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1. PalmOne Tungsten T Handheld
$238.00
2. PalmOne m515 Color Handheld
$109.99 list($199.99)
3. PalmOne m130 Handheld
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4. Handspring Treo 90
$72.00 list($79.99)
5. PalmOne Zire Handheld
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6. PalmOne m125 Handheld
$329.99
7. HP iPAQ 1935 Pocket PC

1. PalmOne Tungsten T Handheld
list price: $349.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000071A7U
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 3818
Average Customer Review: 4.16 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Tungsten T is Palm's most compact device yet. But don't be fooled by its diminutive size. Inside, the new Texas Instruments OMAP1510 processor (an enhanced ARM-based processor) gives you the performance you need to organize your work and your life. Stay productive when you're on the go with access to your essential Word, Excel, and PowerPoint-compatible files. Built-in Bluetooth technology allows you to access e-mail and connect to the Internet with the use of a Bluetooth-compatible mobile phone. On top of all this, the Tungsten T handheld has a new color screen, a built-in voice recorder, a five-way navigator button for one-hand operation, plus dual expansion for adding functionality so your Tungsten T handheld grows with you.

Display
The Palm Tungsten T features high resolution on its 320 x 320 pixel backlit color display, which can display more than 65,000 colors.

Expansion
The Tungsten uses MultiMediaCard and Secure Digital expansion cards, which instantly add software applications, additional memory, large databases, and more without taking up built-in memory space.

Operating System
The Tungsten is powered by Palm OS 5, which provides higher performance, enhanced multimedia features, support for Bluetooth connectivity, and enterprise-class security.

Extra Software
Along with the standard Palm software, you'll receive a Software Essentials CD-ROM containing Acrobat Reader, ArcSoft PhotoBase Palm Edition, BlueBoard, BlueChat, Copytalk, Dialer, DataViz Documents to Go 5.0 Professional Edition, Handmark, Palm Reader, Palm WAP Browser, Palm Web Browser Pro, Phone Link Updater, powerOne Personal, SMS, and VersaMail 2.0.

Compatibility
The Palm Tungsten T is compatible with PCs running Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0, 2000, Me, and XP, and with Macs running Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X 10.1.2 or later.

In the Box
Palm Tungsten T handheld, stylus, protective cover, USB HotSync cradle, power supply, installation CD-ROM with PDF user's manuals, Software Essentials CD-ROM, and Read this First document. ... Read more

Features

  • Reflective TFT color screen with brightness control and support for more than 65,000 colors
  • ARM-based Texas Instrument OMAP1510 processor
  • Integrated Bluetooth Radio and Antenna
  • Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard Expansion Slot
  • What's in the box: Palm Tungsten T handheld, stylus, protective cover, USB HotSync cradle, power supply (120 VAC), installation CD with user manuals, Software Essentials CD

Reviews (81)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Hardware, Software Doesn't Pass Muster
The Palm Tungsten T is a great piece of hardware, but having switched from the Pocket PC platform, the software doesn't quite pass muster. While the new Palm OS 5 is not great, neither is the Pocket PC. The Palm OS keeps it simple, whereas the Pocket PC suffers from an over zealous interface (all it's missing is a wallpaper with palm trees and a pina colada). The Tungsten T also seems to operates faster than many Pocket PC, even given the more powerful processors that are standard in Pocket PCs. It's worth pointing out here that standard entertainment software for the Pocket PC (and Sony Clie Palm) is noticeably missing in the Tungsten T bundle, such as an MP3 player and video playback (MP3 player is now available for download on the RealNetworks website). Many competing PDAs now include either Bluetooth or WiFi (but not both). It seems like Palm is entrenched in Bluetooth for mobile computing, whereas more Pocket PCs now include WiFi, such as the new HP IPAQ, and the Toshiba e740 and e755. In April 2003, SanDisk is coming out with an innovative combination WiFi/128MB SD card that should solve this deficiency; a combination WiFi/256 MB SD card will also be released (both at reasonable prices). They are said to work with Palm OS 5.

Overall, the Tungsten T is worth the price (especially after the price drop) because the hardware is very well designed and has only one minor software flaw. The hardware's great design beats out the software's many setbacks. If you're not a demanding user, but want a small PDA for a reasonable price, then this is the PDA for you. For advanced users, you'll have to evaluate competing Palm and Pocket PC PDAs on price, features, design and portability.

The points I allocate are given in staples [points]

Hardware "Excellent," Total of +9.5 points
Here's a breakdown of the hardware, by importance:
+ The smallest PDA on the market, elegant and slim [3]
+ Sharp screen, bright colors [2]
+ Great design and slider concept (albeit borrowed from the Sharp Zaurus) [2]
+ Fast processor [2]
+ Bluetooth [2]
+ Recorder microphone is built in. Record your classroom lectures or boardroom meetings [2]
+ One of the lightest PDAs on market [1]
+ Finally, a Palm with a headphone jack. The volume with headphones connected is not very loud and audio quality is average. Headphone jacks come standard on Pocket PC PDAs as well as Sony Clie PDAs. PDAs such as the HP IPaqs are significantly louder and more clear. [1]
+ SD card reader [1]
+ 2 groves on sides are used to dock Palm Tungsten T into leather cases, etc. This innovation eliminates the need to use Velcro or to use bulkier cases that hug your PDA. [1]
+ 5 way navigator is neat, haven't found a use for it yet though. [0.5]
~ Speakers are loud, but not all that clear [neutral]
- Short battery life, clocks about 3 hours [3]
- Only 16 MB of RAM included. You can install most of the bundles programs, but you'll run into space constraints. [2]
- No 802.11b capabilities (WiFi) [1.5]
- Same tired cradle design. It has 2 cables, 1 for USB connection to your computer, 1 for power. This cumbersome layout prevents you from charging your Palm without the cradle. Big disadvantage when you're traveling, etc. [1.5]

Software "Mediocre," Total of -1.5 points
Pros & Cons of OS 5 Software, by importance:
+ All the basics are included, including Documents to Go (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), a few games, web browser, Bluetooth software, Acrobat Reader, Arcsoft Photobase, Voice recording, and Email software [3]
+ Graffiti is fantastic [2]
+ Simple to operate [2]
+ Clean design [1]
~ Unparalleled 3rd party software support for Palm; but Palm OS 5 is not backward compatible with Palm OS 4 software. [neutral]
- No MP3 software bundled with player. The RealOne Palm Tungsten T MP3 media player was released late March, 2003 on RealNetwork's website. Average player without the bells and whistles. No powersaving feature or other extra features. Can't play other file formats [1.5]
- Design flaw: "Home" button is on graffiti area, and you can't assign a button to "home". This means that when the slider is up, you can't change tasks (unless task is assigned to 1 of 4 buttons). For example, you can't switch from a game you're playing to the web browser when slider is up and graffiti area is hidden. [2]
- Web browser is mediocre. You can surf the Web using Bluetooth to connect to a GPRS (2.5 G) phone, but setup for each session takes a few minutes. I tested Yahoo! Mail, ESPN, Cnet and Washington Post. Graphics are crisp, but web pages are not formatted for Palm. For example, while you can reduce the font size, I couldn't find a way to uniformly reduce the graphics on a Web page, or uniformly scale down a page that is wider than the 320x320 pixel screen, and you have to scroll sideways on many pages. You also can't open multiple browser windows to surf the Web (which would have been useful when I was trying to add email address in Yahoo! mail). [2]
- Bundled organizer software has fewer features than Pocket PC (can't assign multiple categories to a contact; can't choose how long to snooze a reminder). [2]
- No bundled video software (MPEG2 or AVI/MPEG 4). [1]
- Email lacks SSL support. I managed to set up my main email account, but couldn't find the Secure Socket Layer options necessary for one of my email accounts. [1]

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5-0 out of 5 stars I gave up my Palm V for this one.
Finally, a PDA worthy to replace my old Palm V!

The color screen is so sharp and bright, and the processor is so fast -- I'm delighted. It's noticeably heavier and slightly thicker than my Palm V, but shorter (when closed) and less wide. It took me a couple days to get used to using it with the slider closed.

If you have a Bluetooth phone, this is definitely the Palm you want. Surf the web during boring meetings! I can sync with my Mac over Bluetooth too, so I didn't need a second cradle for my office. I don't care about having mp3's on my Palm, unlike some other reviewers.

I still think that the V has the best design of any Palm ever. But this is certainly beautiful and I love the display and Bluetooth. When the new Ultra-thin keyboard is available, I'll have a complete mobile web and email solution that weighs under a pound (including cell phone).

2-0 out of 5 stars Good features but serious hardware bug
Background information first: I'm a health care provider, so I use the tungsten for inputting and modifying appointments several times per hour, 40+ hours a week. For me, the ease of inputting and accessing the address book, date book, and to-do's is the make it or break it factor. I upgraded from the Palm IIIC because even though it always served me without any problems, it was getting slow in searching for patients' names after 3 years of appointments built up in my datebook.

Good news second: The display is pretty and easily readable; the form factor is nice and small so I can just keep it in my pants pocket; it plays mp3's very nicely with a free download of the RealPlayer; the voice recorder activates at the press of a hardware button and comes in handy while driving; this PDA can sort through 3+ years of my appointments in no time flat.

Bad news third: Under serious usage, the digitizer becomes erratic and terribly frustrating. Where you place the stylus can be off by as much as several characters, first one way, then another, then back again, with no predictability. Unfortunately, you usually spot the error after writing in the wrong area, or worse, pasting instead of copying. It requires almost continual recalibration. It's clearly a hardware problem since tapping it on the side causes it to happen, but it's random and unpredictable. The result is a much slower inputting of data (and ample swearing).

Perhaps worse is that the support I have gotten from Palm has been very, very frustrating. They have replaced the tungsten with another return a couple different times, and the exact same bug was present in each machine. While the tech people adamantly deny a hardware problem, one of their engineers was upfront with me. He acknowledged the hardware problem, but unfortunately couldn't do anything beyond sending me another or advising me to briskly smack it open and shut several times.

Conclusion: If you don't demand too much of the digitizer, you'll probably be happy. If you get in any trouble and need tech support, you may be very unhappy with the company. Personally, since I like the Palm OS so much, I am about to purchase a Sony Clie.

3-0 out of 5 stars This is an "OEM" product !
I received a PDA Tungten T that is in a repackaged box, no manuals and software CD. I wrote an e-mail to the seller, they replied to me: "If you read the ad specific to KM Electronics, you will see that our item is sold OEM (meaning without manual, software, CD or box)...., and You are quoting from Amazon's site which is different from ours and different from where you purchased. We are a "sub-store" of Amazon with our own product description. We do not offer the software, etc. However, feel free to return your item according to our policy below.......,
As stated in our Amazon return policy, if you must return a product we charge a $15 restocking fee...."

2-0 out of 5 stars Updated Review
To anyone I led astray w/my original review - I apologize. When I wrote it I loved the Tungsten T. There are better quality PDAs out now that are comparable in price to Tungsten T.

It still has good qualities: a good screen, good maneuverability and good processing speed.

What it doesn't have is good support. Around month 10, I started having issues with a shift in the keyboard. Type 'k' and you get a 'j'. First it was only w/the right side of the keyboard....then the left. Then it switched: Type 'j' and you'd get a 'k'. Completely screwed up.

The odd thing is - I ended up getting used to typing that way.

Redigitizing helped for short periods of time. Maybe 1/2 a day. But always it would go back to being f***ed up. The Palm site had a patch that worked for about 10 minutes. Reading on-line, this was not just my problem - but fairly wide-spread.

Palm was of NO HELP. I had no 3rd party software loaded onto my Tungsten - so that wasn't the issue. To have Palm "fix" it - I'd have to send it in, which was a difficult option. Try to fix it yourself and you violate the warranty.

I ended up buying a new PDA (which I'll review after a sufficient amount of time in using) and giving my Tungsten way to someone whom was going to attempt troubleshooting. ... Read more


2. PalmOne m515 Color Handheld

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Asin: B00005Y1Z7
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 3108
Average Customer Review: 3.53 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The release of the Palm m515 handheld proves that Palm listens to customers and is willing to make changes. Thanks to the indifferent customer response to the lackluster color screen of the Palm m505 (released in 2001), the Palm m515 boasts a much brighter display and contrast controls that were missing in its predecessor.

We were among the many who voiced disappointment with the Palm m505, and while the m515's color screen still isn't at the top of the class, it's an obvious and welcome improvement. With display support for over 65,000 colors, icons and images (viewed in the included PhotoSuite application) have a nice richness and depth of color. However, as the screen resolution is only 160 by 160 pixels, the m515 doesn't achieve the crispness found in the Sony T615 (which has a 320 by 320 pixel resolution). But ultimately, unless you need a high-end multimedia viewer integrated into your handheld, you should be suitably happy with the m515's display.

There are only three levels of brightness contrast control--high, low, and off. At first we were taken aback by the "off" setting, as it rendered the screen almost invisible in our office, but it's fine for outdoor usage and will help conserve battery power.

With its curved angles, thin design, and light weight, the Palm m515 feels very comfortable, both in the palm of your hand and resting in your pocket. Also, with the m515's 33 MHz DragonBall VZ processor, we found switching applications to be very fast.

The applications and desktop software (version 4.01 for Windows and version 2.6.3 for Mac) haven't changed, and that's just fine with us. (Note that a beta version of Palm Desktop 4 for Mac OS X is available for download.) The Palm interface is one of the most elegant and simple to understand--yet powerful--operating systems around.

But Palm adds more power with a variety of add-on applications that you can choose to install, ranging from Documents To Go for viewing and editing Word and Excel documents, to Palm's collection of mobile connectivity apps, to the aforementioned PhotoSuite for viewing images and short movies. Our favorite is AvantGo, an app that downloads Web content to the m515 whenever you synchronize, which enables us to keep up with the latest world news as well as Aussie Rules Football scores. You can add even more content and applications via the expansion slot, using optional Secure Digital or MultiMediaCard memory cards.

You can choose to synchronize the Palm m515 with the Palm Desktop application or link to Microsoft Outlook (Windows only). Palm Desktop is more than adequate, but if you are in a corporate environment and Outlook is your scheduling/e-mailing/tasking brain center (which it is for us), the synchronization is seamless.

Overall, we're very happy with the Palm m515--it's quick on its feet, has a nice color display, and is loaded with great software additions that can enhance both your productivity and your fun. --Agen G.N. Schmitz

Pros:

  • Improved color screen--brighter, with contrast controls
  • Good range of additional software, from Internet connectivity to e-book reader
  • Expansion slot enables you to add even more content and applications to customize the m515 to your needs
  • Easy synchronization with Palm Desktop or Microsoft Outlook
Cons:
  • Continued use of high brightness level can wear on batteries
  • Palm Desktop for Mac still behind the times, but new software on the way
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Features

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

Reviews (103)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Colour Palm For It's Time
The Palm m515, in my words, was the saviour for Palm's goof: m505.

Compared to the m505, the m515 came with 8MB more memory (a total of 16MB), and a brightness control, which help made it the best of all Palms. It has the look of the old V series, 16MB, hi-res colour, and expandability (uses Multimedia and Secure Digital cards), this Palm is the best idea since the first one.

(My wife uses my old m515, which replaced her m130. My parents also still uses their m515.)

The rechargeable battery, which isn't replaceable, stays charge for about two weeks. I suggest you get a cigarette charger if you're on the road a lot.

There are many third-party software, hardware, and accessories still available for the m515--more than what's available for it's replacement model the Tungsten E.

If you want a professional, slick, and/or versatile PDA that is inexpensive and fairly new, then I would suggest the m515.

Don't waste you money on the m505. And, I wouldn't suggest the m500--why spend the money for all the technology and get no colour screen?

If you want a new model and want hardware attachments (utilizing the universal connector), I suggest getting a Tungsten T2/T3 or the Zire 71.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good but not perfect
I owned a Palm III for four plus years and was very happy with it. Then my purse was stollen with the Palm in it and I was forced to update. I read the reviews on the Palm M130 and decided it was for me. I ordered it without visiting a store to check out the real thing and I found that it was much thicker and heavier than my Palm III. I keep my Palm in a wallet organzier and I could barely close the wallet with the M130 in it. Therefore, I returned it and I am awaiting my refund. In its place, I purchased the M515 instead. SO far, I am very happy with the 515, especially its width. The only annoying thing about the product is that they have an attractive slip on leather cover but the cover will not stay on the Palm. Otherwise, the software was very easy to install and the Palm is meeting all of my needs. The color screen is nice and the battery has not worn out yet after one week of use. Why can't they make the cover work though? I never had a single complaint about my Palm III.

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

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

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

2-0 out of 5 stars Great Palm until it dies an early death.
Let me start by saying that the only reason I did not give this Palm only 1 star is because while it was working, I absolutely loved it. This was a great Palm pilot and I used it for pretty much everything. I loaded it up with third party software, filled my expansion card with e-books and played games with very few problems. I cannot highly recommend this unit and give it a 5 star rating due to the short life span compared to the price of $300 - $400 when I bought it a little over a year ago.

I started with a Palm xe, then a Palm IIIc, and ended up with a Palm m515. The Palm xe literally fell apart - the buttons snapped apart making it useless. When the Palm IIIc stopped working, I gave Palm the $125 to refurbish my unit which they did. Then about a year later it was accidentally put into the laundry while I was in the hospital after giving birth to my daughter, which is how I ended up with the m515. Now, just over a year later my Palm m515 just stopped working.

As much as I miss my Palm, I can't justify giving Palm another $125 to "refurbish" my unit or go out and purchase another brand new unit for $200 or more. I have spent SO much money on Palm PDA's and related items over the last three or four years that I feel like a junkie. I've been doing my research here at Amazon trying to find out if Sony is any better and it seems they are pretty much the same.

The irony is that Palm is selling products that do so much, but if you use all of the functionality, you drastically limit the life of the unit. So until these guys can make a sturdier product that has a longer life, they have lost me as a customer. And COME ON, give us a replaceable freaking battery already!

1-0 out of 5 stars Hot Sync Problems
I really really liked my palm until one day it stopped syncing. I didn't do anything to it, it just no longer made a connection with the USB on my computer. My warranty was up so I had to pay if I wanted to talk to the Palm tech support people. I did some searching on the internet and discovered that many others had the same problem--funny Palm made no mention of that as I went through all the trouble shooting wizards on their website. Also really irritating that they do not have a way to solve the problem. Palm does have a program that will drain the battery which apparantly makes the palm sync again, but many Internet posts have said that this makes the battery fritzy thereafter. I have purchased a serial cradle which apparently is free of the syncing problem to hopefully allow me to use my palm again. No matter how good the product is, if it doesn't sync with my computer it is WORTHLESS. ... Read more


3. PalmOne m130 Handheld
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B00005Y1Z6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 885
Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Palm's m130 enters the handheld market as one of the least expensive color units available. Basically a colorized version of the earlier m125, the m130's bright backlit screen displays 58,621 colors on its 160 x 160 pixel screen.

It also boasts an 8 MB memory with an expansion slot that accepts both MultiMediaCard (MMC) and Secure Digital (SD) cards for adding both memory and special applications. The SD card slot will also connect to SDIO (Secure Digital Input/Output) devices, including Bluetooth cards for wireless connectivity, and upcoming peripherals like digital cameras and bar code scanners.

You can also attach peripherals to the base of the unit via the Palm Universal Connector, which enables you to use the m130 with keyboards, modems, and GPS receivers that are also compatible with the i700 and m500 series handhelds.

The universal connector is where the handheld meets up with its USB cradle, which not only serves to sync up the m130, but to recharge its lithium-ion battery as well. On the highest setting (you can drop it down a notch in well-lit environments), the display backlight sucks juice at a moderate rate. But since the battery recharges at each sync-up, it's not much of an issue. Even if you run out of battery life and your m130 shuts down, you have about a week to recharge it before you lose the data on your Palm.

Nicely contoured, with an attachable faceplate that flips up (letting you play Captain Kirk and Dr. Spock, if you're so inclined), the 5.4-ounce m130 rests solidly in your left hand with the right manipulating its standard buttons and screen with the stylus. One complaint we did have with the m130: at the edges, the screen doesn't appear to be as sensitive as in the middle and it can sometimes require a repeat tap with the stylus before it registers.

In addition to the standard Palm Desktop software, the m130's impressive handheld software bundle includes Palm Reader (for taking e-books along with your Palm), DataViz's Documents To Go (for viewing and editing Word and Excel files; Windows users can also view and edit PowerPoint documents), and MGI PhotoSuite Mobile Edition (for viewing images and videos on the full-color screen).

An IR port on the top of the m130 lets you beam contact information, such as your business card, or even an application, to another similarly equipped handheld.

An inexpensive color handheld with a decent amount of memory and lots of room for growth, the m130 makes a great PDA for users looking to add color to their portable world. --J. Curtis

Pros:

  • Inexpensive, full-featured color PDA
  • 58,621-color display looks great
  • Loaded with software extras
  • Rechargeable battery
Cons:
  • Stylus doesn't register, at times, around the edges
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Features

  • Bright and easy-to-read color screen with support for 58,621 colors
  • Built-in 8 MB memory stores thousands of contacts, appointments, to-do items, and notes
  • Expandable via Secure Digital and MultiMedia cards--add memory, applications, and content
  • Windows and Macintosh compatible--includes desktop software for both platforms
  • What's in the box: Palm OS 4.1, USB cradle, rechargeable battery, and add-on applications including Documents to Go, powerone Personal Calculator, MultiMail, and Palm Reader

Reviews (122)

5-0 out of 5 stars For the newer palm user!
This is my third pda (second palm and one handspring) and I'm totally satisfied with the product. Palm has leapfrogged over the palm clones or 'wannabees' in features and pre-packaged software. The screen clarity is more than acceptable under most conditions, the rechargeable battery lasts plenty long in normal uses and the 4.1 OS (operating system) has some nice new features. Finally, the expansion ports are great to save files or applications without sacrificing the 8 megs on the handheld palm.

Especially nice is the new feature note pad, which allows you to simply write or print a note directly on the screen without the need of graffiti or opening the memo pad. This is useful when you need to write quick--like when you're checking your voice mail and recording information. It's just like the sticky notes you use for writing down everything. Only these sticky notes don't get lost! The palm reader is a nice addition to read the increasingly popular e-books. I've added 3 books to the m-130 and the reader works great and even has an auto-scroll so you can read at your own pace. The calculator function(s) is much improved from earlier palms with the business and other math functions.
Finally the accompanying software, DataVis' Documents To Go for one, let you compose or edit word, excel, or powerpoint files and transfer the files to/from your desktop or laptop.
Overall, this is a good product, that is very functional and reliable, at a relatively inexpensive price!

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good PDA
This is a pretty good PDA. I was looking for a color PDA to replace my trusty Palm V (still miss that little guy), but the other models and brands were a little too overpriced for my budget. Lo and behold, Palm comes out with the m130 and it was in my price range! I love the color screen and the extra memory and add-on features. At first, I had to contact Palm because I received a defective unit. They replaced it free of charge and it has had no major problems ever since. The m130 comes packaged with a treasure chest of useful software (Documents to Go, Palm Reader and others)! The expansion slot is pretty cool too. The only drawback that I have found is the darned Graffiti writing recognition. Graffiti writes pretty well when it wants to, but I have found that it doesn't always register as the letter you want and tends to do its own thing. I seem to have the most trouble with the letter "y". It comes out as other letters. It can be frustrating and I am sure that Palm users have gotten frustrated with Graffiti. I would recommend investing in the keyboard. Besides all of that, I have been happy with Palm and the m130. These PDA's are truly amazing and useful tools and Palm has really set the standard with their great handhelds. If only the Graffiti were a little better...

2-0 out of 5 stars Mine died!
I bought my Palm M130 less than a year ago and it was great. Then one day it wouldn't turn on. I hit the reset button and it was fine for a few months. Then recently it wouldn't turn on again. I tried resetting it in different ways and no luck. Now i have a dead palm and all my phone numbers and calender info are stuck in my work computer! i wouldn't bother buying this product as i am sure it will die on you too :(

3-0 out of 5 stars Decent PDA with all basic features
I bought this Palm back in December 2002, and so far it has never let me down. Okay, the PDAs standards have developed a lot, but the basic features of this device remain useful: calendar, address book, and the Docs to go.
I am now giving thoughts to get an state-of-the-art PDA, but the bad reviews I've read here at Amazon regarding the Tungsten C have make me think about moving to a smartphone, perhaps Sony Eriksson P900...

5-0 out of 5 stars Does everything I needed!
I did a lot of research before purchasing my first palm pilot (my m130 for myself as a mother's day gift) and I am so glad I moved from a paper calendar to this. I originally hoped to get a phone and pda in one but to be honest w/a laptop at work and a computer at home w/internet access, I don't need wireless connectivity and I have found that anything with any phone feature gets so ridiculously expensive in addition to wanting you to pay for wireless service in addition to phone... well... I decided the option to add wireless later if I need it does exist on the m130, so I got it and a cell phone separately.

I have never had any trouble, have had it over a year and I really maximize the calendar and contacts features using outlook at work and transferring everything to my palm daily. I used the documents to go feature frequently before I got a laptop, so that was really handy as a storage unit so I could work on documents between home and work. I have for the most part, given up on taking notes most of the time more because of our work culture, then the pda, when it is appropriate I certainly use the note pad feature the most of the "extras". But for everything I hoped it would do... it has been perfect.

I did have to get some help from IT at work to get my outlook to synchronize properly w/the palm software, but once it was all set up it has never crashed or done anything wrong for me. There are a lot of people at my office who use this model and say the same. Slowly the whole organization is switching to outlook calendars and this really makes it easier. ... Read more


4. Handspring Treo 90
list price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000067DKO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Handspring
Sales Rank: 3008
Average Customer Review: 3.53 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Features

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

Reviews (79)

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice PDA from Handspring loses out to poor customer service!
I was extremely happy with my Treo 90, until two weeks into purchase and the stylus holder lost its grip. Now the stylus will fly out and can be easily lost. Other than this, the manufacture looks fair, however materials appear flimsy compared to my Palm IIIx. Plastic is thin, which allows for the extreme light weight and small size. Screen is bright and clear. Perhaps not as many colors as Palm or Sony, but I'd much rather have compact size than a clunky replica of my PC. Shame on Handspring for only partially honoring their warranty. I did not expect to have to pay for shipping to the repair center, for a product that broke two weeks from purchase. Handspring told me they would have replaced the product, including shipping, had it broke within 10 days from purchase. That's pretty lame! I like the Treo 90, but I expect better treatment from a company selling me a PDA. This will be my last Handspring product. The fact that my Treo broke is annoying. The fact that Handspring refused to fix this annoyance to my satisfaction is unforgivable!

4-0 out of 5 stars Thumb Keyboard Better than Grafiti
This is my 4th PDA I've owned from the original Palm Pilot to the Palm III to IIIxe to Treo 90 and without a doubt the Treo is by far the best.

Screen:
I love the color screen - it is much more pleasant to read than the monochrome screens and I've made good use of converting personal pictures into a photo album by downloading the fireviewer product and converting digital pictures to the treo.
When you are out in the sun it is pretty much unreadable but this is true of most color screens(this is why I gave the unit 4 stars instead of 5).

Memory:
The 16mb onboard beats just about all of the PDAs in its price class plus it gives you a MMC slot to add an additional 128mb of storage for maps, pictures, or games.

Keyboard:
Nobody else has it except Sony so if you don't like grafiti or can just type a lot faster with your thumbs this is the way to go.
The thumb keyboard is at least 3 times faster for typing notes or emails and the shortcuts allow you to avoid using the stylus most of the time.

Case:
The case is nicely designed and the see through cover is a great idea. I've heard some complaints that the bottom buttons aren't covered but you can lock the keys which should keep you from having any problems if you keep the unit in your pocket.

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

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

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

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

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


5. PalmOne Zire Handheld
list price: $79.99
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Asin: B00006JKXN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 700
Average Customer Review: 3.49 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Small, light, and compact, the Palm Zire handheld is a great PDA for anyone looking for a basic electronic personal information manager to help organize their tasks, meetings, and contacts. Getting started with the Zire is simple, making it ideal for people who are new to the world of handheld devices.
Organization in your Palm
We were up and running within 20 minutes of opening the package. As part of our setup, we synced the Zire with Microsoft Outlook. Initially, we had to try twice before we could successfully sync our data, but have been able to sync data flawlessly ever since. All of our contacts and scheduled meetings transferred effortlessly, and we quickly came to depend on the Zire to tell us where and when we had to be at a given time. However, with only a 2 MB storage capability, this handheld won't hold a huge about of data.

The Zire is attractively colored with a white front and a silvery gray back, but Palm really cut corners with the screen cover. The cover is made of a flexible plastic that flaps around when it is supposed to be centered on the screen, and is awkward to keep out of the way when you want to access the screen. It's so annoying we recommend not using it at all. Fortunately, the screen cover comes separate from the Zire itself so this is easy to do.

While not a powerful handheld, the Zire is worth considering if you're looking for a way to keep your tasks, contacts, and meetings organized. It performs those tasks wonderfully, and is priced affordably. --Patricia Atherly

Pros:

  • Mac and PC compatible
  • Inexpensive and attractive
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Comes with a rechargeable battery

Cons:

  • Only a 2 MB memory
  • No expansion slots
  • Palm OS 4.1 instead of the new Palm OS 5
  • No backlight
  • Flimsy screen cover
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Features

  • Palm organization and style at an affordable price
  • Easy to learn and use--even if you've never used a handheld before
  • Mini-USB connector allows easy transfer and backup to computer
  • Keeps addresses, appointments, and important information safe and secure
  • What's in the box: Zire Handheld w/ Rechargeable Battery, Charging Cable, USB HotSync Cable, Getting Started Manual, CD-ROM with Palm Desktop Software, Stylus, Protective Flip Cover

Reviews (147)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best entry level handheld available.
If you need a handheld for basic PIM tasks such as phone numbers adresses and e-mail this is the one for you, read on. If on the other hand you need a powerful handheld computer able to do multimedia I recommend you look at the Sony Clie line of Palm OS handhelds.

The Zire provides all you need to substitute your paper based agenda out of the box.

About the OS:

Palm OS is actually the standard OS on handhelds (most like Windows on the desktop). This handheld includes a desktop PIM(personal information managers) as well as software to sync with Microsoft Outlook.

There are thousand of programs available for the palm OS add such as enhanced PIM , Personal finance program to syncronize with MS Money and Quicken as well as office suites and games.

Hardware:

Zire has a very stilish design it is almost as small as a Palm M515 or clie T 665. Also this handheld as all Palm branded handhelds is build to last with a tought elegant casing.

It is compatible with Windows and Machintos desktops. The only limitations I find in this computer are that it only has 2 MB of memory (but I am a power user), for most peple 2 MB is plenty to store thousand of addresses as well as and office suite and other programs. Another minor limitation for gammers it that there are only four buttons.

Sumarry:

The zire is arguably the best possible solution for someone just entering the world of handhelds. This is the best entry level handheld computer for the money

5-0 out of 5 stars A great little box
Absolutely a first rate basic pda. No, there are no fancy color screens and no, you can't expand it. But, the basics are all there and work perfectly. Date Book, Addresses, To Do list, Memo Pad are the basic functions and all work flawlessly with the Palm desktop software which keeps the Zire and your computer in sync. Info entered directly into your pda gets updated to your computer and vice versa. The Zire has a USB to mini USB cable to hook up to your computer as well as a built in rechargeable battery, which I prefer to constantly replacing batteries. The coolest feature has to be the ability to "beam" info from one pda to another. You have to be close to the other pda, but it really works. If you want to add games or other functions to your Zire, you will find numerous websites with available freeware and shareware. The big question...is 2 megs of memory enough. Currently I have 645 entries in the Address Book, 1050 entries in my Date Book, 400 records in my Memo Pad as well as 2 blackjack games, a poker game, and a chess game. With all of this loaded in the Zire, I still have 1.3 megs of memory available. Really a great little box.

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid entry-level PDA
I went against every technophile molecule in my body and purchased this handheld for my wife. She's a list-maker, our kitchen counter littered with page after mini-page of post-it notes with her to-do items scrawled on them. So I thought a PDA would make a nice Christmas present for her, but I didn't want to spend too much in case she didn't like using it. Enter the Palm Zire, a very inexpensive but solid entry-level PDA.

It was a difficult purchase for me because I tend to have all the latest gadgets - the iSight from Apple, a video phone, the G5, etc. So buying an $80 PDA was hard, but necessary, and I'm glad I did it. It turns out the Palm Zire is a great way to find out if you're the kind of person who would end up using a PDA without spending several hundred dollars. It has very basic functions - to-do lists, addresses, contacts, and some simple games.

You'll likely outgrow the Zire very quickly if you're using it a lot, but at least you'll know by then you will use a more expensive model. If you're looking for a feature-rich PDA, then by all means, avoid this model. But if you're only after the basic tasks of list keeping and address keeping, or if you're new to the PDA scene and aren't sure that you'll really use it, you can't lose with the Zire. It would also be great for a younger teenager to try, since the investment is minimal.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great Price...Limited Memory
I really liked how light and small this was but it was limited to 2MB of memory and was B&W. With the release of this PDA at its time really was a bummer. All the PDA's on the market were Color so the applications you could download were limited. Also the was only 2MB of memory and you couldn't expand. If it was released a year ealier it woulda been way more useful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great little thing!
I received this palm as a gift. It's great! It never let me down. The batteries last so long I forgot when was the last time I recharged it (it charges when syncing with PC). It is the ultimate substitute for a little black book - it holds infinite phone numbers and adresses and datebook meetings. Regardless of small memory it holds all the necessary programs and even some more.

PROs: price, compatibility, ever-lasting batteries, size, great contrast, many free useful programs

CONs: relatively small memory (still enough for finances, small database, simple games and more), very weak loudspeaker (does not wake you up), strange (not usual palm) hardkeys, no backlight (turn on the light beside your bed) ... Read more


6. PalmOne m125 Handheld

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Asin: B00005O70S
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 1107
Average Customer Review: 3.36 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Palm m125 is similar to the Palm m100 and m105 in its shape and classic, powerful Palm organizer functions. But it also offers several features that elevate it above the other two models--a memory card expansion slot, bonus software, and compatibility with peripherals for i705 and m500 series models.

The curved base of the Palm m125 fits snugly and comfortably in the palm of your hand. It features a protective cover that flips up and is flexible at the end--a nice touch to prevent damage if you scrape it against anything while opening. It also has a window on the cover that lets you check the time by pressing the button that pokes through.

Like other Palm handhelds the Palm m125 doesn't have a keyboard. Instead, you write shorthand-like strokes on the special writing area at the bottom of the backlit grayscale screen, which the m125 recognizes as letters. You can also tap with the stylus to type letters using an onscreen keyboard, as well as open menus and select icons. (For more keying power, you might consider the optional Palm portable keyboard.)

The Palm operating system (OS) is very efficient, so the 8 MB memory is enough to store a lot of data and quite a few applications, too. If you want to add more applications or content, you have two choices. First, you can find applications and e-books on the Web, download them to your desktop or laptop hard drive, and synchronize the data using the USB HotSync cradle, which attaches to the Palm universal connector at the base of the handheld. It's the same connector as on the m500 and m505 and Palm has promised to support it for three years, so there should be plenty of peripherals available.

Your other option is to use the expansion slot on the side of the handheld, which accepts Secure Digital (SD) and MultiMediaCard (MMC) memory cards. Palm offers a number of expansion cards with content (such as e-books and Lonely Planet travel guides), applications (the PalmPak language translator, for example), and games. You can also store applications and content on memory cards (such as those from Viking or SanDisk) without sacrificing any of the Palm m125's 8 MB memory.

The Palm m125 comes with Palm OS 4.0, which has new e-mail and Web browsing software, and enables you to send SMS (Short Message Service). You can use infrared to connect to your cell phone for a wireless connection, or add an optional modem to connect to a standard phone line.

In addition to the standard built-in utilities and the Palm Desktop application (for both Windows and Mac), you get extra software including an e-book reader, Documents To Go (for viewing and editing Word and Excel documents), and AvantGo (which downloads Web content, such as news from BBC or the latest soccer scores).

For a budget PDA, the small, light Palm m125 has some nice design touches, is loaded with software extras, and can be customized with thousands of available Palm OS applications. It may not be the most powerful PDA on the market, but its expansion capabilities certainly kick it up a notch. --Mary Branscombe and Agen G.N. Schmitz

Pros:

  • Expansion card slot for SD and MMC memory cards
  • Lots of bonus software, including Documents To Go and Mobile Internet Kit software
  • USB universal connector ready for lots of peripherals
Cons:
  • Not as thin as the Palm m500 series
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Features

  • 8 MB memory--stores thousands of addresses, phone numbers, appointments, and to-do items
  • New Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard expansion slot for additional memory and functionality such as a dictionary/thesaurus, games, and more
  • Link to Microsoft Outlook for synchronizing data and downloading e-mail (Windows only); compatible with Windows and Mac
  • Comes with add-on software, including MultiMail SE (for e-mail), AOL for Palm, DataViz Documents to Go, Palm Reader (for e-books), AvantGo (for Web content after synchronization or with Internet connection)
  • What's in the box: m125, USB HotSync cradle, a stylus, a protective flip-cover, and two AAA alkaline batteries

Reviews (86)

5-0 out of 5 stars D Martin
Ok...I spent entirely too much time determining which Palm was right for me. I ended up purchasing the M125 (from Amazon) and don't regret the purchase. It's great carrying the Palm vs. my old Franklin Planner (a.k.a "male purse" ... as described by my wife).

For those of you on the fence trying to determine whether you should by the M100, M125 or the higher end M500/505's here's what I considered...

If you ABSOLUTELY only need the Palm for light use and don't care about additional memory or have an affinity for games, add-on's, etc...then purchase the M100/105. If that isn't the case, you'll pitch it or have given it away...because you will have run out of memory by the end of the year (and it isn't upgradeable).

The M125 is great buy because you get much of the M500/505 functionality at a lesser price, plus you have the ability for the expansion card -- for more memory, games, etc. The only thing I'm not crazy about is that the meeting reminder "dings" pretty loud. So if you're in a meeting it can become annoying listening to the reminder (along with the cell phone, pagers, etc). I believe the 500/505 has a vibrating option. Also, the 500/505 have rechargeable batteries, so you don't have to keep replacing batteries -- there's pro's and con's on both, I suppose it depends whether you travel a lot.

So, other than the "cooler" look, battery functionality and vibrating option that comes with the 500/505, for me...the M125 was a great a buy.

Regarding the cradle...if you're on NT at work, get ready to purchase the serial cradle, since the USB won't work. On the upside, I use the USB cradle at home.

Before you make a decision, be sure to check out Amazon's comparison table -- which enables you to line up each product that you're considering...it's extremely helpful.

One note -- if you believe that you'll buy a lot of the Palm accessories, I would do it with your initial order. You'll save shipping $$, probably get a pretty competitive price and not have to pay sales tax (and no, I don't work for Amazon).

Good luck!

3-0 out of 5 stars Great features - Short Life
Until yesterday when my M125 died for no apparent reason, I was happy with my m125. It was small and relatively light, and was comfortable to hold. It was a replacement for my old Palm III (Which the new owner tells me is still working) so learning Graffiti was not a problem. Call me crazy but I expect the product to last more than 17 Months. Yes it was bought new, not a refurb. The SD card was nice to hold large documents.

If you do get this model, make sure you do a hotsync before you change the batteries. If you fumble with a battery for a second, the changeout will take too long and you will have to restore from backup. I average 1 set of AAAs a month, so I have no complaints about battery life.

With the service fee being $100, it was not worth repairing beyond the online try this first FAQ on the palmone site.

Usability 4.5 Stars
Long life 1 Star
Overall 3 Stars

5-0 out of 5 stars This Palm is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This PDA is the one I have always wanted!!! This PDA is Stylish it has many features and it has a memory chip for downloading and saving things.

3-0 out of 5 stars Let the buyer beware
When Palm's products work, which in all fairness is most of the time, they're great. But pity the poor fool who needs to call customer support - a $25 fee to answer a question? absurd!
I have to give them some credit, when they could not fix my problem over the phone, they did refund the $25 and offered me a 20% discount on an upgraded model - I declined. Take some friendly advise and read what people who've bought Palm (or Sony or Handspring) products have to say in their reviews. Since my Palm crashed about a month ago I've been reseaching what to replace it with- the jury's still as all products seem to get mixed reviews. It's too bad, I really miss my little handheld but I may just stick with my Dell laptop. Good luck.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased
I purchased the palm 125 as a gift for my husband. I ended up with it for myself because he was looking for a differnt version. I absolutely love it! For eveything I recieved, the price was spectacular. Everything works wonderfully! Thanks!! ... Read more


7. HP iPAQ 1935 Pocket PC

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Asin: B0000B3ATJ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 6999
Average Customer Review: 3.48 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Dazzling transflective TFT color display with an LED backlight
  • Flexible expansion options
  • Mobile versions of familiar applications like Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel
  • Entertainment on the go with games, music, and video
  • What's in the box: iPaQ 1935, Stylus, Removable/Rechargeable 900 mAh Lithium-lon battery, AC adapter, USB cable, User Manual

Reviews (40)

4-0 out of 5 stars Compared to Toshiba e355
I recently decided to upgrade from a Jornada 680 HPC (very old version of WinCE) because mine is breaking down and HP no longer supports this old platform (although I love the form factor with keyboard). Anyway, I decided to go for the H1935 but after few days switched to the Toshiba e355. I thought it would be useful to note down a brief comparison to help others who are considering the two. I really liked the iPAQ but the Toshiba has a number of things that are better for me:

HP iPAQ H1935

• Quite a bit smaller and lighter than Toshiba (too small for me)and hence buttons not good for big fingers!
• Has a removable battery so you can keep a spare
• More software on CD (e.g. Adobe)
• Small power cable makes it easy to carry around and usb cradle comes with another "head" so you can charge it at the same time using only one cable.
• No cradle (I like to have my PDA upright on the desk)
• Stylus awkward to extract
• Headphone socket is smaller than usual requiring an adapter(included)
• Only 3 mth warranty

TOSHIBA e355
• Larger and heavier - fits in my hand better
• Comes with cradle which fits it really snuggly so it won't fall out even if held upside down. On the other hand it's heavy for traveling you may want a separate cable.
• Power cable is like a laptop's (bad for domestic but good for international travel as you only need to purchase the power end of the country visiting and it will work)
• No external battery
• Side scroll button is very handy
• Central toggle button much easier to use
• Home button has a feature not in iPAQ which accesses 4 tabs on screen for easy organization of apps. One tab lists running apps so you can easily close down running applications (in Pocket PCs the x only minimizes programs - they are still running in the background taking up memory. Programs tab includes app backup that backs up to SD
• Uses regular headphone socket size
• Faster processor
• 1 year warranty
• Cheaper

5-0 out of 5 stars iPAQ h1935 Pocket PC beats MP3 players and does more
Wow! I was about to buy an MP3 player, but it dawned on me that some PDA's are able to play MP3's. After much online research, I ordered the HP iPAQ h1935 Pocket PC from Amazon.com and got a Lexar 256Meg SD memory card. Everything arrived when promised. The setup was clear and intuitive, and, more importantly, everything worked. The iPAQ h1935 with SD card has 16 times more storage capacity than my first desktop hard drive computer had, and runs more than 42 times faster, for 11 percent of what I paid for my first desktop. And it fits easily in my shirt pocket.

What else does it do that a simple MP3 player doesn't do? I have my full address book with phone numbers and email addresses with me. I have a calendar (with alarm) to remind me of appointments, special occasions, and things I am working on. I can record my own voice memos or meetings I attend. It reads my handwriting (even cursive) on the bright, full color screen, and stores the text in files useable by Word or Excel or Outlook. The software, including Microsoft's Media Player, is included. I keyed all of my address book information on my desktop computer, then the h1935 automatically picked up that information the next time I connected to my desktop. Or I can type, tapping one letter at a time, using the onscreen keyboard. It comes with a calculator, and even plays movies with sound. If you use Windows, it's easy to use the pocket versions of Windows and the MS office programs that come already installed. It has its own speaker, or I can plug in my own ear buds. I have already transferred 2 hours of MP3 music to my iPAQ, and it will store more than twice that (4 hrs. of MP3's) plus lots of full color photos and text files, even books or movies. I think this package is better value than most MP3 players with similar (320 Megs total) storage.

Cons: The HP h1935 iPAQ doesn't include Bluetooth internet and phoning capability. Get the 1940+ series or higher for an additional $50 or more if you need those features. Additional software is limited but more is becoming available on the internet. The manual is on CD, but you can print pages.

Recommendation: Get one.

1-0 out of 5 stars It's nice while it lasts, but...
The four months I had this in working condition, it worked wonderfully well. I never had any problem with it. Unfortunately, that wasn't to last.

I had it on its charger while I was working and next think I know, there's a crack in the glass about an inch up from the bottom of the screen. I had never dropped this PDA, I was always very careful while using it. There was no reason for this to happen, and it did so without any outside interference.

And they really get you coming and going on this one. A replacement LCD screen with glass top (you can not buy the glass top alone for this model) is almost $200. That's about what the PDA costs in the first place!

Since this happened to me, I have seen where several other people have complained of the exact same thing happening to them. This is obviously a product default, and I would never recommend that anyone buy this model. I can't vouch for any of the other HP models, but this one is a definite waste of money. Don't take the chance.

1-0 out of 5 stars THe most horrible purchase you can ever make
NEVER EVER buy an iPAQ. I bought one, and what do you know, just one month later, I pick it up and the screen is cracked. I treat this thing better than I would a baby, and I did not drop it or do anything at all to it. So I call HP, they tell me to send it in, and what happens? They want $200 to fix it. Well, I thought that was obviously a bunch of bull since I had just paid $300 for it. Apparantly all the 19xx line is like this. If you buy iPAQ, you are a fool. They don't give a crap about their customers, I am 17 with a temp job, how am I expected to come up with $200 to fix it, I spent gd long enought coming up with the $300.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Hewlett-Packard 1935
I recently got an HP 1935. I was turned on by its cheap price, and since this is my first Pocket PC, I didn't want to invest in something more expensive. It's very little and light. Although it's not the fastes PDA on the market, I don't think there's really big difference since it takes not even a second for most things to load up. It lacks the Bluetooth which it has a Irda beaming thing. So you don't really need if you don't have anything else Bluetooth enabled.
My only turnoff is the screen. Already there's two scrates. I treat the thing like a baby. So I don't know how they got there. I recommend this PDA. But just be VERY carefl with the screen. ... Read more


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