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

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


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

    Reviews (19)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    So, I applaud PalmOne for taking this first step and incorporating the hard drive and other important features in their latest device.Yet, I encourage all of you to wait for the next iteration of the LifeDrive, which should resolve the hard drive issue and have a lower price tag.
    ... Read more

    2. PalmOne Tungsten E Handheld
    by PalmOne
    list price: $199.95
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000DB4D1
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: PalmOne
    Sales Rank: 115
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Tungsten E Handheld ... Read more


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

    Reviews (279)

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Affordable color. Another bright idea.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    ... Read more


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

    Reviews (84)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

    Reviews (62)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    5. Garmin iQue M5 Integrated Pocket PC and GPS
    by Garmin
    list price: $749.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00079V9XG
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Garmin
    Sales Rank: 1644
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The all new iQue M5 combines the popular Microsoft? Windows Mobile? 2003 SE operating system with the dependability of Garmin GPS. Go from the boardroom to the hotel room without stopping for directions. Calendar and contact information is seamlessly integrated with the GPS navigation functions, so the iQue M5 will remind you of appointments, show the location on the map and route you there with detailed, turn-by-turn directions and voice prompts. The mobile office applications will give you the ability to read e-mail and view documents when away from the office, then sync to Outlook when you get back*.The iQue M5 includes 64MB of RAM, 64MB of ROM (15MB of ROM is for safe storage) along with a Secure Digital memory expansion slot. Map detail and points of interest data can be stored to RAM or an optional SD card from the included MapSource? City Select? North America CD-ROM. This software application provides millions of residential streets and business addresses for all 50 states; nearly every town in the United States. City Select also includes extremely detailed road maps for Canada and Puerto Rico. Sh. Wt. 5 lbs. ... Read more


    • Check e-mail and view documents--then sync seamlessly with your laptop
    • Includes MapSource City Select North America data CD-ROM with full coverage/full unlock
    • Pocket PC running Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition with integrated GPS and Que navigation applications
    • Powered by a 416 MHz Intel PXA 272 microprocessor; includes 64 MB RAM, 64 MB ROM, and data back-up protection
    • Embedded Bluetooth transceiver lets you network with computer systems and Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, PDAs, printers, etc.

    Reviews (7)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Truly amazing package!Try it for yourself
    I have just used the product for 14 days.I can not describe how happy I am with the performance of this tiny little gadget.First of all, for all those people complaining about bluetooth or wi-fi connectivity, I think this pocket PC is more focused on being a GPS/Navigation system and all the additional stuff should be considered a bonus.Hands down, pricewise this is one of the top navigational systems out there.My brother bought the Microsoft Streets and Trips USB add-on which he attaches to his laptop, and I bought this Garmin unit.Trust me, this GPS is 10 times better, its all in one package, comes with EVERYTHING you would need to get set and get going.

    -Points of interests: finds atms, movie theatres, restaurants (really really handy when you're out with family and need to drive to another restaurant)
    -Integrated: comes with everything you need to be mobile; dashboard kit, windshield mount, desktop charger, etc
    -great software: the MapSource is excellent.
    -great design, good price compared to its GPS competition.
    -voice prompts work great when you are driving and its a loud clear speaker voice telling you exactly where to turn.If you miss a turn, it automatically recalculates and tell you where to turn next.basically, its really really hard to get lost if you have this thing.This product will save you money and time if you are driving in inner-cities and have a hard time with directions (so true for me driving around NYC metro area especially long island)

    If we were to compare it within the GPS/Navigation category, this product takes the hat, no doubt about it.Compared to the $700 magellan unit, this is slicker, easier to set up AND did i forget to mention its a full fledged pocket PC with MS Windows Mobile Edition OS.

    only comes with 64 mb of storage.Which isn't bad, and it will load up maps of almost an entire state.I live in Queens, and I'm able to load up NYC and half of long island for about 20 megs.So i guess its not really a con.

    If you need an excellent GPS system, this is it.Just think of the pocket PC functions as a free additional bonus.

    i have never written a review in my life but after using this product, I was so satisfied that I told all my friends to get it instead of getting a $2k navigational system installed and now i'm writing a review to tell others what they MUST try for themselves.

    4-0 out of 5 stars First impression - mixed results
    Setup was easy, I got the 1 gig SD card and loaded half the US, and still have 400 meg available for mp3, jpeg, other files.This is my first GPS, first PDA, and I've had it a week, so this is a preliminary review:

    pocket size
    accessories all included
    can see screen easily in daylight
    PDA processor is fast
    Voice recorder is cool
    jacks for external antenna and speaker

    Long time to acquire satellites
    Lost satellites several times
    Manual is just ok
    HAVE to buy the SD card ($100)

    The speaker on the unit is not loud enough for navigation if there is any background noise, but the speaker on the power adapter is plenty good, plus there's an output jack for external speaker if needed.

    I have a Toyota Tacoma truck, and lose signal a lot - may need the external antenna.If I put the unit all the way forward on the dash it acquires satellites in a minute, but on the windshield mount it can take 10 minutes.It also seems to take longer if the car is moving, so I just wait a minute before taking off.

    The manual was aggravating - it comes with a quick setup guide that was easy and accurate, and an application guide for the navigator software, but the general instruction manual is on CD only - no paper copy!I had to print the 88-page pdf.

    The unit froze once - had to reset, so I was glad to read the other reviews about the updates available from Garmin.

    Screen resolution is half what other PDA's are, and I was concerned about that, but I really can't tell any difference - pictures look great, videos too, and the maps look like Magellan or any other.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great product!Almost a home run, but not quite...
    I have had about a week to use the M5. My first impression is WOW.This IS my first GPS and also my first PDA, so take my review for what it's worth.I would love to give this product 5 stars, but I will get right to the point of why I can't do it.

    CONS :
    No 802.11b/g - Not a huge deal if you don't mind plugging a bluetooth USB adapter in your PC, but honestly it is a little annoying that I can't connect right up to my 802.11g network out of the box.There are SD/MMC 802.11b cards available that are a option, but I have not ordered one yet.

    GPS non-responsive - (see *Edit* at bottom of this review) As one other reviewer also noted, I also had a GPS problem where it acted like it was looking for the satellites, but couldn't see any of them.This was outside, and not indoors.I pushed the reset button, and GPS fired up just fine.As with the other reviewer, I also haven't had this problem reoccur after about a week of using it.The initial problem was about an hour after I took it out of the box. Since then I have used it a good 20+ times without any problems.I will report back if this problem comes back!

    The leather flip case(?) - It is a little lame, and offers no protection except for maybe screen...and even that's a stretch.

    PROS -
    Wow, I opened the box, and it was very complete. A nice windshield suction mount, cig adapter with speaker and the other 'standard' PDA items (cradle, USB cable, travel A/C adapter, etc).

    It's a nice size, not to bulky.The battery seems to perform as expected.I don't have any exact #'s, but from what I could tell it was at least 4 hours with some GPS usage.

    One thing I would like to comment on is the 'cost'.A lot of reviews elsewhere talked about how expensive this device is.Yes, it's not cheap, but try buying a comparable PDA and a GPS add-on. You'll be close to, if not higher than what you would pay for this fully integrated PDA/GPS.

    I have taken one trip (74 miles each way).It did a pretty good job getting me to the destination.I did notice that it was a little slow to recalculate the route if you miss a turn (5-10 seconds on average). Not a huge deal, but could be a problem in inner-city driving. It also did a random "Make U-Turn" in the intersection I was turning at. I believe the intersection came up later than the GPS/mapping software was expecting. The estimated time of arrival is nice, and right on target!

    GPS performance : The GPS picks up the satellites fine in my car.My house (2 story) it's fine on the second floor, but the first floor it does not pick up the satellites unless I move over to a window.

    Storage - I don't own a memory card yet, but even with the built-in memory I was able to get most of middle-TN and North Atlanta.I hear a 2GB memory card will hold all of the US, and 1GB will hold over half the US.I would say that is about right.

    That's about all I can think of at this time. I will report back in a few weeks with an update.At this point I am very pleased.

    Edit 4/28/05 - I did have one additional lockup of the unit that required a 'reset', so I went to the Garmin website and found out that there was a new firmware revision. I loaded the firmware and so far the unit seems to be performing perfectly.So, for those who are having GPS lockup problems, download the firmware revision.Garmin states that the firmware fixes several lockup issues.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A killer product
    The Garmin ique m5 pocketpc/gps is a gadget lover's dream come
    true. The price of a decent pocket pc from dell or hp would
    easily run to $500. For $100 more than the price of a standard
    pocket pc you get a WAAS enabled gps with bluetooth support.

    The bundled software includes garmin map software for entire
    united states and Microsoft outlook 2002.
    Setup was easy. I was able to install the Map source software
    without any problems. Garmin provides a usb based sync cable and
    cradle. Since i own a Garmin GPSMap 60CS the user interface was

    The automount is a second cradle which mounts on the windshield
    via a suction cup. The suction cup mechanism was very sturdy and
    stayed on for months without coming off. I did not find any problems with the mount unlike one previous reviewer.

    Driving directions are provided via an external speaker
    attached to the car charger. Sound was loud and clear.
    The m5 has a built in speaker which has decent drive.
    The battery looks to be of a replacable type. The device
    comes with one slot for SD card. Onboard memory is around 60MB.
    For $100 you could adda 1GB SD card and have the entire US maps loaded.

    The map visibility depends a lot on the make of your car andthe angle of the windshield mount.
    The map was clearly visible during daytime and nighttime.
    I drive an Acura.The screen realestate is bigger than the Quest product. Outlook adresses, notes etc can be synched easily.

    Entering addresses was a breeze using the stylus. The maps and
    routing worked fine 98% of the time. Once in a while i had lost
    satellite reception and had to reset the device. I think most of
    these problems will be patched when Garmin comes out with a software update.

    Couple of caveats...

    The User interface is functional but lack friendliness.
    Lots of POI, Address, Locations which confuse the
    user. This sofware needs to be reviewed by some usability
    experts. Garmin folks ...are you listening...take a look at
    IPod, google maps etc... complicated software but simpler interface.

    The map sofware takes up 3GB on my HD. Think this is due to
    incompatible map formats with other garmin products (60CS).
    May not be a problem if you do not own other garmin products.

    Pricing: This device needs to be priced under $500

    2-0 out of 5 stars Buy if you want to be on the bleeding edge
    I like garmin products.Seems support for this one is a bit dicey.

    Pro's - It's a garmin.Most of their products are great, and their mapping software is good.

    Con's - Bluetooth.Doesn't appear it works with much.Garmin tech support admits it doesn't work with any keyboard or headset.They don't admit to what it DOES work with.Seems they are relying on users to discover that.Documentation can be a bit sketchy too.Again, relying on users to find and report the bugs.If want to pay a lot for bleeding edge technology, this is it. ... Read more

    6. PalmOne Zire 72 Special Edition Handheld Silver
    by PalmOne
    list price: $299.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002ZAEYA
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: PalmOne
    Sales Rank: 836
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

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


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

    Reviews (16)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    7. Garmin iQue 3600 PDA/GPS Handheld System with Americas Detailed Street Mapping
    by Garmin
    list price: $589.99
    our price: $415.85
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000087BXU
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Garmin
    Sales Rank: 1693
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan Product Description

    Early Adopters Pick: August 2003. The first PDA to include integrated GPS technology.

    With the power of Palm OS 5 and the dependability of Garmin GPS technology, this super PDA redefines multitasking. Its integrated software not only allows you to look up appointments and contacts, it also locates and routes you to them with voice-guidance commands. Feature highlights include: GPS receiver, MP3 player, voice recorder, infrared communication, and vibrating alarm.

    The differentiating feature of the iQue 3600 is its integrated GPS capabilities. Garmin's innovative Que technology delivers location awareness, electronic mapping, automatic route calculation, turn-by-turn voice guidance, and map data interface to the iQue 3600. Que technology enables users to see where they are, find a street address, know where the next turn is via visual and voice guidance, get back on track when they’ve strayed off course, and navigate efficiently to their desired destination.

    Detailed Mapping
    Users can choose a configurable basemap of North America, South America, Europe, or regions in the Pacific Rim, with generalized information on highways, major city streets, highway exit services, railways, rivers, lakes, and state, provincial, and national borders. The iQue also has the added benefit of detailed street information on the included MapSource® CD-ROM, giving users the capability of looking up restaurant addresses, hotels, local attractions, transportation hubs, emergency services, and much more. Once a desired point of interest is chosen, you have the capability to view more info or even show it on the map screen. The mapping capability of the iQue 3600 makes it a versatile companion for the international frequent flyer who travels, for instance, between New York and London or San Francisco and Hong Kong.

    Customizable maps mean never getting lost again

    Powerful Organization
    The iQue 3600 is built around the Palm OS 5 platform and offers standard Palm applications, such as Address Book, Calculator, Date Book, Memo Pad, and To Do List. And there’s enough processing power to search large databases of stored information and to enhance display graphics with easy-to-read fonts and crisp electronic maps. There's also a voice recorder for making memos, quick notes, and messages. With 32 MB of built-in memory and an expansion slot, you can even store your favorite MP3s.

    The flip-up GPS antenna
    High-Tech Integration
    One of the key benefits of technology integration on the iQue 3600 is its patent-pending contact-locator feature. Enabled by Garmin's Que technology, this feature connects the Palm Address Book and Date Book to the GPS electronic map to give the user the ability to navigate directly to a specific address within the user’s contact database.

    The Garmin iQue 3600 features the new Motorola DragonBall MXL ARM9 microprocessor, and boasts 32 MB DRAM. This handheld is powered by Palm OS 5, which offers the processing power to take on the most demanding mobile computing tasks, together with advanced multimedia and the wireless connectivity and security that enterprises require.

    The iQue 3600 delivers brilliant images with its 2.16-by-3.24-inch display. It has a 16-bit color display with 320 x 480 pixel resolution.

    Expand your iQue 3600 via its Secure Digital slot.

    The iQue 3600 comes with the following Garmin Que applications: MP3, GPS Clock, Address Lookup, Electronic Mapping, Track Log, Trip Computer, Automatic Route Generation, and Turn-by-Turn Voice Guidance, as well as these Palm OS 5 applications: Address Book, Calculator, Date Book, Expense, Mail, Memo Pad, Palm Reader, and To Do List. In addition, it includes these third-party applications: Astraware Game Pack, Documents to Go, powerOne Personal Calculator, StarCaddy, SplashPhoto, and Vindigo.

    The Nuts and Bolts


    Included in the box
    iQue 3600, protective display cover, metal stylus, USB HotSync cradle, A/C power/charging adapter, quick start guide, installation/application, CD-ROM with manual, and choice of MapSource configuration with full unlock certificate: either 1) North America City Select CD or Atlantic European City Select CD.

    ... Read more


    • ARM processor powered by Palm OS 5
    • Integrated Que technology, with GARMIN GPS and mapping software
    • Speaker for voice-guidance commands, MP3 player, and message playback
    • Voice recorder for making memos, quick notes, and messages on the fly
    • What's in the box: iQue 3600, protective display cover, metal stylus, USB HotSync cradle, A/C power/charging adapter, quick start guide, CD-ROM with manual, and choice of MapSource configuration

    Reviews (159)

    2-0 out of 5 stars It is hard to deal with curstomer service
    If you want to buy it, just hope it won't show "route calculation error".Here is the email I sent to them last year and I am still waiting for reply.

    I called two times hoping to find answers of "route calculation error".Unfortunately the problem still exists.
    For the first time I used my new iQue 3600 during my trip to San Antonio, TX on August 6 to August 8, 2004.I was amazed at the functions the small one offered.It helped me a lot, especially in the downtown area.On my way back to home, the iQue stopped working and the "route calculation error" appeared on the screen.I had big trouble to find home back.
    After I got home, I called tech support and after several attempts I was told to reload the map.After reloading the map, the route calculation error disappeared temporarily.
    Today, August 24, I received my friend's new address and I couldn't route to her address and "route calculation error" appeared again.
    Today's customer specialist, Doug, after several attempts, still suggested to reload the map.To me it is not an option anymore to solve the problem.I can not reload the map all the time, especially when I am away on road without my computer.If I knew that I would need to reload the map so often, I would not buy it in the first place.
    Anyway you know your products better than me.I hope the problem can be solved quickly, otherwise I have to request the return of the product either to the store or to Garmin.
    Thank you.
    Feng Qin"

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good Product, but does have some faults.
    I bought this unit several months ago in anticipation of trip to Italy because of the detailed maps available through Garman. Well, the street detail was breathtaking! Venice is a very complex city with alleys & tiny streets that are bunched together in an impossible maze. As long a I got a clear signal (a drawback of any GPS unit)I knew EXACTLY where I was. Walking directions were right on.
    But, back stateside I started seeing some limitations with the unit: 1) Driving directions were not that great, taking you on round about routes in spite of requesting the least # of turns and/or highways (not side streets), 2) the battery life is terribly short and needs to be put back onto the cradle for re-charging, 3) it's a rather fragile unit - I'm somewhat of a klutz from time to time and have dropped the unit which then needed to be reset.
    The PDA part of this unit was a welcome bonus. I purchased a 1GB memory card which gave me the maps I needed plus plenty of extra memory. I loaded Pocket Quicken on it which enables me to keep track of my personal finances away from my desktop. Overall - worth the investment.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic product
    Really nice product and worth every cent.I own a Garmin StreetPilot and have used a Palm PDA so I found this really easy to use.The ability to drag maps around to find places is amazing.

    The integrated PDA functionality really adds value.A must for anyone in sales that travels (you could actually know where your taxi is going and where to find dinner in any city).

    If you are just doing navigation for your car you could just go with a StreetPilot - a bit easier to use.My third great GPS from Garmin.

    PS. Some of my kids first words in the car "turn right daddy" - copying my nav systems audio - Dad's car talks!

    4-0 out of 5 stars User for 9 months
    My 3600 GPS did not work the first time and was returned.After a new one was sent, it started working well.There are two detailed manuals which you should study (I downloaded and studied while I was waiting for delivery).For clarification on their 'too detailed instructions' I had to call their service about 5 times each spending 20 minutes on hold.Now that I have had it I can't do without.It is accurate 9 out of 10 new addresses I enter so don't trust it 100%.I use it everywhere (East coast and West coast).I use it to get to any new address and very valuable even trying to get out of a large parking lot after I arrive.After 3 months I started to use it to find shops and eatery while on the road.If you don't remember exactly a specific address, you can get there if you remember a store close by.The unit requires a soft reset every few weeks.The biggest plus is that you never lose your addresses because you sync it up with your home computer. There is a selection of 'fastest path or shortest distance' which could be confusing if selected wrong.I realize there are other GPS which are more costly, longer battery life with larger fonts but for the money it is the greatest product since the PC.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product and very useful.
    I moved to a new city and bought this PDA upon my friends recommendation and I must say that I am very pleased with it. It has been of great help to me when I get lost or am exploring new areas of the city.

    So far I have had no issues with it. I highly recommend this to anybody. The only thing I'd suggest is to get a car kit and antenna so that it does not attract prying eyes while driving. ... Read more

    8. PalmOne Tungsten E2 Handheld
    by PalmOne

    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007VMROE
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: PalmOne
    Sales Rank: 293
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

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


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

    Reviews (7)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Hopefully we don't have to deal with it.

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

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

    included memory is low
    cradle not included.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    9. PalmOne Tungsten C Handheld
    by PalmOne
    list price: $399.00
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00008ZOYE
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: PalmOne
    Sales Rank: 1899
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

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


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

    Reviews (87)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    10. PalmOne Tungsten T3 Handheld
    by PalmOne

    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000DBJJT
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: PalmOne
    Sales Rank: 1321
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

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


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

    Reviews (95)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    This problem is actually really common among T3 users.Anyone experiencing the same problem, might find this post from the palmOne Help Forums useful:

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

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

    Hope that helps!

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

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

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

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

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


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

    Reviews (14)

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

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

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

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

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

    Don't waste your time or your money.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    12. PalmOne Zire 72 Handheld
    by PalmOne

    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001KWGP6
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: PalmOne
    Sales Rank: 2252
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

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


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

    Reviews (75)

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

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

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

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

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

    Not cool

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    13. Garmin GPS 10 Deluxe with Bluetooth Technology
    by Garmin
    list price: $267.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007KXFH8
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Garmin
    Sales Rank: 5924
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    12-channel, Waas-enabled Sensor Receives Gps Satellite Signals & Wirelessly Transmits Them To A Mobile Device.Adds Full-featured Gps Navigation To Bluetooth-enabled Devices.More Than 5 Million Points Of Interest Such As Restaurants, Hotels, Gas Stations & Attractions.Automatic Routing, Turn-by-turn Directions, Off-route Recalculation & Voice Prompts.Portable With Rechargeable Li-ion Batteries.Bluetooth Wireless Communication Up To 30 Ft.Includes Wireless Receiver, Integrated Magnetic Mount, Navigation Software, City Select North America Cd-rom, 12v Charger Cable & Users Manual. ... Read more


    • Included nRoute and Que navigation software turns mobile PC devices into fully functioning navigators
    • Measures 1.77 by 3.46 by 0.75 inches (W x H x D); 1-year warranty
    • Bluetooth-enabled, 12-parallel-channel GPS receiver for in-vehicle navigating
    • Connects wirelessly to Bluetooth-compatible Pocket PCs and PC laptops
    • Comes with MapSource City Select North America CD-ROM with maps of U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good alternative to All-in-one GPS units
    I've been using a Garmin StreetPilot III for 3 years now, for those unfamilar with it, its a all-in-one GPS unit with auto-routing feature and voice prompt.Its a good trusty device, highly rugged and I credit much of my career success in Silicon Valley to it.

    What prompted me to start sourcing for another GPS device is due to the airport hassle we experience these days.I work for the Sales department of a security company and that means frequent travel these days.The StreetPilot III is an excellent device but its a little bulky to fit into my notebook bag.

    Hence enter the Garmin GPS 10.I got mine for $209 from Digitally Unique, they're slow on shipping but the price was good.Get the Deluxe package and not the receiver only one, the Garmin software and maps are worth the money.

    In comparison with the older StreetPilot, advantages are:
    1.Small, light and easily fit into your pocket or laptop bag, easier when passing through airport security.

    2.Integrated magnetic mount allows for mounting outside the rental car, a good solution in case you rented a car with heatsheild on the windscreen that can block GPS signal.

    3.Waterproof, so you can still mount the device outside the car in adverse weather condition.

    4.Software provided for both PocketPC and Windows OS (Mac / Linux users are out of luck here).Most business travellers like myself typically carry a PDA and for sure has a notebook.In case your PDA fails, you'll still have GPS capability using your notebook.

    5.Enhanced software features includes:
    - More customization options
    - Cool transparent setting for indicators and prompts
    - Elevation indicator, nice feature when travelling
    - Easier filter for Waypoints and POI (Points of Interest)

    6.Uses standard SD or Compact flash memory cards supported by your PDA instead of the proprietary flash memory cards from Garmin.Get the Viking 512mb SD card available from Amazon here with rebate, goes nicely if your PDA has a SD slot.

    7.The GPS 10 turns on automatically if it detects power from the 12v cigarette lighter adaptor.

    Disadvantages compared to StreetPilot III:
    1.This could be related to my choice of PDA, I'm using a Dell Axim X5 PocketPC 2003. This PDA does not have an integrated Bluetooth so I use a Anycom Bluetooth CF card.Whenever I turn off the PDA and back on again, I need to re-connect the Bluetooth serial connection.Then I have to stop the Garmin nRoute software from searching the serial port, then reconnect again.A bit of a hassle compared to the StreetPilot III where you simply turn it on.

    2.Routing algorithm not as good as StreetPilot III.The Pocket PC based routing logic seems to be slightly inferior to the one based on SP III (Palm OS based).

    3.Depending on your PDA, the screen could be very difficult to read in the car.The Dell Axim X5 does not do well despite its transreflective LCD.The SP 3 on the other hand is clearly visible under all sorts of condition.Recommend you buy a PDA with a very bright screen.

    4.PDA dependent.The SP 3 is a integrated device and is very rugged, sitting in direct sunlight for 2 years before I finally managed to buy a townhouse with a garage last year.The PDA however, is flimsy in comparison.I would not thing the Dell Axim will hold up being in sunlight all the time for 2 years.

    5.Mounting a hassle.For a semi permanent mount in a car, you'll have to buy a mount either from Seidio or Arkon.However, those mounts are mainly for the PDA and you'll have to mount the GPS 10 seperately.

    1.If you do not travel by air frequently but is looking for a GPS device for use in your car, go with one of those all-in-one devices such as the older Garmin 2610/2620 or the newer Garmin c320/c330.They're much easier to use and mount, and are easier to see in your car.

    2.For frequent travellers by air, get this Garmin GPS 10 and a good PDA.This combo is a lot more portable and works even if you end up renting a car with heatshield on the windscreen.Also, in case the PDA fails, you'll have your notebook to fall back on.

    3.If you decide on the Garmin GPS 10, get a PDA that has the fastest possible processor. The latest Intel XScale running at 624Mhz is a good choice.My Axim X5 running 416Mhz though usable, I sometimes felt a faster processor would be nice when I'm planning a trip and markign waypoints on the PDA. ... Read more

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

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


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

    Reviews (70)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    15. Sony CLIE PEG-TJ27 Handheld
    by Sony
    list price: $199.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001E75LC
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 2654
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Designed with convenience in mind, TJ27 CLI� Handheld lets you take snap-shots anywhere as well as keep your hectic business and personal life organized. PEG-TJ27 features a high-resolution color screen (320 x 320 pixels) that displays images and fonts in fine detail. It comes with Palm OS 5.2 and 32MB internal memory so you can add more applications as needed. Enjoy virtually unlimited storage for additional applications and data using Memory Stick media and Memory Stick PRO media - access information on-the-fly with the easy-to-use Jog Dial navigator. ... Read more


    • Internal lithium-ion polymer rechargeable battery
    • Palm OS version 5.2, i.MXL application processor, 32 MB RAM
    • Built-in 310K Pixels CMOS Camera with 2x Digital Zoom (JPEG, 640 x 480 resolution)
    • High resolution TFT Color Display (320 x 320 dots, 65,536 colors)
    • Integrated Memory Stick slot (compatible with optional Memory Stick Pro media)

    Reviews (27)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Everything I expected and MORE
    I purchased the TJ27 on May 20th expecting a small, nonflashy, down to earth PDA with the ability for me to be connected all the time at work and home (I bought the WiFi memory stick for a steal, $20). When I got it, I charged it up, popped in the wifi card, and loaded netfront, and was WOWED. This is a SNAPPY machine. It excells at PIM functions better than the _new_ PalmOne units!

    Looking back, the TJ37 was more appealing, but I cant justify the 60$ more to get it instead of the TJ27 + WiFi stick. This palm looks great, functions perfectly, and I'm certainly not ashamed to pull it out infront of someone with a brand new (read: $450+) Tungsten T5. My only wish is that Sony had continued the Clie line.

    All in all, I am impressed with this unit. Battery life is excellent (5 hours wifi on, 7+ hours wifi off), and the unit preforms well under all circumstances. if you are contimplating buying one of these or similar model, go with the TJ27 or TJ37, as the TJ25 and TJ35 had a VERY severe backlight defect.

    4-0 out of 5 stars It's the best you can get for its price
    I bought my Sony CLIE TJ27 back in August from a local Staples. I was looking at a Zire, but another person that was looking at the Sony TJ27 said that for about $30 more dollars I could get this one, which is much better. So I bought it for $160. From all the features it had, it was a steal.

    I've had a GameBoy in the past so I know how easy it is to scratch screens on PDAs. So I bought some plastic cover sheets with it. They fit perfectly and the screen is in perfect condition. The Stylus it comes with is very, very comfortable and the whole handheld is just downright sexy. I also purchased a 250 MB memory stick for it, which was over half the price I paid for the actual handheld. I shouldn't have bought one so big, because the included CLIE Viewer is a real pain when you have tons and tons of pics.

    The built in camera is one of the first things I became fond with. I now have thousands of pictures, most of which I would consider priceless, and I still have over 200 MB left of my 250 MB card. The pictures look fairly well on the handheld but have poor quality when viewed on a computer. But still, this isn't for the professional photographer, this is for the average guy that just wants to save his best memories in picture form. One thing that I don't like about the camera, however, is that it eats up the battery severely. When using the camera, it's "open lense, snap, shut lense". Otherwise you'll find yourself charging it twice a day.

    It comes with a built in attractive CLIE Launcher, but since I'm an old guy, I'm used to the old generic Palm style launcher, so I stick to that. It also comes with the standard Palm software. The screen is absolutely amazing. Very clear, high resolution, and lots of colors. The processor is quite fast, as well.

    I've also read about a few incidences where the screen has broke... even just from falling a couple of feet onto a carpet. I've put my CLIE through a LOT of abuse. I've dropped it many times. Just recently I tripped over the power cord and it fell four feet from my desk onto a concrete floor. No scratches, and it works just as good. I've also dropped on many other occaisions. My assumption is that in the incidences that the screen broke, there was nothing protecting it. I've had the plastic cover screen on it since the day I bought it. So the plastic probably provides additional reinforcement. I also use the "flap" that it comes with, so I think that has also saved me a couple times.

    All in all, this is a great palm that I'd highly recommend to anyone that is on a low budget, but wants a great bargain. Although, there is one thing that I strongly dislike about the TJ27 and this is why I rate it four stars instead of five. When I turn it off and put it in my pocket, one of the "shortcut" buttons always somehow manages to get pressed, and then it turns on for two minutes until it shuts itself off. I believe that it's the flap pressing against the "Memo" button on the far right. But when this happens, it wastes about 15% of my battery.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Pretty to look at....
    One of the things that originally attracted me to the Clie was its sleek styling and compact design, especially since I carry it everywhere I go.However, after the disappointing technical/customer service I've received from Sony (ignoring my e-mails) and the difficulty in finding a replacement stylus for this product, I would not recommend buying this handheld.Even if Sony is discontinuing its handheld line, they should have some sense of loyalty to their customers and continue to support their product.After going to four electronics stores and visting the Amazon and Sonystyle websites, I am still without a replacement stylus (extends & retracts) for this product.If customer service and ease in obtaining replacement parts is a consideration in your purchase of a handheld, don't waste your money on Sony.

    1-0 out of 5 stars back light does not work
    13 months ago ago I bought a Sony clie tj-35
    The back light doesn't work and I am told it from their tech support website it is going to cost me $124.00 to fix it.
    I am going to buy a palm tungsten E.I feel I've been ripped off.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Product great; service lacking
    If I were reviewing the unit alone, I would give it five stars. However, one must consider the whole package, including service and support, and here there are problems. When my Clie firstarrived, the battery had a serious problem: it would drain from full to zero in less than 24 hours, whether I turned the unit on or not. So I was all excited to get the Clie, only to find that it was unusable. I sent it in and waited. After being without the thing for almost three weeks, it came back from the Sony service department with the same exact problem! To call this frustrating is an understatement. So I called and emailed and called again, getting various stupid suggestions (one Sony tech insisted that I was leaving the unit turned on 24/7--I am no Einstein but for cripes' sake I'm not THAT stupid!). So I sent it in AGAIN. And waited AGAIN. This time the gurus at Sony decided there really was a problem and--at my insistence--they replaced the Clie. Now it is working great and I love it. So buy the unit, but be ready for some battles if you need service! ... Read more

    16. Sony Clie PEG-UX50 Handheld
    by Sony
    list price: $649.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000AQFZ9
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 17626
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    • Built-in QWERTY-layout wide-pitch keyboard with backlight
    • What's in the box: Clie handheld, Charger Cradle, USB HotSync Cable, Retractable Stylus, AC Adapter,Hand Strap, Installation CD-ROM, Instruction manuals
    • A new concept in handhelds: an extremely portable personal entertainment communicator
    • 6 oz. with stylus
    • Integrated wireless LAN (802.11b) and Bluetooth interface

    Reviews (30)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very nice and beautiful clamshell look but some cons
    1. It is a very nice look .
    2. has very good features like a camera and can also rotate.
    3. It also has both bluetooth and WIFI that is a good for people on the
    4. It now has a low price than 2 years ago.
    5. will atract and impress many people

    1. bad battery life (can buy extra battery . 3X longer also sold at amazon
    very cheap.
    2. limited applications

    I think this is a very good p.e.o. and you shoud buy it if you like attention or really need it

    4-0 out of 5 stars Love mine, but there are some problems
    I bought my UX-50 off eBay for about half the going rate of a refurbished new unit. Since I paid so little, I really don't have much to complain about. However, if I had paid $500 for a new-refurbished unit - or $800 for a brand-new unit when the UX-50s were first released - I probably would not have given a 4-star review.

    Here are the positives:
    - I don't understand why so many people complain about the UX-50 only having a "landscape" screen option. I got used to using the landscape screen in no time. There are third-party programs you can download to convert some applications to portrait mode if you want, but I really didn't feel the need. Granted, the landscape screen means there's a lot of wasted space on the touchscreen, but I didn't have any problems using the screen as-is. I also think the screen size is AWESOME considering the features packed into this little gadget.
    - The functionality is, without a doubt, amazing. The UX-50 can replace your keychain digital camera, digital voice recorder, PDA, MP3 player AND you can check your e-mail with it! They managed to pack a lot of features into this little PDA.
    - Sound on the MP3 player is great. I have a Sony VAIO laptop that has a built-in Memory Stick port so it's really easy for me to put a ton of music onto my 512 MB stick and have music wherever I go. I have a Nomad MP3 player but I rarely use it because the UX-50's MP3 player is so easy to use.
    - The camera is great and takes good pictures in enough light. The zoom feature is neat.
    - The PDA functionality is exactly what you'd expect - it works well. The UX-50 has enough internal memory for you to load lots of programs into it.

    - It took me a lot of tinkering and research to get the 802.11B wireless feature to work. Apparently there was some kind of problem with the wireless connection software in most UX-50s, and if yours has the problem you have to download a special program, called Mobile Manager, to get it to work correctly. Not that Sony tells you this - I had to research it for myself on user bulletin boards. After a LOT of tweaking my wireless works - sometimes. The mobile browser, NetFront, won't load graphics-heavy pages and is quick to give "insufficient memory" and timeout errors. Unfortunately there's no way to upgrade NetFront 3.0, which came with the UX-50, to NetFront 3.1.
    - Battery life truly does suck. I solved this by purchasing a third-party manufactured case and car kit off of eBay - the case has a USB port integrated, so now I can plug the USB sync cable into the case's port and charge my Clie. The car kit consists of a USB cable and an adapter that fits my car's cigarette lighter. Now I can charge wherever I go, which helps greatly with the battery life issue. And I don't have to use the stupid "charging sled" to do it. Which brings me to my next point...
    - I would really like to know why Sony made a PDA that you can't charge with a USB cable. It seems ridiculous to me. Before I found the USB-port case I had to lug the stupid charger and sled around with me. The charger is bulky and the sled makes the UX-50 too thick to fit in a pocket or small purse. As it is, now I can't plug the UX-50 in and let it charge while I sync it throughout my workday, which is always what I've done with other PDAs. This was a really dumb design idea.
    - The only other negative thing is that some parts of the UX-50 feel flimsy - I often feel like I am going to break the screen off rotating it back and forth, and the USB sync port has a small cover that feels like it could rip off at any time.

    Overall, though, this is a great productivity tool and very nifty to carry around. It has a considerable "cool factor" and there's great functionality to boot. The negatives are bummers, but this thing is basically a mini laptop computer with a camera built in, so I don't expect everything to be perfect. I'm just bummed Sony's no longer going to be selling PDAs in the U.S. - hopefully they will change their minds before my UX-50 dies or becomes obsolete.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Attack of the Chimera PDA
    Wow, what a device. I was impressed with this PDA on steriods from the moment I pulled it out of the box. Normally I am dissapointed when I purchase a new gadget. It either doesn't work as advertised or it is so convoluted that I excile it to the land of misfit toys. This PDA though comes through on all of its promised features. With a respectable digital photo, video and audio capability combined with 802.11 wireless, bluetooth, Infra Red as well as USB data interface capability, what more could a PDA require. To be fair and balanced, The UX-50 does have a few issues that detract from its status as PDA nirvana. One is its fragility. I feel like I am holding a delicate piece of bone china everytime I use it. Additionally, I am very dissapointed in Sony and their decision to get out of the PDA business, and just when they seemed to get it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
    It seems like most of the software built-in or bundled with the Clie is either limited or requires a paid upgrade for full functionality.

    Playing MP3's is a headache, transferring music, is only possible with the pro or magicgate versions of memory sticks, unless you use a third party player.

    Printing, is not readily supported from most applications either, unless you transfer the file to a desktop.

    Another complaint I have is not being able to transfer, print, or otherwise use Clie Memo files (handwritten notes) on anything but another Clie.I use a lot of handwritten notes in my work, and aside from being able to read them back on the screen, the information cannot be stored, shared or printed.

    Using Bluetooth for Syncing works well, but file transfer isnt always possible.

    The Browser that ships with the UX50 is out of date and impossible to update (version 3.0) while it does work, 3.1 offers a lot better functionality and viewability.Checking web based e-mail is not supported by the current browser either.

    The ux50 is not a bad PDA, but don't expect it to work well out of the box.there are a lot of third-party programs out there to work out a lot of the "bugs" but be prepared to pay more for them.

    My advice to someone looking for a pda is to check out the PEG -TH55(also from sony)Its got most of the same features (minus the keyboard)and a much larger viewable screen area

    3-0 out of 5 stars Nice toy.. definitely not worth the $
    Bought a UX50 used off eBay. Have had it for about a month. I would pay 400$ max for a used one. Now that Sony has stopped the entire Clie line, you should find them cheap off the internet.

    - Nice keyboard
    - Love the fact that you can listen to music at the same time performing other functions like browsing, email etc (probably an OS5 feature not restricted to this model only)
    - The wireless works like a charm right out of the box.
    - Great resolution.

    - Had to soft boot at least 3-4 times already.
    - Most apps require portrait mode which the UX50 does not natively support.
    - Battery life - 3hrs max if you use the wireless.
    - Need an additional memory stick (128MB - 40$)
    - Crappy camera - 0.3MP!!! cmon Sony!
    - Native doc support restricted to read only.
    - Need the docking station to charge, no direct connection to PDA.

    Must have software:
    - you can enable the landscape mode for most apps using Code Diver. This is a MUST if you want to use the UX50.

    (shareware + 10$. Remember to use the latest beta and not the handango version)
    - Also I strongly recommend buying Documents to Go and Contacts to Go (add another 75$ to the tag)

    Overall, you can end up spending about 1000$ to make this thing really usable, not worth it. But if you dont mind getting a used one cheap off eBay, this is definitely a nice toy. ... Read more

    17. PalmOne Zire 71 Handheld
    by PalmOne

    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00008WFVI
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: PalmOne
    Sales Rank: 2768
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Palm’s Zire brand is designed primarily for consumers rather than for professionals. The first Zire was a low cost, entry level machine, this one, the second in the range, is a multimedia extravaganza. The most eye catching feature of the Zire 71, after you’ve noticed the sleek rounded blue casing for the hardware, is the built-in digital camera.
    The Zire 71's built-in digital camera
    You need to slide the upper and lower body apart to reveal it, and when you do so the Zire 71’s screen automatically turns into a viewfinder. Click the button that is also revealed during the sliding process, and you can take pictures, at resolutions of 160 x 120, 320 x 240 and 640 x 480.

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

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


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

    Reviews (170)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    18. Sony Clie PEG-TJ37/U Handheld
    by Sony
    list price: $299.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001D09YI
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 3660
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    PEG-TJ37 delivers wireless freedom, rich productivity and multimedia features. With built-in wireless LAN (802.11b), you can access the Internet wirelessly at home, the office, and public hotspots where the Wi-Fi network is available. Take a picture with the built-in digital camera, make a free-hand note, and email the files to your office. TJ37 also offers natural handwriting recognition by Decuma Input. TJ37 makes your office portable - with Picsel Viewer you can review Mircosoft documents and PDF files. Enjoy MP3 music with TJ37 on your flight home from your business trip. TJ37 has all of your business and personal data needs covered. ... Read more


    • Palm OS version 5.2, i.MXL application processor, 32 MB RAM
    • Built-in 310K Pixels CMOS Camera with 2x Digital Zoom (JPEG, 640 x 480 resolution), audio player, and video player
    • High resolution TFT Color Display (320 x 320 dots, 65,536 colors)
    • Integrated Memory Stick slot (compatible with optional Memory Stick Pro media)
    • Internal lithium-ion polymer rechargeable battery

    Reviews (25)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great PDA for PDA functions
    People are asking too much for a PDA to be a PDA. If you want to get an all-in-one device, then get a smartphone/black-berry kind of thing. This is a PDA and it worked well for me. The only thing that doesn't come with it is the voice recorder (but you can alway make some notes). I got it for about $155 brand new in the box, and I think it's worth for the price.
    Sony screen resolution is alway the best. Internet connection is great. Yes, you need an extra memory stick (but it's cheaper now with 512MB MS-Pro for about $55 online). Sony stops making PDAs. Therefore, these PDA will be "collectable" Sony brand PDAs soon.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Clie is the palm to go with
    I read through many reviews on amazon before buying so I thought I would give my opinion on some of the issues.The two biggest complaints I saw were about the stylus being too small and the battery being too delicate.I was a little worries about the stylus because I write a lot (actually wore out my last palm's writing surface), but I figured I would carry my own stylus.This was not necessary because the Clie stylus is great!I have no idea what the complaints were based on.It is a retractable stylus, meaning it is small when you remove it but it extends to the length of a normal, comfortable stylus.In fact, the design is very smart :)As for the battery, mine works great -- although I've only had the Clie a few weeks.however, I imagine that some people who were complaining about battery failure did not take care of the battery.Every lithium battery is delicate.The best way to preserve the life of your batter is to calibrate it once every 3 months.This means completely draining the battery down to 0 before charging it up again.if you don't do this your battery life will become less and less over time.In conclusion, this is the best Palm I've ever used.It is snappy, runs 3rd party apps very well, has an easy to use launcher, nice graphics, camera takes nice pictures, wireless works great (although it supports limited encryption types), all in all a great purchase :)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Extended Warranty is worthless on this unit
    I purchased the Sony Clie PEG-TJ37 because it had the features I was looking for at a reasonable price. I did't want to learn a new operating system. The unit worked perfect for the first six months. I did experince some problems with the built-in software but was able to upload patches to fix the wireless connectivity problems. The camera was excellent. Being able to take digital pictures and then send them via the internet wirelessly was such a comfort. I never used the mp3 player. All other funtions as for as hot sync's of software was a snap. The problems I had were due tothe flimsy cover to protect the screen. It lost one of the rubber hinges and didn't offer much protection. I purchased the 2 year extended warranty from Sony. That also was a big mistake. My unit would not cut off and the screen was cracked due to an accidental drop. The warranty was to have covered this, but I found out later that it didn't cover the cracked screen. I am very hesitant about buying another PDA from Sony for this reason. I will never pay for an extended warranty again. I have been asked to pay 147.00 to repair the unit even after purchasing the extended coverage which i refuse to pay. Hopefully I can find another unit and if I do pay for any insurance I wll make sure that what is told me by the salesman is also written and underlined in the contract before buying.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Good features, bad construction, ugly customer support
    I purchased the PEG-TJ37 because it had an excellent suite of features.I was disapointed to find out that some of those features didn't work unless you threw down another 100 bucks for a reasonably sized memory stick.I was happy with the WiFi feature, which was the main reason i got it.I also thought the camera was great.Many people thought of it as a gimmicky extra feature, but it works better than any cell phone camera that i had used, and it seems more fitting for a pda to have a camera.It was especially useful for capturing signs or pages in books at the library, and i could see potential for it in a lab environment to get quick snapshots of results.Sony could have done more to legitimize it's integration into a pda, like including optical character recognition software to allow you
    to take pix of text and incorporate it into memos.

    My disillusionment with this product began with the poor battery life.That coupled with the switches tendency to be turned on in my pocket was a disaster.I went for a run of losing data everyday due to the battery being completely drained.Luckily
    i did go ahead and purchase a memory stick so i was able to back up the clie and restore the data from anywhere, once i managed to get it charged.

    Within a month of owning the clie i noticed a screw was missing,
    now at 4 months all but one have fallen out.

    3 months after i got it, the camera button stopped working.

    at 4 months the digitizer on the screen broke while it was in my pocket.

    This made the device useless so i called customer service to get it fixed.I was given the same run around as others on this sight, "the screen isn't covered no matter how gentle you were
    with it, pay us $140 and we'll fix it."That is more than half of it's current value.

    You know, I could have looked up the warranty before i purchased
    this product and seen that screens weren't covered.I probably would have purchased it anyway, not knowing just how darn fragile
    the clie was.Maybe I was naive to think that Sony would make a quality product and that if they messed up they would stand behind the product anyway.But they made a poor product and have failed to stand behind it.This is my third pda and the first that essentially fell apart.My first was a Palm m100 which i replaced because i needed something better, but it stood up to 3 years of use and still works.My second was a Visor pro, which also proved to be very durable, lasting about 2 1/2 years before the buttons started to malfunction.And now here i am 4 months after purchasing the most expensive of my pda's and it's a paper weight.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Decent PDA, but extras left me wanting.
    The Sony TJ37 is my fourth PDA since 1998, when I jumped on the bandwagon with the first Palm III (since then: IIIxe, Clie SJ30, and now Clie TJ37). Back when I first had the Palm III, I wrote a memo to myself entitled, "When this technology will be worth it" The items I wanted in this palm-sized device were:

    1) A full-fledged desktop computer with unrestricted internet access
    2) A radio
    3) A TV
    4) A telephone
    5) A weather station (therm., baro.)
    6) GPS device
    7) Almanac

    The TJ37 offers none of those. It does have 802.11b support, which comes in handy if you're at a hotspot. The bundled browser is a passable solution for on-the-go email checking, although it doesn't work with certain websites, like Gmail). Other bundled software is appreciated, but not the boon to the PDA industry it should be. PicselViewer is the only stand-out among the new Sony-specific applications (a multi-format document viewer). I still found myself going back and installing apps that go above and beyond the limited offerings of programs for DateBook and the like.

    The biggest selling point for me was the inclusion of MP3 support (via the slick-looking AeroPlayer) and the digital camera, both of which excited that part of my brain that's excited about convergence of technologies. But, as with all Swiss-Army-Knife-style gadgets, the add-ons were underwhelming in their functionality.

    AeroPlayer is limited to how much Memory Stick storage you have available (an empty 64 MB stick will get you less than a full album's worth of songs) and the anemic battery life while playing the music.

    The camera is likewise underwhelming, performing particularly poorly in low light situations. Exposure time is automatic, with no user control available, so unless you have a steady hand, you'll find yourself with grainy, blurry, yellow-hued pictures more often than not. Pictures in settings with more ambient light fare somewhat better, though the low resolution makes this camera far from a replacement for the dedicated digital cameras on the market now (even the cheapest ones have resolutions four times higher than the Clie's highest resolution setting. Still, the camera is good to have in a pinch.

    The TJ37 was my first exposure to Palm OS5, and I found the OS unable to meet the hype of its rollout. It includes a new Grafitti handwriting-recognition algorithm that more closely resembles normal handwriting. The downside of this only occurs to folks who have become used to the old style of Grafitti. I found myself unable to create captial letters, T's, I's, L's and K's properly until I forced myself to relearn the system. But that falls under the category of annoyance more than debilitating feature.

    In terms of form factor, it's almost exactly the same as my previous Clie, the SJ30. The JogDial has been moved to a position of prominence between the four hard-wired buttons below the silkscreen area, a change I appreciated very much. Flanking the JogDial on either side are a pair of navigation buttons that would be extremely helpful if they'd been used by more applications. Perhaps the best feature in the case is the addition of a "hold" position to the power button. This prevents the Clie's power being sucked dry by a accidental pressing in a pocket or purse. The new stylus design did not bother me as much as it has some other reviewers, and indeed I appreciated the engineering it took to get a full-sized (if telescoping) stylus in to the case. The drawback is tha tif you lose it, you're pretty much out of luck, as it's a stylus design common to no other PDA.

    All in all, the TJ37 seemed to promise much, but the overall execution left it wanting. The new features, while appreciated, were carried out in the lackluster manner that befits a line of products that Sony is phasing out of America. ... Read more

    19. Fossil Abacus AU5005 Wrist PDA with Palm OS
    by Fossil
    list price: $169.00
    our price: $142.49
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00077ALQ4
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Fossil
    Sales Rank: 7145
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    • Built-in Applications: Address Book, Date Book, To Do List, Memo Pad, Calculator, Time
    • 8 MB Memory
    • Operating System: Palm OS 4.1
    • Motorola Dragonball Super VZ 66 MHz Processor
    • Display: 160 x 160 pixels, 16 level grayscale, EL backlight, Touch Screen

    20. PalmOne Tungsten T2 Handheld
    by PalmOne
    list price: $299.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000AH5N1
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: PalmOne
    Sales Rank: 6303
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    • What's in the box: Palm Tungsten T2 handheld, Stylus, Premium Screen Protector, USB HotSync Cradle, Power Supply, Software Essentials CD, Palm Desktop, Palm Photos, Documents To Go 5 by DataViz, Phone Link Updater
    • Compact and powerful Palm device with advanced wireless functionality
    • Bluetooth-ready, for wireless email and Internet access
    • 32 MB of memory
    • MP3 and video playback

    Reviews (36)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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