do, it turns out to be extrememly helpful. I learned how just today, and I got to download a good number of games. I was sort of angry when I found out I had to download the games from the cd rom, and I couldn't figure out how to synchronize, but now that I figured it out, it works perfectly. Try not to pay attention to the guidebook too much. It might mess you up even worse. I just went with my own instincts.

The metal stylus is also very helpful in my favor. It's a lot more heavier than just the plain plastic ones, and is easier to hold because it's wider than the other ones. Everything is very useful. The only reason why I gave it four stars is because if the bottom buttons are touches while it's being jostled around in a backpack or a purse, or pressed up against someone in their pocket, it'll turn on. I've already found it on twice after pulling it out of my pocket, and I was wearing baggy pants, and the fact that you have to press two buttons to get to the main menu is sort of annyoing, but these things can easily be worked out. No big deal. All in all, I hope Handspring comes out with a lot more PDA's this size and compact. They'll definitely be a huge help in the long run of a busy life.

3-0 out of 5 stars Died after one year
I loved my Treo 90....while it lasted. One month after the warranty was up the unit completely died. Reset wouldn't help it. The manufacturer would repair it...for almost the cost of a new one. Be wary of this product.

5-0 out of 5 stars Psychadelic, Mon!
I got 1 of these PDAs for my b-day, and it's great! I dropped it in the toilet, and it still works! My dog ate it, but it came back. It must be magic! Bye bye, silly-willy!

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost done right--still the best for price
Bought my original Treo 90 for $300 20 months ago because the worst thing about PDAs is having to take the time to pull out a stylus to use it.Keyboard entry is the way to go.Unfortunately, the Treo doesn't go quite far enough as navigating without the stylus is still difficult and in some cases impossible.Still, as I use it primarily for storage of reference sources--phone contacts and medical docs (the latter principally using iSilo, as well as several on-line synched programs)--it was a workhorse I couldn't live without.Dropped it multiple times, filled it with dirt once while crawling through mud with it in my pocket.It never flinched.I use a Secure Digital card to store an additional 15MB or so of data (which is a LOT of documents).

Then last week it died.Had to do a hard reset.All data erased.But, since I back up very frequently, no problem!Right?...Until I found that the synch ability died also.Now I have a laptop with all my data, but no way to access it.Tried using the IR synch, which also wouldn't work.

So I went shopping.Much to my surprise keyboard entry is now only found on the highest end models.The Tungsten C is tempting, but at $400 I can buy 3 Treo 90s on-line for the same price.Do I really need Wi-fi access and a bulkier PDA?Don't think so.Thinking about buying 2 at least so I will have one as a backup down the road.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product!
Too bad this product is no longer available....I was able to get a new one this year, at a low price.I love it!It is a replacement to my Handspring Visor (dropped and cracked the screen!)I was hesitant on the keyboard (I am good at using the handscript) but love it! ... Read more


18. Sony Clie PEG-SJ22 Handheld
by Sony
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00008L3HI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 10042
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The PEG-SJ22 Clié handheld provides everything you need to stay organized and entertained. Compact and lightweight, you can take your Clié handheld wherever you go.The high-resolution color screen shows images in full detail and color. In addition to the 16 MB internal memory, the Memory Stick media expansion slot offers unlimited storage capability for all your favorite applications.Plus, the unique Jog Dial navigator provides easy access to your stored information. Finally, PEG-SJ22 comes bundled with a variety of entertainment and productivity applications to fit both your needs and your lifestyle.

Display
The PEG-SJ22 features high resolution on its 320 x 320 pixel backlit color display, which can display over 65,000 colors.

Operating System
The Sony Clié PEG-SJ22 is powered by Palm OS 4.1, which comes with programs such as Address Book, Calculator, Card Info, Date Book, Mail, Memo Pad, PalmDesktop v. 4.0.1 (for PC), Security,and To Do List.

Extra Software
The PEG-SJ22 comes with the following Sony software: Clié Paint, Clié Mail, Memory Stick Autorun, Memory Stick Backup, Memory Stick Export v. 1.2 (for PC), Memory Stick Gate, Memory Stick Import, PhotoStand, PictureGear 4.6 Lite (for PC), PictureGear Pocket, and World Alarm Clock.

Compatibility
The Sony Clié PEG-SJ22 is compatible with Windows 98 SE, Me, 2000 Professional, and XP Home and Professional Edition (not Macintosh).

In the Box
The Sony Clié PEG-SJ22 comes with a USB HotSync cradle, stylus, AC Adapter, AC cable, protective cover, installation CD-ROM, Start Up Guide, End User License Agreement, Graffiti card, and limited-warranty statement. ... Read more

Features

  • What's in the box: Clie handheld, USB Hotsync cable, AC adapter, AC cable, Stylus, Protective cover, installation CD-ROM
  • Palm OS version 4.1, DragonBall VZ 33 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM
  • High-resolution TFT color display (320 x 320 pixels)
  • USB (HotSync cable) and Infrared interface
  • Lithium-ion rechargeable battery

Reviews (64)

2-0 out of 5 stars Lost all memory!
My father and I both got this PDA for Christmas last year. After around a month, his lost everything. It was sent to be fixed, but after another month, it lost its memory again! By this time, mine also was losing its files. Both PDAs were sent to be fixed only to still delete memory. The repair man said not to let their batteries run out all the way, but by this time, the life of one charge would only last a day if I was lucky and that was if it hadn't been on. I would try to turn it on the next day and the screen would be blank. Today, I never use it anymore because it simply will not turn on!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellant PDA
Wish it had OS 5 so I could do MP3, but that asside, I have had my SJ22 for over a year and it's wonderful; not a missed beat!!From planning times and fuel for a flight to business, to downloading web stuff from free Avantgo.com, to playing Bridge and Chess, to keeping student records.I love this thing!!!!!!!Battery has great endurance.
My girl friend bought it for $100 after rebate...she thought it wasn't very good but all she could afford....wow, what a find!!!!
I had a Palm 120 and hated it!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars I love my brain
My Clie is the first PDA I've owned, and I've had it for about 2 months now (I bought it on eBay for a nice, cheap price after using Amazon's rating system to decide which PDA I wanted). It was definitely a good purchase, especially if you're looking for basic PDA use. I keep track of everything in it, and have been much more productive as a result.

It is easy to use, and the screen is clear. Battery life seems to be pretty decent, especially when the backlight is not turned up too high. Even on low backlighting the screen is easy to see.

I have downloaded a few programs to it, as well as some books/Bibles. Once you figure out the downloading system, everything flows together pretty smoothly.

I bought a keyboard to go with it. That didn't turn out too well. Amazon matched the wrong keyboard to this Clie, so be careful when buying a keyboard. Make sure that the model you're buying (even if it says "for Sony Clie") actually matches the Clie you have. Amazon doesn't always match things correctly. But I'll be buying another one, which will be useful when I go to graduate school this fall.

Overall, I'm extremely pleased with this product. I've had to do a couple of hard resets, but I didn't lose anything at all. I don't know whether that's just "beginner's luck" or what. Anyway, this Clie has become my brain. I know where to be and when because of this thing, and I love my brain.

1-0 out of 5 stars It was trash in 13 months due to poor cable connections
Pretty much shopping for a new PDA now cause this one no longer consistently charges when plugged into the charger.Seems like pretty poor cable connections for this to be an issue so early, I'm used to the touchscreens wearing out after a few years.

Otherwise just fine, but without power, it's no use to anyone.

Luckily the office owns this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great PDA lacking some features
I really liked this PDA. It combined funtionality with a great price and a easy to use product. I loved how this was priced so low and it was color and rechargable. But it lacked MP3 capibility. It was a great PDA but I have updated to a Palm Tungsten T. ... Read more


19. PalmOne Vx Handheld
by PalmOne
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B000031KIM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 4003
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Beneath its sleek, anodized aluminum exterior and elegant leather screen cover is a power-house of an organizer. Palm Vx connected organizer has enough memory to hold everything you want to pack into it - calendar, address book, to do lists, expense items, memos and e-mail messages - plus a host of applications. All instantly available with a tap on the screen. Add business, financial, language and travel, time and expense or custom applications. Or choose from a long list of personal productivity applications - even games - to truly customize your organizer. Want to track your golf scores? You can. The backlit LCD screen lets you see all that information with razor sharp clarity. The long-life rechargeable lithium ion battery lets you take it on the road for weeks at a time without recharging. If you've got plenty to organize and want to do it in style, choose the Palm Vx connected organizer. ... Read more

Features

  • 8 MB RAM
  • HotSync cradle included
  • Easily transfer data from your handheld to your PC or Macintosh
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Stores thousands of addresses, appointments, to-do items, memos, and more

Reviews (195)

2-0 out of 5 stars Crashed three times
I don't see why this item is getting good reviews.It's crashed three times, losing everything.Now the battery won't completely charge.I never could get it connected to the computer.Makes me wonder about Palm.

5-0 out of 5 stars Still worth it
In 2005, there are a lot of PDA called Pocket PC, but when you look at palm Vx, you will love it. You are able to put it in your suit or handbag and its glass screen provides you a crystal clear writing. I only need a PDA that take care my telephone list, my personal finance and bible reading. I don't need to listen MP3 or watching DVD on the road, and this palm just meet my need. You will love to carry it with you everywhere you go.

I agree that if you have a portable keyboard, you can even type your homework or paper in the library or anywhere in your home.

Personally, I like Palm OS rather than Pocket PC.


4-0 out of 5 stars Great unit
I upgraded from a Palm Pilot Pro about 5 years back to a Palm Vx and then again this year to a Tungsten C. The Vx was a very reliable and robust unit (I got the hard case for it which makes it fairly indestructible) and did everything I needed for a long time. The reasons I upgraded were:
- colour screen so I could carry pictures and movies of my family with me, and watch DVD and MPEG movies (Tungsten C quality is fantastic for these). The colour also enhances all the applications, especially DateBk5
- WiFi just in case I needed to get email whilst away - though so far I've not been anywhere without an internet cafe in range !
- expansion slots so I could store and listen to audio MP3s and which alows me to make a complete compressed backup onto the expansion card (so I don't need a laptop with me nowadays as well)
- enogh memory to store DocsToGo, Ultralingua (French dictionary), Handbase and a few other apps which I use heavily

Unless you need/want any of this, the Vx will do the basics very well indeed. However, the Tc is pretty good too so far (and I can sync via WiFi anywhere in my house so the cradle I only need for recharging now) and you will certainly find useful things to do with the extra features and memory.

5-0 out of 5 stars Old School and Worth Every Penny
Intro:

You can read all the reviews (there are a lot) to help in making up your mind on the Palm Vx.For this short review, I'm going to just focus the Pros and Cons.

Pros:

- Very Slim (normal wallet size, so you don't need a PDA 'case')
- Very Long Battery Life (1 week)
- Mature Product Platform (reliable, cheap apps, etc...)
- Clear Monochromatic Display in most daylight conditions
- Tons of Applications
- 8MB is plenty of memory for Calendar, Notes, ToDo, Documents to Go (Word, Excel), and a couple of subscriptions from AvantGo
- Easy to find replacement parts
- Inexpensive to Buy and Maintain
- Tons of Accessories
- Bulletproof Metal Casing

Cons:

- Non-Color Screen
- Only 8MB of Memory (not expandable)
- New Applications Have Longer Load Time
- Serial Connection (USB Adapters are Available)
- External Adapters Required for Bluetooth and Wireless Connectivity

Conclusion:

That's my 2 cents.I just purchased another one for $50 after abusing the heck out of my IBM c3 (it's the same unit as the Vx) for 4 years. I could have bargained him down, but 'mint' for $50 is worth every penny.For those interested, I think I paid $350 for the c3 back in 2000. Yes, this model is obsolete, but I'll keep it until there is an inexpensive, small, wallet sized PDA with wireless and a comparable battery life.

I hope you found this helpful.

5-0 out of 5 stars A bargain! Well worth its price in gold!
Over the years I have owned many PDA's and Palms, but this one has always been my top favorite! It always works flawlessly and all information contained in it is very easy to access. I don't know what the guys post below me is talking about, As a professor of a big University I've purchased 3 Vx palms and my wife also has one, and we have NEVER had ours crash in any way. Maybe they were just using it wrong. In any case you will LOVE yours when you get it. Even if you already have a PDA of another brand you should still buy one of these and I guarantee that you will use this one the most, and yes, it IS that nice :) I also recommend buying the matching leather case and foldable keyboard (if you can find one, they are hard to find these days). Great accessories. Enjoy! ... Read more


20. Handspring Visor Prism
by Handspring

Asin: B00004Y7TD
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Handspring
Sales Rank: 12267
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Handspring's first foray into the realm of color palmtops, the Visor Prism may not deliver the crispness of displays on the latest Windows CE devices from Casio and Compaq, but it does improve on the Palm IIIc, its main competitor.

While the Prism costs more than the Palm IIIc, its increased color depth and brightness (it delivers 16-bit color compared to the 8-bit color of the IIIc) really shines in gaming and graphical applications. Even the default world map that's used to set geographic location and time appeared more distinct and offered the illusion of 3-D.

Like other Visors, the Prism contains a Springboard module slot, letting users upgrade its capabilities--such as adding an MP3 player, expanding memory, and eventually adding a cell phone (among many options). With the color screen of the Prism, modules such as the eyemodule digital camera really take on new life. With the Prism, the eyemodule takes color pictures, while previous versions of the Visor only allowed users to view them in grayscale.

Further, unlike other Visors, the Visor Prism uses an internal lithium-ion rechargeable battery--a nice touch as the color display would have drained the standard two AAAs quickly. Handspring claims that a fully charged battery should last a week or two with normal use, but we found continuous use of the display, such as with game playing or extended note taking, wore the battery down much faster. However, every time the Prism syncs in the fast-transferring USB cradle, the battery gets charged--and it only takes a few minutes to top off the current level of juice.

Although the color screen only extends the thickness of the Prism by a tenth of an inch compared to previous Visors, it's still twice as thick as the sleek Palm V line of devices. But it is smaller than CE devices such as Casio's EM-500 and the Compaq iPaq, and for its size category of palmtops, it delivers the best colors around. --J. Curtis

Pros:

  • 16-bit color (compared to the Palm IIIc's 8-bit color)
  • 8 MB memory
  • Expandable using Springboard modules

Cons:

  • Color display not as bright or crisp as Pocket PCs
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Features

  • Sharp full-color screen displays over 65,000 colors
  • 8 MB RAM stores thousands of addresses, appointments, to-do items, and more
  • Features address book, to-do list, memo pad, date book, advanced calculator, and world clock
  • Fully compatible with thousands of Palm OS applications; supports optional expansion modules for MP3 player, pager, modem, GPS, video games, and more
  • What's in the box: Visor Prism, Cobalt Blue HotSync cradle, 8 MB RAM, Internal rechargeable lithium ion battery, USB HotSync charging cradle, Leather slipcase

Reviews (142)

5-0 out of 5 stars Handspring Prism was far ahead of it's time in 2000
When I bought my Prism in 2000, I was getting ready to buy a HP iPac but found the expandability a greater feature.With the Handspring, I bought a GPS module for getting around on my field service jobs at all sorts of cities around the USA, HS modem to hotsync with my home computer, and a foldup keyboard enter data.
PiTech's MemoryPlug for MemoryStick to load all sorts games, eBooks, maps (to transfer to main memory) and all sorts of PDF techmanuals for cleanroom use (paperless environment).I upgraded the 8meg RAM to 16 meg so that the map and documents can load without issues.

All in all, Handspring is a great concept.

Regards
Calvin

4-0 out of 5 stars 3 years with my Prisim
I have had my Prisim for 3 years now, The hard shell cover has allowed me to carry, (and sit on )it for all of the 3 years. The 8 meg is plenty for normal use.
It is in use every day, and backedup/charged just as frequently.
I know there are more advanced units out there, with more features and such, but I dred the day I will need to find a replacement that can measure up to this one when it is gone.
I never leave home without it for sure!

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant value for PDAphone (Visor Prism+Phone)
I've been using Visor Prism + Phone for about 2 months now, I bought it from a local store which suprisingly still had some stocks and guaranteed the item for 1 year.
Overall, I found it very very useful. I'm not a heavy PDA user, so mainly I use it to read e-books, see photos, games. Visor's 8 Megs is more than enough.
More about the phone, I can't tell how much I admire the modularity of Springboard. Handspring engineer have done great job. The phone and sms function work perfect, compared to the more pricey Tungsten W.
It's better than Treo 270 I assume, on color display (Treo has 4096 while Prism has 65K) and of course using Visor I don't have to worry about flip hinge crack that often happen to Treo user.
Some drawbacks that I found is that battery drained quickly, I also notice that there are some dead pixels in the unit I bought, and last but not least it's quite heavy to carry.
Based on the above, I still think that this product is a great collectible item,worth the price, and everywhere you carry it people were just curious to know. It's a bit rare that to some it's more intriguing than even the popular O2 XDA. Well done Handspring!

5-0 out of 5 stars I Miss my Visor Prism!!
I replaced my Prism with a Palm M515 and I miss my Visor!! If I knew then how difficult it would be to replace I would have purchased several more, kept a nice inventory andand made a profit on the rest.Handspring made a VERY nice color PDA.....I hope PalmOne stays with it...

4-0 out of 5 stars Long-time Owner & User and Love It!!
I have had my Prism for years now and absolutely love it.Loved it so much that when my wife was ready for a PDA, she got one too.We have Targus keyboards, the Magellan GPS, modems, Eyemodule camera, tons of memory and applications and now we can get apps and accessories for next to nothing!!She dropped hers the other day, broke the chassis, and will probably buy another--cheaper than repairing!!I was in a hurry in the car connecting the GPS, smashed the Springboard pins and will probably buy another as well!!Sorry for those with bad experiences, but we've had great service with ours.Obviously, a new power-user would want something more up-to-date, but for a student or someone like me who has had their Prism for a while, it still proves to be a great value!! ... Read more


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