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1. Casio Cassiopeia E-125 Color Pocket
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2. Casio Cassiopeia PV-S400Plus Pocket
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3. Casio Cassiopeia E-100 Palm-Size
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4. Casio Cassiopeia E-105 Palm-Size
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5. Casio Cassiopeia E-115 Color Pocket
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6. Casio Cassiopeia EM-500 Color
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7. Casio Cassiopeia EM-500 Color
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8. Casio Cassiopeia EM-500 Color
9. Casio Cassiopeia EM-500 Color
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10. Casio Cassiopeia EM-500 Color
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11. Casio Cassiopeia PV-S600Plus Pocket
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12. RhinoSkin Universal PDA Tri-Fold
$106.39 list($149.99)
13. Socket Communications 10/100 Ethernet
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14. Universal PDA Stylus
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15. Fellowes PDA Stylus Pen
$85.49 $77.62 list($129.99)
16. Socket Communications DPC for
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17. Casio Cassiopeia PV-S400Plus Pocket
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18. Case Logic PLT-10 PDA slip case
Too low to display $166.50 list($249.95)
19. Pharos PF022 Pocket GPS Portable
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20. Fellowes 98022 PDA Screen Clean

1. Casio Cassiopeia E-125 Color Pocket PC
by Casio
list price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004YKHT
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Casio
Sales Rank: 21739
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Casio E-125 Color Pocket PC features a fast 150 MHz processor, convenient Microsoft software, and 32 MB of storage in a modern and durable body. Expand its memory and add connectivity options such as Ethernet or a wireless modem using the CompactFlash expansion slot. The E-125 comes with Microsoft Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Money, and Pocket Internet Explorer, and offers synchronization with Microsoft Outlook. Download MP3 audio files from your PC using the fast USB connection and play them through the E-125's built-in speaker using Windows Media Player. The 240 x 320 screen features 65,536 colors for multimedia viewing. The battery has a life of up to six hours.

What's in the box

  • Cassiopeia E-125
  • Stylus
  • USB Cradle
  • AC Adapter
  • Lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack
  • CR2032 lithium battery
  • Connector cable
  • Pocket PC User's Guide
  • Hardware Guide
... Read more

Features

  • 32 MB of internal RAM, expandable using CompactFlash memory cards
  • Synchronize to your desktop with rapid USB data transfer
  • Color screen with 240 x 320 display in 65,536 color
  • Includes Microsoft Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Money, and Pocket Internet Explorer
  • What's in the box: Cassiopeia E-125, Stylus, USB Cradle, AC Adapter, Lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack, Connector cable, Pocket PC User's Guide, Hardware Guide

Reviews (73)

5-0 out of 5 stars The return of the 'peia
After an incredibly good (but rather short) relationship with the CASSIOPEIA E-100 (you could read my review about it), I bought another CASIO PDA. Why? Well, I found out that, although the size, they're quite nifty and reliable.
When I finally got it, being used to the E-100, I had some problems with the E-125, like with the JotReader (Too many lines, too complex or easy to use), the MENU program (Funky colours anyone?) the Taskbar in the upper part of the screen, and most of all, no background image in the Today screen.
But, the positive side is that there are tons of more software for this, solving most of the problems mentioned before (thanks to NOVOSEC for the excelent FACELIFT program), plus the included aplications from Microsoft that make the transfer between the desktop and the PDA easier.
It's good speed make it a competitive PDA even today, and I could add that its easier to use than many of the ones that are in the market today, but as the technological advance is an exponential function, many of the software developers have stopped making programs for it, or even dissappeared, so sometimes is kind of difficult getting the program that you read in the web that's top-notch (in pages that date 2002).
With all this said, I still think that buying this PDA, for novice users or experienced ones, is a great thing.

4-0 out of 5 stars works great. cheap. too large
Of course I could pay more money and get one that is smaller but this thing has served me very well for 4 years now.

5-0 out of 5 stars ?f?q?d?`?sSTUF
This is actually very good handheld here, i recommend you to buy it because it has a very bright screen when i sychronise it doesn't crash like other TOO complicated machines. I added compact flash and had some of my movies in my computer transformed into window CE 3.0 usable movie item in windows media 7.1. REAL‚‡‚‚‚„II

5-0 out of 5 stars This little unit Rocks
Can't believe how they can get so much in so little space.I bought the 128mb storage card and in the WMA format, loaded over 100 of my favorite songs.Plugged into my outdated tape player in my car, through the headphone jack of the Cassiopeia and a casette adapter, this thing just rocks.It's much more than just an organizer, but I use it to know exactly where I've been and what I've done as far as work and billing my hours for payment.Battery life is phenomenal and recharging is a snap in the USB cradle, as well as downloading or uploading info to my desktop.

5-0 out of 5 stars Casio does it again!
Why do I always find a super product when the company decides to stop making it?
I bought my Cassiopeia E-125 Pocket PC at a sale that I soon found was a Discontinued Item sale. It figures! When I went back to buy my wife one they were out and weren't getting any more. Oh, well! Web, here I come!
The ease of use of this product has me convinced that Casio could take over the market if they would push their marketing harder.
Out of the box, I was impressed by the clear, colorful display, and solid feel. This unit is a little bigger than some of its competitors, and feels better to me. It doesn't quite fit in my shirt pocket, but I bought a case that works just fine.
The controls are readily accessible, even to a left-handed klutz, and I find that this is the only Pocket PC I've used that doesn't care that I'm a Lefty. Many of the others have controls that I can't reach, or a cover that gets in the way constantly.
Casio has put the really necessary controls on the front, reachable by either hand, and the other buttons are all useable by thumb (left hand) or fingers (right hand).
The software packaged with the unit is easy, efficient, and effective. Contacts and Calendar I use constantly, and the automatic sync with Outlook on my Desk computer is flawless.
I'm also using a GPS and Mapping software (Delorme) that works real-time, so when I'm traveling I set a cradle with the Cassiopeia on the cup holder, and know exactly where I am and what's coming.
The product has met or exceeded all of my needs and has proved to be a rugged/reliable addition to my stable of "toys". ... Read more


2. Casio Cassiopeia PV-S400Plus Pocket Viewer
by Casio
list price: $49.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005O71Z
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Casio
Sales Rank: 16056
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Casio offers the sleek, pen touch CASSIOPEIA Pocket Viewer PDA. This ultimate organizer is the best, most reliable way to access your PIM data while away from the home or office. The PV-S400Plus allows the user to copy, view and edit Microsoft Excel 95/97/2000 documents as well as synchronize to Microsoft Outlook 97/98/2000. The PV-S400Plus features 4MB of Safe Flash Memory. This slim unit provides storage for up to 8, 000 contacts, 8, 000 schedule items, 6, 000 expense and 1, 550 memo files. The PV-S400Plus includes expanded programmability and bonus software. ... Read more

Features

  • 4 MB PDA with scheduler, contacts, memos, and calculator
  • Copy, view, and edit Microsoft Excel documents
  • 160 x 160 LCD display with backlight
  • Works for 180 hours on 2 AAA batteries
  • What's in the box: Cassiopeia PV-S400Plus, PC Synchronization Cradle, Hard Cover, Stylus, User manual

Reviews (41)

4-0 out of 5 stars This thing is great.
If you're looking for an inexpensive PDA to help organize your life, and don't need things like full color screens and wireless e-mail, look no further.I wanted a something to help keep me organized, but didn't want to spend hundreds on a bunch of high-tech toys I didn't need.The Cassiopeia PV-S400Plus Pocket Viewer is simple to use and a great value for the money.I read some reviews here complaining of it using up batteries quickly.I don't know where they're getting that.I bought one of these seven months ago and haven't had to change the batteries once.Highly recommended to anyone who needs an inexpensive, no bells and whistles organizer.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best PDA purchase - EVER!
I've recently upgraded to the PVS400 Plus from earlier inexpensive PDA's and I'm thrilled with it!It's not as heavy as Palms, looks just as sleek and is the best PDA ever...

It includes all the basic functions... multiple contact lists (personal, business, etc.), great calendar functions (one time events up through yearly birthdays - all with optional alarm functions, which activate even when PDA is off!), memo areas (one where I keep passwords, medical info, emergency info and the other which is free-hand to take down quick notes, phone numbers, etc.) expense area (not used - can't comment), games (2), calculators, and a super large screen which avoids need to "wrap around" and scroll down to read... all of which can be password protected!

I purchased mine for $50, including cradle and set-up disc.For those who have Outlook Express (OE) which you can't sync with, (unlike the real "upgraded" Outlook), it's great that Casio has it's own operating system (OS).I couldn't tell you how many PDA's (4 at last count!) I purchased, and returned, because I couldn't sync w/OE and/or OS's weren't included.

This is a great gift... update family info on PC program and download into various PDA's and voila!Great for students of any age, kids finally moving out... they'll all have current contact info, birthdays, medical info, etc. at their fingertips, and with individual docking cradles, they can update as needed.

I could go on and on... I even talked my Dad into buying one and he loves it!

If you're not looking for email, camera functions, etc., this is the PDA for you! For $50 you can't go wrong... trust me!

4-0 out of 5 stars Gets the Job Done
This will take care of all the basics for your personal organizational needs- scheduler, To-Do lists, contact info lists, MS Excel Spreadsheet program, basic calculator, free writing memo option, as well as some additional games.It doesn't have all of the exciting extras that some of the other programs have (i.e. email, color, etc) but it's one of the few high quality PDA's at a good price.

4-0 out of 5 stars Simplicity, Reliability, and Great Battery Life
I have used the PV-S250 for over two years and recently just got the PV-S400Plus for even less because the PV-S250 has been rather well used and I didn't want one of these overcomplicated power hungry expensive units.The software is virutally identical, so I was interested in extending the life of my PV-S250 and the PV-S400Plus was just the item.

I use the unit for two things:I make notes of system network ID's, device names, logons, common command syntax, support phone numbers, etc. and I synchronize with outlook all the time.I carry it around in my pocket and check my scedule liberally.The system can carry about 100 alarms, so I usually get a beep at my default reminder time in my outlook (15 minutes before a meeting).I also have access to all my Tasks and my Contacts.

The really useful aspect for me is the ability to modify my contacts, add phone numbers, email addresses, personal information, etc. to my Casio and then synch it back with Outlook.I can also take everything in my Outlook Contacts and Schedule with me whereever I go and never have to worry about remembering to put something into my Outlook if I have my PDA available.On the systems which I support that I don't touch very often, you can't imagine how useful it is to have the system ID number, network address or device name available because I saved it in my handheld.Plus, if you need to, you can password protect those items.

I am not interested in email on my PDA or anything really complex.I don't need an MP3 player or wireless web access.The spreadsheet capability is great if you really want to invest the time to synchronize with the Excel tool, but the screen is so small, that I find it not very worthwhile and I don't use it.

The simple expense tracking system is very useful and simple.I use it to track expenses on business trips and it does a great job.

I have not, as of yet, had any problem synchronizing with my PV-S400Plus, but I did occassionally with the PV-S250 and it was a royal pain to have to then do a full-synch since it ran about 9600 baud the whole time.

If you have a modem, you may wish to make sure you don't have interrupt conflicts, because my past experience with the PV-S250 was that it didn't like my fax modem being on at the same time.

One other drawback is that if you want to sychronize any of the other information like your notes, you do have to make a separate transfer from PCSynch.I don't like this aspect and I rarely use it.To date, I have never lost anything from memory in two years.I wish it had the ability to synch with the notes folder in Outlook instead.Also, while the Excel compatibility gives the unit a bit a power for calculations, I personally would rather have a it be able to read WORD files instead.But that is getting into bigger color units that are expensive.

My PV-S250 is still performing flawlessly even though it is showing some serious wear on the plastic exterior.Nevertheless, the unit has never failed me and the batteries last for over a month with regular use...try that with a color handheld PC!!

5-0 out of 5 stars take your desktop with you
Three months ago, I went out and bought an expensive PDA. I returned it after one week because I did not find it to be a very good value. I found the PV-S400Plus on sale for peanuts just recently. It is a VERY good value and I have only had it for less than 48 hours. I'm considering getting a few more as a gift for my family. Here is what I like about it:

1) Syncs very well with Outlook (contacts, calendar, to-do)
2) Nice text sync program
3) The finance program looks simple and efficient (although I don't use it)
4) Pocket sheet is supposed to sync with excel although I still have not gotten that to work.
5) Cool Chess program and other games!

For what you are paying, and the value this delivers, you should have no complaints. You could pay 20 times more for something with better connectivity, storage capacity, and features, but that's what desktops are for. This device is small and synchronizes well with Outlook and Act! Buy one of these and take your desktop with you. ... Read more


3. Casio Cassiopeia E-100 Palm-Size PC
by Casio
list price: $449.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00000J0EN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Casio
Sales Rank: 61047
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Put a lot of color in your pocket with the Casio Palm Size PC Cassiopeia E-100, the ultimate in mobile information management. With its big color display and powerful 131 MHz processor, the E-100 is a multimedia powerhouse that enables users to view movies or surf the Internet in vivid color with rich stereo sound. And the E-100 delivers the comprehensive functionality and application support you've come to expect from the Windows CE platform, making it the perfect tool for remote connectivity and contact management. Microsoft Windows CE ensures tight integration with Windows 95/98/NT, and the E-100's small size, large 65,536 color, 16-bit display, and ergonomically-placed controls are testimony to its portability, functionality and simplicity. An elegantly designed Action Wheel enables you to launch programs and folders and scroll through your contacts and files with one hand. Throw away those 500-page instruction books. If you are familiar with Windows 95 you will be at home with Windows CE. Microsoft has ensured an abundance of third party software by virtue of Windows CE open platform. Casio has reinforced this with great bonus software provided by us and by some of your favorite software companies. ... Read more

Features

  • Stereo audio
  • What's in the box: Cassiopeia E-100, Stylus, AC Adapter, Carrying case, Lithium ion rechargeable battery, CR2032 backup battery, Docking cradle, PC User's guide, Hardware guide
  • TFT display with over 65,000 colors
  • 16 MB RAM
  • CompactFlash slot

Reviews (40)

5-0 out of 5 stars Oldie but Goodie
This was my first PDA, bought via E-bay (sorry for the Ad, but that's the truth)in 2003.It was great for the things I used it (freshman at the University, so I had to make many essays), although it only had "Note taker" for that. The Excel sheets had to be done in another program (SpreadCE, great software). The problem was that there wasn't enough memory in the device to store many programs or files, but once I bought a CompactFlash card (first of 128 mb, after that of 512 mb) this wasn't a problem anymore! Another problem was the software made for the device. There isn't much, so you don't have as much options as with other PDAs, but the one that exists is (mostly) great, although many times you'll have to obtain it via "unorthodox" methods, because the companies that created them don't exist anymore, or don't handle them.
Why did I stopped using this wonderful item? Because the port that connects it with everything else (craddle, modem, keyboard) broke appart from the mainboard (??) of the PDA. After 2 months in repair, and the technicians clueless of how to make it work again, I decided that it was time to move on... it indeed was like loosing a true friend.
I'm using now a E-125 (of Casio) and many of the features of the older E-100 are missed, like the natural background image (I had to download a program to use my old images in the E-125 as backgrounds again), or the simplicity of the JOT reader (the E-125's JOT reader is far more complicated than the E-100's one), but anyway, it's something alike, but with more software available.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Neato
I bought my cassie when it first came out years ago, when it was $500, plus accessories!I still don't have a desire to get anything more.There is one exception.If I ever need to go wireless, and although I could add the necessary accessories to my cassie,I might rather buy a new, smaller PDA with built in communications capabilities, like the Blackberry, or even one of those PDA phones.

5-0 out of 5 stars casio e-100 palm size pc
I started out with a Palm V and thought it was the best ever.Even the green screen didn't put me off I just loved it.It was the first time I could truly say I was organised.Later I bought the Palm 515 and this had colour and was good, but it had no sound so I bought an iPAQ which had sound but felt the loss of the Palm OS was tragic (now using the far less stable Windows CE) still I continued and enjoyed the sound and movie playing on my iPAQ.Then I bought the E-100 second hand (the price was good so I grabbed it), and found that I like it best of all,mostly because of the TFT screen with more colours than the iPAQ, the feel of it in the hand, and built in expansion taking compact flash cards which means unlimited memory.Compact flash is less expensive and more common than the MMC (compact flash 2)cards used by Palm.These expansion packs you have to buy as an extra with the iPAQ.
Programs are hard to get for the E-100 but when you get one that works it is good.The programs look good and feel good to use.The battery lasts all day in the E-100 even though it was already used before I bought it, but iPAQ only lasts a few hours and this unit was brand new.In my opinion the E-100 is a brilliant PDA and I would like to see later incarnations of this unit.I still have two iPAQs but really love my E-100. I hope this is of some help to you.

5-0 out of 5 stars best palm-size color pc money can buy
I have an e-105, similar features...functionality is perfect but it is a little bit "thick" when compare with other brands...

4-0 out of 5 stars Great mp3/vid player but NOT a good game system.
The cassiopeia E-100 is a great mp3 and video player! (very easy to use the win CE player) All you have to do is go to casio's website and look up E-100 and they have a link to Microsoft's download page for the winmedia player for CE.
After that you just install the player on the cassiopeia; drag and drop all the mp3s you want in to the /my documents folder and when you run out of space on your E-100 just get a compact flash card (DIRT CHEAP on EbAy) and drop it into the expansion slot and your ready to go! The only
problem with it is there is ALOT of problems loading games on it
so if your looking for a "gameboy/pda" get a Palm IIIc (I also have a Palm IIIc and that is a GREAT game system but that cant play mp3s) ... Read more


4. Casio Cassiopeia E-105 Palm-Size PC
by Casio
list price: $599.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00000JSG5
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Casio
Sales Rank: 85739
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Put a lot of color in your pocket with the Cassiopeia E-105, the ultimate in mobile information management. With its big color display and powerful 131 MHz processor, the E-105 is a multimedia powerhouse that enables users to view movies or surf the Internet in vivid color with rich stereo sound. And the E-105 delivers the comprehensive functionality and application support you've come to expect from the Windows CE platform, making it the perfect tool for remote connectivity and contact management. Microsoft Windows CE ensures tight integration with Windows 95/98/NT, and the E-105's small size, large 65, 536 color, 16-bit display, and ergonomically-placed controls are testimony to its portability, functionality and simplicity. An elegantly designed Action Wheel enables you to launch programs and folders and scroll through your contacts and files with one hand. Casio has also provided plenty of RAM to run those resource-intensive multimedia programs and store plenty of data, and Casio has included a CompactFlash slot so you can add more memory if you like. Casio has built versatility into the E-105 by adding a serial port, speaker, stereo headphone jack, microphone and IrDA. ... Read more

Features

  • What's in the box: Cassiopeia E-105, Stylus, AC Adapter, Carrying case, Lithium ion rechargeable battery, CR2032 backup battery, Docking cradle, PC User's guide, Hardware guide
  • TFT display with over 65,000 colors
  • 32 MB RAM
  • Plays stereo Windows Media, converted MP3, and video
  • CompactFlash slot

Reviews (6)

2-0 out of 5 stars The technology is not yet ready for this machine
I got the E-105 and have used it for a few months now.The MP3 player is OK, but after playing 5 or 6 songs, it hogs memory and starts cracking.The only way to remedy is to soft reset the machine.Using the MP3 playerslowly drains the memory until it performs painfully slow. The sync cradledoes not work properly and disconnects from the computer at randomintervals. The screen is all scratched from using the stylus (weak). Themore programs loaded onto the 32 megs of internal memory, the slower itgets.Loading even 1 MP3 file on the 32 megs of internal memory makes itpainfully slow.What is the point of having so much memory if you can'tuse it? CE could use a new version too.There is no option to closeprograms.You have to either reset the machine or go to START, SETTINGS,SYSTEM, TASK MANAGER, END TASK to close programs.What's up with that? Theintent for a good product is there, but don't beleive the hype, thisproduct is not ready for the masses.

5-0 out of 5 stars No Comparision!
I've owned everything from Apple's Newton to the Palm Pilot.Nothing compares to the E100 or E105.I purchased an E100 when they first came out and recently upgraded to the E105.My only complaint with the unit is that it's more difficult to find software and accessories for as compared to aPalm Pilot.The hardware is great.Those little nuances such as the builtin joystick and digital stereo sound are hard to live without.I've addedthe camera attachment for it.It's nice, but not a substitute for a realdigital camera.I've also added the IBM 340 micro drive, which I've easilyfilled with software (mapping, games, application, reference, digital audiobooks and MP3 audio files).I recommend Utopiasoft's Hum for MP3 playback. If you're a businessperson, I definitely recombined Casio Soft's pTabsoftware.It's an Excel compatible spreadsheet app that's incredible. Ialso recommend eWallet.It allows you to carry around everything (exceptmoney) you carry in your regular wallet (travel membership info, creditcards, passwords, pictures, etc.).You can also use the E105 to browse theInternet.One quick cable and a $20 web browser on you're on the Net (Notpseudo web browsing (two way paging) like the Palm VI), but real browsingof color web pages with graphics.In this short of space, I can'tcommunicate everything this PDA is to me.Just buy one and you'll see!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best PPC out there
I've had my E-105 for about a week now and wouldn't part without it.It's perfect for toting around all my personal info as well as some minor computing tasks.Love using the note feature for jotting down notes in ameeting... also a crowd pleaser (perfect stall when you need one).Thehandwriting recognition 'JOT' is much easier to learn than Palm'sGrafitti.

My only gripe is not with the product but more with WinCE. When you want to turn a program off, you have to goUTILITIES->SYSTEM->SELECT PROGRAM->CLICK END TASK.A pain whenyou've got a few apps open and need some more memory, but that's a CE thingthat I'm sure MS will fix.The best PDA out there!

5-0 out of 5 stars Cassiopeia beats PalmPilot by a mile
I recently bought a Cassiopeia and I am happy to say that I have ABSOLUTLY NO PROBLEM WITH IT!Well, except y that you can't play Age of Empires II on it!

The Cassiopeia has helped me get much more organised. It's"Tasks" menu let's you enter all the things you have to do, andit reminds you to do them!

You can take down notes in it; It's got acharacter recodniser as well as a keyboard, and this alows for fast typingspeeds.

I've also Heard that you can buy an emulator of the Net for it,and this alows you to play any game you want on the Cassiopeia! If Anyoneknows where this site is, E-mail me at: Rohama@hotmail.com

4-0 out of 5 stars Palm on Steroids
I picked the E-105 vs. other PDA's (previously owning a Palm 5000 & a Psion 5) because of it's color display, spacious memory/expandibility, and the ability to play stereo MP3s. I can view images from my digital cameraon it (because it can use compact flash cards - I have 100 megs worth!),and I keep full color pictures on it. It syncs very well with Outlook(faster than a Palm) and it retains all the Outlook functionality (notes inan event). It hooks up to a PC via a serial port although USB would bemuch better (this would be an incredible addition for transfering large MP3files). I bought Microsoft Maps & Streets ($20 after the rebate), andI can create custom US maps (it doesn't highlight your route for you... andyou have to cut and paste the directions as text files).The MicrosoftAudio Player does not play MP3s natively from a flash card and you have touse the proprietary .WMA format, so I bought the Conduits' Pocket MP3Player (I have gigs of MP3s). Unfortunetely, there is a slight buzzingwhen I play back MP3 (during quiet passages... it's not terrible, but it isnoticable).Battery life is about 2 hours (of audio playback), butstrictly as a PDA (calendar, contacts, reading email, & notes), it canlast a couple of days.The movie player is neat to demo, but it's not allthat useful (it would be cool if I could USB transfer a video of the dailyTop News Stories to it - 2.5 minute of video is 6.6 megs).Doom runs on it(the screen is too small). I can play Audible audio books on it.All inall, it's a true multimedia PDA. I just ordered a keyboard for it, and Ihope to use it on the coach seat of an airplane to write/reply to emails(rather than powering up my clunky laptop). ... Read more


5. Casio Cassiopeia E-115 Color Pocket PC
by Casio
list price: $599.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004SYVH
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Casio
Sales Rank: 53320
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Cassiopeia E-115 puts a lot of color in your pocket--it's the ultimate in mobile information management. With its big color display and powerful 131 MHz processor, the E-115 is a multimedia powerhouse that lets you view movies or surf the Internet in vivid color with rich stereo sound. And the E-115 delivers the comprehensive functionality and application support you've come to expect from the Pocket PC platform, making it the perfect tool for remote connectivity management.

The E-115 comes with a wealth of software, both for fun and productivity. Mail Setup Tool is an application that simplifies the otherwise troublesome settings you would need to make in order to send and receive e-mall on your Pocket PC. Mail Setup Tool makes the required settings to configure the E-115 for your Internet service provider. With Mail Setup Tool, you input the information you get from your ISP by just following the instructions that appear on the display of your Pocket PC.

Mobile Calendar is an easy-to-use calendar synchronization tool that works with Microsoft Outlook 2000 on your PC. Mobile Address Book synchronizes scheduling data with Microsoft Outlook 2000 on your PC. Palm Pilot Data Converter lets you to move your Palm Pilot contact and schedule information to the E-115.

Mobile Video Player for PC lets you play Cassiopeia original movie format (CMF) files on your computer. After installing this software, simply double-click a CMF file to play it. Mobile Video Converter converts popular PC-based video formats (MPEG-1, AVI, and QuickTime) into the CMF format that you can see, hear, and enjoy on your E-115.

The Audible application supports Audible.com, where you'll find thousands of spoken-word audio programs--from bestselling audiobooks to readings of top newspapers and magazines. Card Backup Tool lets you quickly and easily back up your E-115 memory data to a CompactFlash card. Casio Menu makes it possible to launch applications and open files by tapping a button on the screen. It even lets you assign the application or file you want to each button. (For a complete list of the E-115's extensive included software, see our FAQ).

Powerful, productive, connected, versatile, feature-rich, fast, easy to use, ergonomic, fun, value packed, and expandable--the Cassiopeia E-115 is the perfect Pocket PC companion for your busy lifestyle.

What's in the box

  • Cassiopeia E-115
  • Stylus
  • Docking Cradle
  • AC Adapter
  • Lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack
  • CR2032 lithium battery
  • Connector cable
  • Pocket PC User's Guide
  • Hardware Guide
... Read more

Features

  • What's in the box: Cassiopeia E-115, Stylus, Docking Cradle, AC Adapter, Lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack, CR2032 lithium battery, Connector cable, User's Guide, Hardware Guide
  • Fast 131 MHz processor, 32 MB RAM, 65,536-color screen
  • Built-in microphone, speaker, infrared port
  • Plays stereo MP3, Audible.com spoken-word content, Microsoft audio, and video movies
  • Extensive Microsoft and Casio software suite

Reviews (37)

4-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant little unit
I am so glad I finally bought this device after so many months of scrutinising the competitors. I almost settled on the EM500 until a comparison of specs showed it to be virtually the same in look/effect but an inferior unit in grunt (only 16MB of internal RAM).

EASE OF USE: The E115 is **very** easy to use -- a pulldown Start menu at the top left will get you in or out of any program instantly. The down side is there is no little 'x' at the top right to close your programs, and you can either live with them simply opening on top of each other, eventually slowing you down (or so I'm told), or you can make six (yes six) taps to get to the correct setting option to shut them down. While this sounds immensely annoying, I discovered it wasn't really and I just adapted, only going to close programs when I got to more than three open at once. And even with six programs running, I noted no discernable loss of speed. Further, the downloadable TaskPro Navigator program was written to fix this CE problem, for those who go nuts with more than one open program and want to close as they go.

READIBILITY: The color is fabulous -- and books/documents/report reading, one of the two main reasons I bought this, are excellent on the eye, even after two or three hours of reading. Nice big screen -- no green/grey backgrounds the early Palms et al which make me drowsy and my eyes achey after twenty minutes. E115 comes with Microsoft Reader so you can also download books for even easier-on-the-eyes reading. I love Reader mode. Top marks.

DESIGN FLAWS: There are five obvious design flaws: One, the AC adaptor plug is on the bottom, left side of the device and, when propped up in bed reading, you get it jabbing annoyingly into your chest. Sometimes I run it on batteries just to avoid the digging in power cord.

Two, the power button on the left side of the device can be bumped easily. While it doesn't matter if you bump it off (it always restarts with exactly what you had on your screen when working -- even your music starts up exactly where you left off! BRILLIANT.) It does have a problem that when you are sliding the unit into the case provided, it can bump 'on' and without knowing it, it could be powered on inside the case, draining down the batteries. Thus I now put it in the case and try and sneek a peek to see if it is on. (not easy) And yes, I immediately ordered a different style of case ASAP to prevent this.

Three:Serial port connection? Not a flaw so much as a bad decision. God, you could grow old and grey waiting for this thing to download an MP3. Takes me an hour on average for a four minute song. I want a USB cable!! Still, when you think about it, once you've downloaded all of what you need, like your favorite songs, you're all set. Apart from the occasional report (which in contrast takes only a minute or so to download) you won't really spend your life downloading stuff onto it. And if you want more than a dozen songs, constantly updated, you probably should consider buying an MP3 player instead.

Four: The record button is on the left of the unit -- handy if you want instant access I suppose, but given most people aren't journalists needing that quote in three seconds or less, a less accessible record button would be preferable. I am often bumping it and recording instantly a marvellous assortment of background sound without intending to. Nice waste of memory space that, if you're not careful. On the other hand, it is a pretty fabulous function in the first place and I like how you can easily name your sound bites and treat them like any other program.

Five: When you listen to music, the three front buttons are instantly reconfigured and can be reprogrammed as a mini remote. Therefore the button you usually use to scroll down in a document may be, for example, programmed to fast forward. Now what if you wanted to read a document AND listen to music? Setting the button at NONE in the program still disables it from its non-music scroll mode. So you have to use your pen to scroll down the document, while listening to music, regardless of whether the buttons are allocated a new function in Windows Media mode. Another small aside -- sometimes the music pauses as you open and close new programs.

INTERNET and EMAIL: Those wanting this unit for the Internet browsing ability when you buy optional extra the modem card, I do not recommend it. It's taken an eternity for me to configure this correctly to go online and it still won't let me access some sites, like hotmail and google, for no reason I can fathom. Some tell me it's just the nature of the Windows CE environment. If this is so -- and net browsing is why you bought it, it's a rip-off. Fortunately it wasn't what I needed it for, so I don't care so much. And it may just be (my) human error, so do more research. Meanwhile I still can't figure out how to configure it to send an Outlook email from it (despite reading every instruction I could find), although mercifully there are some sites I can surf to and send an email from there, so it's not an impossible problem. Meanwhile its synchronisation between PC and unit with Outlook Express is trouble free, but it won't synch with any other mail programs you might use on your PC like Eudora.

PICTURES: Nice clear vivid images. You'll love how they come up.

SOUND: Oh baby, here's where I go nuts. A built-in MP3 player that you don't HAVE to use earphones to use! You can just hit play and wow a roomful of your friends. It's excellent. Lovely quality and it compares well with the top-of-the-line Iomega hip-zip mp3 player I also own.

CALENDAR/APPOINTMENTS/CONTACT: So easy to use and sort it was a godsend. And with the Today menu button you can always see at a glance what's up with your tasks, appointments and mails. Excellent. Contact list is brilliant and you can store multiple phone numbers and emails for the one person.

SUMMARY:The flaws sound worse than they are. This has proved to be a most savvy purchase. With 32mb inbuilt and endlessly expandable thanks to the type1 compact flash card slot on the back, you'll be set forever if you want. The AC adaptor means even if you kill the battery and can't find a new one, you can still use it till the day you die. The color is so amazing you have to see it to believe it; and the MP3 player is of a fine quality. For those who need it to read lots of stuff this is absolutely the right unit. Accept no substitutes. There's plenty of programs to download, too, and I doubt I'll ever tire of it. Unless I/they fix the internet problems, (depending on who is responsible) I wouldn't recommend it for this. But for every other function, I'd give it 10 out of 10.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Class of its Own
Excellent battery life. Color and screen easy to read. Easy to connect and highly compatible with Windows 98. Expansion cards readily available. Great back up capability to expansion card. However buttons are too easily pushed that activate the device ( a press and hold feature to turn on would be nice). This is the third PDA I have purchased and find this one to be the finest on the market.

3-0 out of 5 stars Almost Great
This product had great potential, but there just aren't enough programs that work through Windows CE and 98 seamlessly. Casio has made a device that is lightning fast and has an amazing display (131 MHz and over 65,000 colors). The only real qualm I have with this machine, other than the software problems, is the battery. If you leave it off for a few days the battery is wasted and your memory is completely erased (I had the same problem a few years ago with a first generation Nino). When Microsoft gets its act together and makes their CE software more reliable they will have the Palm-PC market cornered and devices like these will be worth while.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I had an old version of the HP Jornado, it always crashed and theActiveSync always exploded in my face! My Casio E115 Pocket PC doesn't havethis problem. Its true MS really does get it right the 3rd time round! I'mextremely pleased with my Pocket PC, it provides all my trustedproductivity tools as well as MP3, eBooks, Audio Books, Office capabilitiesand most awesome of all video. I love the thing, the only thing missing nowis longer battery life and a GPRS version that is always on so I can accessthe Internet anywhere I go!

I think the PDA will become main stream very,very soon. I started with the Apple Newton and now I'm at the Pocket PCera, the Casio is a marval with the exception of being slow for contentrich video. Apart from that I can't really fault it !

In terms ofexperience it is much better than PALM... Sorry .... Even people in theoffice who have been PALM loyalist are seriously considering switching asI'm always talking about it!

PALM, watch out Microsoft has really SOLD mein term of richness and experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars CASSIOPEIA
THIS IS MY FIRST PDA WHAT A DEVICE IT IS REALLY AWSOME PLENTY OF MEMORY.NOW I CAN READ MY FAVORITE NEWS PAPERS ALL DAY LONG MONITOR MY STOCKS ANDWRITE MY PRESCRIPTIONS ON ANY COPYIER THAT HAS AN INFRA RED EYE. I PLAN TOADD A MEMORY CARD SO I CAN LISTEN TO MY MP3 MUSIC IT REALLY GOT IT ALL ... Read more


6. Casio Cassiopeia EM-500 Color Pocket PC (Green)
by Casio
list price: $399.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004VWTA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Casio
Sales Rank: 83022
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The slim EM-500 is a mobile multimedia tool that targets both the younger market and professionals. Designed to highlight Casio's new faster processor and available in 5 different colors, the EM-500 is stylishly designed and engineered to take advantage of the new and emerging digital content that is available on the Internet. The EM-500 is the first Pocket PC to feature the new MMC (multimedia card memory system) featuring postage stamp size memory cards with up to 64MB of storage. ... Read more

Features

  • 16 MB of internal RAM, expands up to additional 64 MB with optional MultiMediaCards
  • What's in the box: Cassiopeia EM-500, Stylus, USB Cradle, AC Adapter, Lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack, CR2032 lithium battery, Connector cable, Pocket PC User's Guide, Hardware Guide
  • Color screen with 240 x 320 display in 65,536 colors
  • Synchronize to your desktop with rapid USB data transfer
  • Includes Microsoft Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Money, and Pocket Internet Explorer

Reviews (5)

3-0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother
It's not bad when it works.I have had the 500 series now for just over 1 year.It broke the first time half way through the warrentee and the second right after it ran out.With only an MMC slot the expandibility stinks as well.On the plus side, the screen is very bright and nice, battery life was good, and the price is now almost half what I originally paid.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great system, crappy accessory selection
Just got a EM-500 and I love it. But I was shocked to learn that no one makes a keyboard for the system - folding or otherwise. I've even called the manfacturers, and they say they have no plans to make one. So if you want to add something along those lines, look for a different pocket PC.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent PDA
I love PDA's (and computers in general, for that matter) and this is an excellent device. There was a time when I swore by Palm's pda's, but while Windows CE (now known as Pocket PC) has evolved to near-desktop power, the Palm has remained virtually unchanged. Of the Pocket PC's available, this unit is the best compromise of size and power. It packs a 150mhz cpu (more powerful than the HP Jornada, less than the Ipaq), 16mb of ram, and an amazing screen capable of displaying 16bit color. The Ipaq and HP Jornada can both only do 12-bit color at best. All of that is packed in a comfortable, small device that feels extremely solid in the hand.

While I do believe the EM-500 is probably the best unit available, it does have a few draw-backs. The miserly 16mb of ram is hardly enough... if you buy this make sure to get a 32mb or 64mb memory card to go with it. My other complaints are minimal: lack of hardware volume control, location of IRDA port... but none of these minor issues really impact the usefulness of the unit.

Definitely a great PDA, and well worth the money

4-0 out of 5 stars Great device for a great price
I've been using mine for the past two weeks and havn't hada single problem.Sure the 16 meg is a bit limiting but ifbuy a 32 or 64 meg MMC card, well my friend, you're in hog heaven!The usablility can't be beat.The screen is clear and it just so easy to use.My advice, get Doom4CE and watch allyour friends go green with envy as you play Doom anywhere.It's awesome!

4-0 out of 5 stars ease of use
I had a casio cassiopeia em500 Until someone stoll it. But I thought it was a great product to own cause I could store bunches of info into my casio.I used it every day. It is just like using a computer except that it is a little smaller,the casio even has a color display for easy to see screen at night or day.It is also small enough to fit into your pocket. ... Read more


7. Casio Cassiopeia EM-500 Color Pocket PC (Red)
by Casio
list price: $399.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004VWTB
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Casio
Sales Rank: 71634
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The new slim designed EM-500 is a mobile multimedia tool that targets a younger market. Designed to highlight Casio's new faster processor and available in 5 different colors, the EM-500 is stylishly designed and engineered to take advantage of the new and emerging digital content that is available on the Internet. The EM-500 is the first Pocket PC to feature the new MMC (multimedia card memory system) featuring postage stamp size memory cards with up to 64MB of storage. ... Read more

Features

  • 16 MB of internal RAM, expands up to additional 64 MB with optional MultiMediaCards
  • What's in the box: Cassiopeia EM-500, Stylus, USB Cradle, AC Adapter, Lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack, CR2032 lithium battery, Connector cable, Pocket PC User's Guide, Hardware Guide
  • Color screen with 240 x 320 display in 65,536 colors
  • Synchronize to your desktop with rapid USB data transfer
  • Includes Microsoft Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Money, and Pocket Internet Explorer

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars I own one
This is a great pda for the price and it works well with windows which is a major plus. I am a med student and use mine to reference material quickly (it makes me look like a genius). Anyway, it has lot of other app as well so you can use it to play your fav song... on the train/bus or edit email or read a book... I COULD GO ON AND ON... anyway, good deal especially if you find one used.

4-0 out of 5 stars High quality, limited expandability
I purchased the EM500 as my first PDA, along with a 64MB MMC card. The card allows me to store vast amounts of data and music on MMC, compensating somewhat for the barebones 16 MB of RAM permitted in this device.

Due to technological changes by Microsoft, the EM-500 and most other Pocket PCs on the market as of August 2001 cannot be upgraded to the new Windows Pocket PC 2002 operating system.

Assuming you need to buy a PDA before the new generation of Pocket PC 2002 PDAs reaches the market, the EM-500 is a great choice.

The video quality is excellent. The unit design is simple, sturdy and elegant. The included applications are more than sufficient for the average PDA or MP3 user. The success of the character and handwriting recognition software in translating simple messages was a pleasant surprise.

For added convenience, buy Casio's EM500 docking cradle.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent PDA
I love PDA's (and computers in general, for that matter) and this is an excellent device. There was a time when I swore by Palm's pda's, but while Windows CE (now known as Pocket PC) has evolved to near-desktop power, the Palm has remained virtually unchanged. Of the Pocket PC's available, this unit is the best compromise of size and power. It packs a 150mhz cpu (more powerful than the HP Jornada, less than the Ipaq), 16mb of ram, and an amazing screen capable of displaying 16bit color. The Ipaq and HP Jornada can both only do 12-bit color at best. All of that is packed in a comfortable, small device that feels extremely solid in the hand.

While I do believe the EM-500 is probably the best unit available, it does have a few draw-backs. The miserly 16mb of ram is hardly enough... if you buy this make sure to get a 32mb or 64mb memory card to go with it. My other complaints are minimal: lack of hardware volume control, location of IRDA port... but none of these minor issues really impact the usefulness of the unit.

Definitely a great PDA, and well worth the money

3-0 out of 5 stars Would score it much higher except for a couple concerns
I had the unique opportunity to use and evaluate the Casio EM500 for a week to determine if I was interested in purchasing it.At the end of that week, I really wanted to buy this PDA, but I had some lingering concerns that kept me from doing so.Here are some of my thoughts after using it:

-First off, I really loved the display on this unit.It was extremely bright and easy to read even in daylight.I would not have thought it, but a color screen made a HUGE difference.I had a Palm Pilot before, so I know what I'm talking about here.This Casio has one of the best displays of any of the color units.

-I really liked the PocketPC OS with just a few exceptions.As I mentioned earlier, I have had a Palm Pilot in the past.Of the two operating systems, I prefer the PocketPC.This is largely due to the fact that I use a lot of Microsoft products (Outlook, Word, Excel, Money) and it was extremely easy to synch with data with these applications.Some people prefer the Palm OS's simplicity, but for what I needed to do, I found greater functionality in the PocketPC.The only reservations I had was that the PocketPC makes in annoyingly difficult to close applications and its navigation could be simplified.

-The actual hardware design of this unit is fair.It's a little on the bulky side, but I never expected to be able to fit it in my pocket to begin with.While I liked the semi-scroll wheel on the side, I never used the multi-directional D-pad on the front.In fact, I rarely used any of the buttons on the front.I was also very disappointed that there was no cradle included.The USB cable was kind of awkward to have lying across my desk, and I would have appreciated a cradle to set the unit in when not in use.

-Battery life was impressive.While I never did an official test, I was often able to go through two days of normal use before needing to recharge.The unit uses a Lithium Ion battery.

-Don't underestimate the benefit of having Internet Explorer and Microsoft Reader as included applications.Using Avantgo (which is included), it is very easy to read news, weather, and stocks from sources like MSN and Yahoo.The problem is that it is not a live connection to the Internet, and you must wait until you synch with a PC again to get the information updated.It was also fairly easy to find e-books for Microsoft Reader.

-This unit only comes with 16mb memory.While that is more than enough to run most of the bundled applications, don't expect to play many MP3's on the Media Player unless you buy additional memory.

That brings me to the biggest single drawback of this PDA and the reason I did not end up buying it.This Casio EM500 has a MMC (Multi-Media Card) expansion slot.Most of the PDA's today use Compact Flash memory slots.This means that while I could find MMC memory to buy for my Casio, I could not find very many other expansion options.There are no modems available, or cameras, or any other type of expansion pack available other that just a memory card.Being that MMC is not really catching on, at least in the USA, I worry even about the availability of MMC memory packs in the future.While this may not be important to many people, it was to me.If I am going to spend this much money on a PDA, I want it to last for a while.I want to be able to be able to expand or upgrade the unit as new technologies and products occur.Even Casio seems to realize they made a mistake by using MMC in this unit rather than Compact Flash.Newer Casio models now use Compact Flash.

NOTE: Casio announced recently that EM500 will be capable of supporting SD (secure digital) memory cards.This will require a downloadable update from the Casio web site.Even with this announcement I still am concerned about upgradability options.I have yet to see anyone selling SD memory cards.

If you are not interested in expansions such modems and such, then this is an excellent PDA for you and a great value.I give it four stars (****) in that case.For those of you that are like me and crave expansion, I would suggest looking at the Casio E-125, or better yet, the Compaq iPaq line of handhelds.

4-0 out of 5 stars RED
My only complaint is with the dull metalic red color, I was expecting a more vibrant red!

If the color isnt important to you,it's great! ... Read more


8. Casio Cassiopeia EM-500 Color Pocket PC (Sky Blue)
by Casio
list price: $399.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004VWT9
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Casio
Sales Rank: 56012
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The slim EM-500 is a mobile multimedia tool that targets both the younger market and professionals. Designed to highlight Casio's new faster processor and available in 5 different colors, the EM-500 is stylishly designed and engineered to take advantage of the new and emerging digital content that is available on the Internet. The EM-500 is the first Pocket PC to feature the new MMC (multimedia card memory system) featuring postage stamp size memory cards with up to 64MB of storage. ... Read more

Features

  • Color screen with 240 x 320 display in 65,536 colors
  • Synchronize to your desktop with rapid USB data transfer
  • Includes Microsoft Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Money, and Pocket Internet Explorer
  • 16 MB of internal RAM, expands up to additional 64 MB with optional MultiMediaCards
  • What's in the box: Cassiopeia EM-500, Stylus, USB Cradle, AC Adapter, Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, CR2032 lithium battery, Connector cable, Pocket PC User's Guide, Hardware Guide

Reviews (17)

2-0 out of 5 stars Power problems plague EM-500
I bought my EM-500 last fall and have had to send it back twice now for repairs.For some reason, out of the blue, it just refuses to either turn on, or remain on after a few minutes.There is a power update that I installed when I first got it but it doesn't seem to fix the problem at hand.If you're looking for dependency and reliablity, I defiantly wouldn't recommend the EM-500.I've lost all my data twice now (partly my fault because I didn't do a backup).

2-0 out of 5 stars Power problems plague EM-500
I bought my EM-500 last fall and have had to send it back twice now for repairs.For some reason, out of the blue, it just refuses to either turn on, or remain on after a few minutes.There is a power update that I installed when I first got it but it doesn't seem to fix the problem at hand.If you're looking for dependency and reliablity, I defiantly wouldn't recommend the EM-500.I've lost all my data twice now (partly my fault because I didn't do a backup).

4-0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to get it...
i've just ordered an em-500 and am very excited to get it.I can't wait to get this device and see what it can do.so far, the reviews have been great and i am very anxious to try it.i will get back when i receive my device....

2-0 out of 5 stars A waste of money
I both like and hate my Casiopia.From a hardware perspective, it is great.The display and color is wonderful and I love the buttons.Also, unlike the Palms, they didn't waste 1/3 of the screen on a typing space so you can see more on the screen.

What I hate about it is the software.As always, Micro$oft makes (...) software that is slow and propriatary.I cannot get anything non-Microsoft to work very well.I tried to get the Franklin Covey software to work and it wreaks havoc on my task lists.When I called about it, I was told that Microsoft keeps changing things and they couldn't keep up.Also, when I asked around about other software I find that the selection is abysmal.It takes about 30 minutes to synch.And if the first of the two batteries is low, it won't let you use it (it turns itself off as soon as you turn it on) even though the second battery is full.

Hey Casio!Ever think of using Linux?

I don't know if I would rather have the Casiopia or a Palm.I love the screen size but I hate the software.I think I will wait for the Cell Phone/PDA combos to come down in price.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Pocket PC!
Well I just bought an EM-500 Sky Blue and am very happy. I know that there are going to be a lot of new Pocket PC's hitting the market soon but I did some research and found out that this is really all I need. The price is great (only 299.99 here) and the MMC/SD cards are going down! There is an optional modem from casio and a few other venors that plugs into the port at the bottem of the devise. I have 3 32 Mb MMC cars (I own an Mp3 player that uses them)and that is plenty of space for anything I want. If you have been thinking of buying this, do it. You will be very happy! ... Read more


9. Casio Cassiopeia EM-500 Color Pocket PC (Slate Blue)
by Casio

Asin: B00004VWM5
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Casio
Sales Rank: 40467
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The slim EM-500 is a mobile multimedia tool that targets both the younger market and professionals. Designed to highlight Casio's new faster processor and available in 5 different colors, the EM-500 is stylishly designed and engineered to take advantage of the new and emerging digital content that is available on the Internet. The EM-500 is the first Pocket PC to feature the new MMC (multimedia card memory system) featuring postage stamp size memory cards with up to 64MB of storage. ... Read more

Features

  • Color screen with 240 x 320 display in 65,536 colors
  • Includes Microsoft Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Money, and Pocket Internet Explorer
  • 16 MB of internal RAM, expands up to additional 64 MB with optional MultiMediaCards
  • Play MP3 audio files with built-in speaker
  • What's in the box: Cassiopeia EM-500, Stylus, USB Cradle, AC Adapter, Lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack, CR2032 lithium battery, Connector cable, Pocket PC User's Guide, Hardware Guide

Reviews (34)

5-0 out of 5 stars Three years old
I've had mine for three years.I did buy it new, though.I have been eyeing the Dell Axim, but since there is nothing wrong with my Casio, I can't find any reason to switch.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor craftsmanship!
Sure the em-500 is great, while it works!I bought two units off ebay and they were like new when I received them.One worked fine for only about six months, then the internal memory died and left me with a 200 dollar paperweight.The second lasted another six months.Then it too, developed a case of the internal flu.It won't even work right long enough for me too get the information stored in it off!If it were just one unit I might think I were just unlucky, but two going bad tells me these aren't built to withstand even normal use! A paper and pencil would have been so much cheaper!

5-0 out of 5 stars Too Cool
I purchased it 2 years ago. I used it just a little. Now I sell real estate, and I think it just great. I am learning how many wonderful features it has. The screen is a little hard to read in the sun, but what are sun-glasses for??? I wish that they had not stop making it. Most of my friends use the palm, and they are always saying how hard it is to use, this em-500 is a breeze.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Pocket Pc Is Great!!!...
I bought this pocket pc last year ... i enjoy using it and have done what i want with it i use every free software i can find on it and it seems to keep up pretty well considering it is a 2001 model ;) it is a good value for its prize BUT... the battery doesent seem to keep up with me :( but if you want to spend a little more you can buy an extended life battery from casio :) so in conclusion it is a great handheld but its battery life could have been better

5-0 out of 5 stars Excelent Performance At Low Cost!!
I buy this because i needed an organiser (addresses/phone book, notes, etc)and need advance features like Word Excel Money, and this little jewel do it and much more.
Very Good PDA, stable and fast.
Only problem is the low factory memory but
the solution is my 64mb of MMC memory i
buy with it :) ... Read more


10. Casio Cassiopeia EM-500 Color Pocket PC (Yellow)
by Casio
list price: $399.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004VWTE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Casio
Sales Rank: 78825
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Cassiopeia EM-500, Casio's follow-up to its E-100 series of personaldigital assistants, closely mirrors the E-115 but offers a few changes. Thebiggest change is the move to using MultiMediaCard (MMC) memory over the morestandard CompactFlash memory slot. The postage stamp-size MMC cards offer neededmemory expandability (as the EM-500 comes with only 16 MB of internal memory,compared to the 32 MB of the E-115), especially if you plan to use the EM-500 asa portable MP3 player--one of its many multimedia capabilities.

While MMC over CompactFlash limits the ability of the EM-500 to use many PocketPC peripherals, we were willing to overlook that once we got a peek at the EM-500's gorgeousTFT screen. This very bright, very colorful (65,536 colors, to beexact) display shines beautifully when you're playing games or watching mobilevideo player clips, which run along at a respectable 15 to 20 frames per secondwith the EM-500's 150 MHz MIPS processor.

The thick EM-500 (about twice the thickness of the Palm Vx) offers standardCasio programmable buttons to bring up the menu, calendar, and contacts, as wellas a navigational D-pad, which is great for gaming. In addition to functioningas a stereo MP3 player (when using the included headphones), the EM-500 alsoworks as a voice recorder, allowing you to dictate reminders for yourself orvoice messages to send with e-mail. Casio promises six hours of battery life,but we often were able to get seven or more as long as we left the backlight onmedium brightness.

With its IrDA port, the EM-500 can communicate with wireless devices, and itsUSB connection provides speedy data transfer--even installing programs largerthan a megabyte took only a few seconds.

Despite the limited memory and the lack of CompactFlash support, the powerfulprocessor, excellent display, and long battery life make the EM-500 acompetitive entry into the Pocket PC market. --J. Curtis

Pros:

  • TFT color screen
  • USB connection
  • Good battery life
  • Expandable using MultiMediaCard memory
Cons:
  • Only 16 MB of internal memory
  • No CompactFlash support
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Features

  • Color screen with 240 x 320 display in 65,536 colors
  • Synchronize to your desktop with rapid USB data transfer
  • Includes Microsoft Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Money, and Pocket Internet Explorer
  • 16 MB of internal RAM, expands up to additional 64 MB with optional MultiMediaCards
  • What's in the box: Cassiopeia EM-500, Stylus, USB Cradle, AC Adapter, Lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack, CR2032 lithium battery, Connector cable, Pocket PC User's Guide, Hardware Guide

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars it's realy good
The casio is a really good casio because it is a casio and i THINK IT IS VERY GOOD BECAUSE THESE CASIO'S are always good and so i say this casio is good because it is a casio and casio's are really good so i say this casio is good because it is a casio and casios are good...

p.s. casios are good because their casios

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent PDA
I love PDA's (and computers in general, for that matter) and this is an excellent device. There was a time when I swore by Palm's pda's, but while Windows CE (now known as Pocket PC) has evolved to near-desktop power, the Palm has remained virtually unchanged. Of the Pocket PC's available, this unit is the best compromise of size and power. It packs a 150mhz cpu (more powerful than the HP Jornada, less than the Ipaq), 16mb of ram, and an amazing screen capable of displaying 16bit color. The Ipaq and HP Jornada can both only do 12-bit color at best. All of that is packed in a comfortable, small device that feels extremely solid in the hand.

While I do believe the EM-500 is probably the best unit available, it does have a few draw-backs. The miserly 16mb of ram is hardly enough... if you buy this make sure to get a 32mb or 64mb memory card to go with it. My other complaints are minimal: lack of hardware volume control, location of IRDA port... but none of these minor issues really impact the usefulness of the unit.

Definitely a great PDA, and well worth the money

3-0 out of 5 stars Would have scored it higher except for a couple of concerns
I had the unique opportunity to use and evaluate the Casio EM500 for a week to determine if I was interested in purchasing it. At the end of that week, I really wanted to buy this PDA, but I had some lingering concerns that kept me from doing so. Here are some of my thoughts after using it:

-First off, I really loved the display on this unit. It was extremely bright and easy to read even in daylight. I would not have thought it, but a color screen made a HUGE difference. I had a Palm Pilot before, so I know what I'm talking about here. This Casio has one of the best displays of any of the color units.

-I really liked the PocketPC OS with just a few exceptions. As I mentioned earlier, I have had a Palm Pilot in the past. Of the two operating systems, I prefer the PocketPC. This is largely due to the fact that I use a lot of Microsoft products (Outlook, Word, Excel, Money) and it was extremely easy to synch with data with these applications. Some people prefer the Palm OS's simplicity, but for what I needed to do, I found greater functionality in the PocketPC. The only reservations I had was that the PocketPC makes in annoyingly difficult to close applications and its navigation could be simplified.

-The actual hardware design of this unit is fair. It's a little on the bulky side, but I never expected to be able to fit it in my pocket to begin with. While I liked the semi-scroll wheel on the side, I never used the multi-directional D-pad on the front. In fact, I rarely used any of the buttons on the front. I was also very disappointed that there was no cradle included. The USB cable was kind of awkward to have lying across my desk, and I would have appreciated a cradle to set the unit in when not in use.

-Battery life was impressive. While I never did an official test, I was often able to go through two days of normal use before needing to recharge. The unit uses a Lithium Ion battery.

-Don't underestimate the benefit of having Internet Explorer and Microsoft Reader as included applications. Using Avantgo (which is included), it is very easy to read news, weather, and stocks from sources like MSN and Yahoo. The problem is that it is not a live connection to the Internet, and you must wait until you synch with a PC again to get the information updated. It was also fairly easy to find e-books for Microsoft Reader.

-This unit only comes with 16mb memory. While that is more than enough to run most of the bundled applications, don't expect to play many MP3's on the Media Player unless you buy additional memory.

That brings me to the biggest single drawback of this PDA and the reason I did not end up buying it. This Casio EM500 has a MMC (Multi-Media Card) expansion slot. Most of the PDA's today use Compact Flash memory slots. This means that while I could find MMC memory to buy for my Casio, I could not find very many other expansion options. There are no modems available, or cameras, or any other type of expansion pack available other that just a memory card. Being that MMC is not really catching on, at least in the USA, I worry even about the availability of MMC memory packs in the future. While this may not be important to many people, it was to me. If I am going to spend this much money on a PDA, I want it to last for a while. I want to be able to be able to expand or upgrade the unit as new technologies and products occur. Even Casio seems to realize they made a mistake by using MMC in this unit rather than Compact Flash. Newer Casio models now use Compact Flash.

NOTE: Casio announced recently that EM500 will be capable of supporting SD (secure digital) memory cards. This will require a downloadable update from the Casio web site. Even with this announcement I still am concerned about upgradability options. I have yet to see anyone selling SD memory cards.

If you are not interested in expansions such modems and such, then this is an excellent PDA for you and a great value. I give it four stars (****) in that case. For those of you that are like me and crave expansion, I would suggest looking at the Casio E-125, or better yet, the Compaq iPaq line of handhelds.

4-0 out of 5 stars Could be slicker
They provided pictures that do not expose the product's depth, which caused me to beleive this Pocket PC would be much slicker than the E115, based on the hype earlier this year on the new PocketPCs.

Besides, that seems great improvement to the E-100 - notably faster, with much better sound quality, headphones, stylish case and the new WIdnows version - which itself became less memory and CPU time hug.

This is much more consumer-satisfying device than ever a WinCE device managed to be. The only exception may be the iPAQ (COMPAQs PocketPC) that I am still to put my hands on it.

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11. Casio Cassiopeia PV-S600Plus Pocket Viewer
by Casio
list price: $129.99
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Asin: B00005O720
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Casio
Sales Rank: 126027
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 6 MB PDA with scheduler, contact list, memo pad, and calculator
  • Copy, view, and edit Microsoft Excel spreadsheets
  • 160 x 160 LCD display with backlight
  • Works for 180 hours on 2 AAA batteries
  • What's in the box: Cassiopeia PV-S600Plus, PC Synchronization Cradle, Hard Cover, Stylus, User manual

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Casio PocketViewer
These are one of the coolest PDA's I have had. I had gotten it for my birthday.At fist I wasn't sure if I liked it. But know I do. It comes with most of the good stuff. I personly like the mini games on it. I would recanmend it to anyone wanting to buy a PDA. ... Read more


12. RhinoSkin Universal PDA Tri-Fold Leather Case (Black)
by RhinoSkin
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B000058E23
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: RhinoSkin
Sales Rank: 34737
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Carry your handheld computer in style with this trifold leather case from RhinoSkin. Crafted from hand-tooled Italian leather, this case fits any handheld measuring 3.25 by 5.75 inches and under, including most Palm, Handspring, Compaq, Casio, Sony, and HP models. Your PDA is held securely in place with a triple-Velcro system, and rigid edges help protect your investment.

A heavy-duty brass zipper keeps the case closed, and built-in slots allow you to store business and credit cards. Your stylus is stored close at hand with the built-in leather loop. You can also keep a 3-by-5-inch notepad in the case. This black RhinoSkin case measures 4 by 6 by 1.5 inches and weighs 4.5 ounces. It comes with a 30-day warranty with a 10-day return policy. ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with any handheld measuring 3.25 by 5.75 inches and under, including most Palm, Handspring, Compaq, Casio, Sony, and HP models
  • Black case in hand-tooled Italian leather for handheld computers
  • Fits any handheld 3.25 by 5.75 inches and under; triple-velcro fasteners hold PDA in place
  • Heavy-duty brass zipper; rigid edges for extra protection
  • Slots for business/credit cards, holds a 3-by-5-inch notepad; loop for stylus

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars Leaves a lot to be desired
I got this case because I am one of those people who is still attached to having paper and a pen/pencil.While it does have room for a small tablet this causes the case to be too tight on the PDA and as a consequence it is always on.Adding credit cards and other forms of ID exascerbate this problem further.There is also nothing to hold a writing utensil in place.There is one elastic loop meant to hold the stylus and nothing else will fit.

I finally gave up and went back to using the case that came with my Visor.

2-0 out of 5 stars Too Bulky
The craftsman ship of this case is just fine, the quality of the leather is fine grained and buffed to a medium polish -- so how come I don't carry it?It's too bulky.The case is padded which makes it nice to touch, but with my Palm IIIc inside it's over an inch and a half thick which makes it a real handful and not why I went to a PDA. ... Read more


13. Socket Communications 10/100 Ethernet CF Card
by Socket Communications, Inc.
list price: $149.99
our price: $106.39
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Asin: B00005RZOZ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Socket Communications, Inc.
Sales Rank: 34887
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

MODEL- EA2912-325 VENDOR- SOCKET COMMUNICATIONS INC. FEATURES- 10/100 Ethernet CF Card Type I CompactFlash Card - works in all Windows CE devices. 10/100 Mbps (auto-negotiation and full duplex). ActiveSync your Pocket PC the fastest and most convenient way possible. Back up and restore files in a flash. Its the perfect solution if you have access to 100 MB only network. - Compatible with Windows CE Handheld PC Pro 2.11 Pocket PC 3.0 and Handheld PC Professional 3.0. - Link your Pocket PC to a partner PC from anywhere on the corporate network. - Sockets Windows CE Ethernet software can auto-launch synchron- ization or any other program automatically whenever the card is inserted. - Sleek design integrates connector and CompactFlash card into one simple durable unit. - 10/100 Mbps (auto-negotiation and full duplex). - Convenient LED indicators for Link Speed Full Duplex Transmit Receive and Collision. Need to connect your Handheld device to a partner PC or notebook when youre at home or away from the office? With Sockets Crossover connection kit you can create an instant Ethernet network without the hassle of a bulky AC-powered hub. Better yet its FREE if you register your Ethernet card. * Works in CompactFlash I/O slot of Windows-Powered Pocket PCs and Windows CE-based HPC 2000s and Handheld PC Pros. * With a CompactFlash-to-PC Card Adapter (optional) works in the PC Card (PCMCIA) slot of Windows CE-based HPC 2000s Handheld PCs and Handheld PC Pros. * Upon card insertion Sockets Windows CE Ethernet software can auto- matically launch ActiveSync or any other program you specify saving you time whenever you plug in your 10/100 Ethernet CF card. * Auto-launch delay setting. * Sockets Windows CE applet shows TCP/IP addresses plus the cards MAC address. Great for your MIS department if you need to troubleshoot. INTERFACE/BUS- CompactFlash Type I PCMCIA Type II (with optional PC Card adapter) CONNECTOR(s) - 10BaseT/100BaseTX/RJ45 port O/S SUPPORT - Windows CE v2.11 for ... ... Read more

Features

  • Fast 10/100 Mbps speeds with auto-negotiation and full duplex
  • Compatible with Windows CE Handheld PC Pro 2.11, Pocket PC 3.0 and Handheld PC Pro 3.0
  • Link your pocket PC to a partner PC from anywhere on the network
  • Sleek design integrates connector and CompactFlash card into one unit
  • Convenient LED indicators for link, speed, full duplex, transmit, receive, and collision

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Flawless right out of the box
OK what do you expect from a 10/100 card in 2003?It better work... well this one had no hickups on my Toshiba e740. Good
package (ubiquitos tamper-broof plastic) and extremely sparse
manual. All you have to do is drop in the CD, install the driver, and reset.Then drop in the card.The Toshiba has built in WiFi, but sometimes I need a traditional hardwire connection.This card is definitely the one to get.
I ran various sniffing, ping, telnet, and other advanced netorking programs - all functioned flawlessly.There is an
update of the driver on the socketcom.com web site, but installing the update had no perceptible change.
Recommended.

2-0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy This For A Casio E-200 !!!!
I purchased this for my Casio E-200. I assumed it would work since it was using a CF Slot I type. I tried everything possible but nothing worked. I went to the socketcom.com webpage and there was nothing listed saying it would not. The worst thing is this was the only 10/100 card I found and really wanted it for testing LAN's. Now I either wait for the drivers or purchase a 10mb card instead. One last item is the technical support did reply very quickly in regards to my question on compatibility. ... Read more


14. Universal PDA Stylus
by Saitek

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Asin: B000098XMW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Saitek
Sales Rank: 69976
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Product Description

The Universal Stylus is the perfect upgrade to your standard stylus. The 6 interchangeable heads allow stylus to fit into most major PDAs. It features sleek and stylish design.The Universal Stylus is compatible with the following systems: Palm m100; m105; m500 series; Palm III, V and VII series;Handspring Visor, Deluxe' Neo, Prism, Platinum;Sony Clie PEG-N; PEG-S Series;iPAQ 3100-3700 series.For a complete compatibility list please refer to the original manufacturer's web site. ... Read more


15. Fellowes PDA Stylus Pen
by Fellowes
list price: $9.99
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Asin: B00005BHW8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Fellowes
Sales Rank: 63854
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Refillable StylusPEN is a multi-function pen and stylus in one. It features pen clip that docks in stylus port and includes a reset pin. ... Read more

Reviews (1)

3-0 out of 5 stars Poor design
The Fellowes PDA Stylus Pen is just a regular pen, the stylus part is just a pointy thing on the pen barrel. Since the stylus isn't centered on the pen, and the pen is rather thick, you actually need to rotate the pen in your hand so that the pointy part is downwards whenever you want to write on your PDA, otherwise the pen barrel will touch the screen.

The plastic of the pen barrel/stylus seems to be made from very soft plastic, it leaves marks on my PDA's screen protector which can be easily wiped off. ... Read more


16. Socket Communications DPC for Pocket PC's - Motorola Universal Handsets
by Socket Communications, Inc.
list price: $129.99
our price: $85.49
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Asin: B00006B6QI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Socket Communications, Inc.
Sales Rank: 63019
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Product Description

Socket's Digital Phone Card enables you to send and receive email, browse the web, transfer files, access your office network, and manage your schedules and contacts - all remotely and seamlessly. So whether you're at the airport, in the back of a cab, or sitting at a sidewalk cafe, you can be as productive as you are in the office. Now you'll have a lot more choices in the scenery! The Digital Phone Card is an easy to use, cost effective data connectivity solution. It also minimizes the power draw on your phone and PDA for longer battery life. You will not need to buy costly hardware or open a new data account. With Socket's Hi-Speed Digital Phone Card and the new faster cellular networks you can access email and the Internet at speeds similar to a typical 56K modem, but remotely. The Socket Hi-Speed solution is designed to allow you to get the maximum possible through put via your PDA. It's guaranteed to go faster than any standard serial cable solution. Faster downloading. Quicker email access. Less time waiting. The faster you go the fewer minutes you use and the more efficient you are! ... Read more


17. Casio Cassiopeia PV-S400Plus Pocket Viewer
by Casio
list price: $49.95
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Asin: B00005O71Z
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Casio
Sales Rank: 16056
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Casio offers the sleek, pen touch CASSIOPEIA Pocket Viewer PDA. This ultimate organizer is the best, most reliable way to access your PIM data while away from the home or office. The PV-S400Plus allows the user to copy, view and edit Microsoft Excel 95/97/2000 documents as well as synchronize to Microsoft Outlook 97/98/2000. The PV-S400Plus features 4MB of Safe Flash Memory. This slim unit provides storage for up to 8, 000 contacts, 8, 000 schedule items, 6, 000 expense and 1, 550 memo files. The PV-S400Plus includes expanded programmability and bonus software. ... Read more

Features

  • 4 MB PDA with scheduler, contacts, memos, and calculator
  • Copy, view, and edit Microsoft Excel documents
  • 160 x 160 LCD display with backlight
  • Works for 180 hours on 2 AAA batteries
  • What's in the box: Cassiopeia PV-S400Plus, PC Synchronization Cradle, Hard Cover, Stylus, User manual

Reviews (41)

4-0 out of 5 stars This thing is great.
If you're looking for an inexpensive PDA to help organize your life, and don't need things like full color screens and wireless e-mail, look no further.I wanted a something to help keep me organized, but didn't want to spend hundreds on a bunch of high-tech toys I didn't need.The Cassiopeia PV-S400Plus Pocket Viewer is simple to use and a great value for the money.I read some reviews here complaining of it using up batteries quickly.I don't know where they're getting that.I bought one of these seven months ago and haven't had to change the batteries once.Highly recommended to anyone who needs an inexpensive, no bells and whistles organizer.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best PDA purchase - EVER!
I've recently upgraded to the PVS400 Plus from earlier inexpensive PDA's and I'm thrilled with it!It's not as heavy as Palms, looks just as sleek and is the best PDA ever...

It includes all the basic functions... multiple contact lists (personal, business, etc.), great calendar functions (one time events up through yearly birthdays - all with optional alarm functions, which activate even when PDA is off!), memo areas (one where I keep passwords, medical info, emergency info and the other which is free-hand to take down quick notes, phone numbers, etc.) expense area (not used - can't comment), games (2), calculators, and a super large screen which avoids need to "wrap around" and scroll down to read... all of which can be password protected!

I purchased mine for $50, including cradle and set-up disc.For those who have Outlook Express (OE) which you can't sync with, (unlike the real "upgraded" Outlook), it's great that Casio has it's own operating system (OS).I couldn't tell you how many PDA's (4 at last count!) I purchased, and returned, because I couldn't sync w/OE and/or OS's weren't included.

This is a great gift... update family info on PC program and download into various PDA's and voila!Great for students of any age, kids finally moving out... they'll all have current contact info, birthdays, medical info, etc. at their fingertips, and with individual docking cradles, they can update as needed.

I could go on and on... I even talked my Dad into buying one and he loves it!

If you're not looking for email, camera functions, etc., this is the PDA for you! For $50 you can't go wrong... trust me!

4-0 out of 5 stars Gets the Job Done
This will take care of all the basics for your personal organizational needs- scheduler, To-Do lists, contact info lists, MS Excel Spreadsheet program, basic calculator, free writing memo option, as well as some additional games.It doesn't have all of the exciting extras that some of the other programs have (i.e. email, color, etc) but it's one of the few high quality PDA's at a good price.

4-0 out of 5 stars Simplicity, Reliability, and Great Battery Life
I have used the PV-S250 for over two years and recently just got the PV-S400Plus for even less because the PV-S250 has been rather well used and I didn't want one of these overcomplicated power hungry expensive units.The software is virutally identical, so I was interested in extending the life of my PV-S250 and the PV-S400Plus was just the item.

I use the unit for two things:I make notes of system network ID's, device names, logons, common command syntax, support phone numbers, etc. and I synchronize with outlook all the time.I carry it around in my pocket and check my scedule liberally.The system can carry about 100 alarms, so I usually get a beep at my default reminder time in my outlook (15 minutes before a meeting).I also have access to all my Tasks and my Contacts.

The really useful aspect for me is the ability to modify my contacts, add phone numbers, email addresses, personal information, etc. to my Casio and then synch it back with Outlook.I can also take everything in my Outlook Contacts and Schedule with me whereever I go and never have to worry about remembering to put something into my Outlook if I have my PDA available.On the systems which I support that I don't touch very often, you can't imagine how useful it is to have the system ID number, network address or device name available because I saved it in my handheld.Plus, if you need to, you can password protect those items.

I am not interested in email on my PDA or anything really complex.I don't need an MP3 player or wireless web access.The spreadsheet capability is great if you really want to invest the time to synchronize with the Excel tool, but the screen is so small, that I find it not very worthwhile and I don't use it.

The simple expense tracking system is very useful and simple.I use it to track expenses on business trips and it does a great job.

I have not, as of yet, had any problem synchronizing with my PV-S400Plus, but I did occassionally with the PV-S250 and it was a royal pain to have to then do a full-synch since it ran about 9600 baud the whole time.

If you have a modem, you may wish to make sure you don't have interrupt conflicts, because my past experience with the PV-S250 was that it didn't like my fax modem being on at the same time.

One other drawback is that if you want to sychronize any of the other information like your notes, you do have to make a separate transfer from PCSynch.I don't like this aspect and I rarely use it.To date, I have never lost anything from memory in two years.I wish it had the ability to synch with the notes folder in Outlook instead.Also, while the Excel compatibility gives the unit a bit a power for calculations, I personally would rather have a it be able to read WORD files instead.But that is getting into bigger color units that are expensive.

My PV-S250 is still performing flawlessly even though it is showing some serious wear on the plastic exterior.Nevertheless, the unit has never failed me and the batteries last for over a month with regular use...try that with a color handheld PC!!

5-0 out of 5 stars take your desktop with you
Three months ago, I went out and bought an expensive PDA. I returned it after one week because I did not find it to be a very good value. I found the PV-S400Plus on sale for peanuts just recently. It is a VERY good value and I have only had it for less than 48 hours. I'm considering getting a few more as a gift for my family. Here is what I like about it:

1) Syncs very well with Outlook (contacts, calendar, to-do)
2) Nice text sync program
3) The finance program looks simple and efficient (although I don't use it)
4) Pocket sheet is supposed to sync with excel although I still have not gotten that to work.
5) Cool Chess program and other games!

For what you are paying, and the value this delivers, you should have no complaints. You could pay 20 times more for something with better connectivity, storage capacity, and features, but that's what desktops are for. This device is small and synchronizes well with Outlook and Act! Buy one of these and take your desktop with you. ... Read more


18. Case Logic PLT-10 PDA slip case
by Case Logic
list price: $19.95
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Asin: B00006688J
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Case Logic
Sales Rank: 48349
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Product Description

Case Logic is a leading worldwide marketer of lifestyle-oriented products. By building an excellent reputation for product quality, functionality, innovation, and customer service, the Case Logic brand has earned a position at the forefront of its target markets throughout the world.PRODUCT FEATURES: Universal slip case holds most PDAs; Padded material protects hardware; Belt attachment with snap closure. ... Read more

Features

  • Universal slip case holds most PDAs
  • Padded material protects hardware
  • Belt attachment with snap closure

19. Pharos PF022 Pocket GPS Portable Navigator Kit with CompactFlash GPS Receiver works with Most Pocket PCs
by PHAROS
list price: $249.95
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00006B7KT
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PHAROS
Sales Rank: 16929
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The handheld Pharos iGPS system is comprised of the iGPS-CF receiver, Ostia 2002 navigation software, and MobilePak. With the navigation software installed on your Pocket PC, you can walk through any city in the US, and locate your current position or quickly find a destination or point of interest. Routes can be calculated and viewed. Once you are in your vehicle, simply activate the navigation program, utilize the MobilePak, and begin traveling; the automated voice prompts will instruct you when and where to turn. If by chance you go "off-route," the automated voice will give an off-route warning and the system will automatically reroute you to your destination from your current position.

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Features

  • Route by shortest distance, fastest route or by avoiding freeways
  • Portable Voice Prompted, Turn by Turn Navigation with Detailed Street Level Maps for all 50 States
  • Find a location by address, cross street, MS Outlook contacts or Point of Interest, even while walking
  • · Display shows next turn direction,street name, distance to turn, and distance to destination
  • Display highlighted route map or written text directions, and shows active satellites and signal strengths

Reviews (9)

1-0 out of 5 stars Not compatible with 5400/5500 iPaqs
Wish there had been some mention of this before I got it.The antenna on the 5400 and 5500 series of iPaqs makes it physically impossible to plug this in using a standard CF sleeve.Supposedly it can work if you use a dual CF sleeve.

4-0 out of 5 stars From an Everyday User: Big Improvements Needed
Bottom line: Huge improvements needed but gets a 4 because it's the most comprehensive of what's available for PDAs.

I am a financial consultant and am on the road everyday to new residences and businesses, giving me in-depth knowledge about this particular product. Because many good reviews are listed, I will focus more the drawbacks. Read on for the nitty-gritty details.

The Maps:
The maps can be huge, ranging from a couple megabytes to 15 megabytes. You'll need plenty of memory and a fast PDA. What a map covers depends on how dense the city is. Los Angeles requires about 4 maps while Riverside county is covered in two maps. You can only load 3 maps at a time, so if you're travelling long distances, your destination may have to be somewhere along the highway. Once you get there, load a different set of maps. Loading more maps, though, will reset your start/end points as well as your route. So you'll need to renter the information. Also, the more maps are open, the slower it is to pan across the map.

Finding yourself:
Unlike a static map, the GPS can track your location or you can search by contacts, address, intersection, or major points of interest. Unfortunately, it only lists major venues (e.g. stadiums, major shopping centers) and not places like gas stations (a major drawback). Searching for an intersection without knowing the city can be quite tedious. You first enter a street name, then the city, then the next street name. So if the city is unknown and the first street appears in several cities, you have to try each city until you find the second street.

The GPS:
If you use the system in your car, as I do, the GPS is a mixed blessing. When first starting the system, it may take a LONG time before getting a fix - if you're stopped. If you try to get a fix while moving, that drastically reduces your chances of getting a fix at all. After that, however, it is quick at requisition after going under tunnels and such. Because being in a car weakens the signal, it has a hard time following you after making turns. You may have made a left, but it still shows you as going straight. This is especially frustrating when you cannot stop and wait for it to tell you which way to turn, as in a highway exit with a green light. If you know this will happen, you best look at the directions and memorize the turns. Also, because of the weakened signal, the voice might keep saying, "you are off-route," either because it hasn't yet taken into account that you made a turn or simply because it can't quite pin-point where you are and has you located asdriving off-road through blocks of houses. Expect this to happen frequently in mountainous areas or in downtown areas with tall buildings.

Routing:
Routing is a mixed blessing as well. You can route by fastest, shortest, or no highway, and you have a voice telling you where to go. It is fairly quick at routing when you only have one map open. If you're travelling across three maps, it might take a while. Also, it is supposed to reroute you when you have gone off-course, but it rarely ever does that, meaning you have to take your eyes off the road and manually tell it to find a new route. Perhaps the biggest drawback is the amount of time it gives itself before telling you that a turn is coming up. On streets, it makes announcements 0.1 miles before street turns and 0.5 miles before highway exits, meaning you better keep an eye on how far away you are from your next turn. Also, the maps do not use highway-exit names. For example, the Santa Monica exit off the 405 North in California puts you on a street called Cotner Ave, which in actuality is just an off-ramp with a street name. The directions will tell you to exit onto Cotner Ave, meaning you will miss it because you will never see a Cotner Ave. exit on the highway signs. And if the off-ramp does not have a name or does not immediately exit onto a street, it will simply say to exit onto the off-ramp. Along those lines, you better remember your destination address because it doesn't show it to you in the text directions. I always have to switch back to my Outlook Contacts to look at the address because the map will get you to the block, not the specific address (probably to save memory). By the way, the voice simply tells you a turn is coming up - it doesn't actually say the name. But that is forgivable in order to save memory. The map always displays in large font what is coming up and the distance left to make the next turn as well as the distance remaining to your destination.

Battery Life and Memory:
This product drains your batteries and the maps take up a lot of memory, so it would be prudent to get a car adapter and at least a 256MB flash memory module. Do NOT get compactflash because that slot will be taken by the GPS unit.

Bottom Line:
Obvously, there is MUCH room for improvement. I tried many competing products and this one was, by far, the most comprehensive. There are products that list restaurants and gas stations, but use TINY maps of which you can only load one at a time and have limited search, routing, and GPS features. Others have better GPS sensitivity but are much more expensive. Others can show a cross-country route from start to finish on a single map but again, lack in other features.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great gadget but not a replacement for your atlas
I use the Pharos module for the Siemens (ATT) PocketPC phone.For the most part this device is limited because it uses a handheld to display the information. (limited by resolution and screen size, beyond the scope of this review) It will never approach a printed map for clarity, readability or comprehensive data.I have used this device quite a bit.

That said this device does things that a printed map could never do.It will show you exactly where you are, and give you directions to where you want to go - quite accurately. I think the software for the PDA is quite straight forward and intuitive, but the PC side is clunky - and needs further refinement.

The maps are regional only - for example if you are driving in the San Francisco Bay area - you will need to load three separate maps on to your PDA.(I have a 256MB SD/MMC card that has allows me to load the entire state of CA on the PDA).

Don't expect to have the entire US at your fingertips - unless you plan on bringing a laptop with you to synch and load new maps as you travel. I recently drove from San Francisco to Ft Lauderdale - I didn't use the device. It would be good though if you were going to fly somewhere and loaded maps of that area before you left.

My chief complaint is that it will not load neighboring regional maps as you move into new territory - even if they exist on your memory card.

Bottom line: (1) Not a replacement for you atlas or map(s), but a useful aid/enhancement to both. (2) Not a device for non-technophiles. (3) Well-designed software (at least the PDA side). (4) Very accurate.

5-0 out of 5 stars What else can I say!!
After I downloaded the newest version of Ostia and the most up-to-date maps, everything started to come together! Had a little trouble while searching for sepecific addresses with the old version. Maps for Canada, (I bought the Ostia NAV01, the US version) are kinda pricy, but there're ways to get around it ^.~ Over all, it's a great gadget to have for your PDAs. it turned my e740 from a email server to something much more useful!!

3-0 out of 5 stars EZ Use
This little attachment is fantastic. Plug it in and load the software, you're done. As long as you have an open sky with no dense cover, it'll take a minute and you're on your way. I'd rate the GPS CF card 5 stars.

Only reason I gave this 3 stars and not 5 is the software it comes with is very primative. On the PDA it's fine and simple enough to use, but I don't like the user interface with the map software on the PC. In order to use the maps on the iPAQ you have to sync it from the 2-bit graphic interface software on the desk top. If you plan on using the software for cross country road trips, think again. the map software only alows you to plan regional trips within small areas, and you can only plot points from your PDA not your PC. 2 Stars for the software. ... Read more


20. Fellowes 98022 PDA Screen Clean
by Fellowes
list price: $24.99
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Asin: B00003CX3A
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Fellowes
Sales Rank: 40912
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Fellowes 98022 PDA Screen Clean package combines two of Fellowes' most popular products for cleaning and maintaining any pen-based PDA. Included in the package are Fellowes' Karma Cloth and Brain Wash packets. The Karma Cloth is a cleaning cloth made of soft leather, providing a safe method of removing the daily buildup of dust, oil, and debris on your PDA's screen. The Brain Wash packets, on the other hand, contain wipes for an intensive two-step wet-dry cleansing process for use on a monthly basis. The Fellowes 98022 PDA Screen Clean kit includes one Karma Cloth and 12 Brain Wash packets. ... Read more

Features

  • Keep your PDA screen in top form
  • Restore your screen to its original condition
  • One Karma Cloth for daily cleaning
  • 12 Brain Wash packets for monthly maintenance
  • For use with any pen-based PDA

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't just clean but makes light scratches disappear
This is actually a re-branded Concept Kitchen product and it is a pity that the Concept Kitchen web site has disappeared because that site explained how this product not only cleaned your PDA screen but also reduced the visibility of any scratches on it.

Each of the 12 Brain Wash packets contains two pouches -
Pouch 1 - contains a wet cloth, impregnated with liquid polymers, that actually seems to fill in any light scratches on your PDA screen so that they can no longer be seen.
Pouch 2 - contains an excellent dry buffing cloth.

I've used this product for many years on my Psion 5mx and it has always done an excellent job.This week I had occasion to use it on my new Fujitsu-Siemens Loox 720 and once again the result was excellent - all the little scratches which could be seen under certain light conditions were gone.

This product lasts a lot longer than you might think too.I usually re-seal the pouches after use and by doing this can get quite a number of washes out of a Brain Wash packet before it is exhausted.At the end of its life I usually use it to clean my monitor screen.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not that big a deal
I probably won't buy it again, because (as another reviewer pointed out) it's really nothing more than screen cleaner & wipes in cute individual packages. Sure, there's a convenience factor there, but how often do you need that kind of convenience when you're cleaning something? The wet wipe is large enough to clean about three full-sized monitors, so it really does seem like overkill for a PDA.I always clean my PDA and desktop monitor at the same time, so I don't feel like I'm wasting.

I might use it if I were travelling a great deal with a laptop. Otherwise, for your desktop computer, save some money and grab a bottle of screen cleaner & an old dishtowel instead.

1-0 out of 5 stars A waste of money
This product appears to be nothing an overpriced, cutesy-named ("Brain Wash") box of alcohol wipes.The "wet" wipes seem to be pretty much the same as those things you buy to clean your eyeglasses, and the "dry" wipes are, well, basically a napkin.As far as I could tell from using it, this product does nothing for the screen of your PDA that a small shot of Windex and a soft cloth couldn't.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, works great for PC monitors
This is a good product... One overlooked item is that they are pretty good for cleaning PC monitors!. After you clean your PDA screen, use them on your PC monitor (unless your PDA was really, really dirty. It works great for removing finger smudges.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, works great for PC monitors
This is a good product (although a little bit expensive). One overlooked item is that they are pretty good for cleaning PC monitors!!. After you clean your PDA screen, use them on your PC monitor (unless your PDA was really, really dirty :-)). It works great for removing finger smudges. ... Read more


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