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    1. Hewlett Packard Jornada 720 Handheld
    $238.00
    2. PalmOne m515 Color Handheld
    $109.99 list($199.99)
    3. PalmOne m130 Handheld
    list($299.99)
    4. Handspring Treo 90
    $159.00 list($399.99)
    5. Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 PDA
    $285.00
    6. Compaq iPAQ 3835 Color Pocket
    $329.88 list($599.99)
    7. Toshiba e740 Pocket PC
    $145.00 list($349.00)
    8. PalmOne m505 Color Handheld
    9. Compaq iPAQ 3765 Color Pocket
    $279.99
    10. Sony CLIE PEG-T665C/U Handheld
    11. Sony CLIE PEG-NR70 Handheld
    $230.00 list($199.99)
    12. PalmOne m500 Handheld
    13. Sony CLIE PEG-T615C/S Handheld
    $64.95
    14. PalmOne m125 Handheld
    15. Hewlett Packard Jornada 548 Color
    16. Hewlett Packard Jornada 568 Pocket
    17. Sony CLIE PEG-NR70V Handheld
    $199.00 list($199.99)
    18. PalmOne i705 Wireless Handheld
    list($399.99)
    19. Toshiba e310 Pocket PC
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    20. Casio Cassiopeia BE-300 Pocket

    1. Hewlett Packard Jornada 720 Handheld PC
    list price: $899.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00004ZEPB
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
    Sales Rank: 12555
    Average Customer Review: 3.85 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    One of the nice things about Windows CE devices is that manufacturers don't have to stick to a specific design. They can make large screens or small screens, add keyboards or rely solely on the touch screen for input, and basically do whatever they want. Hewlett-Packard decided to make a do-anything device when they designed the Jornada 720, and on most counts they have succeeded.

    The device sports a keyboard just large enough for comfortable touch typing anda large 640 x 240 screen that makes Web browsing and document editing mucheasier than is the case with a smaller device. This useful combination meansthat most people will be able to use the Jornada 720 as a notebook computerreplacement. However, if you're looking for the ultimate in portable handheldcomputing, you'll have to look elsewhere.

    The 720 is about as loaded as a Windows CE device can get; it comes with anintegrated 56 Kbps V.90 modem, docking station for easy connection to a PC, ACadapter, and rechargeable battery. It's outfitted with 32 MB of RAM and a 206 MHz StrongARM processor that really makes applications fly. On themultimedia side you get an integrated speaker and stereo headphone jack foraudio playback, and one of the most beautiful TFT active matrix displays we'veseen. It can mix and match more than 65,000 colors at once, renders very crisptext, and never had trouble keeping up with our input like inferior passivematrix screens do.

    The very thing that makes the Jornada 720 so useful--itsrelatively large size--is also its biggest drawback. Its weight can make itunwieldy, and there's no good way to get a grip on it when there isn't a flatsurface to use it with. We ended up accidentally pressing keys far too oftenwhen holding the unit with one hand, though with a little practice jugglingbecomes much easier.

    If you are graduating to the Jornada from a smaller handheld (such as a Palm)instead of slimming down from a notebook, prepare to be underwhelmed by itsportability. Expect to be impressed, however, by its zippy performance, generousdisplay, and expansion possibilities. --T. Byrl Baker

    Pros:

    • Large, colorful display makes working with large documents practical
    • Keyboard is large enough for touch-typing, albeit at a slower rate than a full-sized keyboard allows
    • Comes standard with so many features that you likely won't have to buy upgrades for some time

    Cons:

    • It's heavy and too big for most pockets
    • Difficult to use without sitting it down on a flat surface
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    Features

    • Get fast performance with 206 MHz processor, 32 MB SDRAM, and 2-D graphics acceleration
    • Features 640 x 240 screen and 3/4-size keyboard
    • Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery
    • Includes pocket versions of familiar Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint as well as Internet Explorer for Handheld PC
    • What's in the box: Jornada 720, Stylus, AC adapter, Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, USB Docking cradle, Sync cable, User Manual

    Reviews (33)

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's perfect for me. Is it for you?
    If you want a put-in-a-shirt-pocket PDA, this isn't for you. If you want or need a keyboarded device, this is the only choice without adding external keyboard. For me, that means it's the only choice. Contrary to the review, it is really difficult to touch type on it. It's got a large form factor, but I can carry it in a pocket (but I'm a size 56;)

    You can find the Jornada external keyboard on eBay once in a while (part F1275A.) If you find one, snap it up! It works with an additional free driver from HP, and it adds six times the functionality.

    The bad news: The product is discontinued. Additional NiMH batteries (proprietary design) aren't available on HP shopping. HP Parts told me they're backordered, but I did get mine in 24 hours.

    The worse news: WinCE/Pocket PC devices are not supported by the software manufacturer after a new revision comes out. As another reviewer mentions, much "Windows CE 2.0" software will NOT run on Windows CE for Handheld PC (H/PC.) Don't expect much additional software to come out; companies just won't have a profit motive to support an obsolete platform.

    The good news: There is a LOT of software out there now that works. You just need to find a good forum like Raul Lucky's web pages to help know what works and what doesn't.

    The better news: With my Jornada 720 I can just take the unit along and have great functionality as a PDA. Between the add-on keyboard, Accurite 20 GB hard drive which slots into card slot 1, a 64 MB Compact Flash Card, Ansyr's Primer PDF reader, and other goodies which aren't necessary (1 extended batt, 1 reg batt, docking cradle, external charger, etc. - it seems like a lot but really isn't) I have no need of a laptop. I've even got most of my CD library burned to the external HD. I don't need an MP3 player, either. In short, this is much more than just a PDA with lots of flexibility and expansion capability.

    The best news: With the flexibility of the system I've always got it with me, in the configuration for whatever I'm doing. It takes a little learning, but far less than the MessagePads did, and I suspect less than your average first-timer using a PDA. This is really more than a PDA, though it is less than a laptop. And with the lower price points, it's even sweeter. If I had the ready cash, there wouldn't be any of them for sale here, because I'd have them as backup units. :)

    I'm expecting (batteries willing,) to be using it until Pocket PC 2010 comes out - at least. :)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fast, compact, light weight and full of features!
    The HP Jornada 720 does everything I need to do for on-the-road computing. Checking and responding to e-mail, surfing the net, taking meeting notes, drafting memos and other documents, and accessing all those usual organizer functions. I now leave my heavy and bulky laptop brick at the office and take the 720 instead when traveling for business or pleasure. Lots of bundled software tools are included making the Jornada 720 a versatile machine. It's flexible allowing for expansion and scalability. I especially like adding PCMCIA Type II, compact flash and smart cards. The audio recorder and built-in speakers are also nice. The standard 32 MB of memory is an improvement over the older 600 series models. The improved Windows for HPC OS will be very familiar to Windows NT/95/98 users and the sync capability makes the 720 a logical extension of my desktop machine. Some minor drawbacks: it is somewhat pricey compared to the Jornada 548 and other Pocket PC handhelds; the keyboard (although nice) is a bit tiny. I use a two-finger or two-eraser heads poking technique to minimize keyboard errors. Great battery - 9 hours! I do love it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect
    I wrote an entire novel on this trusty machine - and was able to throw it in a backpack, bike to the library, pull it out and work. Loved being able to sit in my living room and write, also. ActiveSync works perfectly. Infrared works perfectly - sends documents directly to my printer AND I am able to use it to store data from my Quicklink pen.

    I LOVE THIS COMPUTER! I am upset that HP discontinued this line...If you're looking for a TRULY portable computer (and don't require all the extra bells and whistles of a laptop) that syncs up beautifully with your desktop - THIS IS THE COMPUTER FOR YOU!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Jornada 720 the perfect PDA!
    For more than 3 years, IÕve owned HPC Palmtop PCÕs. My first unit was a 360LX, which was black and white, ran on 2 AA alkalines, offered a 60mhz SH3 CPU (fast for the time) no built in modem or Ethernet ports, and only 8MB of Internal memory. Back when the 360LX was released many people did not use their palmtops to connect to the Internet, and most people did not store music on their computers, so 8MB of Internal RAM was perfect for data purposes. My next Palmtop was the J680, which was a HUGE jump from the 360LX. The J680 offered twice the RAM, a color screen, a built in modem and a CPU twice as fast.

    Well a couple weeks ago I purchased a J720 which is also a HUGE leap from my former HPC PDA. The J720 features a 206MHZ ARM RISC CPU, a 51mhz Bus, a much improved CF/PCMCIA slot design, a far superior and less buggy OS, better battery life, a headphone jack, and a whopping 32MB of RAM! With the CF slot, users have the option of adding more memory by installing a CF card, which are cheap these days.

    I am very impressed with my new HPC Palmtop. As a student, I need a device to accominidate by bulky battery hogger laptop; well the J720 does it for me! No Palm/PocketPC can fully replace my J720 device. Students need device for fast data entry, and adding an external keyboard to a Palm/PPC would be bulkier to carry around than a HPC.
    I recommend HPCÕs to all those in education, wanting a device many times smaller and lighter than a laptop.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great little machine
    For me, this has been a great little machine. It has everything I need, including Pocket Access (which you can't get anymore). With a keyboard that works well once you get used to it, a modem, a windows platform, this little pc keeps me functioning while on the road... Much better than a PDA - this is a computer! ... Read more


    2. PalmOne m515 Color Handheld

    (price subject to change: see help)
    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
    (price subject to change: see help)
    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. Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 PDA
    list price: $399.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000063D6E
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sharp
    Sales Rank: 2986
    Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Note: There is a software update available for download at: http://www.myzaurus.com/ROMupdate3.asp

    Combining the power of a PC with the fun of multimedia, the Zaurus SL-5500 boasts a powerful Intel StrongARM 206 MHz processor, 64 MB standard memory, an MP3 and MPEG-1 multimedia player, and a voice recorder. It also features a high-resolution color reflective LCD and an integrated keyboard with a sliding cover.

    Because of its open-source Linux/Java-based platform (with Qt/Embedded GUI), applications can be easily customized to fit your personal and business needs.

    Sharp's built-in QWERTY keyboard design allows easy data input without sacrificing space. In addition to the keyboard, you can use the stylus and touchscreen to navigate through applications with ease.

    Incorporating Sharp's leading LCD technology, the Zaurus SL-5500 has a high-definition color reflective TFT screen with over 65,000 colors and a 240 x 320 resolution. You'll get bright, vivid color no matter what the lighting, making it simple to view a movie or pop in a video while on the move.

    The two built-in slots for Secure Digital (SD) and CompactFlash (CF) cards provide dual expansion capabilities and simultaneous use of accessories such as optional modems, memory, LAN cards, and digital cameras. The Zaurus SL-5500 is compatible with a number of modem options for maximum flexibility in communication.

    The Zaurus SL-5500 comes equipped with an extensive software application package including address book, calendar, calculator, text editor, to-do list, and Word and Excel viewing and editing capabilities. Its PC synchronization program for Microsoft Outlook makes it easy to keep all information up-to-date. The Zaurus also comes complete with a docking station that features an integrated USB cable and AC adapter for easy synchronization and battery recharging.

    The Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 comes with an AC power adapter and cord, USB synchronization cradle, stylus, display-protection cover, and rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

    What's in the box

    • Zaurus SL-5500
    • EA-70 AC Adaptor
    • Docking Station (USB)
    • AC Adapter and Power Cord
    • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
    • Stylus
    • Display Protection Cover
    • CF Slot Protection Card
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    Features

    • Linux/Java-powered handheld computer with 64 MB RAM, 206 Mhz Intel processor, and organization and productivity software
    • High-resolution color reflective TFT screen with support for over 65,000 colors
    • Integrated QWERTY keyboard that slides out from bottom of handheld
    • Listen to MP3 or watch MPEG video; includes stereo headphone jack
    • What's in the box: Zaurus SL-5500, EA-70 AC Adaptor, Docking Station (USB), AC Adapter and Power Cord, Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery, Stylus, Display Protection Cover, CF Slot Protection Card

    Reviews (69)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Powerful and Flexible
    The Sharp Zaurus Linux-based PDA is both extremely powerful, and easy to use.

    The Zaurus's fast CPU, high quality full-color LCD, and excellent headphone sound output makes for an impressive photo viewer, MP3 and MOD music player, and video-clip displayer.

    The slide-out keyboard has completely weaned me from using the handwriting system, which is unfortunate, because a lot of work was obviously put into it. Not only does the handwriting system have a help mode where you can practice strokes, but you can actually train it new, or alternate strokes for each character. But when you can type so quickly, why bother writing?

    The dual expansion slots are great, allowing me to use an SD card for software installation, and still have my CF slot free for a RAM card full of MP3s or a network adapter.

    Honestly, I was impressed by the capabilities of the Java system. In my opinion, Java has always been too slow and cumbersome to use, and the thought of running it on a 206MHz PDA seemed ridiculous. But from what I've seen of Java applications (even games!) running on the Zaurus, I'm beginning to realize there's a lot of potential in Java.

    As a desktop Linux user, I'm also tickled to have the power and stability of my favorite OS underneath the hood. For the extremely geeky, you can get Java, C and C++ compilers that run ON the Zaurus!

    The "Qtopia" environment and applications are as intuitive as they are nice to look at. The PIM applications have all the functionality I'm used to from my Palm device, and then some.

    Until I can afford a wireless modem to stick in one of my Zaurus' two expansion slots, I've been using a Compact Flash ethernet dongle to get online while watching TV.

    After using offline browsers on the Palm, I was shocked to find a full-fledge, desktop-quality browser built right into my Zaurus: Opera.

    Opera's zoom-out feature can't be lived without. Frustratingly, most websites assume you have a screen capable of at least 800x600. On a small PDA screen, this would mean constantly scrolling left and right as you try to read. Under Opera, you can zoom out to get a better overview of the page, and still be able to read all of the text!

    I've only used the Sync software (Qtopiadesktop - I used the Linux version) a few times, since my pattern for PDA usage is to use them as stand-alone devices. It was quite intuitive, though, as it looked and felt just like a larger version of the PIM software built-into the Zaurus.

    Finally, while there's obviously very little 3rd party software for the Zaurus so far, since it just came out, there's been what seems to be exponential growth. I've already installed almost 20 new applications, including games, a streaming Internet radio player, and an embedded version of the popular Linux browser, "Konqueror."

    Software installation is usually a snap, too. Just as with Palm, all that's usually needed is one file downloaded off a website. Run the graphical installer, wait a few seconds, and the new app. is there, ready to run!

    All in all, it's a great system. Powerful and slick hardware, in a beautiful form-factor, running powerful and slick software.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pocket Laptop!! (SL-5500 users: Download the ROM v3.10 now!)
    First and foremost, if you are looking for purely Personal Information Management (PIM) functions and not generally inclined towards Linux, then do yourself a favor and buy yourself a Palm Pilot.

    The Zaurus is basically a mini Linux workstation with a lot of functionality you would normally find only on a desktop. With the Zaurus, you can:
    * Browse the web with a scalable and full featured browser
    * Read and edit MS-Office documents (Word, Excel and Powepoint)
    * Write and execute scripts and programs (including Java)
    * Play music and video
    * Control your desktop Windows PC (using VNC software)

    It is so powerful that you can actually use it as a Web or file server (using Apache and Samba). I use my Zaurus to administrate my Linux server and Oracle database server when I am away from my desk.

    Plus there are tons of applications, utilities, games, etc., that you can download. Zaurus has a very active user community forum (check the links from the Sharp Zaurus official web sites) where you can get a lot of useful tips from.

    Having said all that, the PIM functions that came with the Zaurus were pretty poor compared with the Palm Pilot. This lead me to hang on to my Palm Vx for dear life. I even took the drastic step of downloading and installing a Palm Pilot emulator (called QPose) onto my Zaurus. The performance hit on the Zaurus was so bad that I had to delete QPose and instead carry both my Palm Vx and Zaurus with me.

    However, now that Sharp has released a new ROM (v3.10, as of May 15, 2003, see below) the PIM functions have vastly improved. So much that I am now inclined to keep my Palm at home and take only the Zaurus along.

    Upon getting your Zaurus, do yourself a favor and install the terminal and file manager applications that come in the CD. The terminal application enables you to do a lot of tweaking and is mandatory if you plan to use the Zaurus to its full capabilty. It actually comes with a basic Linux shell environment and comes with such neat utilities as vi editor, ftp and telnet clients, ping, and a large number of Linux/Unix tools.

    Another application I found very useful is called "rotation". It enables you to rotate the application screens by 90 degrees, making such things as web browsing, file editing and using the terminal appication a lot more pleasing and functional. You can download the "qpe-rotation" and "qt-embedded-rotation" files (ipks) from the ZaurusSoft website.

    Also, an important suggestion to existing SL-5500 users:
    Sharp has just released the latest ROM (v3.10, May 15, 2003) which makes the SL-5500 look and behave like the newer SL-5600. I *strongly urge* SL-5500 users with the old ROM (v2.38) to download and install this new ROM. The user interface with the new ROM is a lot cleaner and neater and has more stable applications (including a vastly improved Opera browser and much better PIM applications).

    5-0 out of 5 stars iPaq Killer
    I purchased the Zaurus SL-5500 PDA a few weeks ago and I have to say that this is the best PDA on the market. I've used an iPaq but it does not compare to the Zaurus. The Zaurus has most software to be expected by a high-end PDA. It also includes a Java virtual machine to allow Java programs to run. This enables a tremendous amount of Java software to be easily ported to the Zaurus. You can use the USB base included to connect to the internet. The web browser Opera includes Javascript support and allows easy zooming so you can view web pages made for desktop PC's easily. There is a wireless modem option and wireless ethernet compact flash adapter available. The web site www.myzaurus.com has commercial and free software that receives updates daily. Most programs take up very little space on FLASH to get the most out of the FLASH space available. The keyboard is fast and easy to use. For those who are techno-geeks there is a Bash shell available with most commands including telnet and ftp. Emacs can even be downloaded! Heck, they even have a port of Quake for this thing! For the non-techno-geeks the Zaurus is easy to use, my wife has had no problems! Programs are simple to install. Just download the .ipk file to the Zaurus with the included syncronization software and then click Install button on the Zaurus, couldn't be easier. The Zaurus is not just a PDA, it is a huge step forward for the replacement of your desktop PC!

    4-0 out of 5 stars The swiss army knife of palmtops
    After reading a variety of reviews on a number of palm devices, I decided to try the Zaurus. So far, I havn't been dissapointed with my decision. The Zaurus GUI is responsive and the applications appear to work well and intuitively. The text reader application did lock up on a huge file. Other than that, no problems.

    As stated previously, this product's greatest strength is the Linux OS that lies underneath rhe hood. I've downloaded a few UNIX shell based tools that have compiled and worked without a hitch. I love using Opera with a d-link cf wireless card. It required almost no tweaking and works great. The Zaurus is made of plastic but appears to be fairly durable. The battery is a bit underpowered on 5500 (The 5600 has a battery 2X larger.)

    If you plan on networking the 5500, read the security information regarding ftp weaknesses in early models.

    Overall, a great value for $200!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Zaurus 5500 PDA
    I was a Sharp Wizard user, so I was excited when they came out with a more sophisticated PDA. I was swayed by the price and the pull out keyboard unit. Since I purchased it in November 2003, I have not been able to sync anything but the address book and calendar. This is a waste to me. After several e-mails and phone calls to Sharp, I am considering chalking this up to a bad experience, and jumping out of the Sharp bandwagon and purchasing a Palm or IPAQ. I am truly disappointed with this product and pray that you do not make the same mistake. ... Read more


    6. Compaq iPAQ 3835 Color Pocket PC

    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005QEYI
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
    Sales Rank: 5230
    Average Customer Review: 4.08 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    For many, Compaq's iPAQs were the pick of the first round of Pocket PC releases. Now that Microsoft has released a new version of its Pocket PC operating system (Pocket PC 2002), the company's previous hardware partners have all updated their products and some new players have joined in. The net result is greater competition--so how does Compaq fare?

    The new range of iPAQ is available in two versions. The iPAQ 3765 is much like the popular 3635 model, but has the new OS on board. The iPAQ 3835, our review unit, is similar in body, but adds a few extra features.

    The 3835 is driven by Intel's fast StrongARM processor, which runs at 206 MHz, and is outfitted with a healthy 64 MB RAM. The Pocket PC 2002 OS itself is stored on the 32 MB flash ROM, so you should be able to easily install OS updates as they come along. The screen quality is superb and can show over 65,000 colors--a greater color depth than the 3765.

    Most hardware expansion is provided via an optional CompactFlash expansion jacket, with CF cards and modules from previous iPAQs largely compatible with the iPAQ 3835. Note, however, that this does not carry through to hardware add-ons that use the docking port (such as keyboards), as the connector on the 3835 is different than on the 3635 or 3765.

    Additionally, there is now a built-in expansion slot onboard that enables you to add both software and hardware to the iPAQ without the need for the CF expansion jacket. This slot is compatible with both Secure Digital (SD) and MultiMediaCard (MMC) memory cards.

    The iPAQ's design and build quality are superb; this is still the best-looking Pocket PC around. The docking station is both USB and serial--this "one size fits all" approach is intelligent and user friendly. Data input has also been improved, including the ability to register more than one button press at a time, making speedy gaming possible as some light relief from all the serious work you can set the device to.

    Overall, Compaq's new iPAQ 3835 beats the rest for looks and performance. The built-in SD/MMC expansion card slot is a plus, and the iPAQ becomes an even more powerful productivity machine with the addition of the optional CompactFlash jacket. --Sandra Vogel

    Pros:

    • Expansion card slot for SD and MMC cards
    • Fast processor and good amount of onboard memory
    • Bright screen with great color depth
    • Latest Microsoft operating system--Pocket PC 2002
    Cons:
    • Use of CompactFlash cards requires optional expansion jacket
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    Features

    • Pocket PC 2002 operating system features improved handwriting recognition and new versions of Pocket Outlook, Word, and Excel
    • 64 MB RAM and 32 MB ROM ; 206 MHz Intel StrongARM 32-bit RISC processor
    • 240 x 320-inch TFT LCD screen displays more than 4,000 colors
    • Pre-installed software includes Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player (MP3), Inbox (e-mail), Microsoft Reader (e-books), and more
    • What's in the box: iPAQ Pocket PC H3835 series, Extra stylus, Protective cover pack, Universal cradle for both USB and serial connections with tether, AC adapter, DC adapter plug

    Reviews (76)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Superb Device
    The iPAQ 3835 is one of the best investments I've made in a while. I was constantly forgetting about meetings and appointments, and had resorted to using MSN to keep track. While MSN is a good PIM, it just isn't fully featured enough for me.

    The iPAQ is not just a PIM (personal info manager) though, it can play MP3s, let you compose Word documents, take voice commands, write e-mails, and much much more. The Pocket 2002 OS is awesome as well. Looks a bit like a mix of Windows XP and Windows 3.1 (for the good, I promise).

    I've been downloading a lot of games from places like handango.com and pocketgear.com. The 206mhz processor and ample RAM makes multimedia apps run darn smooth.

    If you're a developer type, Microsoft has eMbedded Tools out for download over at pocketpc.com I've been tinkering with eMbedded VB. While not too powerful of a language (its more akin to VBScript), its highly simplistic.

    To sum it up - get one! Get one now.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Oh Baby Oh Baby
    Look, I did hours and hours of research. I could write a publishable paper on the various features of PDAs so let me assure you if you're considering this product it is a pretty safe bet compared to it's peers. That also includes hours of reading consumer reviews. If you are looking for a product with Microsoft Office software, then this is the one you MUST buy. Dell has serious customer service issues and the Toshibas just didn't rank as high on quality and reliability. Spend the extra $$ and get the Ipaq. You will pat yourself on the back later.

    What's great about this little gizmo is that you can download all of your Microsoft files in a heartbeat. It is a high quality computer. You can spend a little more and get higher meg and such but now you're just buying a whole new system aren't you? If you want a high quality PDA then this is the one you should buy. It has every feature imaginable (or obtainable) boasts of a high battery life and the graffiti feature is brilliant. If you've read something about a vulnerable screen, don't worry. Ipaq now boasts of a hinged case to protect the screen. This looks awesome and is awesome. So far, I have been really pleased.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I've Had This For Over A Year And I Still Love It!!!
    I looked online for hours to find an affordable PDA that would allow me to do everything I wanted. I'm a full time college student and I find I can take notes, set up appointments and have my schedule on demand. I have my tasks organized and get more accomplished. I can also pull up phone numbers and email addresses of friends, teachers, and even restaurants when my friends and I order out. Plus I can play games while waiting for my next class to start. It also synchronizes perfectly with my desktop computer's version of Microsoft Outlook. I can download maps to my PDA for trips with step-by-step driving directions. The PDA is light and I can carry it in my purse all the time without it weighing me down. The unit has held up great for the year and few months I've had it. I know that newer systems have come out since I bought this back in November of 2002, but if you find a new or used version of this PDA I wouldn't hesitate to buy it. I also bought, and would recommend, a zippered holder that is waterproof (I spill things on my nightstand a lot.) It also helps protect the unit if you drop it. The only other thing you might want is to buy the memory expansion card. It's only about $35 and it triples your memory. You'll find that you can fill up your memory a lot faster than you think. (I buy too many e-books from Amazon!) I really think this is a good PDA for a student or anyone else and I take mine with me everywhere.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Business PDA Tool I have used
    I have owned Several Palm Based PDs and one Palm Smart Phone. This is by far the best of the bunch. I never thought I could use a PDA as a palm comuter, but this product does it hands down. I am an oustside sales person and really need to have access to my Act Database and need to be able to access several XL files. Not only does this product provide me the access and editing tools it also allows me to print via IR to a protable printer in my car. Now my lap top stays in the trunk and my PDA travels with me. BIG Thumbs up.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I'm going back to a Palm!!
    When I originally bought this PDA it had such great reviews and I though it would be a good replacement/upgrade for my old Palm (that never gave me any trouble by the way). I have had it for over 6 months now and I have been so unhappy with its performance. The battery life is horrible!! I travel a lot and need something that I don't need to charge twice a day. I don't play games or read books on it, so I don't use up the battery life that way. The worst thing is that unlike Palms you lose everything if your battery runs out!!!! Who ever heard of that. If you keep backing up to your computer you can restore it, but you really have to be on the ball with that, because if you don't too bad it's gone! I will admit it is a nice looking machine that has some nice features, but I just bought a new Palm because I need something I can rely on. ... Read more


    7. Toshiba e740 Pocket PC
    list price: $599.99
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    Asin: B0000658CE
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Toshiba
    Sales Rank: 8668
    Average Customer Review: 2.69 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Packaged in an attractive, sleek design, the Toshiba e740 Pocket PC features a familiar user interface and tools powered by Microsoft Windows Pocket PC 2002. It's the first Pocket PC to be equipped with a blindingly fast 400 MHz Intel XScale processor, vastly improving application switching and multimedia playback. The Toshiba e740 is equipped with built-in slots for both Secure Digital (SD) and CompactFlash (CF) memory and module cards. It also features integrated wireless Bluetooth and WLAN capabilities, and is Wi-Fi-ready.

    The Toshiba e740 is loaded with 32 MB SDRAM memory and 32 MB of flash ROM (for future upgrading). It's powered by a built-in lithium rechargeable battery that recharges via the included USB cradle.

    Operating System
    Microsoft's Pocket PC 2002 operating system, released in late 2001, offers many enhancements over the previous OS. You'll get improved handwriting recognition, more reliable synchronization, increased security, and the ability to chat using MSN Messenger. It also features new Pocket versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, and Internet Explorer.

    Display
    The Toshiba e740 delivers brilliant images with its 3.5-inch TFT display. It supports over 64,000 colors and has 240 x 320 resolution. Active matrix, also called "thin film transistor" (TFT), is the brightest, sharpest, clearest, and most expensive type of LCD flat-panel display that is practical for handhelds.

    Expansion
    Expanding your expansion possibilities, the Toshiba e740 features integrated slots for both Secure Digital and CompactFlash cards.

    With Secure Digital (SD) and CompactFlash (CF) memory cards, you can easily store and play your multimedia files and carry your important documents wherever you go. You can add functionality with optional CF cards, including wireless and land-line connectivity, Ethernet networking, bar-code scanning, and much more. You'll also be able to add more functionality using optional SD cards, which will become available soon.

    Multimedia
    Play digital audio (both MP3 and WMA) and video (MPEG-4) files using the Windows Media Player software. The Toshiba e740 is also compatible with audible.com files, for listening to audiobooks, radio broadcasts, and more. Record your thoughts with the built-in microphone and voice-recording software. You can play back using the small speaker on the front or via the stereo headphone jack. You also get Microsoft Reader e-book software.

    In the Box
    The Toshiba e740 comes with a USB cradle, AC adapter, stylus, soft slipcase, quick-start card, and warranty card. It is backed by a one-year limited warranty. ... Read more

    Features

    • Lightweight, thin Pocket PC with 64 MB RAM and 32 MB ROM and blazing fast 400 MHz XScale processor
    • Dual expansion capabilties: built-in CompactFlash and Secure Digital (SD) slots
    • 240 x 320 pixel TFT LCD screen displays more than 64,000 colors
    • Integrated Wi-Fi capability
    • What's in the box: e740, USB cradle, AC adapter, stylus, soft slipcase, quick-start card, warranty card, software

    Reviews (173)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Nice PDA -- Networking Still Weak
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    As a PDA, the Toshiba e740 is the best I've seen yet. However, it, like all PDAs based on Microsoft's Windows CE, falls short on networking.

    I've been hoping that Microsoft and its partners would get networking right some day. The Toshiba e740 looked like it might be the answer. With its built-in WiFi wireless network adapter, it appeared that the e740 at least would provide useful local area network connectivity. However, like most WiFi devices, the e740's range is too short and the battery drain is too high.

    Oh, well, how about wide area networking with a wireless modem? I was able to find one wireless modem that would plug into the e740's compact flash slot. This modem, its name escapes me, adds 5 inches to the e740's almost 5 inches and costs an arm and two legs in monthly fees. With the modem in place, the e740 takes on the form factor of a clamshell handheld Windows CE PC. Forget that. I'm trying to replace a Blackberry wireless e-mail device.

    I'm now looking at Handspring's Treo 300. It's got everything that the Blackberry delivers including size plus it's a wireless phone, has a color screen and supports web browsing. Wireless networking is part of your phone service and the cost for wireless phone and networking (from Sprint) is about the same as I'm now paying for separate wireless phone and Blackberry wireless e-mail.

    For the record, I'm an IT consultant and author specializing in electronic communications. The latest edition of my book "Mastering Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server" (Sybex), is available from Amazon.com.

    3-0 out of 5 stars E 740 problems
    This is a a great PDA execpt for one thing. It is has NO built-in memory to save stored data. The E 750 took care of this problem and Toshiba essentially stifed the owner of the orignal -including my letter to them which was written before one year warrantee. They never even answered my letter.

    Their answer was to give you a $40 credit towards their old defective E740. Good customer relations - Toshiba

    1-0 out of 5 stars No Upgrade
    I was pleased with its performance until I realized that Toshiba doesn't offer the upgrade to Pocket PC 2003. Seems like just a ploy for me to sell it and buy the 755, which is the same machine. Needless to say I'm not happy with Toshiba's support of this product.

    3-0 out of 5 stars So-so, but mine still works!
    I bought this shortly after the recall (November 2002). It's been over a year and a half, and I still use mine daily! I've only had the 1% battery problem once because I usually sit mine to recharge overnight. Is it a hassle? Not if I need to update information on it daily (e-mails, appointments, etc).

    All in all, it's been frustrating to see poor reviews and then see Toshiba not support the e740 any more. However, with proper management, you can get a WiFi enabled PDA with SD/CF slots for cheap and be pretty satisfied with yourself!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Get it if you can find it for a good price.
    I brought the E740 1 month ago for a very good price. If you are looking for a wi-fi enabled PDA, but don't want to spend too much on it, take a look at the E740. I read most of the reviews on Amazon and other opinions site, most people have negative opinions on the E740. Their opinions are understandable, since they got it for a very high price, and the performance does not match its price tag. After I using it for over a month, here are some of the pros and cons in my opinion on the E740.

    Pros:
    Wi-Fi!!! You can't find a PDA with integrated Wi-Fi in this price range.

    CF(compatible with both type I/II) and SD slot. It really offers you a lot of upgrade options with both the CF and SD slot. I personally use a 512 SD card and leave the CF slot for a 56K cf modem.

    User replaceable battery

    Cons:
    Windows Mobile 2002, and Toshiba does not offer upgrade to the WM2003. THis is a big deal, since Microsoft change the database for WM2003, which means new programs will not be compatible with WM2002. Also, Windows 2003 is written to take advantage of the XScale processor in the E740, which supposingly will boost up system performance and increase battery life.

    It crashes, but in my opinion is is acceptable. It doens't crash all the time, but occasionally.

    THis is pretty much it. In term of battery life, I think most other Windows based PDA offer identical battery life. (Well, except some big PDAs like Dell X5, it offer better life, but it's very bulky) I think the PDA deserve anywhere from 50%-60%, since it does offer a lot of features, and at a relatively low price. So if you can find a E740 for a reasonable price, it will be a great gaget to have. ... Read more


    8. PalmOne m505 Color Handheld
    list price: $349.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005AWCL
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: PalmOne
    Sales Rank: 5192
    Average Customer Review: 3.38 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Palm's simple yet elegant operating system has long been a shining light in the world of PDAs. The good news on the Palm m505 is that the Palm OS still offers a wide array of tools to gather yourpersonal and business data in a great computing environment. Unfortunately, the most touted aspectof the Palm m505--its color screen--is a disappointment.

    Turning it on for the first time, we wondered if we had received the monochrome version Palm m500handheld--the screen was dark and barely visible in our moderately lit office. We fumbledaround for the contrast preference, but couldn't find it. In fact, the Palm m505 has no way toadjust contrast other than to turn on the backlight. Only with the backlight activated could weactually discern the icon and screen colors, and even then the LCD screen seemed muted.

    On side-by-side tests with the Handspring Visor Prism, its main color competition, the Palm m505was lacking in brightness and crispness--despite both handhelds' having 16-bit displaysupport that can show up to 65,000 colors.

    The reason for this seems to be that Palm hassacrificed brilliance for energy efficiency. The Palm m505's rechargeable battery does, indeed, keep its charge with "normal" usage (estimatedby Palm at 40 minutes per day) for about three weeks. However, with the mandatory useof the m505's backlight, we found the battery needed more frequent charging. Luckily, charge timein the included HotSync cradle/recharger is quite short.

    The basic Palm applications in OS version 4.0--Address, Date Book, Memo Pad, and To DoList--remain largely unchanged, with a few tweaks here and there. For instance, the Date Book applicationnow includes a screen view with a list of the appointments and to-do items for a particular date.And like the m100 series, the Note Pad has been added for doodling and scribbling handwrittennotes (instead of writing longer tomes in the Memo Pad using the Palm's Graffiti alphabet).

    Palm has collected a number of bonus software titles that you can easily add to the m505 withoutdenting much of the 8 MB of memory, including AvantGo, which downloads Web news and content from avariety of sources (enabling us to keep up with Aussie Rules Football scores). The biggest testfor the color screen came with PhotoSuite, an image viewing app that displays a range of image-file formats downloaded from your PC. We found the color depth to be quite good, but the screen'slack of brightness made the images look rather muddy.

    Additionally, several connectivity applications from Palm's Mobile Internet Kit are provided,including the Web Clipping app for viewing Web content built specifically for Palm viewing andMultiMail SE for accessing e-mail. And, of course, there's the highly touted expansion slot forSecureDigital cards and MultiMediaCards, allowing you to add memory, content, and functionality.Unfortunately, at the time of this review, we were unable to test any of the cards offered byPalm.

    With its curved angles, thin design, and light weight, the Palm m505 closely resembles itspredecessor, the Palm V series handheld. And like that model, the m505 feels very comfortable bothin the palm of your hand and resting in your pocket. Also, with the Palm m505's new 33 MHzDragonball VZ processor, switching applications seemed much more immediate.

    The siren song of the new m500 series is indeed seductive, and Palm has done well to streamlineits basic repertoire and add some tasty new notes to the mix. However, the Palm m505 is ultimatelya disappointment due to its underwhelming color display. If you're having trouble getting thissong out of your head, the Palm m500 handheld (with all the functions of the Palm m505 but with a monochromescreen) should keep your toes tapping just fine. --Agen G.N. Schmitz

    Pros:

    • Faster processor
    • Classic Palm styling--contoured design is comfortable to hold
    • Good range of additional software, from Internet connectivity to e-book reader
    • New expansion slot takes industry standard SecureDigital cards and MultiMediaCards

    Cons:

    • Color screen is rather dim and ultimately disappointing
    • Backlighting must be turned on to see the color screen, wearing down the rechargeablebattery
    • Expandability via SecureDigital and MMC cards limited by current offerings
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    Features

    • Built-in 8 MB memory stores thousands of contacts, appointments, to-do items, and notes
    • Displays over 65,000 colors--view photos, video clips, and more
    • SecureDigital/MultiMediaCard expansion slot for additional memory and functionality such as a dictionary/thesaurus, games, and more
    • USB cradle allows faster HotSync operations
    • Windows and Macintosh compatible--includes desktop software for both platforms

    Reviews (223)

    5-0 out of 5 stars My Palm m505 expierence
    Bright

    I used to have a Windows CE device, the Nokia 9110 palmtop/mobile phone and still have a Palm IIIc. I read a lot of bad things about the M505 color display. After using it very often in the last couple of weeks (car travel, planes, office, etc.) I can't believe that people say the display is a problem. This is far better then my PIIIc. For sure the contrast on the display are less impressive (you getting used to it) but it works in all light conditions. I only use the backlight in about 10% of the time. Sometimes you have to swivel the Palm screen towards a light source to read the display correctly without the backlight (it saves battery).. Outside, this display is incredible clear, with my PIIIc I always had to increase the intensity of the screen to see something.
    It is also much faster then the PIIIc, this M505 is really fast. The software included with it is really cool, easy to use Excel and Word document reader. Ebook, Photosuite software to name a few.

    Because of the negative commands on this site on the M505 I almost bought a M500. Lucky I didn't do because I heard now that the M500 is slower (It has the same processor but the screen updates slower).

    Compared to the PIIIc, I would say the M505 is:

    - Smaller with less weight. (it fits in my wallet).
    - Faster.
    - More software.
    - Integrated SD slot is really useful, I never thought it would be (8Mbyte RAM with a few family pictures is could becoming a problem).
    - Better display ( better in both very dark and bright light situations). Even in this small size, the battery get me running for longer then 10 hours, thanks to Color LCD technology Palm is using (simular to the PIIIc).
    - Now I can write on my palm in complete darkness also because now my Silkscreen lights up.
    - This unit is ready for the bluetooth wireless technology, which will be available from Palm at the end of the year.
    - Faster USB hotsync transfer. (only important for Aventgo website syncing I found).

    5-0 out of 5 stars I Looove it!
    The screen looks great in almost any lighting situation - in those dim light settings backlighting works and works well. I find that I only need to use backlighting about 20% of the time.

    My main gripe is that the scroll buttons are a bit recessed and hard to press (esp. compared to Palm V).

    If you loved the Palm V I can't think of any good reasons not to love this one (besides lack of backwards compatibility with accessories)

    Pros:

    Smaller than a Palm V (slightly heavier)

    Color screen looks great

    Backlighting on the Graffiti area finally

    Lots of cool bundled software

    Finally can synch to USB (I have a Mac!)

    Lots of cool expansion options (SD cards) w/out the huge size a Handspring slot

    Cons:

    It ain't "cheap" (then again, you're getting great value

    Scroll buttons

    4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for almost anybody!
    The Palm M505 is a neat little PDA. It's features are perfect for students to business people. There are many positive elements to this little Palm.

    The Palm M505 is the perfect companion for a student. It's small size and low price makes it perfect for somebody on the run and someone in need of a durable, compact Palm Pilot. In it's life, my Palm has been dropped numerous times, gotten soaked in water, and gotten thrown into the bottom of a backpack countless times. Again, it is perfect for anyone in need of durable database.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME CHRISTMAS PRESENT!!
    I got this awesome palm piolot with a keyboard and it is great! I bought games and put a cool "Documents to Go" program on it. I write stories a lot so I can use it for that, and I can also write school things on it if I'm in the car and my handwriting won't be sloppy! This is very cool. I am 12 1/2 and this is one of the best palms I have ever used. You should buy it!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Time Bomb
    I got this model for myself because at the time, it was the best model available. It worked really well for quite a while, and I even told my dad to get it for my mom for Christmas. So far, she has had no problems (knock on wood). Mine bit the dust earlier this year after over a year of problem-free functioning. It just quit syncing. Nothing changed at all. It just stopped syncing one day. I went through numerous attempts to solve the issue through email technical support with Palm. Nothing worked. I didn't want to call them because I didn't want to spend money on tech support. Turns out they won't charge you because they know there is a problem with the unit! They sent me a reset card which didn't help. I called them again and they were going to make me jump through more hoops. I pulled out the attitude and said NO WAY. They finally agreed to take the unit back for repair. They turned around the unit quickly and it was fine for a couple months, and it just quit on me again. They are obviously having VERY serious issues with this model, and I feel as if I have suggested a time bomb for my mother. It's not worth the hassle to get this Palm. I don't know if all Palms are this problematic, but I would avoid any Palm model that begins with a "5." I'm sure they are all duds, and once you begin to rely on a PDA there is nothing, and I mean NOTHING more bothersome than having to go through these issues. You are left without a PDA for who-knows-how-long and you feel vulnerable. It's just not worth it. ... Read more


    9. Compaq iPAQ 3765 Color Pocket PC

    Asin: B00005QEY4
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
    Sales Rank: 13740
    Average Customer Review: 3.89 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Eye-catching as well as highly functional, Compaq's iPAQ 3765 Pocket PC features a powerful new operating system, CompactFlash expandability, and a fast Intel processor. Its 64 MB SDRAM and 32 MB ROM provide enough memory to hold a robust package of applications while leaving you a lot of room for your own applications.

    The enhancements and improvements in Microsoft's Pocket PC 2002 operating system make the iPAQ 3765 even more powerful and easier to use. You'll get improved handwriting recognition, more reliable synchronization, increased security, and the ability to chat via MSN Messenger. It also features new Pocket versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, and Internet Explorer.

    Work hard, but play hard, too. The iPAQ 3765 can play digital audio files (both MP3 and WMA) using the Windows Media Player software. It's also compatible with audible.com files, for listening to audiobooks, radio broadcasts, and more. You also get the Microsoft Reader e-book software.

    The color TFT screen produces 4,086 colors, and you can view the screen from many angles and in a variety of lighting. Using the optional expansion jacket, you can add memory and modules--such as modems and cameras--using CompactFlash cards.

    Other highlights of the Compaq iPAQ include a microphone and a speaker, as well as an audio-in jack. It features an infrared port for wireless data transfer. The Compaq iPAQ uses five buttons plus a five-way joystick. The iPAQ connects to either USB or serial ports. The iPAQ allows you to input data in your own handwriting, by soft keyboard, or by voice recorder. Both audible and visual alarms alert you to a scheduled event.

    At 5.11-by-3.3-by-0.62 inches and weighing 6.3 ounces, the iPAQ 3765 is sporty and small, fitting in your hand or sliding into your pocket with ease. Compaq has also built in utilities so that frequent actions--such as switching between tasks, adjusting volume, and changing backlighting--are only a click away.

    The iPAQ 3765 has a built-in lithium rechargeable battery that gives up to 12 hours of battery life. It also comes with a docking cradle, AC adapter for battery charging, and a USB connection cable. Compaq offers a one-year warranty on parts and labor.

    What's in the box

    • iPaQ 3765
    • AC adapter
    • 950 mAh lithium-polymer battery
    • USB cradle
    • USB connection cable
    • Two styli
    • Vinyl slipcase
    • User manual
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    Features

    • Pocket PC 2002 operating system features improved handwriting recognition and new versions of Pocket Outlook, Word, and Excel
    • 64 MB RAM and 32 MB ROM ; 206 MHz Intel StrongARM 32-bit RISC processor
    • 240 x 320-inch TFT LCD screen displays more than 4,000 colors
    • Pre-installed software includes Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player (MP3), Inbox (e-mail), Microsoft Reader (e-boks), and more
    • What's in the box: iPaQ 3765, AC adapter, 950 mAh lithium-polymer battery, USB cradle, USB connection cable, Two styli, Vinyl slipcase, User manual

    Reviews (56)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
    The Compaq iPAQ 3765 is an amazing PDA. Well, it's not really a PDA, it's an actual Pocket PC. You have to see it to believe it. It's got Pocket PC 2002, and it's awesome. It's got Microsoft Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, and basically Pocket outlook just spread into mini programs. If you don't want to sit at your computer and read your emails cause your in a rush, just sync your computer with your pocket pc and your ENTIRE inbox will be synced to your iPAQ. I basically created my iPAQ into a super iPAQ. I got the keyboard(which is fantastic), the dual slot flash card expansion pack, a 256 meg flash card, and a MGM flash card reader. A Palm pilot is NOTHING compared to what this thing can do. THey have so many application for this pocket pc. You can play your MP3's on windows media player, watch movies or clips on PocketTV(Download the software), Play games such as the Famous Age of Empires(INCREDIBLE) Rayman, Packman and many more. Print with it, play multiplayer games, make cartoons on PocketFlipbook(Download) surf the net(Need wireless), and more. Plus they now have mad an espansion card so you can get PHONE SERVICE on it. This is one of the greatest Technological creations ever.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Buy This PC!!!
    Hello, I'm a 15 year old student from St.Louis Mo. I would like to state all the great things this item can do! First the screen is wonderful! All 4,000 colours are very vibrant. First comparison, look at a Palm IIIc or a color Handspring Visor, there colors and pixels are so larger it looks like a first graders handwriting and also they only have 8 megs of memory. Second thing, 64 megs of RAM, wait a second, I thought this was a palm-size computer, not my mothers IBM! HP eat your heart out, I saw your newest Joradoa or whatever and it (...)! Tooo plasticy, and the screen looked just as bad as a 548 version. I mostly use this item for games, my agenda and stuff. Why didn't you just save your money and buy a cheaper one you say. Heres why;64 megs of RAM, 32 Megs of ROM, Mp3 player, 48k of color, windows 2002, and finally word, MSN messanger and excel. I also have just seen the new Compaq IPaq. Don't waste your money, all it it is the same thing with 64k of color and Voice Recondition, thats it for a price of a hundred dollars more, sure I would take the uglyer less optional accesorized thing for the same price but I doubt you'll ever find that. I have always been a supporter of Compaq, even though they were bought out by HP, I hope they will still make there higher quality products.Sure in a couple years they'll come out with windows CE 2004 and a 128k pixle thing with 256 Mags of RAM that weights an ounce and can be on for 2 years without a recharge, but 'till that day This Ones The Best!

    5-0 out of 5 stars awsome
    i paid $120 on other sites the same thing was going $499

    4-0 out of 5 stars A high school junior
    It helped me tremendously when doing my school work, This is because I could type notes on it (with an ipaq compatible keyboard, not included) without using a BULKY and indiscreet laptop, and easily EDIT my notes (sooo awesome and better than using the old fashioned wire-bound paper notebooks) when I transfer the notes to my computer. Highly recommended for students. BUT, the aspects of it that helped me in school are ones that you could find in almost any PDA retailing about $150 and up (due to "DocumentsToGo" and "4.0 student" software. Both are very necessary for students). You see, I had a Sony Clie SJ20 before I upgraded to this, and I realized that both did the same in terms of school work.

    The main thing I don't like about it is the seemingly false advertising from compaq, saying you could get internet access. Not that you can't, you CAN, but only after purchasing

    1) an expansion pack: WHEN YOU ADD THE EXPANSION PACK, FORGET THE TERM "POCKET PC" BECAUSE IT WILL NOT FIT WELL IN YOUR POCKET. It also makes it heavy. I hate the expansion pack because it's so bulky, and you can't find any cases on the market to fit the ipaq and the expansion pack, except for the case made by the manufacturer. I actually considered making my own case for it (because I'm into arts and crafts) just so I didn't have to spend more money on a case. Due to the expansion pack, I wanted to upgrade to one of the newer and smaller models of the ipaq because the unit is so indiscreet with the expansion pack.

    2) A compatible Sierra Wireless Aircard: a lot of places don't even sell them

    3) And setting up the internet service you will get (your new account) through a phone company. Hard for me, some places don't do internet access through pocket PCs.

    Not to mention that the expansion pack is another $70-100 added onto the original price of the ipaq, and there's the price of the aircard and internet service (so monthly payments mean more money added onto the unit). So, when the company says, "internet access", be very wary of what you're getting into because a lot of leg work and money is involved. In total, the things previously mentioned are four extra things that would have made me not buy the ipaq if had known about them before.

    The other thing I wasn't satisfied with is the windows media player, on which you can play MP3s. You can only play about seven of them, unless you install more memory (and getting more memory means getting a memory card, which means getting a dual slot expansion pack, which means more BULK...uggghh). I haven't tried a movie or any visual on it yet.

    The battery power dies out quickly as well. So be prepared to see the "main battery low" sign appear on the screen every couple days or so (with regular usage).

    Overall, if you want true satisfaction with this product, be willing to spend an extra $200-300, in addition to monthly internet service payments, and go through a lot of leg work.

    MY SUGGESTION: buy a more expensive PDA that has built in internet access (well, if you want internet access at all...and if you don't, it's not really a pocket computer/PC), or simply save lots of money and don't buy a PDA with internet access. It seems that there are lots of great PDAs on the market that have all the same features that the ipaq 3765, minus the internet. Overall, the whole internet illusion that is set forth by pocket PC manufacturers isn't as easy to obtain as it seems with any pocket PC out right now (because even with the ones that claim they have built in internet, you still have to buy a specific and very expensive internet card, in addition to monthly service payments. Hope this helps!!

    2-0 out of 5 stars I'm Not Surprized...It's a Compaq Right!
    I like the features of the unit. The PC compatibility, the ease of the async software and the display. However, like many many others, I am very disappointed with the longevity of the battery life. To put it bluntly, It SUCKS! Maybe 4-6 hours in the standby mode while not in use and at best 1-2 hours when on. It must stay in the charger to be any good at all. Also, with no backup battery to hold data, a long day or trip is out of the question unless you can charge in route. My advise...look at another option to purchase if you need to use this other then on your desk and in the charger cradle. ... Read more


    10. Sony CLIE PEG-T665C/U Handheld

    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000068MQU
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 10979
    Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Only a half-inch thick and weighing a light 4.9 ounces, the sleek and stylish Sony Clié PEG-T665C will help you stay organized and entertained. Housed in an attractive aluminum body, the PEG-T665C is not only a 16 MB, 66 MHz PDA with a color display, it's also an MP3 player and features a built-in speaker so you can enjoy music while you work. Plus, the unique Jog Dial navigator provides easy access to your info.

    Display
    The PEG-T665C provides high resolution on its 320 x 320 pixel TFT color display.

    Expansion
    With this Sony Clié's Memory Stick expansion slot, you can get virtually unlimited data storage with Memory Stick removable media. Transfer digital content between your Clié handheld and other Memory Stick-compatible products, including digital cameras, digital camcorders, and PCs.

    Operating System
    The Sony Clié PEG-T665C is powered by Palm OS 4.1, which means it comes complete with all the standard Palm OS applications you need for organizing your life, including Date Book, To Do List, Memo Pad, Mail, and Expense tools, and Address Book. Also included is HotSync software.

    Extra Software
    In addition to the built-in applications that come with Palm OS 4.1, the PEG-T665C comes with the following Sony software: Audio Player, Clié Mail, Clié Paint, Clié Photo Stand, Clié Remove Commander, Memory Stick Autorun, Memory Stick Backup, Memory Stick Export (for the PC), Memory Stick Gate, Memory Stick Import, PictureGear Lite (for PC), PictureGear Pocket, Sonic Stage LE, Sound Convert (for PC), Sound Utility, and World Alarm Clock.

    Synchronization
    Connect to your PC and synchronize your contacts and date book using the included USB cable. You can also beam information to other Palm OS handheld owners using the IrDA infrared port.

    Compatibility
    The Sony Clié PEG-T665C is compatible with Windows 98 SE, 2000 Professional, Me, XP Home, and XP Professional editions. PCs must have a minimum 233 MHz or faster processor, 64 MB RAM (128 MB recommended), and at least 156 MB of available hard drive space. A USB port is also required.

    In the Box
    The Sony Clié PEG-T665C comes with a USB HotSync cradle, AC adapter, stylus, protective cover, headphones and volume controller, installation CD, application manual, Graffiti sticker, and registration materials. The Sony Clié PEG-T665C is covered by a one-year limited warranty. ... Read more

    Features

    • Palm OS v.4.1
    • Built-in MP3 Audio Player
    • High resolution TFT color display (320 x 320 pixels)
    • New DragonBall Super VZ Processor (66 MHz CPU)/16 MB (DRAM) Memory
    • What's in the box: Clie, USB HotSync cradle, AC adapter, stylus, protective cover, headphones and volume controller, installation CD, application manual

    Reviews (47)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fun Design Surprises!
    I've been a Palm Pilot user since they first came out, dutifully upgrading to the newest model every few years. I finally decided that I needed COLOR, so I bought the Sony Clie.

    What I didn't expect was that in addition to getting color, I would wind up with an artfully designed PDA that is much easier to use than the Palm Pilot.

    I love the look of the unit. Its brushed metal portions look so much nicer and richer than the straight plastic of the Pilot, and resist finger prints. It's very thin and light too.

    One of the things I like best about it is the "jog dial" on the side. Using this dial you can quickly flip from screen to screen (especially nice for moving through your appointment book or phone book) using a single hand.

    The backlit screen is much easier to read than my old black and white Pilot (a bonus for these over-40 eyes).

    The best surprise was that the memory stick in my Sony digital camera is compatible with the Clie, so I can move it from my camera to the Clie and show my photos to my friends! I can also use my spare memory sticks from my camera as extra storage for my Clie, moving large applications off the Clie and onto the memory stick.

    The only two negatives are:

    1) Battery life. If you use one of the display-intensive features, like displaying a photo, you might have only 10 minutes of battery use. Playing games, I find I only have about 30 minutes of use. Because the batteries are not replaceable, you must recharge the unit in its cradle or using an AC adapter. Usually this isn't a problem because I just keep it in its cradle at my desk when I'm not using it, but for extended trips it means recharging every night in the hotel room.

    2) The software that comes with it that lets you sync up with Microsoft Outlook to keep a synchronized calendar between your PC and the PDA doesn't transfer over the appointment location field. Since I mostly use the Clie to keep track of all my business meetings, I've been caught by this once or twice. (Running late, coming back from lunch, running to a meeting. But what meeting room is it in? Arghh! Have to go back to my office to look at Outlook on my PC to see.) I've overcome this by manually adding the location to the meeting description when I receive the invitation in Outlook, but you shouldn't have to do this.

    5-0 out of 5 stars MP3's sound great on BLUE memory stick
    This is a great PDA, color screen on the 665 is more vibrant than the 615 that I traded up from. From Mac or PC, simply copy MP3 files to MSAUDIO directory of a BLUE memory stick. Used cheaper Lexar brand works fine... . MP3's sound great, better than on Rio MP3 player. Also, sound from included Sony headphones w/attached volume control have good frequency response, bass and treble. If you are expecting to just pop your memory stick in from your Cybershot digicam, not as seamless, each 2MB pix takes a few seconds to refresh when viewing in PG Pocket, due to file size (smaller the better for Clie). If you want fast viewing you need to convert the DCF file to a PGP file. This may not be a problem with newer 200mhz strongarm Clie, but significant speed improvement in 665 vs. 615 which was pretty s-l-o-w. Also, Palm desktop works with Mac OS X with the Clie, works great. Lastly a few cool shareware programs to get... Palm Acrobat reader, AcidImage, Handyshopper,Kinoma player
    Have fun with your new Clie, get one!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome hanheld
    Awesome palm pilot, great for almost any thing, games, camera, movies. Definetly worth the money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best all around PDA out there
    This has been one of the better electronics purschases I've made. Memory is great, full of features (MP3 audio is great), no stupid thumb keyboard. I've thought of upgrading just because, but despite being two years old, no other PDA on the market is as functional as the T-665C. The only drawback - no way to add a WiFi card. COme on SOny! Build it, and they will come!

    5-0 out of 5 stars awesome PDA/ Entertainment Organizer/ what-have-you
    Great buy. I got it for cheap and use it primarily as a MP3 player, and to read news and ebooks. If you plan to do all that, be ready to shell out another $65-70 bucks for a 256MB Memory stick otherwise it doesn't play MP3s. I didn't buy the obscenely expensive MS Pro (white ones) and I use a freely downloadable ripper (CDex) to rip my music CDs to MP3s. You have to make sure that copyright stuff isn't included in your MP3s b/c they won't play. Some weird Sony thing.
    Build quality is super and its sexy as hell (its a Sony). The bundled audio player is pretty basic though and you can't do anything except turn bass on and off. I have yet to come across a better one, and if I do, I would install it promptly. SonicStage software for your PC is utterly useless, as is the Sony's ATRAC format for song compression (I hope someone from Sony reads this... why? why? why??). Most of the software that comes on the CD are trial versions, but there are plenty of great software (and free too) to download from a bunch of Palm sites. But know that the number of Clie-specific software is much less than Palm (Zire/Tungsten)-specific software.
    The scroll button in the front of the Clie is too small for anyone to use (as you might have gathered from all other reviews), but Sony makes up for it with the very useful jog dial and back button on the side. I find the screen too slick, so I've put a high quality screen protector (highly recommended... but that's 10 bucks more) and can also comfortably use my finger as a stylus over it sometimes. I've heard people complain of battery life. But that is to be expected of a device so thin and light and having a great color display. If you're going on a long trip listening to music, don't use the Clie to read stuff at the same time and u can squeeze out 6 hours on a full charge (use the Hold button). If you don't use the backlight, the battery life between charges, even while playing MP3s, is very respectable.
    I would also recommend getting a hard aluminum case (~$25...ouch) if you're a rough user and plan to bump your Clie on different surfaces. Feel free to contact me with any Clie PEG-T665C questions, at ospexy1@yahoo.com
    Cheers and have a great 2004 ... Read more


    11. Sony CLIE PEG-NR70 Handheld

    Asin: B00006484G
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 16913
    Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Powerful multimedia and productivity wrapped in an attractive body, the Palm-powered Sony Clié PEG-NR70 offers great organizational tools, an MP3 audio player, and a built-in keyboard. You also get exclusive Sony features like the Memory Stick media expansion slot and Remote Commander software.

    The unique design of the PEG-NR70 enables the screen to flip and rotate (180 degrees) to allow optimum use of the built-in QWERTY keyboard. It features 16 MB DRAM memory, a fast 66 MHz DragonBall processor, a TFT color display with support for over 65,000 colors, and a lithium-ion rechargeable battery.

    With the proven, reliable Palm operating system, the Sony Clié PEG-NR70 comes complete with all the standard Palm OS applications you need for organizing your life. It comes with Date Book, To Do List, Memo Pad, Mail, and Expense tools, and the Sony-enhanced Address Book that enables you to add photos to your contacts listings. It also comes with a wide range of entertainment and productivity applications, including Documents to Go for viewing and editing Word and Excel files. Plus, the Clié is fully compatible with thousands of Palm OS add-on applications available for download.

    Connect to your PC and synchronize your contacts and date book using the included USB cradle. You can also beam information to other Palm OS handheld owners using the IrDA infrared port.

    The Sony Clié PEG-NR70 comes with a number of exclusive Sony features. You'll get virtually unlimited data storage with Sony's Memory Stick removable media. Transfer digital content between your Clié handheld and other Memory Stick-compatible products, including digital cameras, digital camcorders, and PCs. You can also use the PEG-NR70 as a remote control for audio and video components using its enhanced infrared port and Clié Remote Commander software.

    Listen to your favorite music with the built-in audio player. Simply load MP3 audio files onto Memory Stick media and take your newest albums with you anywhere. You can also watch video clips on the high-resolution 320 x 320 reflective color LCD screen.

    The Sony Clié is compatible with Microsoft Windows 98, 98 SE, 2000 Professional, Me, and XP, and connects to your PC using the USB port. It comes with a USB HotSync cradle (which also charges the lithium-polymer battery), detachable AC adapter, and a stylus.

    What's in the box

    • Clie handheld
    • Headphones
    • Audio remote controller
    • USB HotSync cradle
    • AC adapter
    • Stylus
    • Sony CLII installation CD-ROM
    • Read This First
    • Add-on application guide
    • Graffiti sticker
    • EULA/Limited warranty statement
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    Features

    • High-resolution reflective color display includes front lights for excellent visibility indoors and outdoors
    • Built-in MP3 audio player; includes stylish headphones and remote control
    • 16 MB memory, 66 Mhz processor
    • Swivel LCD display, built-in QWERTY keyboard
    • What's in the box: Clie handheld, Headphones, Audio remote controller, USB HotSync cradle, AC adapter, Stylus, installation CD-ROM, application guide

    Reviews (32)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Most powerful Palm platform PDA
    I'm not really a gadget person, but I'm a big fan of PDA's because they really are so useful. I've had a Palm Vx, IIIc, and a Compaq iPAQ, all of which I've been very fond of and have been absolutely essential in keeping me organized.

    I currently own a Sony Peg-T615C, and if I hadn't purchased it recently I would buy this one right now. I just got back from CompUSA where I gave it a test drive, and I just have to say "Wow!" This is really one cool PDA.

    The flip-open clamshell design with the integral keyboard and the rotating screen has been nicely executed. If you want, the whole screen turns over 180 degrees and then you can close it and then hold it just like a normal Palm Pilot, if you don't want to hold it in "clamshell" fashion.

    One concern I had was resolved right away. The keyboard seemed sort of cheesy from the advertising photos, because it looked like one of those membrane-types that don't have very good tactile qualities, but the buttons are slightly raised and have enough spring to them so that they actually have quite a nice, solid feel. Although I'll probably stick to the Graffiti handwriting, the keyboard works quite well. The only other PDA on the market with an integral keyboard that I know of is the Zaurus, running an embedded version of Linux. Although I was impressed with it, it's more of a Pocket PC and doesn't run the Palm apps. Actually, it won't run the Pocket PC apps either because of the Linus operating system. But it's still an impressive offering in its area.

    To get an idea of the brightness of the screen, I compared it side by side with my venerable Palm IIIc, which still has the brightest screen of any Palm model. Overall, the screen resolution is superb and the brightness is excellent, and the clamshell design with the rotating screen overall was executed very well, I thought. It's not as bright as my IIIc, but the battery should last much longer than my now 2-year old than the IIIc, and it has 64k colors, whereas my IIIc only has 256.

    I just had a couple of complaints, but they're not serious. The only problem with the screen is that it rotates only one way, which is clockwise. If you try to rotate it the other way, you'll find it won't go at all. This makes it different from the small LED screens on most camcorders, but it's okay.

    The other problem is that if you rotate the screen 180 degrees and close it, so that you're now holding it like a regular Palm, rather than clamshell style, you now can no longer reach the four application buttons. Had they placed the buttons at the bottom of the screen, it wouldn't be a problem. However, there is a workaround for this. If you want, you can configure the jog-wheel to pop up your applications instead. Not a bad solution.

    The other complaint I've heard is that the battery technology is a little flakey. A friend of mine that has one says the unit powers off without warning when the battery gets low. My Palm IIIc at least tells you when you need to put it on recharge. Also, he said the manual says you only need to recharge it for 4 hours before using it. But when he tried that, the unit wouldn't power up all the way and would lock up.

    Another thing you'll notice that's different is the Graffiti area is virtual, like the Pocket PCs, and is more evenly vertically divided between the letters and numbers areas. Also, it's noticeably taller, which increases the overall height of the PDA compared to the PegT615C, but I'm sure I'd get used to this pretty quickly. However, it does increase the height making it noticeably bigger than the Peg-T615C, but it's okay. But perhaps best of all, the Graffiti area displays your strokes, which helps to increase accuracy. There are programs, such as GrafAid, that do this also, but with the Sony, you don't even need that anymore. Also, the strokes are displayed on the Graffiti area itself instead of on the screen above it, as in the case of the GrafAid or the original built-in Graffiti program.

    One thing to consider is that since the NR70 can use the whole screen, they're going to have to develop new apps that take advantage of this. The native apps, the Memopad, Todo list, and so on, probably do, but I couldn't figure out how to cancel the virtual Graffiti area to test this. Anyway, Sony says it has 4000 developers signed up to create programs for their PDAs so I'm sure there will be more apps making full use of the screen soon, not to mention the greater resolution of the Sony color screens, which are 320 x 320 instead of 160 x 160, and in the case of the NR70, 320 x 480.

    The few minor problems I mentioned and the program availability issue aside, the NR70 is the most advanced Palm PDA out there, and all in all I think this is a great unit. In fact, I'd give it 6 stars if I could.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great PDA
    I compared this PDA side by side with my venerable Palm IIIc and was very impressed with it. The screen resolution and brightness are superb, continuing Sony's success with the PEG T615C, and the clamshell design with the rotating screen overall was executed very well, I thought. It's not as bright as my IIIc, but the battery should last much longer than my now 2-year old than the IIIc, and it has 64k colors, whereas my IIIc only has 256. I just had a couple of complaints, but they're not serious.

    The only problem with the screen is that it rotates only one way, which is clockwise. If you try to rotate it the other way, you'll find it won't go at all. This makes it different from the small LED screens on most camcorders, but it's okay.

    The other problem is that if you rotate the screen 180 degrees and close it, so that you're now holding it like a regular Palm, rather than clamshell style, you now can no longer reach the four application buttons. Had they placed the buttons at the bottom of the screen, it wouldn't be a problem.

    The other complaint I've heard is that the battery technology is a little flakey. A friend of mine that has one says the unit powers off without warning when the battery gets low. My Palm IIIc at least tells you when you need to put it on recharge. Also, he said the manual says you only need to recharge it for 4 hours before using it. But when he tried that, the unit wouldn't power up all the way and would lock up.

    Overall, though, a great PDA. I would give it 6 stars if I could.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Nice for multi-media, but that¿s about it.
    I had come from the Diamond Mako or Psion Revo+ which I had bought for ~$100 a couple of years ago. The Mako had its short comings which was mainly the lack a hi-res color screen and lack of upgradeable memory. I loved the keyboard on the Mako and hardly ever used the stylus. The graffiti always seemed slow to enter data and you always had to pull out the pen so I like the keyboard. The NR70 had a keyboard, a nice screen, and expandable memory. I didn't really care about the MP3 player since it's too big too be conveniently used while on the go.
    The Apps: The applications have the following problems: 1. The applications that are provided with the NR70 are bear minimum. It seems like they stuck them on it just so they could list them in specs. The contact book only allows you to look at the bear minimum of contact information from outlook (the home addresses don't even show up!!!). The calendar does not let you look at all the data. The mail tool is pretty much only good for letting you look at messages in the inbox. The remote has a limited number of remotes and only allows for basic features (so you need to have the remote around anyway). The calculator is very basic, the documents to go does not translate accurately, the picture program does not ever read GIF files and does not have good pan/zoom features. 2. All of the Apps lack options. The preferences only let you do a couple of things leaving so that customization is minimal. 3. There is very little keyboard support. This is probably because it's palm OS, but I constantly have to switch from keyboard to stylus to even move from text field to text field. 4. The only really useful applications I have I had to buy. This includes a new picture viewer, a new remote too, and a decent database tool.
    The Screen: The color, clarity, and resolution of the screen is the best part of the NR70. My main grip is you can use it all. There are only a couple of applications that use the entire screen w/o the graffiti area. Even the OS app browser doesn't let you get ride of this area!
    The keyboard: very awkward to use. The NR70 is hard to hold while typing and the keys are located in a weird config. The control/alt/shift key has to be held while typing the character (instead of pressed once) which makes capitals a pain. The enter key and back space are in weird spots. Several times the keyboard has just stopped working and the device has to be reset to get it back. Some of the time, you have to use the palm arrows instead of keyboard arrows. I would not get this device if you are like me and like to use the keyboard for entry.
    Other: The battery life seems good. The screen can be seen in almost any light. The MP3 player app is nice if you don't mind a large player.
    Overall, I feel upset that I paid $300 for it. I would return it if I hadn't bought it from Sony on-line which I don't recommend. If I hadn't spent so much on it, I would go back to my old PDA.

    1-0 out of 5 stars warning!
    After owning 3 Palms and one Pocket PC (... I kept dropping them), I bought but deeply regret buying a Clie. If you are a heavy user of "tasks" as I am, Clie's performance is so bad the PDA is unusable. When one makes any change in the task (...change date to "tomorrow"), there is about a 5 second delay. For all the Palms this was instantaneous. Change "priority"... same thing. Etc. This renders the Clie unusable.
    I will not complain about the fact the machine just flat stopped working after a month of use because I sent it in and they fixed it for free and quickly. I pointed out the above problem but they did nothing.
    This really disappointed me as I had previously thought well of Sony.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Memory Stick Gets "lost"
    This is the slickest handheld to date. I fell in love with the PEG NX70V/U in a nano second when I first laid eyes on it, and I went ahead and got one. Looked cool when I used to take pictures and then stored them on the memory stick (MS). Thats when the trouble began.

    I did a not synch and connected to my PC. The Clie did its thing and suddenly there was a bar across the memory stick, so I waited till the synch stopped. Took the Clie out of the cradle and reset it. Still no memory stick on the icon tray, even though the 128 Meg stick was still in. SO I did a hard reset, wiped the handheld and the memory stick was found ! Did a hot synch again, and it could not be found.

    Sent it back to Sony for repair, they sent it back with a new MS. Case closed. Hmm, so is set it up and it found the memory stick. Now for the real test, I did a hot synch, and the memory stick disappeared, and the line went through the MS on the icon tray. I just shipped it back to Sony for repair AGAIN...

    If they can fix this minor problem I may even be able to use the wireless NIC I bought as well. ... Read more


    12. PalmOne m500 Handheld
    list price: $199.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005AWBJ
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: PalmOne
    Sales Rank: 4563
    Average Customer Review: 3.52 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The lightweight, stylish Palm m500 handheld is expandable, customizable,and Internet capable. The Palm m500 has an expansion card slot for additionalmemory storage (up to 64 MB) and add-ons such as a dictionary/thesaurus, games,and more. The Palm m500 comes with all the classic personal informationmanagement tools you expect: Date Book, Address Book, To Do List, Memo Pad,Mail, and Clock. It has 8 MB of built-in memory, enough to store thousands ofaddresses, years of appointments, hundreds of to-do items, and more than 50applications.

    The expansion card slot is a dual-purpose slot that can hold two types of cards:Secure Digital and MultiMediaCard (MMC). Both types of cards are small,inexpensive, and easy to plug in. Much like computer diskettes, they holdinformation for upload or download onto a handheld. With them, you can instantlyadd software programs, e-books, large databases, graphics, or even video filesto your handheld without sacrificing memory space.

    Sleek and lightweight, the Palm m500 handheld has a shiny aluminum casing and iscurved to fit in your hand. The display's enhanced technology makes it easier tosee at all angles, in dim light, and in bright sunlight.

    The new native USB HotSync cradle allows you to quickly back up and exchangeinformation between your handheld and your PC or Mac. The Palm m500 handheldalso features new vibrating and blinking LED alarms (in addition to the standardaudible alarm) to help you stay on top of your busy schedule. The Palm m500handheld comes equipped with a rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery, whichis charged using the HotSync cradle.

    The Palm m500 handheld comes with Palm OS 4.0, which provides enhanced securityand improved Internet connectivity. Other application features include Note Padfor writing sticky notes, Palm Mobile Connectivity for connecting to theInternet and obtaining e-mail via compatible cellular phones, and AOL for thePalm OS.

    The Palm m500 handheld is PC and Macintosh compatible and requires a USB port.It comes with Palm desktop software for both PC and Macintosh. It has a one-yearwarranty.

    What's in the box

    • Palm m500
    • Stylus
    • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
    • USB HotSync cradle
    • Palm Desktop software for Windows and Macintosh and Palm Mobile Connectivity software
    • Getting Started guide
    • Handbook
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    Features

    • Built-in 8 MB memory stores thousands of contacts, appointments, to-do items, and notes
    • New, advanced monochrome LCD screen makes it easier to see in dim light and in bright sunlight
    • New Secure Digital Card/MultiMediaCard expansion slot for additional memory and functionality such as a dictionary/thesaurus, games, and more
    • Native USB cradle allows faster HotSync operations
    • Windows and Macintosh compatible--includes desktop software for both platforms

    Reviews (95)

    4-0 out of 5 stars I like it
    I've had my m500 for just over a year. Like many others, I replaced my venerable VX with this. It does with everything the Vx did with some nice additions. To be fair, the lack of compatibility between the m500 family of Palms and the Palm V's was disappointing. Clearly, this is a marketing ploy to boost peripheral sales from customers who have upgraded. Back to the m500 itself; I do everything with it. I use it as an organizer, syncing nicely with MS-Outlook. It serves as my ebook reader with the 8MB in memory holding several books, including the entire Bible. I use the Note Pad function to handwrite quick notes or drawings for later reference. I use a Stowaway type keyboard to take notes in drawn out meetings at work or to do personal writing in my free time. I take it everywhere, in a hardshell case, and its proven most durable. The available, yet limited expandability in the removeable card media is convenient should you deal in massive amounts of data. I still haven't exhausted the internal 8MB of memory since I compulsively discard useless data and applications.

    This is a good low frills electronic organizer. It doesn't take up much space. If you want impressive audio and videa on a PDA (egad!) then you would be best served to look elsewhere. If you need a good organizing enhancement, with limited nice-to-haves, this is a good little tool to have.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag; one bad one and one good one
    My wife has a palm m500 that she likes, I have a palm m500 that works so inconsistently I am looking for something else. My wife's will not sync with the computer, so I had the computer looked at and tuned up by the computer doctor. That did not help. We received a court document saying we could change out the sync modules, but we had to have the receipt proving we bought the palm. OF course, they had our warranty certification and address, but that was not good enough. Overall, My wife is decently happy with hers, but with all the problems we have had, I would never buy another Palm. Oh, the 90 day warranty is not too great either. I assume that the the Palm people have little trust in their product or they would offer a year warranty. I'm sure the 25 dollars they charge for service after the 90 day warranty is a major profit center for them. After thinking about this some more, I not only won't buy from them, I hope they go out of business.

    1-0 out of 5 stars The worst product EVER
    I received the Palm m500 as a Christmas gift. Within 2 months it wouldn't hot sync. Technical services made me jump through all kinds of hoops to fix it including a regedit on my PC. I'm now dealing with customer service hoping to get some resolution, so far no help. I'm going to go up the chain to every supervisor. I have never in my life had such a bad product with such terrible support. I had the old Palm 3E which never gave me problems. Take my advice - STEER CLEAR. I'll never buy a Palm product again. If I could give it negative stars I would.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Software?
    Looking for some 'cheap' electronic organizers, I came across this one. The floor model was on sale, so it made it a great deal. The software was not included and I wasn't told that I needed software to make it work with my computer. The sales associate made it sound as the Palm would install the needed components on my computer. No where on the box did it mention a CD-ROM to install.

    With this lack of software, this thing is pretty much useless.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I am sick and tired of my Palm m500 not working - do not buy
    I read the reviews here about one and a half years ago to decide whether or not to buy this model - and the reviews were generally positive then so I bought one. However as you can see from the REVIEWS FROM MID 2003 ONWARDS - this is a bad machine - many people have had problems with it. I had the hotsync problem which peole are speaking about - this issue was brought to court in a class action by a lawyer in the US - but Palm refuses to recall this machine. I am also having what they call a digitizer problem - I have called the service line a number of times and now they want me to pay $140-$198 to pay for it to be fixed or to get a "as good as new" replacement - repair could take up to 5 weeks. I have really lost faith in Palm - in my opinion this is a hopeless product - and I beg you to benefit from my loss and do not buy this machine. If you do buy this product buy an extra 5 years of warranty if your store has this option because I believe you will need it. I generally do not go out of my way to post a negative review but this product has got me so frustrated and dissapointed. (I wanted to give this zero stars but Amazon doesn't allow you to do that.) ... Read more


    13. Sony CLIE PEG-T615C/S Handheld (Silver)

    Asin: B00005Y3V6
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 10738
    Average Customer Review: 3.91 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Having already dipped its toe in the ocean that is the PDA market with the Clié PEG-SN760C and the PEG-S300 models, Sony has now jumped in with a second-generation color model--the PEG-T615C. Featuring the same 33 MHz DragonBall processor, high-resolution 320 x 320 color screen, and jog wheel functionality, it also boasts 16 MB of internal RAM, the latest version of the Palm OS (v. 4.1), and a superslim aluminum body.

    Very similar in design to Sony's previous color model, the Clié PEG-T615C features the same Jog Dial button, allowing for easy, one-handed navigation around applications. The scroll buttons have been replaced with a tiny rocker switch, which doesn't function as easily as the original buttons. Also, the included flipover screen protector does have a tendency to detach from the unit a bit too easily.

    The Memory Stick slot has been retained, allowing for increased expandability. Battery life runs at about 15 days before a recharge is required, though this does depend entirely on how much you use the PDA.

    The PEG-T615C has lots of little pluses that make it stand out from the rest. It sits in the cradle nicely and it doesn't make a horrible crunching sound when it's removed, unlike some PDAs. Clié-specific applications such as the AV Remote Commander, World Alarm (which allows you to use your own sound files), Sound Utility, and Clié Paint are fun to play around with. Those of you wanting to do some serious work will be pleased with Documents To Go and Intellisync Lite. The latest version of the Palm OS includes easier data entry and enhanced security and mobile connectivity.

    However, the standout feature on the PEG-T615C has to be the high-resolution screen--the images are sharp and detailed, while the text is supersmooth. It makes other PDA displays look positively archaic.

    With its bright color screen, superior sound quality, and supersleek body, the PEG-T615C is probably the best (and sexiest) Palm OS-based PDA on the market at the moment and well worth your consideration. --Martin Snelling

    Pros:

    • Bright, high-resolution color screen
    • 16 MB of memory that's expandable with Memory Sticks
    • Superslim
    • Fun Sony add-on programs
    Cons:
    • New rocker switch replacing scroll buttons not as functional
    • Flip screen protector detaches too easily
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    Features

    • Slim design--only .50 inches thick--with 16 MB of RAM and 4 MB of flash ROM
    • Bright, high-resolution TFT color display
    • Jog Dial navigator allows you to access phone numbers, notes, and more while keeping your other hand free
    • Synchronize with your PC using included HotSync cradle; compatible with Windows PCs
    • Expandable viaoptional Memory Stick cards

    Reviews (78)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Reading eBooks
    I bought this machine primarily to have volumes of technical documentation always available at my fingertips. The screen is extremely sharp and contrasty - the best I've seen on the market (even if the colors, esp. red, are a little off). I first bought the Visor Prism, and exchanged it for the Sony. Although the Prism has a beautiful color screen (the game Galax plays fantastically on it!), the Sony has four times the number of pixels. My eyes started hurting after reading text on it after a couple of days. After all, if I want to play games I'd buy a Game Boy Advance ;-)

    If you need a PDA for reading lots of stuff, do check out iSilo. This piece of software sold me on the 615C. It fully supports the Clie's 320x320 screen, jog dial and back button. It basically crunches down HTML pages into it's own document format. The viewable result on the 615C is nothing short of amazing. It reproduces fixed and variable width fonts of all sizes with amazing fidelity, supports color, images and hyperlink, etc.

    The "resolution assist" feature of the 615C works very well - it improves the look of Palm applications that have not been written specifically to support the hi-res modes. Make sure it is enabled when you play with it in the store.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent PDA
    This is my first PDA. I wanted a PDA with a hi-res, color screen, fast processor, and lots of memory. I have always loved Sony products. The palm-OS is a great OS designed specifically for PDAs. (WinCE is a small version of windows). The T615C is easy to use and very capable. It has a high end, lithium ion polymer battery. The great screen, resolution, and backlighting can compromise time between charges, but I have yet to run it dead. There are many free palmOS applications available that I love. Reference materials relating to dictionaries, astronomy, chemistry, math, etc. are widely available. The games are a lot of fun as well.

    The Clie has replaced my "little black book" with tremendous and useful capablities. (don't forget encrypted password storage) I also use the free book readers to read e-books. You can read them anywhere (in the dark as well) without disturibing others.

    The PDA can power off automatically after 30 sec, 1, 2, or 3 minutes so it won't drain your battery. Access to the memory stick is a bit slower than accessing the built in RAM. Some problems have required a soft or even hard reset but I think that's more of a problem with the software and palmOS than the Clie.

    I recommend this product.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sony delivers!
    I've been a Palm user since 1997 (Pilot Personal, Palm III, IIIx, IIIxe and Vx)so I thought It was time for a color upgrade, my choices were between the Palm m505 and CLie T615 (Handspring is going to stop making the Visors on behalf of the Treo- phones and I didn't like the low/cheap quality of the Visors anyway).

    Well, choosing the T615 over the m505 is a no-brainer, It took me few days of research, you get double memory (16Mb) which really makes a difference!, the color screen in brighter and hi-res (320x320) compared to the m505 (only 160x160)-once you get used to that neat, sharp screen,its hard to go back!. Very important, the high quality craftmanship of the Sony case (aluminum) is impressive, very slim but feels rock-solid! just like a Lexus :) The buttons are not that easy to use cause thay are very stylish, but once you get used to the jog dial/back button you realize you really dont need them anymore!

    The enhanced infrared port is a plus, with >15 feet is now really useful as a remote commander (the included software is excellent too.) Also the new polyphonic speaker is very nice and loud, it plays even MIDI and WAV files that you can download from your PC!
    The only complaint I have is about the stylus, which feels a bit too thin for a comfortable grip, but I'm already used to it.
    This is a great PDA, very innovative and with Sony's high quality standards!
    I really recommend it!!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Sorry I bought it.
    My first experience with a PDA was with one of the old monochrome Palms. The advantage to that device was that you could use the thing every day and the batteries would last for maybe 6 to 8 weeks.

    With the T615 the battery situation is much different. With luck I can get maybe four hours of use out of one charge. I have a cradle at work, but I had to buy an additional cradle for home, which was around $50. I needed that just so I could use the thing on the weekend, otherwise the battery would die. In other words, with the T615 you are almost tethered to the cradle, because the rechargeable battery life is so short.

    The other thing is that the battery discharges even when you don't use it. For example, if the battery is about half-charge and you don't use it for a week, the next time you turn it on, the battery will be completely dead. I mean dead to the point that all the information you had on the device is gone. With the older monochrome Palm, I suppose that could happen were you to leave dead batteries in it for months. But I never saw it happen. But with the Clie, I would say that it happens every few months.

    But here's where the memory card is useful. I back up everything on the memory card all the time so that when the thing dies I can simply restore from the card.

    One the one hand, you don't want to use the thing too much because you run the battery down so fast. But if you don't use it the battery runs down anyway. So you get the worst of both worlds. "Why not just keep it in the charger," you ask? Well, I do, but the care and feeding of my PDA does not form a very large part of my consciousness, and I forget to do that sometimes. Again, with the older Palm, battery life almost didn't matter because the battery life was so good.

    I find that the Clie is so unreliable that I mostly use the PC software that comes with it. Any more I just use the Clie as a kind of expensive backup storage device in case something were to happen to the PC -- kind like a jump drive with a screen.

    The good thing about the Clie is that it has a very lovely and clear screen -- a beautiful screen that, because of the short battery life, you won't see very often.

    So learn from my experience, and understand that if your PDA doesn't have good battery life, the other features don't mean very much.

    1-0 out of 5 stars FAILED AFTER ONE YEAR, so did my brothers!
    Hi guys,

    Me and my brother were both so excited buying this when it came out. It failed for both of us after one year!. Anyhow I will never buy Sony again. However, my brother did and im pretty sure his latest Sony will fail again. Sony has such awesome designs but poor quality in this line of product! ... Read more


    14. PalmOne m125 Handheld

    (price subject to change: see help)
    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


    15. Hewlett Packard Jornada 548 Color Pocket PC

    Asin: B00004TDL2
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
    Sales Rank: 12808
    Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Windows PDAs have long fought an uphill battle. Users have flocked to the highlyfunctional Palm Connected Organizers and tended to ignore the more powerful,more expensive, and bigger Windows PDAs. The release of the new HP Jornada 548,the first among the new Pocket PC devices to hit the market, may finally turnthis around. The Jornada is still a bit bigger, about 5 ounces heavier, and moreexpensive than the Palm Vx. But it is sleek, robust, highly functional, and thecolor screen is beautifully sharp. The "wow" factor is definitelythere.

    The Pocket PC OS is also responsive and well thought out--a big improvement overWinCE. In addition to the suite of powerful pocket applications (Word, Excel,Internet Explorer, PIM, and Scheduler), the Jornada can also serve as a digitalvoice recorder (to capture those spur-of-the-moment thoughts), an MP3 player,audible content player, and even an e-books reader.

    The standard 32 MB memory is expandable using standard CompactFlash Type Icards. The product ships with a synchronization cradle (which supports USB orconventional serial interfaces), an extra sync cable (so you don't have to takethe cradle everywhere), an AC power adapter, and earbuds. A microphone and asmall speaker are built in. For MP3 use, we recommend expanding your RAM to 64MB with a CompactFlash card to provide an hour of near-CD-quality music.

    Most Windows users should be able to run through the setup wizard and startusing the Jornada and its applications without cracking the manual. Learning touse handwriting recognition, which is integrated into all the applications,requires mastering a few special stylus strokes, but you should be writingsmoothly within half an hour. In comparison with Palm's Graffiti system, thePocket PC system is fully on par.

    In our tests, setting up a connection to a desktop PC for synchronization wassimple. Within 20 minutes, we had installed the ActiveSync software, hooked upthe supplied cradle to the AC adapter and a USB port on our PC, and establisheda connection. If you have an older PC or laptop, you can also synchronize usinga slower serial connection. Synchronization is automatic and file transfer issimple using the Windows Explorer-like interface.

    The only real caveat is that Pocket PC works best in a Windows-centric world. Atlaunch, it appears that there is no support for synchronizing with non-Microsofte-mail and scheduling applications. (With an optional modem or network-interfacecard, you can send and receive Internet POP mail directly via your ISP.)

    The choice between Pocket PC and Palm still comes down to tradeoffs. Palms arestill lighter, smaller, and cheaper, and they do the basics beautifully. TheJornada 548 is slightly bigger, 5 ounces heavier, more expensive, but vastlymore powerful and flexible. The choice all depends on what you expect your PDAto do. --Thomas Mace

    Pros:

    • Handsome, compact design
    • Superb color screen
    • Ships with 32 MB RAM
    • Large application suite
    • Easy setup and intuitive interface
    Cons:
    • No support for synchronization of non-Microsoft e-mail and schedulingapplications
    • 5 ounces heavier than Palm V
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    Features

    • Sharp 12-bit color LCD screen, 4,096 colors
    • Includes MP3 player for listening to digital music, audiobooks, and news
    • Check e-mail and surf the Web
    • Manage your schedule with Pocket Outlook and your finances with Pocket Money
    • What's in the box: Jornada 548, Stylus, AC adapter, Jornada CD-ROM, HP documentation pack, Microsoft ActiveSync CD-ROM, USB cradle

    Reviews (145)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Reliable and Indispensible
    I've been using my Jornada 548 for about 10 months or so. I use it every single day and it is rarely far from my grasp. It has performed beautifully with no noteworthy problems.

    In the past several months I've been away from home a good deal of time, and my Jornada has been right there with me. Naturally, it has done all the typical things you expect from a PDA such as keeping my schedule, contacts, email, tasks, and day-to-day details of living. But it does oh so much more.

    I have several CF Memory cards for my Jornada, but 90% of what I use daily is kept on a single 256Mb card. I store a large personal photo album, several hours worth of high-quality MP3 music, many excellent games, plus a boatload of other documents and applications on my Jornada, all on a single memory card.

    I have the HP Jornada digital camera, as well. This is definately one of my favorite accessories. I plug it in to the standard CompactFlash slot, and the excellent software (included with the camera) automatically comes up on the screen. In a flash, my Jornada turns into a quality digital camera, ready to snap photos at the touch of a button. The highest image resolution is 640x480, but I find this more than adequate for most of my needs. One drawback is that the camera doesn't perform well in low-light conditions, having no flash capability. But when there is adequate light, or especially outdoors, it takes very beautiful pictures, easily rivaling some of the top standalone digital cameras at the same resolution. Since the camera occupies the memory slot, you must store the pictures in main memory initially, but it's a simple matter to move your pictures to a storage card when it's convenient.

    MP3 playback is outstanding using the included Windows Media Player for PocketPC. It's even better if you upgrade the WMP to version 7.1. WMP 7.1 can also handle other audio and video formats, and is "skinnable" with different skins available from the Microsoft website.

    I have a Socket DPC (Digital Phone Card) which allows me to connect to the internet via my mobile phone (a Samsung 3500). This has been a wonderful feature for me, since it allows me to collect and send email, converse with friends and family via Instant Messages, and surf the WWW....from anywhere, at anytime. It's like carrying the whole world around in your purse.

    The downside of connecting to the Internet via a mobile phone is the connection speed. At this time, most wireless connections are limited to 14kbps (i.e., snail speed). Big pain if you're in a big hurry, but if you don't mind the wait it's tolerable. The speed isn't really an issue for email or IMs, only for surfing. When I'm at home or near a phone jack elsewhere, I use a Pretec PocketPC 56k modem for a much faster connection.

    The absolute best accessory for my Jornada is the Targus Stowaway keyboard. It folds up to a size only slightly larger than the Jornada itself, and folds out to a full-size keyboard. Indispensible.

    This is where it gets fun. All of this stuff fits perfectly in my purse (and it's a fairly small purse). No matter where I am or what I'm doing, within mere moments I can unfold the keyboard, slip my Jornada onto its cradle, connect to my mobile phone and be on the Internet. True, there are other PDAs that can do that...but few can do it so elegantly and easily. I've done this at restaurants, in bars, in airports, in the car, in stores...all over. I've used it in stores to comparision shop for a product I've seen, at airports to check on flights, etc.

    Because of the Jornada's flip-top cover, I don't need any extra, bulky carrying case for my PDA. I just close the cover and slip it into a slot in my purse. It's always at my fingertips, which is important to me since I use it for just about everything from shopping lists to bank accounts, schedules to contacts, and...well, everything. Honestly, the flip-top cover is a really big selling-point for me. I even got a couple in different colors to give my Jornada a little spice. It is so much more attractive than other PDAs I've seen, and much better protected.

    On the technical side of things...sure, it's slower than most other PocketPCs on the market now. If you compare the speed of opening applications to, for instance, an iPaq, you will notice a difference. I wouldn't call the Jornada sluggish, though, and unless your a nut for speed, I very much doubt you'd find it troublesome. This is really only an issue if you expect to run processor-intensive games or multi-media applications (it does just fine with normal MP3s and MPEG video, etc.) If your looking for the ultimate high-power game machine, this isn't it. I run several very good games though, such as Pocket Gambler (Ziosoft) and Pocket Hustler (Godot) with excellent performance. The graphics are simply beautiful and gameplay is smooth.

    The screen is hard to see outdoors, its true, but if you wait a few seconds while the screen brightens up, and then shade the screen from the sun, it is workable. Not ideal, but workable. I've found this most troublesome when in the car on a bright, sunny day. Something to think about.

    It weighs a bit more than most, too, but I actually find the extra weight comforting. It feels solid and doesn't slip easily out of hand. The rubberized trim on the outside edge of the Jornada also adds to this, making it the most slip-proof PDA in its class.

    Some have complained about the stylus or its location (recessed in the flip-top cover). Others love it. I'm one of the latter. I like the wider feel of the Jornada stylus as opposed to the ultra-thin ones found in most other PDAs. I find its location in the flip-top cover very convenient 75% of the time. The only time I find it inconvenient is when I remove the cover (to play a horizontally-oriented game, usually). With the cover off, there's no place to put the stylus. A minor detail, of course, but worth noting.

    One thing I miss on the Jornada is a directional fingerpad. Again, this mostly relates to game-playing and isn't missed at all for most other applications. The Jornada does have, however, an up-down navigation wheel on the side, which doubles as an action button when you press it. I really like the location of the wheel and the easy motion. It's only really useful in the left hand, so it could be troublesome for lefties. But for us righties, it's perfect.

    The "record" button, also on the left side, is another nice feature. The location is convenient for recording a quick voice memo, but isn't particularly prone to accidental activation. A good design.

    My Jornada has proven very durable and reliable. It has been dropped a couple times on a hard surface, and came through without so much as a mark. No major glitches or problems. Naturally, there have been a few minor "blurps" here and there. But I've come to expect that with any kind of computer, big or small. I did encounter a problem once that made me decide to do a hard reset, but later I discovered I did so uneccessarily and could have fixed the problem with a few taps, had I known how. Furthermore, that particular problem was with third-party software, and not the Jornada per say. Luckily, I had a recent backup and didn't have to lose anything in the process. (Backup, backup, backup!)

    I do a soft reset of my Jornada every once in awhile, maybe once every couple days. That's just me, and knowing how Windows has a way of "leaking" sometimes. Resetting in this way doesn't harm data or applications in the least and only takes a few seconds while it restarts. As long as you remember to save your work and close open applications, this is a good way to keep the memory glitch-free.

    I use a task manager/screen organizer called WIS Bar. It sits on the top of your screen and has convenient, familiar icons for closing applications and so forth. I highly recommend this for PocketPC users. It makes managing open applications a snap. Look for it on the web.

    I'm sure it's obvious I'm a big fan of the Jornada 548. My Jornada and I are inseperable, and I quite honestly wouldn't trade it for the top-of-the-line iPaq if you paid me. That said, I am extremely eager to try the new Jornada 648. The 648 model wasn't out yet when I got my 548, but from what I've read it sounds wonderful. Because of my positive experiences with my Jornada 548, I would definately consider upgrading to the 648 in the future. But even so, I am very content with my Jornada for now and indefinately.

    If you're looking for a solid, dependable workhorse of a PDA...I believe the Jornada 548 may be worth a serious look, even over some of the newer, faster devices.

    - Heather

    3-0 out of 5 stars Pocket PCs and Palms Too Big
    I tried the HP Jornada 548 for a day or two and returned it in favor of keeping my RIM Blackberry 957. I've had every generation of CE device plus a number of Palms (latest is Palm Vx). I've found both to be much too big, too difficult to communicate with and too pull-your-information-oriented for easy use and on-body transport, especially when a wireless modem is added. The Blackberry has a built-in QWERTY keyboard and wireless modem and is about the size of a Palm Vx. The Jornada similarly outfitted with an OmniSky modem and Targus Keyboard approaches the weight of a small laptop, occupies nearly as much space and costs nearly as much. The Palm Vx similarly outfitted is nearly as heavy, large and costly. Couple lightness and small size with the RIM's ability to automatically accept e-mail pushed from ISP POP3 or Microsoft Exchange servers and you've got a near ideal go-anywhere communication tool. Add Go-America's Web access service and you can even browse the Internet.

    I appreciate all of the nice features of the Jornada, but trying to build a laptop into a 5.5" by 3" case leads to too many compromises that, for me, outweigh the nicities.

    I should note that the screen of the Jornada flickered when the OmniSky modem was transmitting or receiving. Most likely due to the fact that the modem and the Jornada share the power in each of their batteries with each other. That was the deal breaker that led me to return the Jornada and the OmniSky modem.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Quick shipment, but now there is a problem w/no response.
    The product was shipped quickly. But now I cannot get the Pocket PC to connect to any PC. I have emailed the seller numerous times about this and they will not respond to me. Amazon is abolutely no help either, they will not do anything to help me. If I ever do get the problem fixed, I will change the bad rating for the seller.

    3-0 out of 5 stars HP Jornada 547/548
    Great PDA, beats out any palm type device by a longshot in capability expandability. Only draw back is ever shrinking selection of aftermarket goodies for it due to the processor.

    3-0 out of 5 stars No Pocket PC 2002
    For its day the 548 was a stunning piece of equipment. I have been a Jornada 548 owner since week 1 of its release. I am disappointed to report, however, that the older Jornada models have been left in the dust by the Compaq-HP merger. Ipaq'ers get an upgrade from the Pocket PC OS to the newer, marginally better Pocket PC 2002 OS. Although the OS is only moderately more useful, it is aesthetically more pleasing and is symbolic of the fact that the 548 will receive little attention or support from HP/Compaq ever again.

    Also, the lack of back up batteries is quite a nuisance when you lose all drivers and software because you forgot to recharge the 548. Furthermore, and this may be my error, I never found a car charger for it which would have been useful given the adequate, but not stellar battery life.

    I would suggest buying a newer piece of equipment, its worth the dough. ... Read more


    16. Hewlett Packard Jornada 568 Pocket PC

    Asin: B00005O7MW
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
    Sales Rank: 14418
    Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Hewlett Packard's 560 line of Jornada PDAs includes the 32 MB Jornada 565 and our 64 MB 568, members for the first batch of Pocket PCs to ship with Microsoft's new Pocket PC 2002 operating system.

    On the surface, the Pocket PC 2002 OS looks much the same as the old OS. But there are a variety of enhancements to the stable of applications (like Word and Excel), new software such as MSN Messenger, added security and antivirus protection, and improved handwriting recognition.

    The Jornada 568 features a CompactFlash Type 1 slot, so you can add more CF memory as well as hook up CF peripherals, such as modems or network cards. You'll probably want to expand on the memory front--64 MB is decent for a Pocket PC, but you always want more to play back any video or audio files. And CompactFlash memory prices have plummeted in recent months, making it an affordable upgrade.

    The well-designed Jornada 568 sits nicely in hand, with a sturdy flip-up cover adding little to the overall weight (6.1 ounces without the cover and 7.0 with). The bright, 16-bit color TFT screen can be easily read from even sharp angles. While the 240 x 320 pixel, 3.5-inch diagonal screen isn't as large as some, it's big enough to keep you from squinting, even while reading books with Microsoft Reader.

    Hooking the Jornada 568 up to your PC is handled either through the USB cradle (with a pass-through connector for the AC power adapter) or via infrared. In addition to the ActiveSync 3.5 software, HP includes Outlook 2002, Audible Player 2.0 for playing audio books, and MusicMatch for ripping and playing digital audio files. In addition to syncing up with Outlook files and directories, the Pocket PC versions of Word, Excel, and Media Player enable you to transfer almost any of your desktop files to the 568.

    Powered by a 206 MHz StrongARM processor, the Jornada 568 can handle extensive multitasking without any slowdown. The bottom of the PDA offers four buttons for quick access to menus and applications--Home, Contacts, Calendar, and Tasks--as well as a four-direction navigation pad and scroll buttons on the side panel.

    The Jornada 568 also functions as a voice recorder--just press the red button on the side and talk away--with a built-in microphone and speaker. But the speaker, while adequate for the normal beeps and burps of the OS, isn't great for music playback. You'll want to connect some headphones to the Jornada and, unfortunately, HP doesn't include any.

    The rechargeable battery for the Jornada 568 promises up to 14 hours of life and we were able to get right around that. It also features a light at its top that glows green when the PDA is fully charged, and also flashes to alert you to appointments.

    With its power, expandability, and the new Pocket PC 2002 operating system, the Jornada 568 makes an excellent all-around workhorse palmtop. --J. Curtis

    Pros:

    • Easy transfer of Word and Excel files and synchronization with Outlook
    • CompactFlash Type 1 expandability
    • Crisp, colorful display
    • Sleek design
    Cons:
    • Speaker not adequate for playing back music
    • No headphones
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    Features

    • Color Pocket PC with 64 MB of RAM with Microsoft's Pocket PC 2002 operating
    • Built-in CompactFlash slot lets you add memory, accessories
    • Vibrant 16-bit color display provides clear view indoors and out
    • Store and edit data, browse the Internet, check e-mail with powerful Pocket PC applications
    • What's in the box: Jornada 568, Stylus, rechargeable lithium-polymer battery, CR-2032 backup battery, AC adapter, USB cradle, Jornada Quick Start Guide, Documentation pack, Pocket PC Companion CD

    Reviews (49)

    5-0 out of 5 stars What a marvelous gadget.
    I bought my HP Jornada 568 on February 1, and waited more than two months in order to write a review not guided by the emotion of having such an wonderful invention the firsts days, but by the funcionality of the device. And I must tell that it is extremely useful.
    The display is excellent, as with everything on this pocket PC. It works very fast even when almost every application is open; the design is so slim and light that is a pleasure to carry your Jornada everywhere; I think that is one of the most elegant designs in the market also.
    The sound, with headphones, is excellent for music, even when it is obvious that listening through the tiny built-in speaker is not the best way to get the best sound quality.
    The navigation through the internet is very good, but you must be aware that the effect in some pages is like if you were passing a magnifying glass over a book's page, because most of the internet pages do not exactly "fit to screen" (this also happens with large Excel files or complex Word documents), but even with that detail that is not inherent to the Jornada but to all Pocket PC's, is very useful and clear, because you can increase the size of the text in the page in order to a comfortable reading.
    If you also plan to receive e-mail in your Pocket PC, the new operative system allows to receive HTML direct from the Internet, because it converts it to text format automatically, and that was a mayor flaw of the preceding OS.
    The Word and Excel documents can be edited or created with easiness, given the multiple input choices the OS has to offer.
    I highly recommend a Compact Flash Card of at least 128MB. This is not only for file storage, but to install the programs of your Jornada within the Storage Card and leting almost all the RAM for the applications preinstalled so you can get your device to run extra fast. The only flaw with this is that if you are using a CompactModem or CompactLAN in order to connect to the Internet, the programs that are installed in the CF card will not be available at the moment of navigation because the expansion slot will be already in use.
    If you never had owned a Pocket PC, another recomendation is the Pocket PC Handbook, by Dan Hanttula. It is more than worth the price.
    Overall, if you are planning to buy a Pocket PC and are not sure about which one to chose, do not hesitate anymore and pick the HP Jornada 568. You will be more than pleased and surely will write a review from your Pocket PC.
    Accesories I own and recomend: Targus Stowaway Keyboard, Targus PDA/Keyboard Combo Case (Leather) (only if you use the keyboard very often), Viking CF card 128MB, Pretec's CompactModem and CompactLan (the Support Service from Pretec is superb) and the Pocket PC Handbook, by Hanttula.

    5-0 out of 5 stars HP finally got it right
    I was a little skeptical when I first order the Jornada 568. I mean its predecessor wasn’t very impressive compare to Casio or Compaq. But after owning mine for a week, I have to say, I am impressed. The unit is small and lightweight, which fits comfortably in the front pockets of my pants without dragging my pants down. Although the screen is not as big and not as bright as the new iPaq 3800s, it is very reasonable in both areas. I think HP did that purposely to give a longer battery life – it can easily last over 10hrs! Another neat thing about the HP is that its build-in expansion slot supports Compact Flash, of the cheapest memory chip format out there. I got a 256MB CF for a little over (dollar amount) and can fit more than 4hrs of mp3s or even a full length movie in the right format. The flip screen cover is a nice touch too. It’s a lot more pleasing to the eyes than the ones that come w/ the new iPaq, thus resulting with a unit that has excellent fit and finish. I had heard others complain about dusk problems, but so far I haven’t notice any. The only dusk I’ve seen is on the exterior of the screen, which can be easily removed with a duster. So I am a happy camper. =) I will recommend the Jornada 568 to anyone interesting in buying a multi-functional PDA.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice PDA
    This is a great PDA. It runs Windows 2002 Pocket PC Edition very well. I can play MP3's, use Pocket Word, and synchronize with Microsoft Outlook without a problem.

    The only reason I gave it 4 out of 5 stars is that the screen scratches amazingly easy. I always keep the thing in a soft case, and it's already scratched up pretty good. I have no idea how these little blemishes got there, but it is very annoying when the light is just right and they stand out.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible
    This is a wonderful machine. It is compact and efficient. It is compatible with several database software products allowing for easy, on the road access to all types of information. It holds 1000 pages of text per MB of memory which makes travelling a breeze. No longer do I need an extra briefcase for my books. Currently, with just a 128 MB compact flash card as an accessory, I have 7 books, 13 audible.com audible books, multiple pictures as well as all my MS Outlook contact addresses, phone numbers, email addresses. Further, I can download and respond to my email from this little pocket-size phenom. It has never, never failed me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Transformed my life
    I used to carry a laptop and a Franklin planner almost everywhere. Now, my Jornada and the Targus keyboard are all I usually need, unless I'm doing a presentation to a client. The Pocket PC is a marvel of convenience. Here are common things I do on my HP Jornada:
    * All MS Outlook related activities (appointments, tasks, meeting notes, and contacts)
    * MS Pocket Money: I get a receipt, and I enter it before I leave the location. No more piles of receipts to process at the end of the month so that I can reconcile my accounts.
    * Pocket Word: keep my personal journal, jot down notes, write business documents, etc. The formatting isn't anywhere near as powerful as the desktop version of Word, but it won't take too many more features for this to be a highly functional word processor.
    * Pocket Excel: Track mileage. Pocket Excel is a very basic spreadsheet, but it does a great job for simple spreadsheets. I expect future versions will be better.
    * Download web pages for viewing: Using AvantGo, I routinely download the Economist, New York Times, CNN, and many other sites. And if I travel, I can download restaurant and entertainment info for the city I go to.
    * Track billable hours: Using a great FREEWARE program for Pocket PC, I can track billable hours for clients, projects, and even activities associated with projects.
    * Brainstorm: I use a mind-mapping Pocket PC program to brainstorm and develop mindmaps and preliminary project plans for myself and with clients.

    * Listen to music: A 64MB flash card can hold a decent amount of MP3 files!
    * Show off my new daughter: I have a digital camera, so I can transfer images of my daughter to my Jornada to show pictures to my friends and associates.

    Additionally, with a Pocket PC, you can do many other things that I don't yet use the Jornada for, including edit and view PowerPoint files, edit databases, edit html files, edit images, send and receive emails, view live Internet, and watch mpeg movies. Great!

    The screen on the 568 is much improved from earlier Jornadas, too. Not as much glare in sunlight.

    NOTE: HP IS DISCONTINUING THE JORNADA LINE IN FAVOR OF THE IPAQ LINE IT INHERITED FROM COMPAQ. LOOK FOR BARGAINS ON JORNADAS! ... Read more


    17. Sony CLIE PEG-NR70V Handheld

    Asin: B00006484F
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 12203
    Average Customer Review: 3.94 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Powerful multimedia and productivity wrapped in an attractive body, the Palm-powered Sony Clié PEG-NR70V offers great organizational tools, a built-in digital camera, and an MP3 audio player. You also get exclusive Sony features like the Memory Stick media expansion slot and Remote Commander software.

    The Sony Clié PEG-NR70V comes equipped with a built-in digital camera for taking digital photos on the go. Its unique design also enables the screen to flip and rotate (180 degrees) to allow optimum use of both the camera and the built-in QWERTY keyboard. It features 16 MB DRAM memory, a fast 66 MHz DragonBall processor, a TFT color display with support for over 65,000 colors, and a lithium-ion rechargeable battery.

    With the proven, reliable Palm operating system, the Sony Clié PEG-NR70V comes complete with all the standard Palm OS applications you need for organizing your life. It comes with Date Book, To Do List, Memo Pad, Mail, and Expense tools, and the Sony-enhanced Address Book that enables you to add photos to your contacts listings. It also comes with a wide range of entertainment and productivity applications, including Documents to Go for viewing and editing Word and Excel files. Plus, the Clié is fully compatible with thousands of Palm OS add-on applications available for download.

    Connect to your PC and synchronize your contacts and date book using the included USB cradle. You can also beam information to other Palm OS handheld owners using the IrDA infrared port.

    The Sony Clié PEG-NR70V comes with a number of exclusive Sony features. You'll get virtually unlimited data storage with Sony's Memory Stick removable media. Transfer digital content between your Clié and other Memory Stick-compatible products, including digital cameras, digital camcorders, and PCs. You can also use the PEG-NR70V as a remote control for audio and video components using its enhanced infrared port and Clié Remote Commander software.

    Listen to your favorite music with the built-in audio player. Simply load MP3 audio files onto Memory Stick media and take your newest albums with you anywhere. You can also watch video clips on the high-resolution 320 x 320 reflective color LCD screen.

    The Sony Clié is compatible with Microsoft Windows 98, 98 SE, 2000 Professional, Me, and XP, and connects to your PC using the USB port. It comes with a USB HotSync cradle (which also charges the lithium-polymer battery), detachable AC adapter, and a stylus.

    What's in the box

    • Clie handheld
    • Headphones
    • Audio remote controller
    • USB HotSync cradle
    • AC adapter
    • Stylus
    • Sony CLII installation CD-ROM
    • Read This First
    • Add-on application guide
    • Graffiti sticker
    • EULA/Limited warranty statement
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    Features

    • Built-in digital camera for taking photos on the go; save files on optional Memory Sticks
    • High-resolution reflective color display includes front lights for excellent visibility indoors and outdoors
    • Built-in MP3 audio player; includes stylish headphones and remote control
    • 16 MB memory, 66 Mhz processor
    • What's in the box: Clie handheld, Headphones, Audio remote controller, USB HotSync cradle, AC adapter, Stylus, installation CD-ROM, application guide

    Reviews (49)

    3-0 out of 5 stars QUALITY-VERSUS-PRICE
    The keypad and clamshell design of this Multimedia PDA from SONY evokes the semblance of a micro-laptop. The machine's wide range of features include: a good built-in digital camera, a 66MHz Dragonball processor, 16MB RAM, 8MB ROM, 3.8" TFT Display,Irda, and an adaptor-embedded USB Docking Cradle.
    Both the Display panel and the swivel-mount which houses the digital camera can be turned to a very wide angle, (upto 270 degrees). As you turn it, the image adjusts automatically so as to yield the best possible screen-view. The listed 320 by 480 pixels Display resolution may seem generous, but in reality, 320 by 320 is all that may be at your disposal (at any given time). This is because the PDA's Palm OS 4.1 allows the virtual Graffiti pad to utilize the remainder.
    I was disappointed to find out that there is no way images from the digital camera can be transferred directly into my PC's hard-disk. Users must first of all move them into the Memory Stick before passing them onto the hard-drive. Another sad thing is that my fully charged battery asks for a recharge just after six days of normal use, which is a far cry from the ten days SONY quoted.
    In conclusion, I will say that this "SONY CLIE PEG-NR70V" is a good PDA. It has a vareity of features. But, I was disappointed that some of the claims SONY made concerning it were false. Having seen both the assets and the liabilities of this PDA, I just felt that I paid a little too much for it. More often than not, SONY produces good items, but they seem to always price them out of proportion.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great PDA...but
    I was strickly a Palm guy until I saw the Sony Clie. I've owned both the Palm Vx and m505. Of course I moved to the m505 because it had colour. The colour wasn't impressive, but it was a plus compared to the Vx. I switched teams and became a Sony guy after seeing the Clie on the web. I'm somewhat of a gadget guy, so the camera feature was an added plus (in a PDA) for me. I have to admit, the colour on the Clie blows the socks off of the Palm. The screen of the Clie is sooo much clearer, the processor is faster (this is really highlihgted when viewing pictures), this is generally a great PDA, but...I do have couple of small points to mention on the negative side. Although the camera is a neat feature, the quality of the picture isn't that great (but I think Sony has a new generation of PDA/camera coming out soon), the stylus is too thin, and on a few occasions my memory stick is not recognized by my Clie, and I've had to fiddle with it to get it to work. What I've found is that if the memory stick is left out of the expansion slot for a little while and then re-inserted it will function correctly, then. But, with that said, I still think you get great value for your money with the Sony Clie PEG-NR70v/U.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This PDA Is Excellent
    I just bought this PDA and it is everything I could hope for. Sony struck a pot of gold with this one. Get a memory card (128 mb maybe) and you have enough memory for thousands of applications. I had trouble with Sonic Stage, but I am assuming I can figure it out. The camera works great. The keyboard is not good with numbers, but you can use the on screen one for that. If you have any further questions e-mail me at ryanj0@belleville.k12.wi.us

    5-0 out of 5 stars Super PDA for the Price
    My wife bought this for me and I love it! The previous PDAs I have owned were not nearly as high tech. I certainly could not say more about the wonderful camera features than the other reviewer. As for all the other features all I can say is they work great. I have had mine about six months now and I have used them all and I have not had any problems. I mainly use it for my DVD and CD databases and games, but all the capabilities are amazing. I also highly recommend getting the Belkin USB Sync/Charge cable. It sure beats using a Sync/Charge Cradle since it is easy to carry anywhere.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Ahead of its time.....
    Back when this Clie came out, it was the first with integrated keyboard and a built-in digital camera. Two years later, it is still ahead of many handheld devices! One neat feature: remote controller! MP3 player is another nice feature, so check out the used Clie's. ... Read more


    18. PalmOne i705 Wireless Handheld
    list price: $199.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005V63T
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: PalmOne
    Sales Rank: 5393
    Average Customer Review: 3.45 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Get a complete communication, organization, and productivity package with the Palm i705 handheld. Send and automatically receive your business and personal e-mail with end-to-end security via the wireless connection (Palm.Net service required). Easily view, edit, and create Word- and Excel-compatible files, and view and share PowerPoint files. And keep your busy life in check with Palm's classic, intuitive organization applications.

    The Palm i705 handheld features a built-in antenna--that doesn't need to be raised--with always-on network support within coverage area. Choose how you will be instantly notified of incoming e-mail messages--even if the handheld is turned off--with Palm's customized instant notification. View Web sites using the MyPalm portal and send and receive instant messages with AOL's Instant Messenger.

    Get more options than ever with Palm's built-in dual expansion. Back up your data and add additional memory and applications with the Palm expansion card slot, which supports the postage stamp-size MultiMediaCard (MMC) and Secure Digital (SD) expansion cards. Add hardware peripheral, such as a keyboard, GPS device, or cradle, with the Palm universal connector located at the base of the handheld.

    Synchronize your Palm i705 data with your PC via a fast USB connection. The Palm i705 is compatible with Windows PCs running Windows 98, 2000, Me, and XP and Apple Macintoshes running OS 8.6 to 9.x. It is also compatible with Windows PCs running Windows 95 and NT 4.0, but you will need the optional serial HotSync cradle to connect to the PC. Use the included Palm Desktop software or Microsoft Outlook with the included Chapura connection software.

    The Palm i705 features 8 MB RAM and 4 MB ROM, a rechargeable lithium-polymer battery (charged via the included USB HotSync cradle), a fast Motorola Dragonball VZ 33 processor, and Palm OS v4.1. It has a 160 x 160 transreflective monochrome LCD with backlight and an infrared (IR) port for beaming data to other Palm OS handheld users. Preloaded applications include Address Book, Date Book, To Do List, Memo Pad, Note Pad, MultiMail Deluxe, AvantGo, Palm Reader, MGI PhotoSuite, and DataViz Documents to Go.

    Wireless e-mail and Internet access requires a Palm.Net wireless service account, sold separately. Service not available in all areas. See details on coverage areas and pricing.

    What's in the box

    • Palm i705 handheld
    • USB HotSync cradle with built-in battery charger
    • Getting started manual
    • CD-ROM with Palm Desktop software and bonus software
    • Complete documentation
    • Protective flip cover
    ... Read more

    Features

    • Integrated wireless connectivity in a slim package
    • Send and receive corporate and personal e-mail and get access to the Web without an external modem
    • Stay in touch with AOL Instant Messenger
    • 8 MB memory stores thousands of contacts, appointments, to-do items, and notes
    • Built-in Secure Digital expansion card slot

    Reviews (29)

    5-0 out of 5 stars As Good as Wireless Gets....For Now
    As a blackberry user for over a year and a half and a hard-core Palm junkie, I was eager to have a shot at carrying an all-in-one device rather than two devices which don't talk to each other. Plus, for the same price, the Palm.net service offers more (web clipping and web browsing without usage quota) than just always-on email.

    I have been very pleased with the device itself in the month plus I've used it. It has the merely adequate grayscale palm display we're all used to by now, but rewards you with phenomenal battery life (20 minutes on the cradle a day keep it charged, even with wireless usage) and an eminently light and pocketable form factor. It is really quite amazing what they fit into such a slim little package, with an SD/MMC slot to boot!

    If you haven't used a wireless device like a blackberry, you really don't know what you're missing. Instead of having to take time out of your routine to check your email a dozen times to see if an important message came through, you just go about your business until you either get beeped, buzzed, or flashed (your choice of nothing or any combo of the three). During a heated game of scrabble, just fire up the 705 with the Merriam Webster PQA (a sort of web shortcut to their site which avoids slow graphics/ads....see palm.com for details) and use their dictionary, which is far larger than what will fit on any PDA, to solve the dispute. Wondering what the population of Brazil is? Go to brittanica.com with their PQA and have the answer in 30 seconds. It makes firing a computer up seem like a waste of time.

    The main shortcomings of the device center around the screen, but the battery life vs. full-time sidelit screen (like the Clie 760c) debate has been beaten to death. But the bottom line is that until the battery and screen technology progresses further (the organic LEDs, perhaps?), you're not going to have a wireless PDA and a dynamite screen in this kind of form factor. And I really don't think that I could go back to a Clie after getting used to full-time wireless access.

    The other issue is that of the network the device uses. While the Mobitex network doesn't set any speed records, it is a) fairly responsive, b) rock-solid reliable (Sept. 11 didn't cause so much of a hiccough in the NYC area network), c) has better coverage than GPRS or 3G will have for quite a while to come. And since Voicestream's throughput-based data fees are not attractive (what's the fun of a wireless toy if you've got to watch the clock?) to the average user, Mobitex wins in my mind.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Excellent piece of engineering, so so service, though
    This is a great PDA! Elegant design, fast, practical, the best among all models before Tungsten. The best value for your money, as well. I used to have a Palm VIIx, another great PDA, but I decided to switch to this model mostly because of the, supposedly better, wireless capabilities (internet access, even Google!), AOL instant messenger, e-mail, etc., the amazing Documents To Go program, and also for the fabulous expansion card with the Merriam-Webster dictionary! I have only two (major) complaints: the wireless service is TOO expensive and the MultiMail 1.2 e-mail program takes longer than with the Palm VIIx, let alone it gobbles very quickly your monthly allotment of 100K. In less than a month, just using e-mail, it has already used up 163K! And to think that with my Palm VIIx, I barely used 40K each month... If the wireless service were less expensive and more efficient (there is a number of error messages each time) this Palm would be, hands down, the best of all. I will continue to enjoy my Palm i705 minus the wireless capabilities. I don't want to talk about the old fashioned, low-resolution screen, practically the same that came with the original Palm Pilot. The Casio Clié, if not for the lack of wireless functions, beats easily this model. And this is said by a seasoned Palm fan.

    2-0 out of 5 stars shoddy
    I suppose this might be a cool device if it actually functioned properly. Almost from the second I unwrapped it there were problems - it freezes every other day. I don't know how much data I've lost cumulatively. I don't even want a replacement, I want a different model. I'll even take a "lesser" model. If Palm support fails me (which I hear is likely) I'm going back to handspring.

    5-0 out of 5 stars WHAT'S A LAPTOP?
    As a New York Criminal and Divorce attorney, I swear the 1-705 is
    guilty of being the best friend you can have out there in the field. The ability to read Excel & Word docs is a godsend, and between the power to remote access the internet, and the freebie downloads available for a palm, who needs a laptop? This beauty and a cell phone, and you've got all the equipment you need to be a successful road warrior. You are hereby summoned to appear with your i-705 and run your business on the run.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Inferior
    I received the i705 for Christmas. I have had nothing but trouble with the product. The Infrared radio didn't work. I tried for several weeks! The absolute worst part , however, was Palm's customer service. If you think they are out there to help you, you are wrong. They agreed (after several phone calls), to replace the unit. This was a new unit that they finally agreed to replace. After reading the fine print, I realized they were going to send me a reconditioned unit, and by now, there are better products on the market. Curiously enough, the unit still hasn't arrived. Additionally, you need to sign up for their service, which is pricey. If I have to have a reconditoned unit, I may as well have the top of the line reconditioned PDA. The price on this unit has come down considerably, I guess there is a reason. Oh, and the customer service department may be suffering from post Christmas stress, as they were a bit touchy, to say the least. ... Read more


    19. Toshiba e310 Pocket PC
    list price: $399.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000658CD
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Toshiba
    Sales Rank: 6237
    Average Customer Review: 4.03 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Packaged in an attractive, sleek design, the Toshiba e310 Pocket PC features a familiar user interface and tools powered by Microsoft Windows Pocket PC 2002. It weighs just under 5 ounces and is less than a half-inch thick. Equipped with a 206 MHz Intel StrongARM processor, the Toshiba e310 features a 32 MB SDRAM memory and 32 MB of flash ROM (for future upgrading). It's powered by a built-in lithium rechargeable battery, which recharges via the included USB cradle.

    Operating System
    Microsoft's Pocket PC 2002 operating system, released in late 2001, offers many enhancements over the previous OS. You'll get improved handwriting recognition, more reliable synchronization, increased security, and the ability to chat using MSN Messenger. It also features new Pocket versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, and Internet Explorer.

    Display
    The Toshiba e310 delivers brilliant images with its 3.5-inch TFT display. It supports over 64,000 colors and has a 240 x 320 resolution. Active matrix, also called "thin film transistor" (TFT), is the brightest, sharpest, clearest, and most expensive type of LCD flat-panel display that is practical for handhelds.

    Expansion
    With its integrated Secure Digital (SD) expansion slot, you can easily store and play your multimedia files and carry your important documents wherever you go. You'll also be able to add functionality with optional SD modules, such as the optional Toshiba Pocket PC Bluetooth wireless SD card.

    Multimedia
    Play digital audio (both MP3 and WMA) and video (MPEG-4) files using the Windows Media Player software. The Toshiba e310 is also compatible with audible.com files, for listening to audiobooks, radio broadcasts, and more. Record your thoughts with the built-in microphone and voice-recording software. You can play back using the small speaker on the front or via the stereo headphone jack. You also get the Microsoft Reader e-book software.

    In the Box
    The Toshiba e310 comes with a USB cradle, AC adapter, stylus, soft slipcase, quick-start card, and warranty card. It is backed by a one-year limited warranty. ... Read more

    Features

    • Lightweight, ultra-thin Pocket PC loaded with productivity and entertainment applications
    • Expandable via built-in Secure Digital (SD) slot
    • 32 MB RAM and 32 MB ROM ; 206 MHz Intel StrongARM 32-bit RISC processor
    • 240 x 320 pixel TFT LCD screen displays more than 64,000 colors
    • What's in the box: Toshiba e310, USB cradle, AC adapter, stylus, soft slipcase, quick-start card, and warranty card

    Reviews (98)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Palm Device - but better
    What does my title mean? It means the Toshiba e310 is your regular Palm device, small form factor, weightless, looks nice, performs well - but it's only better - it uses the feature rich Pocket PC 2002 Operating System.

    When I was shopping for my PDA, I had my eyes on the m505 (from Palm) and then when that was stopped, and the m515 replaced it - I was just a few dollars short of buying it! But, then I discovered this device ... Not only did this device match the m515 in everything, it had SOUND! Something the m515 didn't, I was hoping to use my PDA as a portable MP3 player, and the m515 was just not up to the job!

    This thing is a powerhouse! It does everything I need it to do, both for fun and work. I run my own small multimedia business, and the PPC carries all the Excel quote sheets, so I can finally quote on the go! It carries all my partner companies price lists in easy to read Word files.

    It can take full motion video - so I am able to plug in an SD memory card and watch my home videos while I'm out and about. And most importantly, it plays MP3s!

    However, I've saved the best till last! The combination of this, a bluetooth mobile phone and the bluetooth SD card allows me to send and recieve my email (securely) from anywhere via GRPS! This is what I got my PDA for!

    However, a few nags I have with it. The ActiveSync software has a major flaw in it, when you install it, it sets the PPC to "check for connection" every 5 minutes, so therefore, if I leave my PPC in my pocket for an hour, the unit turns itself on every 5 minutes! Wasting a already limited battery life. This can be solved by going into the ActiveSync settings, but the fact remained, it was no where in the manual (which was also very limiting!) and it took me a whole week to figure out what was wrong.

    The next biggest gripe I have is (and I only have myself to blame!) is the build quality. It's great everywhere except near the jog dial button, the outer casing creaks and feels very loose around that part.

    Also, some MP3s come out with a slight hiss through my headphones, but then, these are just badly made MP3s - but still, the hiss is not present on a decent soundcard.

    Overall, I love this device, and give it the highest of recommendations!

    EDIT: I've mucked around with sound files and stuff, and found 96K WMA sound files work like a treat through a decent set of headphones... just thought you'd like to know.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love it
    Truly a great PDA. The smallest one I've ever owned (3rd, of 4 total), and one of the fastest.

    Pros:
    -Tiny, light
    -Blazing fast
    -Long battery life
    -Bright screen
    -Very loud speakers for the size
    -Can run multiple (6-10) programs without major problems
    -Expandable through SD slot
    -Great for reading E-Books, several included on the CD
    -Sync feature is easy to use, yet allows to get contacts, notes, e-mail, even websites
    -Sturdy - A high drop (from a shelf in my book-case) did absolutely no damage
    -Inexpensive, great value

    cons:
    -Was hard to find a new unit (bought mine a few months ago, used), Toshiba stopped selling this, for whatever reason
    -32 MB means you might want to get SD card if you're going to be watching movies, I got a 256mb card, holds an entire movie in great quality, and still holds a bunch of MP3's
    -Doesn't come with headphones

    If you buy it, hope you enjoy it as much as I did

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great PDA
    This PDA has been a faithful friend for over two years. I never thought I would keep a PDA for two years. Technology moves so fast, but this has kept up. It syncs my email & contacts easily so that I can refer to them on the road. It also syncs top news stories from the internet, that is fun. The display is great, easy to read, and has withstood the test of time. And with Pocket PC it is very intuitive and easy to use. The battery keeps its charge for several days. (Which is good because I forget to cradle it sometimes.) The only problem is when you let the battery die completely you have to go through the set up routine. But that hasn't happened to me in over a year now. I might get a new one just because I want wireless internet capability. But they have come out with a SD compatible wireless card. So when I first got this wireless was not an option. Now it is. Great!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Some problems to consider
    I've had an i-310 for over two years now and although I like it and it preforms well for my use (mainly calander and contacts) I've found several problems. These may be inherent in all PDAs, I don't know.
    First it interferes with my computer if I leave it connected all the time. I usually put in on the cradle to sync once a day, and then cradle it in the evening after shutting down my computer to charge the unit.
    Second, the unit loses it's ablility to turn off manually. It still shuts off automatically, but you can't physically turn it off. This continues to happen, even though I have downloaded the software updates. The main issue this cause is battery use.
    Third some of the buttons are sloppy. You push them once and they click twice, so can't use the button short cuts and have to use the stylist all the time.
    Fourth, and this is the biggests for me, is the battery is wearing out. You can only get a new battery by sending it back to Toshiba. They quoted me today a price of $120-$170. So you might as well consider this a disposable unit that will last about 2.5 years. This is a big issue, because if you aren't careful this can screw up your info on your PC, and you will also have to resync (no big deal) and re-download all updates if you get it repaired.
    If you have the budget I would highly recommend buying a unit with a replaceable battery.

    1-0 out of 5 stars many important problems
    I think this PDA has problems that would make it a better paperweight than PDA.
    first of all, I agree with another reviewer, WILL NOT CHARGE to 100% even with days on charger, and spontaneously discharges at a fantastic rate-to 30% over three days just sitting on my dresser. Starts to warn you when there is over 40% of battery left, annoying, but necessary, since 40% battery left means you have about 10 minutes more in my experience.
    The alarms are always going off, but there is nothing to tell me what the heck it is alarming about, I can search all over sometimes and not be able to figure it out. My husband's Treo puts the alarm message right there on the front page for you to easily see what's up.
    I used a San Disk backup card, and it froze the system, losing all data from my first couple of weeks of input. Toshiba says " large San Disk cards (128) not compatable"
    I thought I would be able to listen to MP3s but the volume adjustment jumps in levels. One level is too loud and the other too soft. went to a PDA site, others were complaining about the same thing with the volume adjustment. ... Read more


    20. Casio Cassiopeia BE-300 Pocket Manager (Color)
    list price: $169.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005O0IU
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Casio
    Sales Rank: 12744
    Average Customer Review: 3.79 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Organize your busy life with the Casio Cassiopeia BE-300 Pocket Manager. Running Windows CE 3.0 as its operating system, the BE-300 features a unique interface that emphasizes ease of use, while offering superior connectivity with Windows PCs.

    The Casio BE-300 comes with 16 MB of RAM and 16 MB of ROM, a 166 MHz processor, and a bright, 320 x 240 pixel passive-matrix screen that displays 32,000 colors. It's equipped with a Type II CompactFlash (CF) card slot, enabling you to add memory cards, wireless network cards, camera modules, and more.

    You'll be productive right out of the gates with the collection of software included with the BE-300. It comes with such PIM tools as Calendar, Contacts, To Do, and Memo, as well as e-mail and Web browser programs. Synchronize your contacts and e-mail with your PC using Microsoft Outlook. You'll also get multimedia programs for playing MP3 digital audio files, viewing still photos, and capturing images with an optional CompactFlash camera.

    Take time out to play with your BE-300 with content from MyCasio.com. You'll find a complete spectrum of mobile content (music and e-books), travel services, restaurant information, the latest news, and more.

    The Casio BE-300 is powered by an internal rechargeable Li-ion battery that provides up to a week's worth of power (based on normal usage). It comes with a USB connection cradle for synchronizing data with your PC.

    What's in the box

    • Cassiopeia BE-300
    • AC adapter
    • Lithium ion battery
    • USB cradle
    • USB cable
    • Stylus
    • Flip cover
    • User manual
    ... Read more

    Features

    • 16 MB of internal RAM
    • 3.2-inch color display
    • 320 by 240 screen resolution
    • Runs on Windows CE 3.0
    • What's in the box: Cassiopeia BE-300, AC adapter, Lithium ion battery, USB cradle, USB cable, Stylus, Flip cover, User manual

    Reviews (87)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great for what it's designed for.
    This device was designed to be cheaper than a ppc 2002 device therefore it lacks some of the features of the standard ppc 2002 devices. No IR port, no speaker, no StrongARM processor, skimpy app support right now(applications must be ported to the casio overlay on win ce 3.0, and presumably for the MIPs processor). Plusses include the unit is great for wireless networking, including that the built in webbrowser is superior to the pocket IE and that all the memory is flash. So if you happen to run the battery dry as can happen with ppc devices, no data will be lost, this also means when you hit the power button, the unit really is off. The unit has a compact flash type II slot, which supports the IBM Microdrive and other CF Type II devices along with standard CF Type I cards and such. Casio makes a battery backpack and pc card backpack that allows you to use this device with pc cards used with laptops. If you're looking for a handheld that offers mp3 and video playback, uses compact flash storage and has PIM functionality and to play a few hands of solitaire on, check out this unit, at a rockbottom price. The only unit that can compete with this one on price is the older HP Jornada 525, which is much larger, features a slower processor, serial synch, no cover, ppc 2000, and no place to store the stylus on the device. If you only want PIM and games, check out something running Palm OS.

    I've seen several reviews complaining about being unable to use activesync with the be-300, this is not true, installing a third party patch allows one to use activesync with your b3-300. I've seen several people complain that it doesn't play mp3's, again not true, included in the bundled software is an mp3 player. I've seen a few reviews saying that it doesn't run windows ce, not true, it doesn't run pocket pc, which is microsoft's "special" version of windows ce run on the higher end models. I saw a review complaining about the lack of a video encoder for the CFM format, not true, included in the bundled software is an encoder for their CFM format. One can also purchase a third party app called PocketTV for the be-300 to play mpeg video. Yes, this device may require you to actually put forth a little effort to get it doing exactly what you want, what doesn't? Visit ... to connect with be-300 users around the world and see what it can do.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Surprisingly Good Unit at a Great Price
    I previously owned 2 Casio Pocket planners, and had to get something new after I damaged my last unit. When I surveyed what was out there, I was disappointed to find that the typical Electronic/Appliance and Office Supply stores around town carried mostly Palm devices, with only a miniscule assortment of Treo and Sony models, in addition to a few wildly expensive "Pocket PC" type devices.
    Then I found the info on the Casio BE-300.
    I was somewhat concerned when I read the mixed nature of the buyer reviews, but decided that I could work with the kind of negatives that were mentioned.
    Once I received it (3 wks ago) and started using it, I was very happy I bought it.
    --Beautiful color display, great resolution;
    --16MB RAM is one of the larger standard memory capacities around
    --Using a modified Windows-CE OS (instead of the Palm OS) frees up display space for easier use and beter viewability.
    I had only one minor problem synchronizing with Outlook. I followed the bundled PC Connect software instructions, and ran into only one issue - the program wouldn't accept the Mail synchronization settings. I later realized the reason was probably that my business mailbox exceeded 200 MB at the time, and would have crashed the Sync process anyway.
    It took me a half hour to get through that problem, and when I went to sync folders, it took just a short while to sync my tasks, Calendar, Contacts, and folders. I guess I'll have to delay setting up e-mail until I can trim my mailbox.
    I also synchronized a folder of very complex, large Excel files. I downloaded the PTab program from Casio's website, and can now edit and manipulate large, formula rich business spreadsheets. I was amazed to find that I can work directly with fully functional formula entries on a pocket unit this small.
    Speaking "small", the BE-300 is actually a bit smaller than my previous 64k(!) planner.
    The only two disadvantages that I can see are the fact that I had to buy it over the net, instead of trying one out "in the flesh"; and I wish the expansion slot had room for a cover that would fit with a flash card in place. (Just concerned that pocket lint could get into the connector area and cause problems.)
    I'm looking forward to the future when I can learn and start to use some of the Internet type functions of this unit.
    I am tremendously pleased with the unit, and think that anyone who's interested in excellent value for a bargain price should buy from AMAZON and try this unit out.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Slow Recall
    I have owned this unit. It's processor was very slow when searching a contact. It took up to 20 seconds. I have always had Casio PDA's, but had to trade this one in for a Toshiba.

    5-0 out of 5 stars BE-300 is Very Good-BUT
    This is an excellent PDA.
    BUT it stopped working in 3 months but i would still highly recommmend it because i caused the problem and it is very sturdy and the screen quality is great and the mp3 player is nice too!
    Plus CompactFlash is a must have!
    Buy It!

    Nicholas

    3-0 out of 5 stars BE-300, It was a GOOD one, until.......
    It was a GOOD one until I tried to buy a new battery for it. It took me a week to get ahold of someone at Casio to order a battery. When I finally did, it was on backorder. They refered me to another supplier that gets them from Casio. When I asked "how much?" they said $63 plus freight ($71 total). I decided that was too much. I only paid $140 for my BE-300 new. I have checked online for other sources and no luck. So, off to the "electronics bone pile" it will go.... ... Read more


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