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41. RIM 957 Blackberry Internet Edition
$310.00
42. Sony Clie PEG-SJ33 Handheld
$109.99 list($199.99)
43. PalmOne m130 Handheld
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44. Handspring Treo 90
$649.99 list($549.99)
45. Sony Clie PEG-NX80V (Silver) Handheld
$499.99
46. HP IPAQ 4150
$159.00 list($399.99)
47. Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 PDA
$72.00 list($79.99)
48. PalmOne Zire Handheld
$57.98 list($199.99)
49. PalmOne IIIxe Personal Handheld
$180.00 list($399.99)
50. Toshiba e335 Pocket PC
$549.95 list($749.99)
51. Sony Clie PEG-NZ90 Handheld
$249.97 list($299.99)
52. PalmOne Tungsten T2 Handheld
$599.99
53. Toshiba e805 Pocket PC with Windows
$285.00
54. Compaq iPAQ 3835 Color Pocket
$438.99 list($439.99)
55. HP iPAQ hx2410 Pocket PC (FA298A)
$329.88 list($599.99)
56. Toshiba e740 Pocket PC
$149.00 list($199.99)
57. Sony Clie PEG-TJ25 Handheld
list($499.99)
58. Compaq iPAQ 3650 Color Pocket
59. Handspring Visor Pro (Silver)
$130.00 list($149.99)
60. Sony Clie PEG-SJ22 Handheld

41. RIM 957 Blackberry Internet Edition Wireless Handheld
list price: $499.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004WGTA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Research in Motion
Sales Rank: 15827
Average Customer Review: 3.96 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Research in Motion's BlackBerry wireless handheld has been one of themost talked-about handhelds on the market recently--and the press coverage itreceived due to it being the communication gadgets of choice for Al Gore'spresidential campaign certainly didn't hurt. But thanks to its full-functionorganizer, synchronization with many popular desktop PIMs (personal informationmanagers), thumb-operated QWERTY keyboard, and, of course, wireless e-mail, theRIM 957 BlackBerry is more than just hype.

You won't receive instant wireless gratification right out of the box--you'llneed to juice up the internal rechargeable battery via the docking cradle (ACadapter included). Also, the activation process requires you to first registeronline and wait three to five business days for a confirmation e-mail.

The biggest challenges we faced, thanks to years of Palm usage, were thekeyboard and the trackwheel controller. There's no need for a stylus with theRIM 957--all text input is performed using the minikeyboard. At first we wereall thumbs, but we got the hang of it after a day's usage and could type away--evenhitting the ALT keys (which cover numbers and symbols)--like a pro. And forlonger e-mail messages, the RIM 957 is certainly easier and quicker than writingGraffiti characters with the Palm stylus.

And instead of tapping screen icons to access functions or scroll through ascreen (the RIM 957's screen is not touch sensitive), you use the trackwheel onthe right side of the device. Just roll to a desired item and press it in toselect it; this is also how you access menu items when in a list, such as theaddress book. To return to the previous screen (or get out of the menu), simplypress the Escape key below the trackwheel.

We easily synchronized the device with our Outlook contacts, to-do lists, andcalendar. The RIM 957's desktop software includes Intellisync, which cansynchronize the device with Microsoft Outlook and Schedule+, GroupWise, LotusOrganizer and Notes, Symantec ACT!, Goldmine, and Netscape.

Once out on the road, e-mailing was a breeze--we maximized our time by sendingmessages back to our office from New York taxis and while waiting for a delayedflight. With the device on, e-mail was received automatically, and we werenotified with a simple tone. You can also set the device to vibrate, which ishelpful when the RIM 957 is stored in the included belt-clip case.

The RIM 957 does have some shortcomings. There's no Web browsing, and you won'tbe able to use applications developed for the Palm OS, the predominant handheldplatform. Also, you will have to work with your company's system administratoror your ISP to receive messages from your company or other e-mail account.Finally, if you are in a rural area, you might not get any connection, as themonthly wireless service (provided through Aether Systems) is primarily focusedon larger metropolitan areas.

That said, if you're a modern-day road warrior who needs to be connected to e-mailat all times, the RIM 957 offers all the tools of a personal organizerwithout the hassle of having to jack into a modem or cell phone to get online.--Agen Schmitz

Pros:

  • Wireless e-mail as easy as paging
  • Typing long messages with built-in keyboard is easier than writing usingPalm Graffiti
  • Full-function organizer and easy synchronization with desktop PIMs
Cons:
  • Not compatible with Palm OS applications
  • Most rural areas won't receive service--be sure to check Aether Systems foravailability in your area
  • Won't automatically connect to your company e-mail account
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Reviews (48)

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully enabling piece of technology!
I like to refer to devices that help people to communicate with each other as 'enabling' devices. The Blackberry is one such device and it does a great job at it. It's worth it's weight in gold and then some!

The RIM 957 just works well, period. It does what it's supposed to and does it well. And it doesn't try to do everything. For instance, it's not really a good subsitute for a PDA. It's address book is more useful to store emails and the calendar does not compare to Palm's. I had previously tried the Palm i705 and had a terrible time with it, despite the fact that it includes other non wireless PDA functionality. The Palm service coverage kept dropping out and it was not reliable. The Blackberry on the other hand is wonderfully reliable and proven. It has a better screen than the i705, and has a built-in small QWERTY keyboard that is a joy to use. It's quick to type on and all functions are very user intuitive-a great design.

It's difficult to put a monetary value on something that enables me to be in email contact all the time wherever I am. The unit is like a pager and stays on all the time and I can read and write emails with ease. I also opted for the web browsing option through my service provider and although it can really only browse WML (WAP) websites, the screen holds a lot of text and it is quite useful for both emailing and browsing.

The way the Blackberry service works, is that you forward your home email to your Blackberry email address. Most ISPs support this, and you can even opt to also have the emails left on your ISPs server so that they are also downloaded to your home computer. When you use the Blackberry to send or respond to an email, it is setup so that emails come from your home email address. In this way, people do not even know that I am using a wireless device to send them email!

Now I don't have to be tied to my home or office computer to be in contact. In fact, I find myself not turning on my home computer as much. It's really cool to be able to do email without a computer.

I got mine through Earthlink, ... Granted, the device is a bit expensive but more so is the service. To me it's totally worth it and is still less then my monthly cable TV bill, yet is so much more useful!

5-0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary Advance in PDAs
I have owned a dozen pagers, PDAs, Palms, WinCEs, etc. The Blackberry is the revolutionary breakthru. It holds 5000 of my contacts, 1000s of calendar items, 100 memos & notes, and 1000 emails. It is revolutionary because: -it has real-time, synchronized email capabilities -it has a screen big enough to read multiple paragraphs of information -it has a keyboard that allows users to type one page emails -it can be operated with a single hand -it has an effective micro-web browser (Go America) -it has self-recharging batteries that never run down

I carry this device everywhere. It has untethered me from my office, allowing me to work at home, at restaurants, on the beach, etc. It also replaces note pads. I just ask people to email me the notes I need.

A subtle point: now, instead of making notes to myself about things that I need to do "when I get back to the office", I just do them (i.e. email a direction to someone when I first consider the issue). This has placed much more velocity into my life & decision making.

This product is addictive. You will love it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not a good fit for me
My main complaint about the 950 seems trivial, but is actually pretty important. I absolutely refuse to wear this thing on my belt, so I keep it in my handbag. Well, the holster is not rigid enough, so the device turns itself on when I'm not paying attention and eats up batteries like you wouldn't believe. Now it seems like every time I pick it up the battery is dead. The device is almost worthless to me at this point. I wish I'd purchased the 957 instead. At least it is rechargable.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great, great device
This thing saved my life. I am chronically disorganized (always writing things down on slips of paper and losing them, forgetting appointments, and such). Well, now I have it all in one place and it nags me enough so I can't forget anything! I love these things.

The only reason I held back and gave it 4 stars instead of five is because it eats so many batteries I might have to get a second job soon just to keep it supplied. I have to replace the battery every 2 days or so, that seems to be an awful lot.

But the other functions more than make up for the battery-eating capacity! Don't let that deter you (plus you can always use the docking cradle and use A/C power when you're not on the go (not really often enough in my life for the docking cradle to be very useful though!)

2-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this product until you read this!
I have the Blackberry RIM 957 model. I use it to check email. Simple enough. It's been invaluable to me.

But there's another side to this product that you need to know before making a purchase. A product is only as good as its technical support. And this product fails miserably in that category. You have to pay for common technical support either on a pay-per-incident basis or by purchasing a support plan. I had one simple problem with my Blackberry that turned out to be a problem with the existing software (not an end-user issue) and it cost me a small fortune to have the problem fixed.

They not only charge you for support, they also charge you for upgrades. Sounds like Microsoft has a hand in their support functions, doesn't it?

That being said, I don't know what I'd do without this product. I take it everywhere with me and it's alot better than a laptop. Just keep the technical support issue in mind when making a purchase because once you leave the store, you're on your own. ... Read more


42. Sony Clie PEG-SJ33 Handheld

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Asin: B00008K4BD
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 2928
Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • DragonBall Super VZ 66 MHz processor running Palm OS software version 4.1
  • TFT color display with back lights, 320 x 320 pixels, 16-bit color
  • 16 MB internal memory
  • Built-in MP3 Audio Player
  • What's in the box: CLIÉ handheld, USB HotSync cable, AC adapter, Stylus, Headphones and volume controller

Reviews (29)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good PDA but soon to be replaced.
Clie SJ33 had very good form factor and design. There's no need to spend extra $$ on case or hardcase. The built in flip protects the screen and looks cool. Hold/power switch is also very nice for mp3 playback.

The major pro's are,
1. Good build quality and stylish casing.
2. Jog dial, hold switch and memory stick expansion slot.
3. HiRes color display and good backlight.
4. About 7-8 hrs of battery life with mp3 playback.
5. Runs Palm OS 4 which has zillion free apps available. Very easy, reliable and not bloatware unlike Windoze on PocketPC.

Con's,
1. Only 128kbps or low bitrate mp3 can be played.
2. Uses a Lithium Ion battery...
3. To be discontinued and replaced by a newer model by Sony very soon.
4. Memory stick is expensive compared to CF cards. Plus this model won't support new MS Pro sticks.

If you can wait for till Sept/Oct new Sony PDA's should come out with Palm OS 5 and better features at same price point.

4-0 out of 5 stars Love this thing!
I upgraded from a Handspring Visor Deluxe that I have been using for almost 3 years. The Clie's higher resolution screen and text look really nice. Colors are bright indoors (a little washed in sunlight). Battery life is very good although I wished they would have included a cradle for recharging and synching. Sony only included cables that plug directly into a port at the bottom of the pda.

I really enjoy the built-in mp3 player and the jog-dial on the side. The unit fits nicely in my front pocket where it can be quickly accessed. Installation and setup were a snap.

Pros Summary:

- Great screen resolution and colors.
- Small size and convenient flip cover.
- Integrated mp3 player works and sounds great.
- Good battery life
- Reasonably priced

Cons:

- Recessed buttons on front bottom can be kind of hard to press.
- No cradle (just plug-in cables).
- Included datebk does not include the week-at-a-glance that was
included on my old visor.
- No voice recorder.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent PDA for an affordable cost
This is my 2nd PDA. I had a Casio PV-S1600. So I was used to monochrome screen and no snazzy apps.
This palm OS based color CLIE just blasted me away.
The palm 4 os based software are easily available online. The PDA serves all my purpose ... entertainment or work. The built in mp3 player is great.
I give it a thumbs up!

Cons:
A faster proccessor and RAM needed... (yes im greedy)
No cradle available with package
Built in Speaker not loud enough

1-0 out of 5 stars Lousy product support from Sony
We bought several units for office staff. Liked the unit's functionality, but several units had re-charging issues. Could not get satisfactory help from Sony, wanted nearly $500 to "fix" one unit, claiming that it had evidence of moisture damage to the mother board. At that time, it was less than two weeks out of the box, and never exposed to moisture. There was no one from Sony to talk to, despite their fancy voice interactive service line. Called numerous times. Best I got was a commitment that the service team that dealt with it would call me back within 24 hours.... nothing doing. Eventually returned the unit to me - without repair done.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good but flimsy
I was happy with the features and screen of this PDA, although its plastic construction felt flimsy compared to my old Palm V. Unfortunately, I have had to return this CLIE for repair/replacement. The innards of the memory stick slot broke loose. SONY warranty service answered my call promptly, and quickly sent me a pre-addressed FedEx carton for return of the unit. ... Read more


43. 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


44. Handspring Treo 90
list price: $299.99
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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


45. Sony Clie PEG-NX80V (Silver) Handheld
list price: $549.99
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Asin: B00009TSJZ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 7693
Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • High-powered handheld running Palm OS 5 and packed with multimedia features
  • Built-in 1.3 mega pixel camera
  • Video recording and playback
  • Expansion slots for integrated CompactFlash and Memory Stick cards
  • What's in the box: CLIÉ Handheld, USB HotSync Cradle, AC adapter, Stereo headphones and remote controller, AC plug adapter (with attachment), Hand strap, Retractable Stylus

Reviews (15)

5-0 out of 5 stars A better PDA than this does not exist.
I have an NX70 and tested the 80....the 80 is AWESOME. However, remember 2 things: the 80 is the 70 with a couple of great new features....and if you already have the 70 there really is no point to step up to the 80. Key points...
1. The 80 is the first palm os pda to have 32mb internal ram (as far as I know)...fantastic!!! While it is true that because of the structure of the palm os (compared to pocket pc) a good chunk of memory is not needed, the multimedia capabilities of the clie series made you wish more than 16mb were available internally. Sony listened and added the extra memory. There are large programs out there that simply function better having them on internal rather than a memory stick.
2. The 1.3 mpx digital camera is a substantial improvement. Remember, up to 3 years ago that was the max you could get with a dedicated digital camera. Combined with the capture light you can get substantially better pics, not to mention the mpeg4 video clips you can store.
3. The screen is beautiful, period. 480 by 320, the pda equivalent of 16x9 or hd. At it's lowest brightness level it's better than most color screens out there.
4. Video playback is awesome. You can download from the web a music video or Seinfeld episode and play it back on the Clie beautifully rendered!!!
5. Audio-the headphones sound great...the external speaker is ok for the job, serious music lovers gotta use the headphones. If you're in the business world and want to show something off the Clie you can use the speaker - it does the job. Pulling out headphones for your boss as if I were a teenager does not cut it.
6. Great resolution allows your pics to be seen in all their beauty.
7. Docs to Go software allows you to work on MS Office documents-suggest you get the portable keyboard if you intende to do serious typing...at that point it truly replaces your laptop unless you're a cpa or a rocket scientist.
8. Voice recorder captures crisp, lengthy voice memos limited in size only by your free memory stick space.
9. Sony retained the rotating screen which lets you carry the Clie like a notepad.
10. Very easy to place music on the device.
11. Drawback: if you want Bluetooth, don't bother with this unit; however, I have no need for BT....also has no WiFi built in, but again, I have no need for that either...WiFi service is still fairly limited in NE Florida although that will change w/in a year.
12. The size of the unit is large. It's slim though and fits comfortably in my carrying case...it has a good feel in your hand...it's properly balanced which means it stays level when fully extended.
13. If the 80 is like the 70, it's unbelievably sturdy...I dropped the 70 twice on bare ceramic tile and discovered (after recovering from the horror) it didn't even have a scratch! Of course I switched my case after that.
14. Anyone that says it's overpriced is mistaken, you have to appreciate the value...ever have a time you wished you had a camcorder to film that coworker goofing off? Or a camera to avoid writing a lengthy note (of course after struggling to locate pen and paper) by taking a pic of a document? Or record a key moment in a presentation? Or wish you had something to work an important excel file, but your laptop had it's battery drained or the file is at your desktop at home because you don't have a laptop? This sucker has solved these things for me, it is truly amazing!

A BIG MISS I JUST REALIZED TODAY-IT DOES NOT PLAY WMA FILES. THIS WILL BE A PROBLEM IF YOU INTEND, LIKE I DO, TO BUY MUSIC ONLINE. MUSIC IS OFFERED IN WMA FORMAT AND THE AUDIO PLAYER ONLY HANDLES MP3S. I DONT KNOW WHAT SONY HAS IN MIND TO SOLVE THIS, EVEN THE AUDIO SOLD ON SONY MUSIC WEB SITE IS IN WMA AND INCOMPATIBLE WITH CLIES. UNBELIEVABLE MISS IF YOU LOVE MUSIC.

I insist, after playing with ipaqs, palms, jornadas, etc. there is nothing better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great PDA for medschool students
Great PDA, I'm a medschool student and it helps a lot in the hospital and in the classrooms. A lot of free medical software to download from the web. The camera it's awesome, it has a slow shutter function that allows you to take pictures even in dark rooms; the resolution (1.3MP) it's good and I can take pictures of patients, X ray films, CT scans and more with nice quality.
The battery lasts for at least 5 hours of continuous work, and the integrated keyboard helps a lot when you're tired of using the stylus. The internal memory it's quite short, but I bought a 256 MB Lexar MS (not too expensive) and don't have any problem.
I do recomend this PDA for medschool students because it's a helpful tool in the hospital (specially the camera). The free software I found on the web includes drug guides, medical calculators, diagnostic and tratment tools, medical news software, etc, etc, etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars After over a year of daily use...
This is my third PDA, the priors were Palm IIIvx, Sony Clie 610C. I really use my PDA all day, so I could justify paying a bit more for a nicer PDA. I have friends with CE based machines and they really don't use them nearly as much as I use mine.

Pros:
Too many to mention all of them, but the all add up to great usability. I really used a lot of the features that I thought were just bells and whistles. The flip display is great because you don't need a case unless you are trying to keep the unit pretty. The camera was a life-saver for shooting white boards before they get erased and showing tech support problems that were hard to describe over the phone/email without a picture. The voice memo took excellent notes even at conference meetings (much better than my friend's Palm Tungsten 2). Additional apps such as a mileage log (Trip) have been so important to me that I replaced the hard-wired button for notes with it. The Silk Launcher has a mode that adds more app buttons to the graffiti area.

Battery life is very good. I would often go for 3 or 4 days between charges, regardless of the display brightness. If I reduced the brightness, I could go for a week of light use between charges.

Cons:
A tad big. Too heavy to tote around for MP3s at the gym.
After well over a year of heavy use, the Power/Hold slider button died, making the unit unusable (Fortunately, I sync'd up just a few hours before it broke!).

Decision Time:
Sony want's $150 to fix it. For double that, I can get a new one, and since no other PDA surpasses the UX80V, I think I will do that. I have been very rough on my Clie, but it really is a workhorse for me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best PDA... still!
The Clie NX80 is still the best PDA around, despite being discontinued by Sony. The latest model, the UX, doesn't even come close in terms of screen size or brightness, camera quality, or overall reliability.

There's nothing on the horizon which is even threatening to make this unit obsolete. It will certainly rank with the best for at least another 2 years.

Considering that unused NX's can now be bought for aboutUS$300, you really can't go wrong. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Possibly the BEST PDA on the planet right now...
I've had my NX80 for about two months now and continue to be amazed with what this little device can do. SONY really got it right with this device. Screen in HUGE and bright and the keys/buttons well laid out. I use my NX80 everyday to listen to MP3's, watch movies, play LOTS of games, and use it for productivity purposes (calendar, phone#'s, notes). My favorite games are Billiards, Bowling, Crazy8's, Rumnmy, and GTS Racing all of which look amazing on the NX80. The compact flash slot can be made fully functional with *free* hacked drivers (www.cliesource.com) to really increase the NX80's functionality. I SIMULTANEOUSLY use a 512MB compactflash and 256MB MS Pro stick. I've started experimenting with Macromedia Flash which, by the way, the NX80 can play PERFECTLY. I can transfer "SWF" files that I download from the web (search your PC for *.swf files!!!) directly to the NX80 and play them on the go! The screen protector is an absolute must. I (...) believe I got every penny's worth. ... Read more


46. HP IPAQ 4150

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Asin: B0000TFCFO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 10686
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 400 MHz Intel Xscale processor with Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003
  • Integrated wireless capabilities with Bluetooth technology and WiFi (WLAN 802.11b)
  • 3.5" transflective TFT screen technology
  • Pocket versions of familiar applications like Microsoft Outlook , Word and Excel
  • What's in the box: hp iPAQ Pocket PC h4150 unit, USB desktop cradle/charger, AC adapter, slip cover, stylus, battery, getting started poster, charger adapter, and hp iPAQ Pocket PC Companion CD

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! BEST PURCHASE I HAVE EVER MADE!!!!
I just bought this thing from Amazon and all I can say is WOW!!!!

This is probably the best purchase I have ever made. This Pocket PC is everything I ever expected and more!! It's very easy to use as well!

I have bought MANY other brands before, including from Sony, AT&T, T-Mobile, Viewsonic but this iPAQ 4150 just blows everything else out of the water and leave them in the dust! I have to say, everyone out there who is thinking of buying this Pocket PC, stop thinking. I bought it and I am extremely happy with it the moment I powered this thing on. YOU ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY CANNOT GO WRONG WITH THIS PURCHASE! I GUARANTEE IT!!! ... Read more


47. Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 PDA
list price: $399.99
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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


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

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

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

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

Pros:

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

Cons:

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

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

Reviews (147)

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

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

About the OS:

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

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

Hardware:

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

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

Sumarry:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


49. PalmOne IIIxe Personal Handheld Organizer
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B00004RC2D
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 1297
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Palm IIIxe handheld builds on earlier Palm III models by offering more memory and more options. Its 8 MB of RAM (four times the memory of the popular Palm IIIe) and 2 MB of flash ROM keep track of all your appointments, memos, to-do items, expense items, and e-mail, plus you can add thousands of third-party applications. Although the Palm IIIe and IIIx models have ample memory for many users, the Palm IIIxe better supports users who rely upon their organizer for data-heavy operations.

The Palm IIIxe is more powerful than its predecessors, but it retains all of the Palm IIIx's and IIIe's convenience features. It measures a mere 4.7 by 3.2 by 0.7 inches and weighs 6 ounces. Backing up and exchanging information with desktop PCs and popular PIMs requires just a touch of a button on the included HotSync cradle. The infrared port allows you to instantly beam business card information, phone lists, data, and applications to other infrared-equipped devices. It also features a sharp backlit LCD screen, legible in both dim and bright light.

The contents of the Palm IIIxe box include the Palm IIIxe handheld, a CD-ROM with an extensive assortment of Palm Desktop software applications, two AAA batteries, a DB-25 adapter, a HotSync cradle, a manual, and a Getting Started quick guide. You may further customize your Palm IIIxe organizer with third-party add-on peripherals such as modems or voice recorders. This device runs for approximately two months on just two AAA batteries and comes with a one-year manufacturer's warranty.

What's in the box

  • Palm IIIxe
  • Protective flip cover
  • Stylus
  • Palm Desktop software
  • 2 AAA batteries
  • DB-25 adapter
  • HotSync cradle
  • Manual
  • Getting Started guide
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Features

  • Same size and weight as earlier Palm III models
  • 8 MB RAM (4 times that of the popular Palm IIIe connected organizer)
  • Upgradable features and operating system; PC and Mac compatible
  • Now with Pocket Quicken financial management software
  • Easy-to-read LCD screen, even in dim light or sunshine

Reviews (227)

5-0 out of 5 stars Palm IIIxe - excellent product and an exceptional value.
Putting it simply, the Palm IIIxe is a five-star device. If you want just the highlights as to why, see my Short Notes below. If you want the full review, go to Detailed Notes further down.

Short Notes:

- Excellent quality overall, good ergonomics.

- 8 MB RAM, easily sufficient to store a wide variety of applications plus data.

- Has 2 MB flash memory, enough to handle upgraded (v3.5) OS.

- Sharp, clear screen. Easy to read.

- Graffiti handwriting recognition is forgiving and easy to master quickly.

- Great battery life - should last over 30 days.

- Built-in infrared port - easy data exchange between Palm devices.

- Many available software applications, often freeware.

- Excellent and thorough documentation.

- Easy to learn how to use it - very intuitive if you hate manuals.

- Syncs well with Microsoft Outlook, if you're so inclined.

- Great price - a good investment.

Detailed Notes:

Spent a lot of time deciding which Palm OS model to go with, and finally picked the Palm IIIxe, primarily for the newer OS (v3.5), the 8 MB memory and the new lower price. Looked closely at the Palm m110 and Handspring Visor, units which offered attractive prices, but with 2 MB RAM, felt they didn't have enough memory. Also considered the Handspring Visor Deluxe, but on the two models that I had a chance to try out, the screens weren't the same quality as those of the Palm IIIxe, and nobody could explain it.

You may also wish to consider the new Palm m105. See the notes at the bottom of this review for more details.

To be fair, I also considered some of the newer Windows CE devices, but was put off completely by the hand recognition software. It was too slow and hard to use, so that idea was dropped quickly. Used to use a Windows CE device made by Casio, which I put aside awhile ago. Had initially been encouraged to purchase a Palm device by one of my co-workers, but I felt that the Windows CE 1.0 device with its tiny keyboard was the way to go. Then I found out that it ate batteries at a very high rate. Lived with this for awhile, but the business of hardware ROM replacement to upgrade the unit was disturbing.

The Palm does everything I need it to, and in the month that I've had it, I've been pleasantly surprised by its versatility. The quality has proven to be excellent. The case of the IIIxe, though an older Palm design, fits the hand quite comfortably.

The Palm IIIxe comes with 8MB of memory. In useful terms, this means that you can store approximately 12,000 addresses, 5-10 years of appointments (that's about 3000 appointments), 6000 to do items, 3000 memos, 800 e-mails and many applications. The available memory has been ample to download and store a wide range of applications along with the room to store related data. The IIIxe (along with some other models) has 2 MB flash memory, enough to handle the upgraded (v3.5) OS and the built-in applications. I also went to the Palm Web site and downloaded the latest (v.3.5.2) OS and installed it. There were absolutely no problems like I had heard about with other "Palm-compatible" devices.

The screen is sharp, clear and easy to read, indoors or outside. Though I might have preferred a bit stronger backlight for those times where there isn't much light, have learned to adapt to it quickly.

The Graffiti handwriting recognition is forgiving and easy to master quickly. One of the reasons I went to a Windows CE keyboard unit a few years ago was fear of having to learn yet another way of inputting data. I couldn't have been more wrong - it's easy and quite intuitive. What's even more important is that I'm now taking notes in meeting with the device that used to be done on paper.

The battery life is outstanding. It should last thirty days or more under regular use. Since one of my complaints with the Windows CE units was short battery life, I'm impressed.

The built-in infrared port allows you to transfer documentation directly from any other infrared enabled Palm device. This function works quite well. I've transferred memos to and from a Handspring Visor Deluxe and other Palm devices.

There are many software applications available for the Palm PDAs, including a lot of shareware and freeware. The commercial programs that are available are top rate, and you can even find applications that will let you edit Word and Excel files. You can even connect to Oracle 8I databases with currently available software.

The Palm IIIxe manuals are excellent, and do a thorough job of documentation. You may find, though, that this device is easy to learn with little reading. Its interface is very intuitive, and that's helpful if you dislike going through manuals.

This PDA syncs well with Microsoft Outlook, which is extremely useful for corporate users. This is a straightforward operation in which you place the Palm IIIxe into the supplied HotSynch cradle and push the button on the base. The HotSynch operation creates a log of what was done, so you can confirm that everything was updated correctly.

Picky point - comes with a mediocre lightweight plastic stylus. Order an upgrade (or the Palm 3-pack) immediately. You won't regret it.

You might also want to consider the new Palm m105. Though it has a smaller screen than the Palm IIIxe, it has many of the same features but is packed in the same case as the popular m100.

If you are looking for a reasonably priced PDA that can live up to its reputation, then this is a first-rate choice. The Palm IIIxe is a solid unit at a great price - an excellent investment.

(Please note that this is a re-posted review.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Palm IIIxe Get Yours Today...
It's the perfect combination of flexibility and power. With 8MB of storage capacity, the Palm IIIxe handheld keeps track of thousands of names, addresses, appointments, to-do's and memos with plenty of room to spare for add-on applications. Flash ROM means future upgrades will be a snap. Keep all your meeting times, places, people, phone numbers and other information safely tucked away in this elegant device. Customize the Palm IIIxe organizer with any of the thousands of available applications, from personal productivity tools to enterprise-scale solutions. Choose from hundreds of add-on peripherals like a modem or voice recorder. 8MB stores approximately 10,000 addresses, 5 years of appointments, 3,000 to-do items 3,000 memos, 400 e-mail messages and lots of third-party applications. With the HotSync cradle you can quickly backup and exchange information between your PC (or Mac with additional Mac Pac) and your Palm handheld, as well as many popular PIMs like Symantec ACT! and Microsoft Outlook. Use the infrared beam to exchange business cards, phone lists, data, memos and add-on applications with other IR-enabled Palm OS devices. Items Included in the Box are: Palm IIIxe handheld HotSync cradle Palm Desktop software (PC only Mac Is Aditional) Applications for Palm IIIxe connected organizer Two AAA alkaline batteries (two months life) DB-9 to DB-25 Adapter Getting Started Guide Protective flip cover Handbook for the Palm IIIseries.

1-0 out of 5 stars THIS IS REFURBISHED!!!!
This is my first review and I'm a little hot about it. I just received my Palm from Tiger Direct and it is refurbished. Not only that, but not all the items that are supposed to come with it are in the box. I have no idea how it works, but know that you are not buying a NEW product. Plus, I am reading the return directions from Tiger Direct and they are awful. I am waiting to hear from Amazon and will amend this if they take care of the problems. UNLESS YOU WANT A REFURBISHED ITEM, DO NOT BUY THIS.

5-0 out of 5 stars Palm III xe is probably the best "PDA"
I had my Palm IIIxe for 3 years, it's truely an amazing PDA. When you look around, all the new PDAs offer way too much features for a real PDA. Bid deal, you can use wireless, and surf the web...etc. But come on, why would you want to actually surf the web on such a tiny screen? Look at the battery life on the new PDAs, you have to charge very often (2-3days) compared to the Palm IIIxe. With 2 AAA batteries , this handheld can easily last for 4 weeks (not days). Also the new PDA require you to change the battery approx every year (you can still use it, but you have to charege it every second, as the battery's ability to hold a full charge will continously decreasing). Those special rechargeble batteries easily cost $60 usd +, and the Palm IIIxe uses AAAs, which cost the fractions of those special batteries. It has all the feature a PDA should have, address book, appointments, calendar, and many many add on softwares(like a graphing calculator,games...). A Palm IIIxe can't let you watch movies, listen to MP3s or surf the web, but it help you to meet your daily tasks like any other PDA will do. If you want a true PDA, not those ones that you have to upgrade every year in order to keep up with the newest OS (namely Windows Mobile) and games offer, or spent $$$ on batteries every year, then go get yourself a Palm IIIxe right now, it's a ultimate PDA for the real users.

4-0 out of 5 stars this is great
this is great because i could stay in touch with friends by AOL and AIM. i got just today too ... Read more


50. Toshiba e335 Pocket PC
list price: $399.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006RU4L
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 10168
Average Customer Review: 3.45 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Easy to use, the Toshiba Pocket PC e335 features a familiar user interface and tools from Microsoft, such as Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Outlook, and Microsoft Windows Media Player for Pocket PC 2002. Play audio and video files and organize and view your favorite pictures, all with the Toshiba Pocket PC e335's incredible expansion capabilities, including an integrated Secure Digital (SD) media slot for additional memory or wireless connectivity (via the optional Bluetooth SD card) and USB host functionality that allows the user to plug the device into a full-size keyboard.

Display
The e335 features high resolution on its 240 x 320 pixel backlit color display, which can display over 65,000 colors.

Expansion
With the Toshiba e335 Secure Digital expansion slot, you can get virtually unlimited data storage with Secure Digital removable media. You can transfer digital content between your Toshiba handheld and other Secure Digital card-compatible products, including digital cameras, digital camcorders, and PCs.

Operating System
The Toshiba e335 is powered by Microsoft's Pocket PC 2002 operating system, which offers many enhancements over earlier operating systems. You'll get improved handwriting recognition, more reliable synchronization, increased security, and the ability to chat using MSN Messenger.

Extra Software
In addition to the built-in applications that come with Pocket PC 2002, the Toshiba e335 comes with Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Outlook, Pocket Internet Explorer, Microsoft Reader, Microsoft Windows Media Player 8 for Pocket PC, File Explorer, MSN Messenger, Microsoft Transcriber, Microsoft ActiveSync 3.5, Microsoft Outlook 2000, Adobe Acrobat Reader for Pocket PC, and ArcSoft PhotoBase.

In the Box
The Toshiba e335 comes with a USB cradle, AC adapter, stylus, soft slip case, quick-start card, and warranty card. It's backed by a one-year limited warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Lightweight, thin Pocket PC with 64 MB RAM and 32 MB ROM and 300 MHz XScale processor
  • Secure Digital memory card slot for transferring and storing music, picture and more
  • 240 x 320 pixel, 3.5-inch TFT LCD screen displays more than 65,000 colors
  • Features the Pocket PC 2002 operating system, with improved handwriting recognition and versions of Pocket Outlook, Word, and Excel
  • What's in the box: Toshiba e335, USB cradle, AC adapter, Stylus, Soft slip case, Quick-start card, User manual, Warranty card

Reviews (60)

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the price
I couldn't help but notice all the complaints about battery life in the reviews here. 24-30 hours while the unit was turned OFF? I don't think so. I've had this unit off the charger for days, and kept a decent charge. Granted, if you leave it on, it drains the battery in several hours, but any backlit PDA does that.

Good screen, good features, VERY thin and light, and better input methods and syncing than any Palm. Having the choice of transcriber, block input (i.e., Graffiti), character recognition, and keyboard for different situations is great.

Pocket Word and Excel are included, as is Reader (load in a few books - it's great for boring staff meetings or waiting in line at the store). Programs like Notes, Tasks, and Calendar all have better functionality than their Palm counterparts.

And these days, you just can't beat the price. Well, that's not true. Yes you can, with Dell's new PDAs. But those things look like bricks, compared to the Toshiba. For me, Toshiba's slim design was very important.

Issues include a low expandability (only 1 SD slot) and a relatively slow 300 MHz proc - slow as in it's not 400 Mhz, mind you; it's still plenty fast for everyday use. Plus, it's less stable than the Palm OS. As a comparison, I had to restart my old Palm maybe once or twice in the year that I used it. This Pocket PC, I have to restart about once a week. It's somewhat annoying, but I find it an acceptable trade-off for the better features.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very pleased with my Toshiba!
This is my 3rd PDA in one week, and I'm very happy with my decision to return my 2 previous purchases, both Palm's. I started with the Palm M500 thinking since this is my first PDA and I'm not a real "technoid", it should suffice. Wrong! I wasn't happy with the monochrome and I figured for a little more money I could double my memory and get color so I returned it for the 515m. While I was very happy with that product and had easily mastered the graffiti and the "user friendly" applications, I was not totally satisfied until I checked out the Pocket PC's. After much research and looking around, I chose the Toshiba e335, and I'm very satisfied with my purchase. It has the ability to play mp3's which the palms did not and the color screen is much easier to read than the palm m515. I also prefer the Microsoft format and the ability to chose which writing style I prefer; block recognition, transcriber, letter recognizer or keyboard. It also has a voice recorder which I haven't used yet. All in all this is a great unit and the more I play around with it the more I like it. I haven't had any difficulty synchonizing it and I have activated the Avantgo feature and update daily the channels I have selected to view. With this device and the os, I will not feel the desire, nor the need, to upgrade in the near future. This should satisfy for a very long time.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good PDA
Got it around my birthday Sept of 2003, Great buy, 2 problems shipping took almost 2 weeks instead of 2 days from NJ to MA, 2nd Battery problems almost 2 months later Toshiba was able to replace but battery problem continued so I gave up. All in all 8 months later and other than battery still loving it. Would buy from seller again. Still the shipping was a bit delayed but it was still a reliable PDA

1-0 out of 5 stars Great PC, Don't buy from Amazon
On December 2, 2003 I ordered the Toshiba E335 from Amazon.com because it showed a great price and a 20 dollar mail-in-rebate. I was so excited to find a Pocket PC with 300 MHZ, MS Pocket PC 2003, and 64 MB of ram for under 200 dollars that I purchased one for my dad and one for my brother-in-law as Christmas Gifts. I was certain I would receive my package any day when I received an email from Amazon.com Customer Service saying that they had oversold the pocket pc and I would receive neither of the items I ordered. Needless to say, I am very discouraged.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great As A First PDA
If you're shopping around for your first PDA, the Toshiba E-335 Pocket PC should satisfy. It comes with 64MB of memory with an SD slot for additional storage. The interface is easy to read and understand and bright (but this comes at a cost at draining your battery power). Its very thin and light. Synchronizing with Microsoft Outlook 2000 or XP to a laptop or desktop PC with the USB is painless and fast. You can even browse the Web with the included Internet Explorer, view PDFs with the included Acrobat Reader, and play MP3s with the included Windows Media Player. My only quibble is that a slight push of the buttons can turn it on without you knowing while its in your pocket, draining the battery, but configuring the power setting to shut off after a minute of idle time should counter this. ... Read more


51. Sony Clie PEG-NZ90 Handheld
list price: $749.99
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Asin: B000087L74
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 6802
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The new Palm-powered PEG-NZ90 Clié handheld pushes the envelope of handheld computing, featuring the new Palm OS 5.0 as well as an ARM-compliant 200 MHz CPU for enhanced overall performance and exceptional multimedia experience.

The built-in 2-megapixel camera supports UXGA resolution (1,600 x 1,200) for high-quality still photos, and includes several enhancements, such as 2x digital zoom, strobe flash, auto focus, and manual exposure adjustment, to help make your photos look their best. You can also record and play back video (MPEG-4) and store it on Memory Stick media.

Built-in Bluetooth technology allows you to pair your Clié handheld with other Bluetooth-compatible peripheral devices. HotSync your Clié handheld with a Bluetooth-enabled Vaio PC, exchange data or play games between Clié handhelds using Bluetooth, or connect to the Internet via a mobile phone with built-in Bluetooth--all wirelessly (Bluetooth-compatible peripherals sold separately and Internet service provider required).

The PEG-NZ90 is also equipped with a wireless communication slot for adding an optional wireless LAN (802.11b) card. Browse the Web, check e-mail, and synchronize data wirelessly with your PC via wireless local area network (LAN access point sold separately and Internet service provider required).

This new Clié also incorporates a voice recorder feature to record and play back voice memos. A 128 MB Memory Stick can hold approximately 535 minutes of voice recording in LP mode. The PEG-NZ90 also includes a slim and stylish multifunction USB cradle, with folding mechanism for portability. It is USB compatible for HotSync operations and printing JPEG still images directly to a printer. You can also display JPEG pictures on a monitor using the AV output.

Another new feature is the removable lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack. The "Smart" lithium battery pack indicates the remaining battery life in minutes. Additional battery packs (PEGA-BP500) sold separately.

Note: Compatible with Sony's wireless LAN card (PEGA-WL100) only. PEGA-WL100 sold separately.

What's in the box

  • Clie handheld
  • USB cradle (for HotSync operation and printer connection)
  • USB cable (for HotSync operation)
  • USB cable (for printer connection)
  • Stylus
  • AC Adapter
  • AC Cable
  • Stereo headphones
  • Remote controller
  • Hand strap
  • Installation CD-ROM
  • Read This First
  • Troubleshooting Q&A
  • End User License Agreement
  • Graffiti sticker
  • Limited Warranty Statement
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Features

  • Built-in 2 Mega-Pixel Camera with flash and 2X digital zoom
  • Built-in Bluetooth for wireless connectivity with peripherals
  • Video recording (MPEG-4) and playback (MPEG-1, MPEG-4)
  • Built-in MP3 audio player
  • What's in the box: Clie handheld, USB cradle, USB cable, USB cable, Stylus, AC Adapter, AC Cable, Stereo headphones, Remote controller, Hand strap, Installation CD-ROM

Reviews (16)

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome piece of equipment
Ignore the mediocre reviews on Brighthand and ZDNET. I own this machine and it kicks serious butt.
Positives
1. The screen is by far the best on the market. Kicks Pocket PC butt and even CLIE earlier models.
2. Camera is awesome. You may say why do I need a camera all the time but believe me, if you have it you will take more spontaneous pictures.
3. Keyboard is much better than previous models.
4. Movies is also a plus..take some heat of the moment clips.
5. Bluetooth Hotsync is convienient. Link up with phone to check email.
6. Wi-Fi means you can surf anywhere

Negatives:

None- you may size but whats the size of carrying a camera and a PDA.

Having used the Sony Ericsson P800 Smartphone which was rubbish- bad operating system, bad voice clarity, useless camera

I'd rather use this machine and a bluetooth phone

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Play
I finally made the plunge and bought the NZ90. After being a die-hard Palm user (starting from the Palm Professional,III,Vx,M505), I switched to the Sony Clie.

I truly enjoy playing with the NZ90. It has more functionality than the Palm M505. The camera and video features are amazing. The 2mb still camera produces decent quality pictures. One use I make with the camera is to take shots of documents from work. Now I can reveiw my work on my Clie without having to take home hard copies. The video function gives me the opportunity to film short clips on the fly of my baby boy. (I chose to defer purchase of a digital video camera and opted to use the video on the Clie.) The video quality is poor, but serves its purpose until my son begins to walk when I then plan on purchasing a digital camcorder. Also, I purchased the wireless card for the Clie. GREAT. I love this. You can check pop3 email and browse the internet without having to boot-up your laptop or computer. The easy power on/off of the pda makes it quick for me to check email as well as read the daily news.

2 negatives that needle me:
1) Batter life is poor, especially when using the still camera with flash. The flash drains the battery after 10 shots.
2) The size is a hurdle. Unlike the sleek m505 design, I have to carry the bulky NZ90.

I enjoy playing with my NZ90, emphasis on the "playing". As for practicality, I miss the m505 design as I daily use the address book, calendar, memo.

1-0 out of 5 stars a piece of junk
Dont ever buy this product. It comes with a packet of junk softwares. Take for example audio player. It can only play files which has a frequency of 44.1KHz and data rate of 96kbps to 128kbps. However there are some awesome products out there, but since sony doesnt provide their API, these products dont work for nz90.
Battery life is terrible. Even when your battery is %80 percent charged, you cannot use flash to take a picture. I think with fully charged battery you can only take 5 ( yes it is 5) pictures. Then your battery is totally gone.
There are so many negatives for this products that I can write 5 paged on that!!!!
Exteremely disappointed user of nz90.
Luckily I saved so many friends of mine to do the same mistake!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars A jack of all trades - master of none
It may be a great idea to have a PDA and camera combo, but this product is not it. It has the best screen I have seen (big and bright); excellent game selections; but is cumbersome due to the flip screen and ridiculous stylus storage.

The camera takes good photos, but the lag time from shutter release to taking a picture is very slow and you need a very steady hand for quality picures. The still and video camera use way too much power (in relation to a stand alone camera which may be able to take up to one or two hundred pictures on a battery charge vs about 15 - 20 for this one) The screen is just about invisible in sunlight making it very difficult to frame picures.

The Piscel Viewer for documents is not user friendly and you cannot edit any documents without additional software. As a PDA alone it is not bad, but many are better due to battery life and are more user friendly.

Just a bad choice. Battery life at this time is way behind the state of the art (5 hrs max just leaving it on). The power lasts about two hours playing even simple games (something like backgammon). You cannot even fill a MS on one battery charge and movies cannot be taken (or the flash used) at anything less than full power. The battery is rechargeable (and removable), but there is no external charger available. Batteries must be charged in the Clie.

The cradle connection is awkward and usually takes both hands and some jiggling to get it to seat on the cradle. The only way to tell it is seated properly is to turn it on and make sure the battery logo has a lighting bolt accross it indicating that the unit is charging and therefore is properly seated in the cradle.

I am now looking at a Pocket PC and digital camera (separate) to get better performance. Any one want a sightly used Clie NZ 90??

5-0 out of 5 stars HUGE in every sense !
Well, let's start by the basics. This machine is HUGE by any means if you compare it to any other PDA. It's like, well, the Darth Vader of all the Palm Powered devices. It's black, it's menacing, it's all-powerful. You can stun an attacker with it if you whirl it over your head and hit him (it includes a convenient hand strap for that purpose).

Jokes aside, it is well built (i used to have a Clie NR70V and it was very fragile), the hinges and swivels are tight, it won't open inside your backpack and get all scratched inside.

It is also a nice PDA, with all the useful stuff that any common handheld has. (Memo, Agenda, Address, To Do, Whatever). But it excels on the add-ons. That's the best part.

The digital camera is awesome (autofocus/manual focus, flash, 2.0 MP) and it can store hundreds of pictures. There are many options and settings to play with.

It also has audio recorder software. The sound is crisp, clear, and you can record many, many, many hours of speech, enviromental audio or anything.

As any other Clie, it has its own mp3 player. There's no need to buy the special SONY smartmedia card to use it: a Lexmark alternative will do the trick.

Of course, if you combine audio + pictures, you'll get a video camera. It works as one. Not great quality, it might be compared with having a webcam with you all the time.

What else ? Integrated keyboard, speaker, remote control, a couple of headphones, infrared port.

I can even speak about Bluetooth. I don't have any bluetooth gear in my house, but i'm leaving the wake-up option enabled and see if i find any BT devices in my office. Besides the blinking blue led looks cool :).

It has many improvementes since the last Clie versions. The memory stick has changed its place, so it doesn't flip out every time you put it in your pocket. The craddle is now foldable and you can take it everywhere to charge and/or connect your clie. You can even attach it to the PDA and carry it around.

Even when it is bulky, it is very well built and with a nice eequilibrium... you can hold it in your hand and it won't fall easily. That happened with the NR70V: the screen was heavier than the body, so it fell backwards always.

The keyboard is a lot better and easier to use by now. Also the back button has been moved a little and it's easier to use than before.

The camera doesn't rotate anymore... but i didn't miss the feature, since you can still use it in the open or closed form, to take pictures of yourself or others.

I would complain only about few things:

- The pen is thin ! It looks thinner compared to the huge agenda. And it has a very weird way to attach to the PDA.
- The picture browsing is waaaay slow. I'll better find a better program to handle the pictures.
- I can't recall anything else, but i'm sure that there were some things that bothered me. Ah ! The memory !!! Yes. That's upsetting: you see, there are 16 Mb of RAM but you can access only 11 of them. Why ? I don't know. However the better use of the memory stick features compensates the lack of actual memory. I would have expected at least 64 Mb RAM for a beast like this. Well, let's say it's 4 and a half stars. Oh, the price !!! Wait a little until it drops. But even now it's worth every cent. For a journalist is the perfect tool. And for a physician (who i am) too.
- And, it might seem crazy, but i find this size more comfortable for me than before. I don't think of it as a PDA, instead i think of it as a pocket sized notebook. ... Read more


52. PalmOne Tungsten T2 Handheld
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B0000AH5N1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 9391
Average Customer Review: 3.71 out of 5 stars
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Features

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

Reviews (35)

5-0 out of 5 stars Power Concentrated = Palm Tungsten T2!!!
The Tungsten T2 is my second purchase from Palm. This upgrade from my Palm m130 blew me away as soon as I turned on the T2 for the first time.
This PDA has both a great size and a powerful Texas Instruments OMAP1510 processor with the latest Palm OS v5.2.1.
The Tungsten T2 also comes with 32MB of memory, an Outstanding color high resolution 320x320 screen, Realone Player for your Mp3s, Built-in Bluetooth, and a Built in Voice Recorder. Not to mention a 5-way navigator button that allows anyone to access information with just one hand. All of these functions are jsut great especially if your frequently using the T2 for school and work. Thanks to the T2, I know 4 years from now my next PDA will be from Palm

P.S. J&R Music and Computer World as well as Amazon.com gave the best deals on purchasing a Tungsten T2

3-0 out of 5 stars Fast CPU, great screen, but no wi-fi
The T2 is an updated version of the original Tungsten, and as such sports a minor upgrade in the OS software as well as a better color screen and more memory -- 32MB total in RAM, but only 29MB user-accessible. Still that's plenty for a Palm-based PDA. The performance is truly snappy; playing MP3's, which still require a Secure Digital memory card, gives no hiccups. Every thing responds instantanenously. One star taken off for requiring using an SD card for MP3 and video playing. Another star for not including wi-fi (802.11b or g); instead, the less common Bluetooth wireless technology is built-in. You can use BT to talk to BT-enabled cell phones, but it's a hassle. Sure you can buy an Secure Digital wi-fi card soon, but 1) that draws more battery power than built-in wi-fi circuitry, and 2) you can't use wi-fi and expansion memory (or play MP3s) at the same time. What a dumb design! Battery is still not user-replaceable, unlike the new trend with Pocket PCs.

Overall, the T2 is pleasant to use and truly compact. But the lack of wi-fi and the need to use expansion for an enhanced experience make it a poor choice for the power user (such as yours truly).

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

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

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

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

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

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


53. Toshiba e805 Pocket PC with Windows Mobile 2003
list price: $599.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000DBJUB
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 15942
Average Customer Review: 3.09 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Intel processor at a phenomenal 400 MHz
  • 128 MB SDRAM
  • Secure Digital and CompactFlash Card slots
  • Analog resistance sensitive touch panel
  • Integrated Wi-Fi

Reviews (11)

4-0 out of 5 stars I love mine, more pros than cons
I had the iPAQ but I had to have an expansion pack to use a CF card and the battery seemed to die everyday. This has everything I want built in. I know it doesn't have Bluetooth, but either does my laptop or cell phone but both have IR so the included IR on the e805 was important. I have a 1gb CF card and a 512sd card which are recognized without a hitch (not the case on my iPAQ where I constantly had to soft boot) WiFi configured really easily. I backed up my new unit and did a hard reset and restore, which worked perfectly and easily. I love the large screen for viewing my photos and short mov videos and my maps from pocket streets, the included apps are great but I did have one multimedia app from my iPAQ that I use and love. Battery lasts about 3 days w/normal use. Not as large as I expected, but then the iPAQ w/expansion was very large and heavy. I use a leather case for the e740 which was tight at first, but works great. Toshiba isn't the greatest with support or customer service and this unit didn't come with ANYthing, no cards, no screen cover, no case, which did come with my iPAQ. But I love the built in CF and SD cards, the large screen, ease of use voice recorder. The only thing I don't like is the stylus.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is one Great PPC - Highly recommended
Well, I took the plunge and replaced my E740 finally. I decided to go with the E805 because of the built SD and CF card slots. I bought the Pharos GPS system at the same time, hence my decision to get the 805 over any of the HP models.

Out of the box, the unit is a thing of moderate beauty. The blue face is a welcome change from the standard silver faces of most PDAs. The button panel is well layed out and very handy. There is an option to make the 4 way button into an 8 way button, that might be handy for gamers.

On turn on, the thing just aims to please the user. This screen is BRILLIANT, even when not in VGA mode. It's bright, bigger than most at 4 inches and has wonderful color. When you switch to VGA mode, it gets even better, but more on that later. The box has all the necessary equipment, and in a few moments I was installing everything that I have from previous PDAs and delighted to see it all working well. Then I noted the speed, this thing is a demon. Having the extra memory (128mb) and 400mhz processor is a real boon. By the time I was done installing all my software on it, I was nowhere near the memory crunch I had with all my previous machines.

The built in VGA is a little weird, since as delivered by Toshiba, the VGA mode is very limited in what it can do. There are, however, 2 free programs over at the brighthand site that allows all programs to use VGA mode.

The built is WiFi is GREAT, I turned it on and it found my wireless network in a few moments and I was surfing the web. Gotta love that!

All in all, this is my best and favorite PDA of all. Bye IPAQ, Hello 805

Pros - Memory, beautiful screen, speed, great looks, built in Wi-Fi connectivity.
Cons - A little bigger than most

1-0 out of 5 stars e-805 Toshiba PDA
The toggle switch on my new e805 broke the second time I moved it from WiFi to off. I sent the unit in under warrenty. Toshiba warrenty department said the mother board must be replaced to fix the toggle switch and is not covered under warrenty. They charged $125.00 to repair unit. I've bought a lot of Toshiba products, this will be the last.
Guy A. Edwards
Sturgis
South Dakota

5-0 out of 5 stars Works Fine !
I purchased the e805 dispite the bad reviews here and let me tell you mine works fine. I use it with navagation software and find it works way better than I expected.(travroute) E-mail works fine as does connecting to wireless internet services. I have had no problems with the screen. Not to mention I got lucky and paid $499.00 from COMPUSA. 2 THUMBS UP...Anyone interested in navagation software should give TRAVROUTE a try.

2-0 out of 5 stars A very unhappy camper
I placed one of the earliest orders for this unit. The unit is fine, as far as that goes.
Feb 2, 2004
Now I am having problems with the device (see appended comments below)

March 18, 2004
More problems: the unit is now inoperable (see appended comments)

Additional Comments as of 2004-02-08:
1) The touch screen is now starting to malfunction. When I first turn the unit on I am getting many clicks (as if I am tapping the screen, which I am not). Also, later, if I even touch the case at the upper/right corner (not even near the actual display) the unit clicks (as if I am tapping the screen). Also upper sides of case sometimes.
2) Status of Toshiba Order for critical supplies (screen overlays and replacement styli):
Shipping is Waiting to Pack Order (from Toshiba account status)
In other words, they still don't have the items. About March 10, 2004 the screen overlays FINALLY arrived. Not a bad turnaround for something critical - two months. However, the unit is now inoperable, the screen does not respond. Did a total system reset, was operable for awhile. Then, screen clicking like a geiger counter it has stopped responding again. ... Read more


54. Compaq iPAQ 3835 Color Pocket PC

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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


55. HP iPAQ hx2410 Pocket PC (FA298A)
list price: $439.99
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Asin: B00074O4OM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 36444
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Full-Featured And High-Performance Pocket PC The versatile HP iPAQ hx2410 Pocket PC allows you to maximize personal productivity through the use of Email, Calendar, and Contacts. It comes equipped with Bluetooth wireless technology to allow you cable-free connections to other devices with Bluetooth technology such as printers or phones. All the models in the hx2000 series include enhanced security protection with HP ProtectTools software secured by CREDANT Technologies.Integrated wi-fi enables access to the Internet, email and corporate data at the office, home or Wi-Fi hotspots (in select airports, hotels, coffee shops and other public places). Bluetooth wireless technology allows cable-free connections to other Bluetooth ready devices such as printers or phones. ... Read more

Features

  • Integrated Bluetooth allows cable-free connections to other Bluetooth enabled devices (mobile phones, printers, headsets and keyboards)
  • Integrated Compact Flash Type II (CF) and Secure Digital (SD) slots for greater storage and expansion capabilities
  • Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition includes pocket versions of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and Internet Explorer
  • Intel PXA270 Processor 520 MHz and 128 MB total memory, which includes 20 MB iPAQ File Store to allow you to store personal data securely
  • Integrated WiFi (802.11b) enables access to the Internet, e-mail, and corporate data at the office, home or WiFi hotspots

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product if you need the features.
HP IPAQ HX2410. If you need WiFi, Bluetooth, SD and flash card this PocketPC really hits the spot. I've had it for about 2 months and took it to Asia. Picks up airport and local hotspots no problem. Buttons are convenient and easy to not accidentally push. The toggle button is a bit small for my fat fingers, but functional. The voice memo button is especially well protected from accidental pushing, but does take a second to find when you really want to record something. I like being able to turn it on and view the start screen through the plastic flip top.

Outdoor visibility is good.

Handwriting recognition is exception even without training it. With the new `training' feature you can be pretty sloppy and the PDA still figures it out.

Battery life is exceptional, I purchased a 2nd battery and charger because I was going to remote places in Asia, and couldn't be without the PDA. Turns out I never needed the second battery. All day off and on usage totaling 4-6 hours was no problem for 1 standard 1440 mAh battery.

Also makes a terrific MP3 player (I added a 1GB SD card)

The only problem I've had is occasional freezing of the OS. The more I use it the less this has happened (go figure) Asoft boot fixes it, maybe a bios upgrade from HP will fix this.
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56. 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


57. Sony Clie PEG-TJ25 Handheld
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B0000DBJRS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 3505
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • High resolution color display produces over 65,000 colors for amazing clarity
  • Super-slim aluminum body discreetly slides into your pocket or purse
  • Center Jog Dial Navigator wheel and arrows enable four-way directional movements for easy access to your applications and information
  • Store and transfer digital files with optional Memory Stick PRO media
  • Stay organized and entertained--at home or on the road

Reviews (10)

3-0 out of 5 stars Just Falls a Little Short in Some Key Areas
(I'm upgrading from an 8mb monochrome Visor Deluxe). At first, I was torn bewteen the Palm OS and Pocket PC, but chose to stay with the Palm OS. Other friends have gone the Pocket PC route and are disappointed.
No doubt the Sony is worth the money. I am no MP-3 fan, so I didn't need the TJ35. I just HATE the stylus, which is flimsy and is designed to extend (to 3.75in) or retract (to a measly 2.5in!!). It also doesn't remain securely in the housing and I find myself checking to see if the stylus is about to fall completely out. The cover for the screen is nice but I would prefer a case that covers both back and front. The absence of a cradle is certainly a con for me, since one has to charge the battery in addition to doing hot sync. Excellent display, size, fit and finish. I seem to have some hot sync functions.. I can't get me e-mail (outlook) on the Clie.. do I need a memory stick for that? Didn't need that for the old Visor.
Just when I was getting comfortable with Graffiti, they come out with "Graffit 2".. a step back if you ask me.
For a 5 star rating, it would have to come with a cradle, a decent stylus, a memory stick and a proper case.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you can get it at the right price, it's perfect!
I'll begin by saying that I timed this one right! I got it for 160 before the rebate, so the price (140) was perfect.

I upgraded from an 8mb Visor Deluxe and this is AWESOME! The hi-res color screen is very sharp. My wife has a Zire 71 and we both agree mine is sharper. Palm OS5 is pretty cool too, though you wind up only getting 11 mb useable out of the 16. I fairly quickly bought a memory stick.

This thing is FAST! It's noticeably faster than my wife's Palm and faster than any other PDA I've seen (then again, I don't look if it's over 250). The lack of multimedia capabilities was a bit of a bummer, but I didn't think paying 70-100 was worth it when I have computers just about everywhere I go.

I've read the complaints about the lack of a cradle, but I personally like the little sync adapter. It only needs one of the USB cables with a "digital camera jack" to work. Since I have 5 of them, I took one to work. Now, I just grab my Clie and the 1-inch square adapter and I can sync at work and home. I actually even put the charging cord in the bedroom, so I can keep it on the nightstand charging for those late-night "honey do's" :D

Overall, I'm VERY pleased. Battery life is a bit of an issue, but the LiIon battery has no "memory effect" so I just charge it each night. I can get a solid 5 hours at a lower screen brightness (still easy to see) even using the memoery stick and running CPU-intensive apps.

I'd definitely recommend this if you can find it for less than $170. Totally worth it in my opinion. The cover is a weak spot and the stylus takes some getting used to, but these are the only drawbacks (IMHO) and are quickly eclipsed by speed, "look" (The Clie Launcher is awfully cool) and overall value. Put some pix of your kids, family, vacation, etc on it and show your friends and you'll be hooked! Buy with confidence.

PS Sony extends the warranty to one year for free when you register.

A few follow-ups:

1. Apparently Sony is closing this out to make room for the TJ-27. The Tj-25 can now be found as low as 120 (if you time it right).
2. The cover issue was easily fixed with a dab of superglue on each "hook". Quite solid now (fold cover back to get it out of the way (it's made to do this)).
3. Battery life has been measured more accurately at 4:30 on "medium-low" backlight setting.
4. The sync adapter is still quite handy. A tad bit larger than a postage stamp and quite portable if you already have the aforementioned cable where you're going.
5. I've had it for 30 days now, and aside from wishing I'd caught it at 120, I'm still quite happy.
6. To clarify "lack of multimedia" I mean "even your old Nokia phone had more tones". On the other hand, I always have the sound off anyway (as does my wife who has a multimedia-capable Zire 71) so I didn't need one in the first place.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nasriah
It is one of the best out of sony products that you can get.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful addition to my life
I had to retire a palm zire 21 after 2 months because it would reset itself almost every other day. I sent it to the palm guys and it came back in worse condition that before. After reading the reviews on Amazon...I decided to call it quits while I was ahead and search for another PDA. (I had a palm Vx prior to that for 2 years).

WOW! What a jewel the Sony Clie is! It has much more memory than my other two models and for a work at home mom that's using her PDA to keep track of life, recipes, and wants all names and addresses at her fingertips, IN COLOR, this was a WONDERFUL purchase!

For the price (mine was $139), I cannot complain. It is much faster than my other palm pilots, the battery life is great, I don't really care that much about included applications, although the outlook "handler" does a great job (or seems to), and I think Sony really thought out the organization of the main screen on this PDA. A+

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Solid PDA
I picked up my TJ25 a few weeks ago, and I was immediately impressed with the clarity of the screen, the snappiness of the interface, and the connectiblity with Outlook 2k3.

After using it for these few weeks, I have had no problems yet. The battery life is excellent, although i never let it get below half-drained, and it is nice and small, so it can fit in my coat pocket easily.

Very good product from Sony, and, as always, great service from Amazon. ... Read more


58. Compaq iPAQ 3650 Color Pocket PC
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B00004T0RC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 10998
Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Compaq's iPAQ pocket PC combines a real Intel processor, new hardware, and a sleek industrial design that fits in your hand to create a powerful and stylish PDA you can take anywhere. It offers 32 MB of RAM and 16 MB of ROM--enough memory to hold a robust package of applications while leaving you a lot of room for your own applications. The color TFT screen produces 4,086 colors, and you can view the screen from many angles and in a variety of lighting situations. The Compaq iPAQ wraps the power of a Microsoft Windows operating system in a new interface designed for ease of use in a portable format. Even if you've never used a computer or digital organizer, learning to use the Compaq iPAQ is easy.

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, by voice recorder, or through inking. Both audible and visual alarms alert you when you have a scheduled event.

What sets this Pocket PC apart from similar devices on the market is its sleevelike expansion-pack system. The expansion-pack system allows you add functionality to suit your particular needs. Expansion-pack options currently include a CompactFlash pack, the ability to attach a CompactFlash card slot to your iPAQ, an executive leather and PC Card expansion pack, and a water-resistant sports pack. In the future, Compaq plans to release a global positioning system pack, so you can make your iPAQ pocket PC into a GPS unit.

The Compaq iPAQ is sporty and small. At 5.11 by 3.28 by 0.62 inches and 6 ounces, it fits in your hand or slides into your pocket with ease. Don't let the size fool you into thinking you don't get many applications with your iPAQ. You receive a great deal of Microsoft software, such as Pocket versions of Word, Excel, Internet Explorer, and Outlook as well as the full desktop version of Outlook 2000. Compaq has also built in utilities so that frequent actions--such as switching between tasks, adjusting volume, or changing backlighting--are only a click away.

Compaq offers a one-year warranty on parts and labor for the iPAQ.

What's in the box

  • iPaQ 3650
  • Two Styli
  • Vinyl slipcase
  • AC adapter
  • Docking cradle
  • Rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery
  • iPaQ Expansion Pack system
  • User Manual
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Features

  • 240 x 320 TFT LCD screen displays more than 4,000 colors
  • 32 MB RAM and 16 MB ROM
  • Includes Pocket Excel, Word, Internet Explorer, and Outlook, plus desktop version of Outlook 2000
  • Plays Audible.com spoken-word content; optional expansion packs can add a variety of functions
  • What's in the box: iPaQ 3650, Two Styli, Vinyl slipcase, AC adapter, Docking cradle, Rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery, iPaQ Expansion Pack system, User Manual

Reviews (108)

5-0 out of 5 stars iPaq The coolest thing I have ever owned
I don't usually write reviews, but this product has so much functionality that I am continually amazed. It reminds me of the first time I bought a computer (1980 or so) and each time I went to use it, I discovered new and wonderous things that it could help me do.

The iPaq comes with a USB docking station and charger. I think, I will try to buy an auto adapter soon, because it charges to full capacity very quickly. I am on the road a bit and don't want to really carry another standard charger (eg PC, phone).

My iPaq connects to my PC a work seemlessly. I have all my appointments,emails downloaded automatically, so I am always on top of things. I have started reading books on the iPaq, not much is yet available, but you can read in dim conditions and changing a page is a thumb push EASIER than turning a page in a book.

I went to Paris last week and used the free map to help me figure out where to stay and where to go. Its only the start (the apps) of what is going to make the CE type devices the "PC" of the future.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply, Amazing.
The iPaq is the handheld unit for students, professionals and anyone looking to organize there life. Being able to d/l e-mails before I head off to work and download latest news, business info and other online content without even having to sit at my pc is simply awesome. The Microsoft reader is also amazing. The screen is so sharp and easy to read I forget it's not paper.

Listening to music on the go was another reason why I purchased this particular unit. I won't need a separate portable Mp3 player. The only thing I am concerned with is memory and I have been searching everywhere for the CF Jacket so I can pop in another 64meg card. Right now I am limited to about 4songs. Another cool feature is the autoSync I hook my unit up AutoSync goes to the web updates my news and sports info. Checks my e-mail and syncs my files up. I drop a couple of new mp3s into the folder have a cup of coffee and head out!!

This beats the hell out of my Psion5. The only thing I miss about the psion5 is it's large keyboard. I am sure it beats the PalmOS as well.

Anyone want a Psion5?

4-0 out of 5 stars An actual Review
The Ipaq is a great pocket pc overall. The Good and the bad

Bad- With small amount of memory you can sometimes have a problem of certain programs not functioning properly. Since the pocket pc manages its memory automatically you cant always use your on board memory to its full advantage.

The foul part on Compaq is that you must buy accessories for example the carring case you get with it is a sleeve which is tight as hell to pull your pocket pc which means you need to buy accessories and since there is no slot to stick a memory card in you have to buy a new sleeve that allows you to put a memory card in then you got to get the card seperately which all together can run you over another 100 or more which as we know will be more. Which is funny cause you can get a real pc for the price of this.

I guess buy now your wondering what the good is:

Well if your the type like me that has a lot of appointments on a daily basis and keeps forgetting those important meetings than this is definately for you. Its great because you have many programs that interact with your pc like word and excel plus once linked to your pc you can connect through the net download and whatever which is cool. The programs that you can load are amazing like you can turn your pocket pc from a calculator to a voice command gaming system to even a remote control for any tv stero or vcr or dvd player doesnt matter.

I have found it very useful in my newly busy life and a great benefit for reminders. Battery last pretty long even with the color screen I mean if you plan on using it the whole day and plan on doing serious programs on it better bring your charger.

Later

3-0 out of 5 stars Love the concept and loved the product
But after several months of owning it, I am noticing some things I don't like.

Pro's:

Pocket PC operating system is wonderful. It is just like Windows and has everything Windows has to offer in a little tiny version. I am a programmer, and love the ability to connect to databases with this product

MP3. What else do I need to say about that?? Wonderful!

Document Library: A specially designated place tos tore eBooks was a wonderful idea!

Screen: Crisp and clean. Perfect clarity, much better than the Sony's.

Con's:

Battery Life: Very short. I need to recharge fully every night and do a restore as the battery dies throughout the day.

Size: Very bulky. In today's marketplace I find it hard to believe this model cannot be more compact. Warning: This BARELY fits in the Coach mini-office.

Lack of accessories: Try to find a hardcase for this model. Yikes! Without it, your iPaq will turn on on its own, draining the battery even more.

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid device
Very nice machine - I use it everyday. The software out for it is growing. I have owned this machine since Jan '02, and have had no major problems with it. I think it is better than any palm device I have ever used.

Cons:
Software - MS still has some glitches... but only once in a while (~1/month) after a sync the machine will 'freeze' and needs to be soft reset (w/no loss of data).
Also be aware of another problem other ppl have encountered with pluging in the ear phone jack to listen to music, then removing them and having no sound on the external speakers. This may have been fixed on the more recent devices.

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59. Handspring Visor Pro (Silver)

Asin: B00005OCWZ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Handspring
Sales Rank: 14554
Average Customer Review: 3.81 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The elegant and powerful Handspring Visor Pro gives you all the memory you need for most software and hardware applications, plus the flexibility of Handspring's celebrated Springboard expansion slot. Work on or store documents, spreadsheets, and price lists with your Visor Pro. The stylish silver design and state-of-the-art features make it the perfect accessory for any executive.

The Handspring Visor Pro comes with 16 MB of memory, more than enough to store thousands of e-mails, addresses, and memos--more than any other Palm OS-based handheld currently available. A superfast 33 MHz Motorola Dragonball VZ processor launches the Visor Pro to the top of the list in handheld computing power. Enter data in seconds with Handspring's easy-to-use address book, to-do list, memo pad, date book, advanced calculator, and world clock applications.

The Handspring Visor Pro runs the popular Palm operating system, so it is fully compatible with thousands of Palm OS applications. Plus, Handspring has added features to the Palm OS, like an advanced datebook, calculator, world clock, and built-in floating-point math support. Enter memos and notes into your Visor Pro with the easy-to-use Graffiti handwriting software.

Expand the capabilities of the Visor Pro with the built-in expansion slot, which lets you turn your handheld into an MP3 player, pager, modem, and GPS receiver.Just slide an optional hardware or software Springboard module into the slot on the back, and your Visor Pro takes on a new function with no configuration or additional software required.

The Pro's infrared port lets you beam data to other handhelds, and it also has a built-in microphone for use with digital voice recorder modules.

With the Visor Pro's speedy USB connection, synchronizing data with your desktop has never been easier. Just place your Pro into the included USB cradle and exchange data with the touch of a button. The Visor Pro features an internal rechargeable lithium ion battery that quickly recharges in the cradle.

The Handspring Visor Pro comes with a USB HotSync cradle, stylus, snap cover, desktop synchronization software for Windows and Mac, software link for synchronizing with Microsoft Outlook (Windows only), AC power adapter for recharging the internal battery, and a one-year warranty. E-mail support is included for Microsoft Outlook, Lotus cc:Mail, and Qualcomm Eudora.

What's in the box

  • Visor Pro
  • USB HotSync cradle
  • 16 MB RAM
  • AC power adapter
  • Snap cover
  • Stylus
  • Desktop synchronization software for Windows and Mac
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Features

  • 16 MB of memory and internal rechargeable battery
  • Built-in address book, to-do list, memo pad, date book, advanced calculator, silent alarm, and world clock
  • Use expansion slot to turn the Visor Pro into an MP3 player, modem, GPS receiver, and more with optional Springboard modules
  • Runs Palm operating system works with thousands of Palm OS applications; compatible with Windows 98, Me, and 2000 and Mac System 8.5 or later
  • What's in the box: Visor Pro, USB HotSync cradle, 16 MB RAM, AC power adapter, Snap cover, Stylus, Desktop synchronization software for Windows and Mac

Reviews (16)

5-0 out of 5 stars Still recommends the Handspring
This unit is the best unit on the market for those who seek a B&W Palm device. The 16MB RAM coupled with the Springboard slot allows this unit to last for years to come. The Springboard has nearly a hundred modules available, where the others only have a handful. You don't have to pick and choose from your choice apps for only 8MB worth, you can keep them all on your device. Handspring continues to raise the bar for what a Palm device should be. Some people are concerned about the life of the Springboard, because Handspring's latest Treo does not have one - plus the indicated that they would get out of the traditional PDA business (with includes the Visor brand). The fact remains - as long as the Visor brands are out there, the developers will continue to make springboard add-ons. The developers make money off these add-ons, not Handspring.

2-0 out of 5 stars Poor products, poor service
I have had my Visor PRO less than 6 months. The hotsync cradle has had to be replaced once already, and the software crashed and had to be reinstalled.

A friend bought one at the same time, it was a complete lemon. She sent it back to be replaced and went through 3 different models in as many months before she finally gave up and bought another PDA. What a waste of money!

And when you register the product with Handspring, they send you a coupon, with no info on any expiration, but when I tried to use it I was told it expires in 30 days. When I protested that they need to tell you about the 30 day limit when they send you the email, and asked to discuss it with a supervisor, I was ignored and have not been contacted again.

Like many other reviewers, this is the first and last Handspring product I will buy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Palm-O/S handheld!
This is a great Palm-O/S based handheld unit. With 16MB of memory it offers plenty of storage; more than most Palm-based units on the market. The USB synchronization and rechargable battery are nice, too. A great device for those who want a 'workhorse' instead of a 'showhorse'. ;-)

2-0 out of 5 stars Great when working, awful customer support
It's my first PDA. As a doctor I use it both for business and personal information. After owning it for about 8 months, the battery would no longer recharge, so I sent it back to handspring. Service was promt and relatively courteous except for one thing...they didn't fix the problem! The unit was returned to me with exactly the same malfunction. Mechanical breakdowns happen, but since the customer support isn't there to back up the product, I won't buy from Handspring again.
To add some more. Finally got the problem fixed, but it recurred two more times. I am now the happy owner of a Sony Clie SJ20...compact, reliable, good screen resolution.

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible PDA
I am new to PDA's and I thought that the Handspring Visor Pro was the way to go. Well I was wrong. I had it only two days at it would freez up on me atleast 3 times aday. Plus I thought it was too heavy and the screen color was not too good. So I returned it and bought a Sony Clie T615C. and that is the best. It came with alot more software like it has a program to be able to control all the T.V's, VCR's, and even the souround sound. It also has 64,000+ colors that makes it ver easy to read in almost any lighting conditions. It also comes with a better case to protect the screen. not a plastic one that is not attached to the pda like the pro's. The only thing that bug me a little is that the stylis may fall out if you accidently put it in your pocket upside down. The Sony is also alot easier to move through progams. it has a trun wheel on the side and back button that you can use. I thought that the Visor pro was a piece of junk. ... Read more


60. Sony Clie PEG-SJ22 Handheld
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00008L3HI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 4756
Average Customer Review: 3.63 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

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

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

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

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

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

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

Features

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

Reviews (60)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good PDA but not worth buying now.
The major pro's are,
1. Average price and still good build quality.
2. Looks good, small size, light weight and a very nice flip cover included.
3. Jog dial, 15MB RAM and memory stick expansion slot.
4. HiRes color display and very good backlight.
5. 7 hrs of battery life on a single charge with backlight on all the time.
6. Runs Palm OS 4 which has zillion free apps available and is very easy to use unlike Windows based PDA's.

Con's,
1. The color LCD isn't put to much use in Palm OS 4.
2. No other fun stuff like mp3.
3. Uses a Lithium Ion battery and Sony sells no replacements for it. Might be an issue in 18 months time.
4. No documents-to-go like in previous SJ's.
5. Soon to be discontinued and replaced by a newer model by Sony.

In short if you can wait for till Sept/Oct a lot many new PDA's should come out with Palm OS 5 and better features at same price point. SJ20 is better option since its below hundred after rebate now and there's harldy any difference between SJ20 & SJ22.

4-0 out of 5 stars five star price but set up was a little rough
Like with cell phones and digital cameras, I expected to be able to put away any included instructions and be able to do the basics like sync with my Outlook and download some pics onto my new Sony SJ-22. I failed miserably and finally went home at 8pm when my wife called me home. The main problem was that Intellisync Lite which comes with the SJ-33 is not included in the SJ-22 as indicated on Sony's website. The solution is to download it and pay $ after the 30 day trial or buy something that does the same thing. A cheap solution is available for those who already had similar software from their last PDA. I used software from my ancient Handspring. It took several attempts. Best thing to do is uninstall all Palm software. Next install your old software first specifying Outlook as your software to sync with. Finally, install your new Palm software but do not choose to 'remove old/existing conduits'. Those conduits are what allow you to sync with Outlook. Good luck. I love my SJ-22 now and pictures look beautiful on it.

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

2-0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR NOVICES
I am new to the PDA world, so when I received this as a Christmas gift last year, I was pretty excited about my new gadget. However, once I got into the meat of trying to use it, I found that it is not a user friendly system when it comes to the HotSync, etc functions. Additionally, as a novice, I'd expected the CDRom to provide more instruction for usage than it did. In fact, there was absolutely NO user instructions enclosed at all. Additionally, I recently lost every iota of data in the thing because there was never any instruction on how to save your information and prevent it from being lost. I wouldn't recommend this unit if you've never used one before.

4-0 out of 5 stars Amazingly colorful with ease of use.
I have been looking for PDA for sometime. And I found PEG-SJ22 from CompuVest.Com at 114.00 (Brand new! and not refurbished). The display is excellent and moving around within the application or from one application to another is definitely a plus. The best thing about this product is that you can prompt a keyboard (hence the real estate is efficiently used) or use the stylus to type or write numbers. That feature alone is worth spending money. ... Read more


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