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61. Sony Clie PEG-NX70V (Silver) Handheld
$349.88 list($399.88)
62. TAPWAVE Tapwave Zodiac 2
$99.00
63. PalmOne m105 Handheld
$145.00 list($349.00)
64. PalmOne m505 Color Handheld
65. Handspring Visor Prism
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66. HP iPAQ H1940 Pocket PC
$329.99 list($299.99)
67. HP iPAQ 1910 Pocket PC
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68. Compaq iPAQ 3670 Color Pocket
69. Compaq iPAQ 3765 Color Pocket
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70. HP iPAQ 5455 Pocket PC
$449.99 list($299.99)
71. Sony Clie PEG-TG50 Handheld
$149.85
72. Sony Clie PEG-SJ20 Handheld
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73. NEC Mobilepro 780 Portable Computer
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75. Franklin EBM-911 eBookMan (Translucent
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76. Handspring Visor Deluxe (Graphite)
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77. Sony Clie PEG-TJ35 Handheld
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78. PalmOne V Handheld
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79. Sony CLIE PEG-T665C/U Handheld
$389.99 list($499.99)
80. Compaq iPAQ 3955 Color Pocket

61. Sony Clie PEG-NX70V (Silver) Handheld
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B00006RSJ1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 6395
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Palm-powered PEG-NX70V Clié handheld comes equipped with a built-in digital camera (310,000 effective pixels) for taking digital pictures and video. The camera resolution has been improved to 640 x 480 pixels (VGA) with an option to save the images on Memory Stick media in JPEG format. Furthermore, the PEG-NX70V will record and play back video (MPEG-4) and store it on Memory Stick media.

The PEG-NX70V is equipped with a wireless communication slot for adding an optional wireless LAN (802.11b) card. Browse the Web, check e-mails, and synchronize data wirelessly with your PC via wireless local area network (LAN access point sold separately and Internet service provider required).

Display
The PEG-NX70V features high resolution on its 320 x 480 pixel backlit color display, which can display over 65,000 colors.

Operating System
The Sony Clié PEG-NX70V is powered by Palm OS 5.0 for more processing power, multimedia features, wireless connectivity, and higher security than OS 4.1.

Extra Software
The PEG-NX70V comes with the following Sony software: Audio Player, Clié Album, Clié Camera, Clié Mail, Clié Memo, Clié Remote Commander, Clié Viewer, Flash Player 5, Image Converter 2 1.0 (for PC), Memory Stick Backup, Memory Stick Export 1.1 (for PC), Memory Stick Files, Memory Stick Import, Movie Player, Movie Recorder, PictureGear Studio (for PC), PhotoStand, Photo Editor, SonicStage LE 1.5 (for PC), Sound Converter 1.0 (for PC), Sound Utility, Voice Recorder, and World Alarm Clock

Compatibility
The Sony Clié PEG-NX70V is compatible with Windows 98 SE, 2000 Professional, Me, XP Home, and XP Professional editions.

In the Box
The Sony Clié PEG-NX70V comes with a USB HotSync cradle, stylus, AC Adapter, stereo headphones, remote controller, plug adapter, plug adapter attachment, hand strap, installation CD-ROM, beginner's guide, add-on application guide, End User License Agreement, Graffiti sticker, and limited-warranty statement. ... Read more

Features

  • Built-in digital camera (310,000 effective pixels)
  • Integrated wireless communication slot
  • High-resolution TFT color display (320 x 480 pixels)
  • 16 MB of RAM, 16 MB of ROM, Memory Stick expansion slot
  • What's in the box: PEG-NX70V, USB HotSync cradle, stylus, AC Adapter, stereo headphones, remote controller, plug adapter, plug adapter attachment, hand strap, installation CD-ROM, beginner's guide

Reviews (43)

4-0 out of 5 stars A power toy
I don't want to repeat what others have said aplenty about the NX70V. I just want to provide a quick perspective from a casual user.

My overall impression is it's a power user's toy, and I'm very pleased with the built-in VGA-resolution camera, which has fast refreshing speed and high image quality. Sony packs in tons of features on this model, which makes the interface a little too cluttered and too busy. Palm OS is meant to be a simple and elegant experience, but the NX70V is rather daunting especially to the first-time user. The number of features and functions is just overwhelming, obscuring the ease-of-use trumpeted by Palm. And once you start using all the multimedia features, kiss good-bye to battery life: you'd better carry the charger with you at all times.

Would I want to own this nice PDA with everything but a built-in sink? Yes. But would I pay such a high price? Nope. I'm really happy with my [the brand I own], which has a better screen and a less stressful user interface and costs only half as much.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another excellent unit from Sony. You guys did it again!
Pros: Top toy with lots of great features: cameras, keyboard, voice recorder, color screen, medium-res camera, audio/video/photo capture, Wi-Fi capability, fast CPU, Metal Case, Decent camera and video, lots of software included, faster processor, Clie Launcher, Clie Memo, Small, built in keyboard, swivel screen, color screen, and an array of programs.

Cons: Limited battery life, high cost, you should buy more memory to go with it, Not too much OS5 software available... yet, price, Clie Viewer, Internet, Sony's obsession with copyright protection, low memory.

Summary: As you can see this product comes basically fully loaded. Yet, in my opinion the best feature is the built in keyboard. On previous PDA's to enter in information you either had to write in grafitti(which is the most annoying thing in world) or purchase an external keyboard, which is really expensive. Entering information into my Sony CLIE PEG-NX70V is so easy now, that I feel as if I have a computer right in the palm of my hand. The HOT-SYNC function on this product is the fastest and most reliable syncing that I have ever worked with. Because of the state of the art high resolution TFT screen with built in back-light, you can even look at your Sony CLIE PEG-NX70V in complete darkness or in extremely bright sunlight. There is no discoloration while using it while being outdoors. I don't suggest leaving it in the hot sun for long periods of time, though, because it will ruin the screen. I have not personally used the internet feature on my device, however, I have heard that it is the best wireless connection for any PDA. This PDA is so small that I can comfortably keep it in my pocket without any restriction in movement. All in all, I say that this product is miles ahead of any other product of its type!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good not Great
I think it's pointless to go on and on when writing a review so I'm gonna keep this short:
The Sony clie peg-nx70v is one wonderful piece of equipment.
I found that I extremely liked some of it's features like the compact design with the rotating screen, the thumb keyboard, the icon lay out, the camera/video recorder, and the voice recorder.
However, I rate it only good not great because of the annoying weight, how prone it is to being damaged, it's batery which tends to die rather quickly, and it's price.

Overall, I recomend the Sony clie peg-nx70v to most anybody!

5-0 out of 5 stars me and my Clie
This thing has more buttons & bells than I'll ever use! I'm glad I bought a book "How to use Your Clie". The included paperwork doesn't begin to explain everything you can do. Screen display is sharp & clear. I like using Graffiti to enter data rather than the keyboard. (You have three entry methods to choose from.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product
Unbelievable technology!!! Great sony software to improve the useability and increase the features available. Incredible leadership by Sony, very innovative. I purchased mine for $299 a display model at a local retailer, I had a 32 mb memory stick from a video camera I had, I have only had the CLIE for a few days but its wonderful, I have not tried to sync it yet, for mac you need the program the Missing Sync for 30$ you can download it I haven't yet, but I have read good reviews and it seems like a solid program.

No complaints, it seems that something like this should costat least $1500. The software that Sony provides for it is excellent Bravo Sony!!! I purchased the Zire 71 which is also an excellent product at a great price around $249, but if you can get the Sony for anywhere close to $369 or more its still a great deal. ... Read more


62. TAPWAVE Tapwave Zodiac 2
list price: $399.88
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Asin: B0002DOXKI
Catlog: Video Games
Sales Rank: 3180
Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • High-resolution 3.8 inch screen offers amazing, crisp graphics for games, digital photos, even videos
  • Powerful new processor optimized for multimedia and Bluetooth functions
  • True analog controller with full complement of ergonomically-placed triggers and buttons
  • 128MB internal memory
  • Expandable memory with two expansion slots for SD and SDIO card - preview video or photos, or pump up your gaming with up to 1GB of memory

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great device
This is a great pda/gaming console...there aernt many games out now but you can expect good things :) (never winter nights,mtx:mototrax, tomb raider, and street hoops)
there are already great titles out ..like duke nukem..tony hawk 4 , doom2, and many more...
if you dont like the games or applications made specifically then you can pick up over 19,000 others that are compatible witht the palm os(so says tapwave)...Visit the website and look at the specs and stuff....
BUY THIS PRODUCT YOU WONT BE DISSAPOINTED..(also if you would like to actually try out a zodiac before you buy it then visit your local compusa to try one out...)

5-0 out of 5 stars the true multimedia console
I owned zodiac 2 for about 8 months now, and i can say with confidence that it is the best palm OS that i owened and i moved between a few. i can babble on and on about its features and capabilities and it is great speakers, screen, memory, analog pad for games. bluetooth connectivity. but that what not add much to what other people said or what you can find on the website. and nothing is better than trying it. get from www.tapwave.com and if you don't like it just return it within 30days. i know i did that and i decided to keep it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best PDA bar none!
I'm a long time Palm (and Pocket PC) user and have never really been 100% happy with any device I've gotten. Some came close...my wonderful Sony Clie 710C was awesome in its day. I've enjoyed the Sony Clie line for its superb color screens and cutting-edge features. But they are expensive and more recently, seemed to be falling behind. I was darn tired of having to upgrade the RAM in order to have something useable so when I heard about the Tapwave Zodiac 2 which offered an unbelievable 128 Meg of RAM I was immediately interested. After checking the specs I determined to be one of the first to get one of these devices. Gaming is secondary to it being a good Palm device, but definitely a HUGE plus for me.

My first reaction when I got it was how awesome the screen was! It definitely rivaled any other Palm device out there, and people always comment on it when I show them. The huge amount of RAM is just a joy to have. You can even load MP3s on it, although certainly using a good size SD card works even better. Don't miss the double card slots! Another feature you won't find on any other Palm device.

Video playback is great using MMPlayer (ditch the crappy Kinoma it comes with) and MP3 music is quite excellent. Battery life is excellent compared to other Palm color devices, and landscape and portrait options make things like reading ebooks and viewing photos even better. Bluetooth works great, I have no trouble downloading email over my cellphone.

So, how is it as a gaming device? Compared to other Palm devices, this device blows them out of the water! The number of available games specifically for the Zodiac is still fairly small (although there are some excellent games out there now) but having access to the full library of Palm games means I have more games loaded on it then I ever will have time to play. The included game, Stunt Car Extreme, is excellent and shows great potential for this device.

Overall, as a gaming device alone, I probably would not recommend the Zodiac, simply because there are better, cheaper options out there. But if you need or want a PDA that does multimedia and gaming, you won't find a better choice, and at a very reasonable price.

4-0 out of 5 stars Tapwave Zodiac on top of all PDA's
The Zodiac is a killer PDA, originally I bought to have it as a gaming system but now I can't leave home with out it. I use the PDA functions more than I ever thought I would. But gameing on this hand held is great. The screen size is perfect for watching movies and the speakers pump out enough sound to listen to your MP3s but still better using the headphone jack for that. I recomend getting the Zodiac 2 for the extra on board memory at your disposal, and also pick up a cradle it makes things so much easier.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very impressed...
I did a lot of research before purchasing my Zodiac. I was a PocketPC user and while some of the palm devices (Clies mostly) where very interesting looking, none were enough to make me consider switching. But the Zodiac was really appealing.

I found that I was looking for more gaming ability than just solitare or puzzle games...I wanted a bit more of a gaming experience. The Zodiac looked like it would fit the bill exactly! Now I wouldn't need to bring my GameBoy Advance and my PDA along if I wanted to play a game, just need my Zodiac. So, with a bit of concern over moving to the Palm OS I got a Zodiac.

I have to say that I'm simply thrilled that I did so. I'm very, very happy with my Zodiac. The construction of the unit is very solid. It feels strong, the buttons work great and the analog joystick is great.

The software is intuitive and nicely laid out. The nagivation is increadible smooth using the analog dial.

All in all, I'm increadibly happy with the purchase ... Read more


63. PalmOne m105 Handheld

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Asin: B000059MSI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 3973
Average Customer Review: 3.59 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Palm handhelds have succeeded because they're small and lightweight but hold a surprisingly large amount of personal data. The Palm m105 handheld expands on those essential features by offering an organizer that's smaller and lighter (4.4 ounces) than most others while remaining packed with 8 MB of memory, so it can do much more than just store your calendar or addresses. The m105 is also one of the most comfortable Palm devices we've held--its distinctive curved bottom rests comfortably in the palm.

Like other Palm devices, the m105 includes an infrared port for beaming data to other handhelds, and it features a high-contrast screen with optional backlighting for low-light situations. At 2 inches square, the screen is slightly smaller than those on most Palm organizers. We noticed the difference since we've been using Palm handhelds for some time, but the m105 retains the same 160-by-160-pixel resolution, so this probably won't be a distraction for most users.

However, unlike other Palm handhelds, the m100 series includes two special applications. The Clock displays the date and time if you simply push the top scroll button on the front, even when the device is off. (It can also be viewed through a window in the cover.) And with the Note Pad, we could write notes or draw pictures directly on the screen without having to write in Graffiti, Palm's character-recognition language.

With more memory, the m105 can now hold more software--and Palm has provided a range of possibilities on the accompanying CD-ROM. Palm's Mobile Internet Kit, normally sold separately, is a software collection that allows the m105 to communicate via infrared link with a GSM cellular phone (such as the Nokia 8290). The kit includes MultiMail Pro software for managing e-mail, programs for SMS text messaging and WAP (Wireless Access Protocol) browsing, and software for accessing Web Clipping data over the Palm.net network (the same service used for the wireless Palm VIIx). Also included on the CD-ROM is the AvantGo Web browser and a client for connecting to AOL.

The Palm m105 includes a HotSync cradle (the m100 handheld shipped with just a cable) for synchronizing data between the handheld and a desktop or laptop computer. Macintosh owners (like ourselves) or anyone wishing to use a USB port on a Windows system will need to purchase the USB serial adapter, though the Mac version of the Palm Desktop software is included in the box.

We were disappointed to find that the Windows version of Palm Desktop included on the CD-ROM is one generation behind the latest release. However, you can download Palm Desktop 4.0 for free from Palm's Web site, making this only a one-time nuisance. Additionally, the m105 is not flash upgradable, so you won't be able to update to a newer version of the operating system later on (the m105 comes with Palm OS 3.5).

With the addition of more memory and Internet access software, plus its comfortable, lightweight design, the Palm m105 is an entry-level handheld that doesn't feel like the new kid on the block. --Jeff Carlson

Pros:

  • Smaller and lighter than most handhelds, fitting comfortably in hand
  • 8 MB memory stores more data
  • Includes Palm Mobile Internet Kit and other software for online access

Cons:

  • Slightly smaller screen
  • Operating system not upgradable
  • Doesn't ship with latest Palm Desktop software for Windows
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Features

  • 8 MB memory--stores thousands of addresses, phone numbers, appointments, and to-do items
  • Includes HotSync serial cradle to back up data to your PC or Macintosh
  • Comes with e-mail and Mobile Internet Kit software and desktop software for both PC and Mac
  • Link to Microsoft Outlook (Windows only)
  • Customizable with optional snap-on faceplates

Reviews (111)

5-0 out of 5 stars Palm Pilot m105...
Lots of storage capacity... All the cool features of the Palm™ m100 handheld, plus 8MB of memory, the Mobile Internet Kit, and a HotSync® cradle for fast and easy backup... Web and email friendly... The included Mobile Internet Kit makes it easy to stay in touch...Send and receive email wirelessly or tap into your favorite websites using your compatible modem or cell phone from practically anywhere... Totally customizable... Change the color of your handheld with an assortment of snap-on faceplates...Plus, add on any of the thousands of software applications available, from business productivity tools to games...Many are free... Keeps your data safe. Backup all your important data onto your desktop with the touch of a button using the included HotSync® cradle... At-a-glance timekeeping... Conveniently-positioned clock doubles as a travel alarm to get you up on time... Size/Weight: 4.66" x 3.12" x .72" / 4.4 oz...

Display: Advanced LCD with backlight...

Expandability: Serial connector...

Software Applications: Date Book, Address Boook, Mail, To Do List, Memo Pad, Expense, Calculator, Notepad, Security, Games, HotSync® technology for local and remote synchronization with your PC...

Desktop Import/Export: Import CSV, Tab delimited, TXT. Drag and drop links to Microsoft Excel and Word...

Infrared Port: Yes, for data/software sharing...

Operating System: Palm OS Software v3.5...

Flexible Storage Capacity: Highly efficient operating system w/ 8MB of memory stores thousands of addresses, years of appointments, hundreds of to-do items, notes, memos, and more than 50 add-on applications (based on an average size of 50k, size of applications may vary)...

Requirements: • IBM-compatible 486 PC or higher running Windows 95/98/2000/NT or Macintosh Power PC running OS 7.5.3 or later • Macintosh Power PC running OS 7.5.3 or later • 16MB recommended for Windows 2000 • 30MB free hard disk space • Mouse • CD Rom Drive • 6MB free RAM for Macintosh • One available serial port (USB and Macintosh serial adapters sold seperately)

Included in the box: • Palm m105 handheld • HotSync Cradle • Two AAA alkaline batteries • CD-ROM (Palm™ Desktop software, Link to Microsoft Outlook, AvantGo software) • Mobile Internet Kit • Black faceplate and protective flip cover

Cool Piece...IIIxe Is Now Discontinued...Great New Piece, But The Screen Is Smaller Than The IIIxe...

5-0 out of 5 stars It's a good starter PDA...
I've had my m105 for two years before experiencing loss of data, which is a result of an internal capacitor not holding a charge on the motherboard. So why the five stars then? Because it's a GREAT starter PDA.

It served my initial purpose--which was eliminate lugging around my bulky Franklin planner. From there, I kept track of various budgets, i.e., weekly expenses and saving for vacations, as well as tracked time I spent writing. I even *wrote* chunks of various novels-in-progress on the m105 with folding keyboard (keyboard sold separately.) I also enjoyed ebooks, which I wasn't interested in reading pre-PDA because I didn't want to read the books at my computer or waste paper printing them out.

If you're looking for a great starter PDA, or if you're aren't too sure about whether or not a PDA would be of use to you, I HIGHLY recommend the m105. Even the battery situation isn't a problem: I've used rechargeable AAA batteries for my entire two years of use.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
I bought a m105 in June 2003. It worked fine for a few months, then I started to lose all my data during battery replacement. Now, it takes me 30 minutes and half my battery power to hotsync after battery changes. There should be a recall from Palm but they are not "man" enough to deal with this problem. If you call them they will charge you $75 to fix this problem.

2-0 out of 5 stars I wore it out after 4 months of use.
Plus side: if you want something simple this is the PDA for you.

Minus side: if you use PDAs as a lifeline as I did, find another model. This model wore out after a few months where I changed the batteries and all I kept getting was the "touch center of target screen" After I called tech support, they wanted me to pay $75 to fix it. I might as well get a new Palm pilot (I got this one as a gift), so I'm shopping for a new one. The only lifesaver was that I saved my files before it went bad!

1-0 out of 5 stars Nice while it lasts...THEN the wheels fall off.
Granted...i bought a refurbished unit, and it worked wonderfully for a while, but it WILL develope the dredded 'lose data on battery change' problem. Disappointing. Hot sync before you change, and then after to restore data. I really wish someone would come up with *THE* fix, as i can handle SMT componants, and this spoils an otherwise great little PDA. ... Read more


64. PalmOne m505 Color Handheld
list price: $349.00
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Asin: B00005AWCL
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 5192
Average Customer Review: 3.38 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pros:

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

Cons:

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

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

Reviews (223)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pros:

Smaller than a Palm V (slightly heavier)

Color screen looks great

Backlighting on the Graffiti area finally

Lots of cool bundled software

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

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

Cons:

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

Scroll buttons

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

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

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

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


65. Handspring Visor Prism

Asin: B00004Y7TD
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Handspring
Sales Rank: 12583
Average Customer Review: 4.15 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Handspring's first foray into the realm of color palmtops, the Visor Prism may not deliver the crispness of displays on the latest Windows CE devices from Casio and Compaq, but it does improve on the Palm IIIc, its main competitor.

While the Prism costs more than the Palm IIIc, its increased color depth and brightness (it delivers 16-bit color compared to the 8-bit color of the IIIc) really shines in gaming and graphical applications. Even the default world map that's used to set geographic location and time appeared more distinct and offered the illusion of 3-D.

Like other Visors, the Prism contains a Springboard module slot, letting users upgrade its capabilities--such as adding an MP3 player, expanding memory, and eventually adding a cell phone (among many options). With the color screen of the Prism, modules such as the eyemodule digital camera really take on new life. With the Prism, the eyemodule takes color pictures, while previous versions of the Visor only allowed users to view them in grayscale.

Further, unlike other Visors, the Visor Prism uses an internal lithium-ion rechargeable battery--a nice touch as the color display would have drained the standard two AAAs quickly. Handspring claims that a fully charged battery should last a week or two with normal use, but we found continuous use of the display, such as with game playing or extended note taking, wore the battery down much faster. However, every time the Prism syncs in the fast-transferring USB cradle, the battery gets charged--and it only takes a few minutes to top off the current level of juice.

Although the color screen only extends the thickness of the Prism by a tenth of an inch compared to previous Visors, it's still twice as thick as the sleek Palm V line of devices. But it is smaller than CE devices such as Casio's EM-500 and the Compaq iPaq, and for its size category of palmtops, it delivers the best colors around. --J. Curtis

Pros:

  • 16-bit color (compared to the Palm IIIc's 8-bit color)
  • 8 MB memory
  • Expandable using Springboard modules

Cons:

  • Color display not as bright or crisp as Pocket PCs
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Features

  • Sharp full-color screen displays over 65,000 colors
  • 8 MB RAM stores thousands of addresses, appointments, to-do items, and more
  • Features address book, to-do list, memo pad, date book, advanced calculator, and world clock
  • Fully compatible with thousands of Palm OS applications; supports optional expansion modules for MP3 player, pager, modem, GPS, video games, and more
  • What's in the box: Visor Prism, Cobalt Blue HotSync cradle, 8 MB RAM, Internal rechargeable lithium ion battery, USB HotSync charging cradle, Leather slipcase

Reviews (141)

5-0 out of 5 stars Probably the best color Palm OS device on the market
The Visor Prism may be the best color Palm OS PDA out there at the moment. The 16 bit color display is a joy to use compared to the 8 bit display on the Palm IIIc, and there can be no comparison to the non-color displays.

The processor is fairly speedy, but nothing to write home about. The built in battery holds it's charge fairly well, but don't plan on using the device constantly during long flights on it.

The only drawbacks to this model are minor. The Prism is a fairly bulky device, as thick or thicker than the Palm VII, which may make finding a case for it difficult. It's always a little hard to find a good carrying case for a Visor because the removable expansion port cover makes it hard to affix the velcro pad for securing the device in the case. Finally, the side mounted IR port is a bit of pain to use, especially with Palm users. But really, how often do you beam stuff anyway?

Summary: Excellent display, good flexibility due to the expansion slot. Good value.

4-0 out of 5 stars Heading in the right direction.
The Prism is what many have been waiting for in a Palm-based machine: brilliant color, expandibility, rechargable batteries, and mind-boggling speed.

What are the drawbacks? Well, certainly if you are looking to purchace your first PDA this will definately be one to look in to, but more experienced users will quickly be able to identify two chief problems: battery life and tight memory constrictions when using full-color images.

The battery is meant to last 15 days under normal use. If you have been using replacable batteries or a monocrome rechargable unit, this may feel a bit restricting. Plug in a springboard module and you may watch your battery's charge plumet even faster. Under normal conditions, where a person would be plugging their device into a cradle every night, this won't be a problem, but don't forget your charger if you're planning to stay away from home too long.

What will attract many away from the Palm IIIc will likely be the flashy new high-color display. Unfortunately, it should be kept in mind that more colors per pixel means larger files. 8 megabytes will seem awfuly cramped with only one or two photos loaded in. One solution will be the memory expansion unit, but the base problem still remains: the files will be huge. Effective memory management will be a must for any planning on trying to take advantage of the capabilities of the new display.

One further problem, which should not be of too much concern for the time being, is the fact that the ROM in the Prism is mask Rom, not flash. In other words, when system updates come out you won't be able to rewrite the device's ROM. Palm does not at this point seem to be working towards any massive overhauls to their system, so this should not be a worry for a while, but for those looking to use the Prism for years ahead this may be a point to consider.

All in all, the Prism is the first color Palm unit to deliver so much at a cost that puts in within reach of most of the other high-performance models. Still, the drawbacks to the Prism should keep a person from hastily rushing to sell off their IIIc, Vx, or Sony units. This will be a good first-time or replacement device, however, and will be sure to make you the envy of your friends and enemies.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant value for PDAphone (Visor Prism+Phone)
I've been using Visor Prism + Phone for about 2 months now, I bought it from a local store which suprisingly still had some stocks and guaranteed the item for 1 year.
Overall, I found it very very useful. I'm not a heavy PDA user, so mainly I use it to read e-books, see photos, games. Visor's 8 Megs is more than enough.
More about the phone, I can't tell how much I admire the modularity of Springboard. Handspring engineer have done great job. The phone and sms function work perfect, compared to the more pricey Tungsten W.
It's better than Treo 270 I assume, on color display (Treo has 4096 while Prism has 65K) and of course using Visor I don't have to worry about flip hinge crack that often happen to Treo user.
Some drawbacks that I found is that battery drained quickly, I also notice that there are some dead pixels in the unit I bought, and last but not least it's quite heavy to carry.
Based on the above, I still think that this product is a great collectible item,worth the price, and everywhere you carry it people were just curious to know. It's a bit rare that to some it's more intriguing than even the popular O2 XDA. Well done Handspring!

5-0 out of 5 stars I Miss my Visor Prism!!
I replaced my Prism with a Palm M515 and I miss my Visor!! If I knew then how difficult it would be to replace I would have purchased several more, kept a nice inventory and and made a profit on the rest. Handspring made a VERY nice color PDA.....I hope PalmOne stays with it...

4-0 out of 5 stars Long-time Owner & User and Love It!!
I have had my Prism for years now and absolutely love it. Loved it so much that when my wife was ready for a PDA, she got one too. We have Targus keyboards, the Magellan GPS, modems, Eyemodule camera, tons of memory and applications and now we can get apps and accessories for next to nothing!! She dropped hers the other day, broke the chassis, and will probably buy another--cheaper than repairing!! I was in a hurry in the car connecting the GPS, smashed the Springboard pins and will probably buy another as well!! Sorry for those with bad experiences, but we've had great service with ours. Obviously, a new power-user would want something more up-to-date, but for a student or someone like me who has had their Prism for a while, it still proves to be a great value!! ... Read more


66. HP iPAQ H1940 Pocket PC
list price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000AAAWS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 24547
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • A thin, light, and affordable Pocket PC
  • Includes mobile versions of Microsoft Office: Pocket Outlook, Word, and Excel
  • Integrated Bluetooth for wireless communication with other Bluetooth devices
  • Great multimedia features
  • What's in the box: hp iPAQ Pocket PC h1940, USB Synchronization Cable, AC Adapter, battery, getting started poster; charger adapter; 2.5-mm - 3.5mm audio adapter, hp iPAQ Pocket PC Companion CD

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars So cool...
I ordered the h1940 on Amazon with free shipping and it arrived the next day! (The website said it will take 5-9 business days...). I've had it for 3 weeks now, and I must say this is quite a piece. I shopped around in stores, and this was the smallest handheld device on the market. It works great with my desktop PC, and keeps me very organized. Now that I'm so organized, I don't know what to do with all this free time I discovered I have, so I'm here writing reviews...

It doesn't come with a case or a cover, so you'll have to find one or risk damaging your display screen. I got the Belkin leather case designed for this model for $11. If you're interested in upgrading to Wi-fi, you can get the SD (Secure Digital) Wi-Fi card for about $90-100.

Update: I'm reducing the ratings to 4 stars because of the following: I mentioned earlier that you can go wifi by adding an SD wifi card for $90. I discovered later that the iPAQ H4155 already has built-in wifi and it only cost $400. In addition the H4155 has a 400mhz processor. If you are interested in wifi connectivity I would recommend you buy the H4155 instead of this one. I wanted to save money so I obstained from the h4155, but now I wish I had bought that one instead of this one. Not that this pocket PC isn't good, in fact it's great. But if you want wifi this isn't the right choice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful Machine in a Tiny Package
Had the 1940 but, with the addition of integrated Bluetooth wireless communication and a faster processor, the h1940 is what I really needed. So much power in a machine that weighs just 4.37 ounces and is very small (4.46 x 2.75 x 0.5 in). Also like the upgrade to Microsoft® Windows® Pocket PC 2003 Professional that is included. ... Read more


67. HP iPAQ 1910 Pocket PC
list price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00007B6L5
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 4331
Average Customer Review: 3.96 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

It's thin (only .50 inches thick), it's light (only 4.23 ounces), and it's bright, with a clear and dazzling transreflective color display. The iPAQ H1910 Pocket PC offers a great combination of features and distinctive design that fits your lifestyle. It allows you the freedom to access essential personal information and entertainment at your convenience.

The HP iPAQ H1910 Pocket PC comes with a 200 MHz Intel XScale processor, 64 MB RAM, 16 MB flash ROM, and a Secure Digital memory slot for additional memory. The display is a color transflective TFT LCD, 16-bit touch screen, capable of displaying more than 64,000 colors with 240 x 320 resolution.

Programs installed on the Pocket PC include: Microsoft Windows CE, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Voice Recorder, Notes, Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player (for playing MP3 files), Calculator, Solitaire, Inbox (for e-mail), Microsoft Reader (eBooks), File Explorer, MSN Messenger, Terminal Services Client, VPN Client, Infrared Beaming, Clock, Align Screen, Memory, Volume Control, iPAQ Task Manager, iPAQ File Store, iPAQ Backup, and iPAQ Image Viewer.

The iPAQ H1910 comes with a slim removable battery, a USB synchronization cable, an AC adapter, a charging adapter (tethered to the AC adapter), a quick-start user's guide, and an HP iPAQ Pocket PC Companion CD-ROM (including Microsoft Outlook 2000, ActiveSync 3.5, add-on applications, and a reference guide).

The HP iPAQ H1910 comes with a one-year limited warranty.

What's in the box

  • iPAQ H1910
  • Slim lithium-ion removable battery
  • USB synchronization cable
  • AC adapter
  • Charging adapter (tethered to the AC adapter)
  • Quick-start user's guide
  • HP iPAQ Pocket PC Companion CD-ROM (including Microsoft Outlook 2000, ActiveSync 3.5, add-on applications, and a reference guide)
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Features

  • Dazzling Transflective TFT color (over 65,000 colors) with LED backlight display
  • Removable/rechargeable 900 mAh Lithium-lon battery
  • Secure Digital memory card slot for transferring and storing music, picture and more
  • 200 MHz Intel PXA 250 processor
  • What's in the box: iPAQ H1910, slim removable battery, USB synchronization cable, AC and charging adapter, quick-start user's guide, HP iPAQ Pocket PC Companion CD-ROM

Reviews (79)

4-0 out of 5 stars The Pocket PC is great, but....
I bought my 1910 when it came out in Dec. 2002. I wanted something that literally would fit in my shirt pocket without feeling that I was carrying a lump of coal in there. I considered the then-new Dell pocket PC, but this one was smaller, lighter, and at least as capable. Functionally, I definitely give it 5 stars. In particular, the display is as bright and crisp as on the more expensive iPAQ models. My dissatisfaction is, to a degree, my own fault. I knew when I bought it that no accessories for other iPAQ models would be compatible. But I thought that in a few months, either HP or third parties would address this. However, there is still no reasonably priced custom-fit case for it, nor a keyboard or modem. Maybe sales haven't been high enough to justify this. If you view this as a top-end PDA on which you can play MS solitaire, rather than as a fully functional pocket PC, then you should be extrememly pleased.

4-0 out of 5 stars everything you expect but still missing
I've been a PDA for about 4 years. Started out with a Compaq iPaq running Windows CE and loved it. When I dropped it and the screen broke, my extended warrantee replaced it with a Palm Vx and it did the job but I always wanted a Windows CE again. The newer iPaq models were just too large for my needs. When I saw the 1910 I ditched the Vx and Pocket PC is everything I remembered and more.

The screen on this is fantastic. Super bright and extremely vibrant. Way better than the monochrome on my old iPaq and my Vx.

If you use Microsoft Outlook, Pocket PC is must have. The one thing I really like is when you sync with MS Outlook you get all the information (i.e. multiple address, all phone numbers, etc.) unlike the Palm where it was a partial sync.

The size is amazing. Smaller than my Vx and iPaq, it makes it very nice when you're on the go. The newer iPaqs, although much like a full blown computer, are much too large to carry around daily.

The only thing keeping me from rating this as 5 stars is you to buy the cradle separately, that's bogus. Also, why isn't there a case available? My old iPaq came with a sleeve. My Vx had that flap thing and I had the optional form fitting hard case. HP needs to get with it and offer a case at the minimum and should include some sort of case.

5-0 out of 5 stars One should try this
I received iPaq as a birthday gift from my fiance.I know quite well about electronics.
My initial impression was Wow..
The Display/Graphics is extremely pleasing.Navigation is very simple..so any starter who is not very techno savvy can operate this PC with ease.Since the operating system is Windows CE,its very simple to browse thru(as many are familiar with Windows GUI).The best feature ofcourse is Outlook Syncup (must for all Pocket PCs ofcourse) but its easy and quick.The software installation is not too difficult either.The sound quality is good and works great with a Secure Digital card as well.

Now for a few Cons,
The conventional "CROSS" at Top,right hand corner doesnot stand for "Closing" of the program but it means "Minimising" the screen.That leaves your program still running in Backgroud.So even if the display shows your "desktop" (Today screen) there are functions running in backgroud...This will make your PC freeze often if many programs are running.
This PC freezes very often and I have to reset it then.
If it freezes real bad then you will have to Hard reset it which means your data is lost.
So I would suggest that "Stop" all the running programs at certain intervals..You have that option in "Settings".

But overall I am very happy with the performance...
I would advise one to buy it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Sync problems keep cropping up/no support
I've had mine for 1.5 years, and it's very useful, except for one problem. I can't sync. At all.

At first it synced fine, but after a while, I had occasional problems and would have to spend hours getting it to work, because my comp would not be able to find the device (I've found many reasons for this, and trust me - they are a pain to chase down - even fluff in the connector and an iffy signal to the interface will do the trick). This time, I've spent a week of evenings searching for the solution. When I checked the HP Web site, this item was totally lacking in help, I believe because it is no longer sold. My comp is fine, the device is fine, and the Activesync is there - they just are not speaking. I call this the "family feud PDA" - they are close, they are family - they won't talk.

I've given up on it - bought a Palm-based product for a bit higher cost. So easy, plus it has a camera, an MP3 player, and it syncs!

2-0 out of 5 stars hp1910 - Nice size, lousy hardware, would not buy again
I've used PDAs for 10+ years and this unit does not compare favorably. Best features: Screen is great, software on the PDA works great. Three biggest drawbacks: 1)Unprotected buttons on front and side lead to inadvertent activation of software and battery drain whenever the unit is touched (think pocket, purse or briefcase), 2) this unit communicates only through synchronization, there is no way to communicate with any other hardware (no GPS, no serial port connection, etc.), and 3) the Microsoft ActiveSync software and/or the interface with this device is buggy (I've had lots of problems that were only recoverable by finding and deleting folders and files on my PC and then starting the connection process from scratch). I would not buy this product again and was very disappointed to uncover the missing serial port capability (not obvious until I got the unit home). ... Read more


68. Compaq iPAQ 3670 Color Pocket PC
list price: $549.99
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Asin: B00005KB2M
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 28971
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • What's in the box: iPaQ 3670, Two Styli, Vinyl slipcase, AC adapter, Docking cradle, Rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery, iPaQ Expansion Pack system, User Manual

Reviews (9)

2-0 out of 5 stars Funky Construction
I must say, for such a ...piece of equipment, this device is not made very well. Before I purchased the Compaq, I owned a Palm V. Whereas the Palm never failed me, in less than a year of ownership, the Compaq has developed several problems:

* My Compaq has fried its memory repeatedly
* The stylus no longer clicks into place, that mechanism has apparently broken.
* The silver coating is coming up

The color screen is nice, but doesn't make up for the headache or the cost. I wish I'd just purchased another Palm V when my last one was stolen.

3-0 out of 5 stars Almost Excited
Compaq has a winner here in the base technology but it needs a tune-up big time (which is happening as we 'sync').

Summarily, you get a cool little computer with a stubborn streak and a big mouth that can thankfully be turned down, with MUCH more space and operational capacity than a Palm, but still not enough for most people to call it Home.

Thanks to the back light, you can actually >see< the information, which is a clever bonus. Unlike some PDAs, there is no drab olive-green screen to twist your eyes into pretzels. Its like you're in a little office with the flourescents on.

The 'sync' software works (ok), just don't expect any pampering like the Palm people gave us with their one-button push sync. You'll work for this peanut, baby. It has the distinct flavor of rushed-out backroom benchmarking.

But after several knock-down drag-outs you'll (hopefully) find your feet and eventually get your Purple Heart, and then you're ok; you become VALIDATED, a part of the GREAT-SYNC legion - a surviving Groto of the IPAQ challenge, the strong, the proud, the survivors. Or else you'll have a _________ yard-sale or throw it in the trash (I dare you.)

So go ahead and stick MS Outlook in the Start-Up menu, cause she's a legend in her own mind and hates to be left out of the fuss (sync loop), (this is one thing, among others, they don't mention).

If you get through the software installation, wait 30 or 60 seconds til blastoff, and make a connection, you might actually get to build a working relationship or two..but don't get comfortable. LOL.

Hey, why can't the Compaq people invite the Palm people to a pool party, and let them explain how to make (like they did A LONG TIME AGO!!!) that INGENIOUS ONE-TOUCH SYNC BUTTON and that TOTALLY FUNCTIONAL (AND PRETTY) PALM DESK-TOP SOFTWARE, that makes you the king of your castle, not a serf in a wrestle.

The bad news: you just heard some.

The good news: It's a buyer's market baby on the 3670 due to the yard sales from the frustrated and upgraders - and after all, it is a cool little computer. So why not test your skills and pick one up?

Take a hint from Nike..JUST DO IT!!!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great unit - NO Battery Life.
I've owned the Palm V (Monochrome)...Palm 505 (Color)...and the iPaq 3670 (Color).

Now, the Compaq screen wins hands down. It's bigger since the keyboard and hand recognition areas hide, releasing the screen space for images, text, etc. Plus, don't forget the MP3 player, which the Palm does NOT have (I think they only beep, how embarassing).

The programs are a bit memory hungry so it would be nice to have internal expansion for memory (64MB is really very little for this unit - the equivalent of 8MB in the Palm). Sounds weird, especially coming from an engineer, but that's how it feels. The Windows environment really gobbles up the memory. You can buy an expansion port that will hold additional memory, although with good management you can get away without expanding it.

The only real problem that I have with this unit is the battery life. Well, actually, WHAT BATTERY LIFE? If you play any game for 1.1/2 to 2 hours...you're out of battery!! If you leave the unit, WITHOUT USING IT, overnight - for two nights - you're out of battery again! Did I get a lemon? Do they all work like this? Does anyone sell battery packs that also include memory expansion? How does battery life compare with the Palm, you ask? Well, the Palm 505 (Color) will last about a week with decent everyday use and a lot of playing each day. The Palm V will last about 2 weeks (yes, WEEKS), with average use. The iPAQ will last 1 to 2 days with average use (and I'm being kind).

It's sad to see the best selling Pocket PC with such few options where accessories are concerned, shame on Compaq for not providing incentives to other manufacturers. Let's see how HP plays the game. Congratulations to the NEXICAM for bringing the first digital camera adapted for this unit. Now, they should have combined it with a battery pack, GPS, Cell Phone and Memory Slot - that way I could get rid of all the other gadgets that clutter up my night stand.

Want the best ? If you can live with low battery life, then this is your unit. I have a car charger and 110VAC-12VDC adapter that goes with me when I travel or I lose access to my contact information while I'm away.

5-0 out of 5 stars Head and shoulders above the rest
I was lucky enough to receive this as a gift and was totally blown away by the capabilities of this device. The ActiveSync software is almost transparent and you never have to worry about remembering to sync before you head out the door. A few of my favorite features are the voice recorder, Windows Media Player for mp3's (headphone jack is very nice), and the "transcriber" option, which could even recognize a doctor's handwriting. There are a ton of cool apps you can download/buy for this device, including maps, wireless web software, etc. If you can shell out the $$ and are looking for a handheld with a VERY high "cool factor" please check out the iPaq 3760.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Unit
This is a great unit. It would be nice if it could store the CF cards internally. Great features at a somewhat high price. Had a Palm V before this. The Pocket PC software offers far more features! Worth the extra $$$ ... Read more


69. Compaq iPAQ 3765 Color Pocket PC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What's in the box

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

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

Reviews (56)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


70. HP iPAQ 5455 Pocket PC
list price: $699.99
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Asin: B00007B6RX
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 11150
Average Customer Review: 3.24 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Early Adopters Pick: December 2002. The first and only Pocket PC handheld PDA with integrated wireless LAN (802.11b), Bluetooth technology, and biometric fingerprint security.

The powerful HP iPAQ H5455 Pocket PC features a 400 MHz Intel XScale processor, 64 MB RAM, 48 MB flash ROM, and a Secure Digital memory slot for additional memory. Its display is a color transflective TFT LCD, 3.78-inch, low-power, 16-bit touch screen, capable of displaying more than 65,000 colors with 240 x 320 resolution and .24 mm dot pitch.

The H5455 is a ready-to-go wireless solution with universal remote control and Bluetooth technology capability, along with cool applications such as WEB, instant messaging, MP3, and online games. It's also compatible with popular Microsoft applications such as Outlook, Word, and Excel.

Programs installed on the Pocket PC include: Microsoft Windows CE, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Voice Recorder, Notes, Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player 8 (for playing MP3 files), Calculator, Solitaire, Inbox (for e-mail), Microsoft Reader (for reading eBooks), File Explorer, MSN Messenger, Terminal Services Client, VPN Client, Infrared Beaming, Clock, Align Screen, Infrared Beaming Memory, Volume Control, iPAQ Task Manager, iPAQ File Store, iPAQ Backup, and iPAQ Image Viewer.

The iPAQ H5455 comes with a slim removable battery, a USB synchronization cable, an AC adapter, a charging adapter (tethered to the AC adapter), a quick-start user's guide, and an HP iPAQ Pocket PC companion CD-ROM (with Microsoft Outlook 2000, ActiveSync 3.5, add-on applications, and reference guide).

The H5455 comes with a one-year limited warranty.

What's in the box

  • HP iPAQ Pocket PC
  • Slim Removable Battery
  • Protective Cover Pack
  • Universal Cradle for either Universal Serial Bus (USB) or serial connection
  • Extra Stylus
  • AC Adapter
  • Charging Adapter (tethered to the AC Adapter)
  • USB synchronization cable
  • Quick-start user's guide
  • HP iPAQ Pocket PC companion CD-ROM (with Microsoft Outlook 2000, ActiveSync 3.5, add-on applications, and reference guide)
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Features

  • Dazzling Transflective TFT color liquid crystal display
  • Removable/rechargeable 1250 mAh Lithium Polymer battery
  • Secure Digital memory card slot for transferring and storing music, picture and more
  • Integrated Wireless LAN 802.11b, Bluetooth, biometric fingerprint reader
  • What's in the box: HP iPAQ Pocket PC, Slim Removable Battery, Protective Cover Pack, Universal Cradle, Extra Stylus, AC and Charging Adapter, USB cable, user's guide, HP iPAQ Pocket PC companion CD-ROM

Reviews (38)

2-0 out of 5 stars Had a bad case of PPC envy - but going back to Palm OS
I've been a long time Palm user starting with a Pro and owning 6 or 7 since, most recently an M515. The screen was what first attracted me to this unit plus the wireless network, well, it 'sort of' worked for a month, but I've had enough. This unit seems like it would be a good idea, but isn't. Installation and initial sync went very smooth, but that was only the beginning.
DAY 1: First day carrying it, it locked up solidly - it wouldn't turn off or soft reset, I didn't have the CD w/the manual on it (bad idea) with me, so I didn't know how to hard reset. I tried taking the battery off, but the unit just came back on (in it's locked up state) when the battery was reinstalled - so I just let it die. I spent that evening getting it running again and trying to get the wireless networking to connect to my Linksys WAP11. After fiddling way too much, I finally got my mail and MSN Messenger to work, but not the browser. Finally I called HP's support site and was warned that any help he gave me was on a 'best try only' basis - no promises - we couldn't get the thing to work.
DAY 2: I left the wireless networking enabled and went to work - the battery was completely dead by Noon - with wireless enabled the battery seems to have a painfully short life. So I spent that evening restoring it again. I went to HP's website and found an external battery ...

Perfect huh? - Ordered this puppy immediately - only to find it only works with the expansion pack which adds expansion slots, but also a LOT of bulk - just to have a reasonable battery life? I called HP to return it and the agent sent me to the parts department for a second battery to carry. .... he assured me that I didn't have the skills to replace the battery. I told him that it just had a little latch on it and it flipped out and I was quite sure I could handle it. He replied that the case was sealed and that no one but HP was authorized to open it. I told him that tech support had asked me to remove the battery to retrieve the serial number from the label under it and didn't see the problem with removing it. He was then VERY annoyed, told me that I didn't know what I was talking about, and hung up. I figured that there will be higher capacity batteries in the aftermarket soon.

Now it's over 3 weeks later and although I haven't missed any meetings or anything because this thing failed me, I've come close, and instead of just grabbing my Palm and using it without giving it any thought, I find myself reaching for it and wondering if it's going to work. I finally decided I've had enough. I picked out one of the new [brand name] Palm OS units w/MP3 and ordered it. I then decided to call HP and see if they would consider a return for a one month old order - they did so without hesitation - they looked at their records and saw that I had several tech support contacts on it, appologized that it didn't work out and even sent FedEx with a pickup tag.

The Palm is by far a better platform for simple organizer tasks, but the PPC 'horsepower' is great when using spreadsheets and the like - I thought I could have both.

...

4-0 out of 5 stars Great when you get past the manuals,...
This product works as advertised, but the manuals are useless and so is technical support. Managed to get wi-fi working without too much trouble - if you have wireless for your pc it's the same setup. Had to do a hard reset once and couldn't restart wi-fi, called technical support and their knowledge of what to do was non-existent...finally quoted their manual to them! Bluetooth works well as well, but setting it up is difficult if you try to use their manuals. Called tech-support, they tried a few things, then claimed it was a documented problem with Nokia, so I should call them! Called Nokia and they were just as bad/wrong! Finally resolved ALL problems by going to t-mobile web site where they have a configuration site that show how to link a wide randge of pda's to a wide range of phones - worked first time using their info.

When you get it working, you WILL love it!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Value/Powerful Pocket PC
These guys who are palm lovers just have a hard time switching to the Pocket PC! I am a switcher. The transition was tough at first back a couple of years ago. The Palm OS is surely faster and more user friendly but has much less to offer. This IPAQ is a powerful one and the screen quality, handwritting recognition and wifi options are unmatched by any Palm device. I have not found much use yet for the Bluetooth and the security features are good but I don't know that I need them. Still, what a great tool for word processing, spreadsheets, web surfing and more. Lighten up Palm boy!

2-0 out of 5 stars Big problems for the $$ - otherwise it could be great.
I purchased the iPaq 5455 one year ago, directly from HP when it first hit the market, paying $649 plus $200 for a 3 year top of the line warranty. I have had several problems with the unit. Starting with the display on the unit going out only after a month or two of receiving it. The next problem was with the battery loosing its charge. Most recently, I have been having the recurring problem of the unit locking up not powering on. And like others, I have never been able to sync my info wirelessly.

I have placed several calls to tech support. I have troubleshooted the unit while on the phone with them and even sent the unit in for repair a month ago, in which I did not get a replacement unit, although my extended warranty states that I should. I received the unit back from repair and the documentation stated that no parts were replaced. Knowing that I definitely had a problem with the unit, I called tech support to see what was repaired. I was told a big lie that the battery was changed and the ENC part was replaced. Looking at my unit now, I see that it is the same battery that I had when I sent it in for repair.

Thinking that all was fixed with my unit, I downloaded all of my information. The next day I experienced the same problem with the unit not powering on with the power button. I placed another call to tech support in which the tech and myself troubleshooted the unit. The tech told me to hard boot my unit which erased all of my data. I was told not to install the one 3rd party software that I had installed to monitor the situation. I once again reinstalled my information without the 3rd party software. Again, my unit would not power on. Again, I called tech support and angrily described my situation.

Finally, the tech tells me that I will be sent a REFURBISHED unit. I received the refurbished unit two days ago and encountered the same problem once I loaded all of my data on to it. HP tech support has you to hard reset the unit to erase all data, which appears to make the unit work properly, but once the data is loaded, the problems begin. Today I called tech support and told them I am returning the refurbished replacement unit and keeping my original to see what their customer care department does to satisfy me.

I purchased the unit because I felt it would be an asset to my busy professional life, but it has been nothing but a hassle. I have sent several email complaints to HP customer support and finally to the CEO Carly Fiorina. I got a reply email from her address stating that someone would be in contact with me.

Each call and every email, I have gotten the same script of "we apologize for your inconvenience". The tech support department located in India is very unhelpful and they speak to you as if you were an idiot.

The unit has some slick features, but right now I am very dissatisfied and frustrated.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not good
I got the HP5455 2 months ago. The battery life is horrible, interface is awkward, and form-factor too large.... After dealing with the thing for 2 months, I've spent another $500 to replace it with a new palm (which I love). Stay away from the HP5455. ... Read more


71. Sony Clie PEG-TG50 Handheld
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00008L3HH
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 4449
Average Customer Review: 3.72 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Sony’s PEG-TG50 Clié is a bit of a maverick in terms of its hardware design which incorporates a rather solid flip-up lid which protects the screen and a tiny keyboard.

The PEG-TG50 runs Palm OS version 5, and has Bluetooth built in. The processor is a nice fast 200MHz Intel PXA 250, and 11MB of the 16MB of RAM on board is available. There is a Memory Stick slot if you need more. The screen offers a resolution of 320 x 320 and is square rather than the more usual rectangular shape we’ve seen in other Cliés with a clamshell type design. The keyboard is small so you’ll need to use the stylus or a fingernail to make the most of it, and entering text is pretty slow. Though on the plus side, an orange backlight provides illumination when you press a key, which could come in very handy in dark situations. There is a Graffiti area which is software driven so you can use this for text input instead of the keyboard.

Among the huge amount of software Sony provides pre-installed is a voicenotes tool so you can record memos to yourself, Sony’s own music player which can cope with both MP3 and ATRAC3, and the superb Picsel viewer for looking at documents and images in a range of popular formats such as HTML, PDF, Microsoft Word, and JPG. If you are a user of either Sony’s DSC-FX77 Cybershot or DCR-TRV80 Handycam then you can remotely control these TG50.

The hardware design makes this PDA a lot thinner than other ‘flip lidded’ Cliés, which means it should fit more easily into the average pocket, though it isn’t especially light, and it lacks the digital camera that other flip lidded Cliés offer. Still it does have something of a personality, being pretty unique in the looks department. --Sandra Vogel ... Read more

Features

  • Palm OS v. 5.0, as well as an ARM-compliant 200 MHz CPU and 16 MB RAM
  • High-resolution TFT color display (320 x 320 pixels)
  • Built-in Bluetooth, MP3 player, and voice recorder
  • Built in keyboard, remote control feature, and polyphonic audio alert feature, as well as lithium-ion rechargeable battery
  • What's in the box: Sony Clié PEG-TG50, USB HotSync cradle, stylus, AC Adapter, AC cable, hand strap, installation CD-ROM, instruction manuals

Reviews (29)

5-0 out of 5 stars Looking for a Palm OS 5 PDA, THIS IS YOUR BEST CHOICE
Currently, I won a DELL PPC, Palm Zire 71, and Sony Clie PEG-TG50. My favorite is the Sony Clie. Why? The Sony clie has a fast 200 MHz processor, good batter life, much better than my Dell PPC, and Has an expensive feel. This PDA also includes a Bluetooth, Keyboard, and Syncs very well with my MS Outlook on my Windows XP Dell PC, and MY Toshiba Laptop. This PDA has almost the same specs as the more expensive Clie Models, without the larger screen and graffiti area, but you can still use software graffiti built into the os. If you were to buy a Zire 71, then you must know that you're getting a product from China, whereas the Sony Clies are made in Japan. Also, Zire 71, has a weak MP3 player that doesn't sound loud when you use it with your headphones. Sony Audio Player sound louder and richer. Zire 71 also as a very cheap digital camera that doesn't look good when you transfer the pics on your computer. Don't even talk about PPC. Once I only used PPC, but Palm OS 5 seems to be very competitive. If decided to go with PPC, then you better get used to soft booting at least couple times a day and recharging the battery frequently. If you think the Sony Clie PEG-NX70V with a flip screen is good, then this little device is the same thing in a slick little package. At this point, for [the price] I would go with Sony Clie, since it has good software packaged, 200MHz processor, built in Bluetooth, and is easy to carry around. If you must have a graffiti area and need a cheap digital camera, I would go with Zire 71. I would know this because I own all three units I've just described.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing product, durable, easy to use, best PDA!
I have had my clie peg-TG50 for about a month now, and I love it more every day. It is an amazing product for the price. This is my third PDA, the others were a handspring deluxe and a handspring treo. The sony by far is superior in so many ways. It is metal, it is durable, has a speaker, built in mp3 player, typically beautiful sony screen, small but usable keyboard, bluetooth, is a recorder, backlit keyboard, etc. It is very easy to use as well. I dont know why people are complaining about the lack of instructions, just go to the web site and you will find EVERY detail about your product without decimating forests to do so. I have had no compatibility problems, I am running windows xp home edition, works exactly as promised. If you need a ton of instructions you probably have not used palm devices before and need to get a book on it. I doubt you could have ran a normal computer without some basic guidance to begin with either. So anyways great product, all my friends who have palms, handsprings, or pocket pcs are seriously considering the UPGRADE to the clie. About the only negative thing about the product is its a little heavy, but small price to pay for the durability of metal.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good value for your money
I have used the TG-50 for about 9 months now and it has performed well. In addition to the basic PDA functions, I like the one button activated voice recorder. I also use it to play MP3s and music videos and it works well.

I use Outlook on my PC when I hot sync, and have not had a problem. The software that comes with the TG-50 lets you sync with Outlook without much hassle.

The only irritaion that I have had is, sometimes it will give an error and the only option left is a hard reset. However, when it comes back up the most recent data is still there (I use a memory stick). Use the TG-50 with a memory stick and back-up regularly. Data back-up is essential no matter what technology you use.

Bottom line is...It really is a cool little gadget, and provides great value for your money.

1-0 out of 5 stars limited sync abilities, poor tech support
1st, before you buy electronics on Amazon, ensure the 3rd party merchant takes returns. As for the Clie, it has limited abilities to syncronize with microsoft programs. It can not interface with microsoft outlook exchange servers unless you buy an additional cumbersome $70 program. The tech support from Sony is slow with limited knowledge of thier products by phone. Email response is fast. Stick with another brand for your PDA.

5-0 out of 5 stars Quality Clie
Very nice PDA. Plays MP3's, runs my medical progams, organizes my day and keeps all of my contacts. The Clie TG50 went well beyond my expectations and continues to serve me well. ... Read more


72. Sony Clie PEG-SJ20 Handheld

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Asin: B00006J6RN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 8387
Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The new Palm-powered PEG-SJ20 Clié handheld provides everything you need to stay organized and entertained. Compact and lightweight, you can take your Clié handheld wherever you go. The backlit, high-resolution screen shows images and documents in fine detail. In addition to the 16 MB internal memory (15 MB available), the Memory Stick media expansion slot offers unlimited storage capability for all your favorite applications. Need to get some work done on the road? You can view and edit Microsoft Word and Excel files on the handheld using Documents to Go Standard Edition by DataViz. Plus, the unique Jog Dial navigator provides easy access to most of your stored information.

Display
The PEG-SJ20 features high resolution on its 320 x 320 pixel backlit monochrome display.

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

Operating System
The Sony Clié PEG-SJ20 is powered by Palm OS 4.1, which means it comes complete with all the standard Palm OS applications you need for organizing your life, including Date Book, To Do List, Memo Pad, Mail, Expense, and Address Book. HotSync software is also included.

Extra Software
In addition to the built-in applications that come with Palm OS 4.1, the PEG-SJ20 comes with the following Sony software: Clié Paint, Clié Photo Stand, Memory Stick Autorun, Memory Stick Backup, Memory Stick Export (for PCs), Memory Stick Gate, Memory Stick Import, PictureGear Lite (for PCs), PictureGear Pocket, and World Alarm Clock.

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

Compatibility
The Sony Clié PEG-SJ20 is compatible with Windows 98 SE, 2000 Professional, Me, XP Home, and XP Professional editions. PCs must have a minimum 133 MHz or faster processor, 64 MB RAM (128 MB recommended), and at least 128 MB of available hard drive space. A USB port is also required.

In the Box
The Sony Clié PEG-SJ20 comes with an AC adapter, stylus, protective cover, installation CD-ROM, application manual, Graffiti sticker, and registration materials. The Sony Clié PEG-SJ20 is covered by a one-year limited warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Palm OS software version 4.1
  • High-resolution monochrone display (320 x 320 pixels)
  • 16 MB internal memory (15 MB available)
  • Memory Stick media expansion slot
  • What's in the box: Clié PEG-SJ20, AC adapter, stylus, protective cover, installation CD-ROM, application manual

Reviews (55)

5-0 out of 5 stars The ONLY PDA a beginner will need for a while!
I did a ton of research before settling on the Clie SJ20 from Sony. In the end, it just made sense to go with the best. I wanted an inexpensive PDA because I wasn't sure it would "catch on" with me. So that narrowed things down to the Dell Axims (the only Pocket PC worth buying) and low-end Palm OS models. The Axims were out because after all the accessories I'd want, I'd spend closer to 500-600 dollars.
I then compared other PDAs from black and white used Handsprings to the flashy new color Tungstens.
The built in memory and high-resolution of the SJ20 sold itself with the only detraction being the proprietary Sony memory sticks. Amazon just happened to be provideing big rebates on both Lexar Memory sticks and Clies, so I bought the SJ20, which has the same features as the SJ30, minus the color screen and half the price. I also bought it because it's only a few dollars more (on Amazon.com) than it's competition from Palm, the Zire which is worthless in comparision.
Let's compare shall we?
SJ20 vs. Zire: 16 MB vs. 2 MB built-in memory, 320x320 vs. 160x160 screen resolution. The Clie has lots of included software for watching movies and pictures as well as editing and viewing Word documents and Excel spreadsheets. It's also fully compatible with all black and white and greyscale third party Palm software.
It's been my experience that Sony = quality, from their televisions to their video game consoles. The Clie is no different. For being so small (like a deck of cards, only thinner) it sure is sturdy.
So, if you're new to the market of PDAs like I was, you too will see the value inherent in the SJ20.
I know if this PDA proves its worth to me, my next one will be another Clie, with built-in keyboard, MP3, camera and full color screen, the NX70V!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money!
The major pro's are,
1. Low under hundred price (after rebate) 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 display and very good white backlight.
5. 8 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.
7. Good set of bundled applications.

Con's,
1. The LCD brightness can't be adjusted, its too bright to use in dark conditions or in bed.
2. No other fun stuff like mp3 or color screen, but then look at its price!
3. Uses a Lithium Ion battery and Sony sells no replacements for it. Might be an issue in 18 months time.

In short if you want to get a PDA which will do basic stuff and keep running for about 1.5 yrs get a SJ20. By then Palm OS 6 would be well debugged and color devices would be reasonably priced with improved WiFi, battery life, mp3 quality etc. None of the current Palm's or Clie's (SJ22/SJ33) compare to this Clie in value for money right now, although a many new PDA's should come out in fall.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great PDA
For a starter, like I was, this PDA was great. You may even love it if you're a professional and looking for a cheap PDA that will do what you want. This PDA was excellent to me until after about a year of drops, tears, breaks, crashes, and so on, the battery finally gave out and won't hold a charge very long at all.

My PDA overwent so much wear and tear since I took it to my school and my peers wanted to touch it and would drop it. Supprisingly, it held up to all of it very well.

The only problems I have with it are that the screen collects dust and fingerprints rather easily. I never bothered wasting money on screen protectors though. It also has a small crack on it, but it was probably from someone getting mad at it and slamming the stylus into it's screen.

The casing held up very well for me. Infact, it's still holding what it should. It's 16MB memory is good enough for anyone wanting just games and scheduling apps. It's screen is crystal clear and is actually extremely good for it's price.

In conclusion, if you're a student starting out wanting a PDA, or just a small business guy needing something to schedule, or maybe a gamer that doesn't care much about color display, then this PDA is for you. It's 16MB is good enough. Those other reviewers who talk about the screen giving in and stuff, they are mistaken. My PDA has probably undergone the most stressful year and it's still working perfect except the fact that's it's battery won't hold a charge very long, which I'm sure can be replaced...

4-0 out of 5 stars Great PDA!!!
This is the best grayscale PDA ever made! It's fast enough for me, I don't care about waiting 10 seconds for a search. It's high-res screen is amazing. It's great to view pictures on, even if they are in BW but look fantastic when they are sized correctly. One of the bundled programs, gmovie, is totally useless. When you transfer an .avi file it changes it into 60x120 resolution and then dislays it in low-res. That, alas, is the main problem with the sj20. Very few developers make FREE programs for it's high-res screen, oh it'll run low-res apps fine but they seem blocky after you go from a high-res app to a low-res app. Palm OS 4.1 didn't take high-res into consideration either, so if you want to be able to recognize your icons you better set them to "small." I don't know what other people have done to their SJ20s but I have dropped mine a couple times and it still works great. I don't know why some people were complaining about the graffiti pad, it's better than on the Zire even if it can't compare to Graffiti 2 found on OS5 devices. The reason I gave it 4 stars is because the battery is erratic. I run no programs that make it turn itself on and I have even left it out of it's case but it seems to use more battery when it is off than when it is on.

The bottom line: If you want to save 20 bucks from an SJ22 then buy it. As long as you remember to plug it in every couple of days (I forget sometimes) this si a fantastic PDA and hands down the best grayscale one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good and practical organizer
The CLIE works great but the software for Sync misses some items at times. Apart from the software, it's a very handy compact and easy to use organizer ... Read more


73. NEC Mobilepro 780 Portable Computer
list price: $933.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005BHRV
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: NEC Technologies
Sales Rank: 8760
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The NEC Mobilepro 780 Portable Computer is a complete productivity solution in a package so thin (1.1 inches) and so light (1.7 pounds) that it can go with you practically anywhere. Whether as a communications platform, productivity station, or presentation tool, the MobilePro 780 is a pleasure to use thanks to its touch-typeable keyboard (one of the largest available on a handheld PC) and generously sized display. Big enough to view the full width of many documents and Web pages, the 8.1-inch diagonal touchscreen displays up to 64,000 dazzling colors at half-VGA (640 x 240) resolution.

Powered by Microsoft Windows CE, Handheld PC Professional Edition, the MobilePro 780 incorporates already installed Pocket versions of the applications you need most--e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, personal information manager (PIM), and more. The MobilePro 780 comes with 24 MB of ROM and 32 MB of RAM and has slots for PC card and CompactFlash expansion.

The integrated V.90 modem helps you to keep in touch on the road. And back at the office, you can easily synchronize your MobilePro 780 with your desktop or notebook PC. The MobilePro 780 comes with an AC adapter and includes a rechargeable lithium ion battery, which can fully recharge in a little over four hours.

The MobilePro 780's one-year limited warranty includes a year of UltraCare Service, which gives you--at no extra charge--a toll-free hotline and door-to-door pickup and return service in the U.S. and Canada.

What's in the box

  • NEC MobilePro 780
  • Stylus
  • AC Adapter
  • VGA Cable
  • PC Connect Cable (serial cable)
  • RJ-11 (telephone cable)
  • 1 rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery pack (main battery)
  • Microsoft ActiveSync CD
  • Bonu
  • Introduction to Your MobilePro Power System sheet
  • Release Notes
s Software CD
  • User ... Read more

    Features

    • Communications platform, productivity station and presentation tool for mobile professionals
    • Handheld PC with Pocket versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Internet Explorer, and Outlook
    • 24 MB RAM, 32 MB ROM
    • 168 MHz MIPS processor
    • What's in the box: NEC MobilePro 780, Stylus, AC Adapter, VGA Cable, serial cable, RJ-11 telephone cable, Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery, Microsoft ActiveSync CD, UserÆs Guide

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars NEC Mobilepro
    This machine is great!, I'm sorry to here about the other persons experience and i'll think about it in the future , but I have to say that this machine is simple yet fantastic it has most of the features of my highend laptop but none of the hassles of use although one thing I would like to point out is that I was unable to sync it with my laptop because my laptop doesn't have serial ports and also I have Windows Xp and some people are saying xp won't work with active sync but I have a good solution for this problem ,you can get a Compact Flash card reader for $7-$20 and a flash card for $20 AND TRANSFER ANY DATA TO ANY COMPUTER , I hope all the people with HP Jornadas are listening too because many people give up as soon as they hear NO USB . now back to what I was saying get one of these , it is about triple the size of a Palm Pilot so if you want something tiny this isn't for you but if you do alot of data input you'll love it as much as other Mobilepro users trust me ,Oh and be prepared for people interupting you to say how great the thing is good luck .

    4-0 out of 5 stars NEC has now fixex MY COMPUTER
    SHORTLY AFTER POSTING THE FOLLOWING REVIEW A NEC REPRESENTATIVE CONTACTED ME TO INFORM ME THAT THEY HAD CHANGED THEIR MIND AND THEY THEN FIXED AND RETURNED MY COMPUTER. IT'S WORKING GREAT.

    A warning to anyone who is purchasing a NEC product. NEC has taken possession of my handheld computer and then blamed it on me.

    In November of 2001 I eagerly opened my re-manufactured NEC MobilePro 790 which I purchased at a very reasonable price over the internet.

    I enjoyed using it. It served as an easily used companion to my main computer. I could easily carry it to me to meetings and write notes. It much easier than a laptop because of it's light weight but more useful than the smaller handhelds because it has a decent sized adequate keyboard.

    But there was a problem. I would go to turn it on after being putting it away for a day or two and it would fail to respond.

    I called NEC multiple times and they taught me how to reboot it but soon this did not work and then they taught me how to remove the battery and again reboot it. One problem. I would loose all the stored information.

    I again called and was advised to be sure to back up and this I faithfully did. Fortunately the computer information was easy to back up with the use of Microsoft ActiveSync.

    This worked fine most of the time but was unreliable so I then purchased a CompactFlash for storage.

    By being sure I saved my work to the compact flash card and by using Microsoft ActiveSync I no longer lost critical information but I was unable to dependably take advantage of the Mobilepro's other features such as the address book and calender.

    I called again and was advised that since my computer was under warranty to send it in for repair.

    This I did. I soon received a phone call from Joan Forster stating the cost of repair would not be under warranty and was approximately what I originally paid for it. She explained that the problem was water damage. When I tried to explain that the problem started from the date of purchase this NEC representative was extremely rude and objected to listen. When I asked to be transferred to her supervisor she said that she was the senior supervisor and refused to connect me to anyone else. I Later contacted Michael Rains but he simply referred the matter back to Joan Forster who again refused to consider the possibility that the handheld was defective from date of purchase. When I delayed agreeing to the repair price and then I did not accept the defective product back she wrote me a letter stating that it was now their property.

    NEC still has my handheld.

    Just a warning. It may be a very useful tool but if it is defective they will blame it on you and not cover it under warranty. ... Read more


  • 74. Fossil Wrist Net Smart Watch for MSN Direct (FX3005)
    list price: $199.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0006N3IFA
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Fossil
    Sales Rank: 9101
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Stocks, news, personal messages, and more--delivered wirelessly to your watch
    • One of the first devices to use MSN Direct, a wireless subscription service
    • Automatically updates to the correct local time when you travel
    • Customizable data channels and watch faces
    • Syncs up with your Outlook calendar

    Reviews (39)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fossil Spot - Ready and Able
    Had the Fossil watch for over a week now and it has performed flawlesly. Short of a wrist PDA, this is the next best thing. The screen is extremely readable and the backlight is very bright. Yes, the watch needs to be charged, but unless you insist on wearing it 24/7 this shouldn't be a challenge. The charging stand is well-designed - no wires to attach to the watch - just sit the watch on the ergonomic stand and you're set. The MSN site is well-designed and there is a good selection of data sources. One nice feature is that the MSN service provides a local news channel. I've had lots of static zaps over the past week with no problems to the watch. The band takes a little getting used to, but is comfortable. Basically, it's just a fun watch, and if you like the geek factor - it's there - but not THAT geekie that you'll be mistaken for a Borg. If you want data and appointments at your disposal without juggling a PDA or cellphone, this is an excellent alternative. The only small caveat is the coverage area, so make sure you go to the direct.msn.com website and check out your zipcode.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Impressed so far...
    I purchased this watch after a 3 year lack of a wrist watch. My Phone was too clumsy to look at time, and I wanted a tech saavy watch. This is my first delve into MS Watches, but so far I am impressed. Set up was a breeze, Once it had charged (overnight) the morning, it was ready with all my calander and news and stocks right there. I did purchase the extended warranty, why not its an expensive little new gadget...I want to be covered incase something happens...

    One drawback...not water proof per say...it can get splashed...but you have to take it off to shower or swim... I have a big wrist so the watch is the right size, though it will be big on some people.

    I love this thing so far...and no issues yet.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Worst thing I ever bought.
    I love gadgets so I was real happy to get this. But, it is poorly designed. It hardly ever works. If I go into my basement or on the subway it sets itself to 12:00. It constantly turns off. Too bad they only give you a 90 day warranty, because they charge you $120 to fix this $130 watch. Avoid this. It is garbage.

    1-0 out of 5 stars immature technology: 4 resets / 24 hours, big billing issues
    Great idea, $5/month (annual subscription) is good deal for news, weather, your Outlook calendar, 15 stock tickers, very good user interface BUT:
    1. My watch suffered up to 4 resets in 24 hours - it would just go to 12:00 noon and forget everything.
    2. Once I returned the watch and cancelled my subsription, MSN kept charging me even though they acknowledged I did cancel the account. They also said they "can't" delete my credit card information from their records so they can't guarantee they won't "accidentally" charge me again... Also, over 10 minutes of waiting on line for a person to speak to. Really awful service.

    In short, great technology and I'll try it again but not for another 6-12 months - let it mature first on both technology and service.

    Also: watch design is VERY dorky and was too geeky even for for geekiest friends. you might want to wait for more "earthly" desings to come out.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
    I brought this recently for my husband and I must say I think it is great. Everything right at your wrist. I am able to send him messages; get my lotto numbers; get my horoscope and he is able to keep up with his sports and select what teams he wants to get updates on. Excellent, Windy today, humidity, just look at your watch. Excellent. You do have to have a subcription for 60 a year. but its worth it. Your also able to change the face of your watch. COOL! ... Read more


    75. Franklin EBM-911 eBookMan (Translucent Graphite)
    list price: $199.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00004WHFN
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
    Sales Rank: 14001
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    One of the main complaints about the first few generations of electronic book readers is their cost--who wants to pay several hundred dollars for the equivalent of a few $3 paperbacks? Enter Franklin's new line of eBookMan devices, available in three different models. We got an early peek at the top level eBookMan, which features 16 MB of memory, a sharp 200 x 240 16-level gray scale display, and excellent versatility.

    In addition to being an e-book reader, the eBookMan also plays audio files (both audiobooks and MP3s), records voice messages, and functions as a respectable PDA. A flip-up cover and hard rubber outer coating afford protection for the device. With a USB-connected cradle, transfers between desktop and the eBookMan proceed quickly.

    While the eBookMan offers a date book, address book, memo application (using natural handwriting recognition), and voice memo recorder, its main angle is still as a book reader. The large screen and powerful backlight makes reading literature in the Franklin Reader format clear, though the backlight did seem to drain the batteries rather quickly in our demo unit.

    Ironically, the eBookMan's versatility also draws attention to its limitations. While the unit will play MP3 files, it can only store four to six songs at once with its 16 MB of memory. However, if you pick up an optional MultiMediaCard with up to 64 MB of memory, it is possible to adapt the eBookMan into a more respectable MP3 player.

    While you'll need to spend a little extra to money to get your eBookMan to reach its full potential, the unit's low original cost and variety of applications make it an excellent gateway into the world of electronic literature. --J. Curtis

    Pros:

    • Very versatile--PDA, e-books, audiobooks, and MP3s in one device
    • USB connection
    • Large display
    Cons:
    • Not currently compatible with Microsoft Reader
    • Short battery life
    • Gray scale only
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    Features

    • 16 MB handheld multimedia reader and content player with large, backlit display
    • Download and read thousands of electronic books or documents, or listen to audio books
    • Listen to your favorite music in MP3 format
    • Write notes in your own handwriting, and record messages in your own voice
    • Keep track of your important contacts, dates, and appointments

    Reviews (72)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Bargain
    I've been using the eBookMan for almost 2 weeks now. This is the Swiss army knife of PDAs, and it is much better for some purposes than others.

    Pros - Nice looking item at a great price; Downloading and reading books and magazines (many free!) works very smoothly. Understanding how to manage files using the Desktop Manager takes a little study, and it is a little confusing to have two separate eBook programs to deal with, but the instruction booklet is very good; The handwriting recognition is surprisngly good, and there is also an optional on-screen keyboard; The various included software (plus the free downloads upon registration, including dictionaries) are worth the purchase price by themselves.

    Cons - The built in speaker is barely audible at full volume, although earphones (optional) will help with this; To record a voice memo you almost have to shout to have it loud enough to hear on playback; I originally rated the MP3 quality as poor, based on the sample included with the device. After loading in an MP3 of my own, I would rate the MP3 quality as acceptable. The volume is low even with headphones and set to the highest level, but it was not nearly as distorted as the awful sample they provided. I would still not recommend this unit if the primary reason for purchase is listening to music or taking voice memos; The only way to input adresses, to-do lists, etc. from your computer is from MS Outlook, unless you are willing to shell out nearly [dollar amount] for a utility program which expands this capability to a few more existing programs (such as Lotus Organizer). I would love to see a free or cheap dedicated PIM program for the PC end to allow input of contact info without having to shell out for Outlook (does not work with Outlook Express).

    Other points - Unit did lock up twice, but responded to a soft reset without loss of info; You should consider rechargable batteries to save money in the long run; Screen is fairly reflective, so angle of light source is important; Backlight is weak and is only useful in completely dark room; Keep in mind that unit must be activated online and is not functional without a PC and internet access.

    4-0 out of 5 stars After some initial problems, a decent ebook reader
    If I had reviewed this product 7 months ago when I first got it, I would have given it a big fat 0 because all those thousands of free titles offered by Franklin Publishing's website did not download complete books using the Franklin Viewer. Also I had a great deal of trouble getting the OS to load. Eventually I solved the problem, something to do with a driver, but I gave up on it as a book reader because I wanted all those out of print titles that Franklin promised me! So it gathered dust for a few months until I decided to give it another try. This time when I downloaded the OS, MobiReader was included and I could get ALL of the book on my device. So I am now satisfied with my purchase.

    I don't have any use for those PDA features like address book, memo, to do book, so I just retired them to desktop manager's Library instead of Contents folder so I have more memory for books.

    The only negative thing I can say about it is there is a glare problem with the screen and I thought it came with backlight feature but that is my fault for picking the cheapest model. Otherwise I am very happy with it.

    1-0 out of 5 stars My EBM-911 overheated.
    Why Franklin built this device to run on regular batteries, I'll never know. About six months into ownership, I was reading an ebook when my hand began to feel heat coming from the unit. I shut it off and removed the batteries-- they were so hot, I dropped them. I tried another set of batteries and they overheated. I now read ebooks on my Compaq Aero pocket pc, which I've had for 3 years. The screen is smaller, but the device is dependable, with a rechargeable lithium battery.

    1-0 out of 5 stars One star for the bigger screen
    I was so excited when I bought this. Smaller and lighter than a real book, it fits in my bag, ebooks are cheaper and dpn't waste natural resources. Now I realise that I made a mistake. Firstly, the batteries can die without notice so I needed to keep a file backup with me at all times, secondly I had to go to the net to register the operating system when the batteries failed (which they did quite often). Thirdly, although the screen is larger the text can be quite difficult to read in certain light. Lastly, the machine uses it's own operating system which will not read pdf files or microsoft reader (lit)files. Most importantly, technical support is really bad. I lost my operating system six days ago and could not contact the server, I contacted technical support that day and they have just gotten back to me today to say that the server is down and they don't know when it will be back. My advice? Don't waste your money.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I love this thing
    I love the ebookman 911. The screen is wider than my pda, it's also thinner and less bulky. Plus as an added bonus, it has a nice scroller on the side which makes it a lot easier to turn the page. I also like that you can change the batteries instead of having to wait forever to recharge the darn thing like my pda.

    My only problem and the reason I didn't give it 5 stars is b/c of the gray screen. It might not bother anyone else but the lack of color bothers me enormously and is the reason I bought my pda in the first place. So while I think the eBookman is great, I wish they would come out with a color version and I would get rid of everything else. ... Read more


    76. Handspring Visor Deluxe (Graphite)
    list price: $129.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00004TDN2
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Handspring
    Sales Rank: 7131
    Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    The Handspring Visor Deluxe is the hot new handheld that runs the popular Palm OS, so it's compatible with thousands of existing applications. It's also expandable with Springboard modules that can add extra memory or a modem, or transform your Visor into an MP3 player, video game, GPS receiver, and more. Plus, its fast-synchronizing USB connection is compatible with both the PC and Macintosh.

    To set up the Handspring Visor Deluxe, we followed the Getting Started instructions printed on the software CD-ROM case, inserting the batteries, calibrating the touch screen, entering the date and time, connecting the included USB cradle to our PC (an optional serial cradle is available), installing the desktop synchronization software, and synchronizing the Visor with our PC. The entire setup process was straightforward and intuitive, requiring only about five minutes.

    Fans of Palm Computing's Palm III line of connected organizers will have no difficulty using the Visor, as it runs on a licensed version of the Palm OS. All the popular Palm personal information management (PIM) applications are included and work exactly the same way as they do on the Palm. The Visor also uses Palm's Graffiti handwriting recognition system for text entry, which takes only a few minutes to learn and a few hours of practice to master. Handspring has added to the Palm OS an advanced date book, calculator, world clock, and support for floating-point math.

    The Visor Deluxe comes with 8 MB of RAM, providing plenty of room for thousands of addresses, to-do items, and memos; hundreds of e-mail messages; and several years of appointments. It also includes a USB synchronization cradle, two AAA batteries, a stick-on Graffiti "cheat sheet," a leather slip case, a stylus, a Handspring logo decal, a Quick Reference Guide, inserts describing accessories and cases, and a software CD-ROM. The CD-ROM includes Palm Desktop Software 3.01, a software link to Microsoft Outlook, and the full-length User's Guide. However, the Visor Deluxe does not come with an AC adapter.

    Using the Visor was intuitive and fun, just like the Palm III series organizers that it's based on. However, unlike the Palm, the Visor has an easily accessible expansion port that supports Springboard modules. For our tests, we installed a modem module, an 8 MB memory module, the Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf game, and a Physician's Desk Reference module (note that you can install only one module at a time). Installing these modules is very easy, and they can greatly increase the functionality, power, and usefulness of the Visor. (For more information, see the descriptions of the individual Springboard modules.

    Overall, we were very impressed with the Visor. It takes the best of the popular Palm platform, and adds memory and expandability--all at a great price. --Mike Brown

    Pros:

    • Easy to set up and use
    • Runs the Palm OS and supports thousands of existing Palm applications
    • Expandable with Springboard modules
    • Good price

    Cons:

    • No AC adapter included
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    Features

    • 8 MB RAM stores thousands of addresses, appointments, to-do items, memos, and more
    • Fully compatible with thousands of Palm OS applications
    • Supports optional expansion modules for MP3 player, pager, modem, GPS, video games, and more
    • Important note: If you are running Windows 95/NT or using a non-USB Macintosh, you must order the Serial HotSync Cradle separately
    • What's in the box: Visor Deluxe, HotSync cradle, stylus, snap cover, leather slip case, Palm Desktop software, two AAA batteries

    Reviews (389)

    5-0 out of 5 stars This will change the way you do everything!
    I have had my Handspring Visor Deluxe for well over a year now, and it has become a tremendous help to me in many ways. First and foremost is the calendar. No more bulky day planner! Instead, I can pull it out of my front pocket any time I want. I also like the fact that all of the information is on my computer at home and online (using Yahoo! TrueSync software). I also use the to-do list all the time, as well as using my Visor to take notes in class, write emails, play games, and read the news, weather, and even check out local movie listings using AvantGo software. There are thousands of free software applications out there for almost anything you could imagine. The Graffiti text input system is easy to use - I now write just as fast into my Visor as on paper with a pen.

    I have excellent backup software (BackUpBuddy) and inexpensive insurance from PDAs Lost Or Stolen so I don't worry about what will happen if my Visor gets stolen, is lost, or broken.

    If you can't tell already, I LOVE my Visor Deluxe. It helps me to stay organized and on top of things (no small feat). While the design is a bit bulkier than a Visor Edge or a Palm Vx, it is very sturdy, and for the price, I don't think it can be beat. I haven't purchased any accessories for my visor, but I know people who have purchased keyboards and springboard expansion modules, including modems and memory expansions, and they love them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Palm Users, You Will Love This!
    I have owned and used a Palm IIIe for a couple of years. I recently ordered the basic Visor for my mom as the lower end Palm devices are simply not available either locally or on the WWW. After the Visor was delivered, we discovered that the cradle that comes standard with the handheld requires USB connection. My mom does not have USB capability so she asked to trade her Visor for my Palm. I must admit that I was skeptical at first and not sure about Handspring. I tend to be loyal to products that have worked well for me. After using the Visor I absolutely think it is a great handheld! I have actually returned it and purchased the deluxe model with 8 MB of storage. It works exactly like my Palm but with these notable exceptions: tons of storage, the ability to expand via the Springboard, great fun colors and a super price! Already there are an assortment of modules and accessories that are quite impressive! I strongly encourage all skeptics out there to seriously look at the Visor! It is a great value and a great product!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Beware...
    I have this visor. I quit using it after a year. The problem is that it uses batteries... normal use you will get arround a week.
    You have to check the batteries even if it has not been used since it consumes batteries. You need to have information stored and updated in your pc AT ALL TIMES, in this way if the information is lost from visor you will be able to recover it-hotsync. Information is usually lost when batteries are low/die.

    I replaced it for the sony clie pega tj25 handheld.

    For all of you who have or plan to buy this item... Good luck.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Decent for being so cheap
    PROS:
    - Extremely inexpensive
    - Not as large as the Prism model
    - Simple buttons
    - EXCELENTLY designed stylus (reset pin, stylus, and screwdriver combination!)

    The Palm OS on the Visor Deluxe is slightly outdated (3.1 instead of 4+) which can cause headaches if you are trying to install newer software. Also, the casing is a little too large to be a pocket item and the unattaching cover can be annoying at times. Those are some general negatives. Besides that I personally had other problems. I was very careful with my Visor and kept the plastic cover on it unless it was in use. Still, under regular, every-day abuse, the screen cracked while it was in my pocket. Replacement was a simple process and Handspring gets 5 stars on service (though it would have been nice if it wouldn't have had to be replaced in the first place). After receiving my replacement, however, I noted that the stylus was not held in place as it should have been while in the visor, which caused the loss of many styli. Sadly, again after much care, the screen of my Visor mysteriously cracked again. Thus, I am now looking into buying a new PDA and probably won't choose a Visor Deluxe this time, being that they don't withstand my handling well. If you choose to purchase a Visor Deluxe, be careful with it and I would recommend investing in a new protective cover other than the standard one provided.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I own 1
    I am 13 years old and I own one! They are fantastic for all ages! It keeps me organized along with all my school assignments, activities, and contacts. It keeps me entertained anywhere I go and I can always play games or enter more information! I would highly recommend this product! ... Read more


    77. Sony Clie PEG-TJ35 Handheld
    list price: $249.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000DBJRF
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 14803
    Average Customer Review: 2.92 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Listen to tunes on the road with the integrated MP3 audio player and optional Memory Stick PRO media
    • View native Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and PDF documents
    • Write letters naturally with Decuma handwriting recognition software
    • High resolution color display produces over 65,000 colors for amazing clarity
    • Stay organized and entertained--at home or on the road

    Reviews (13)

    5-0 out of 5 stars a very fine product
    I've been through quite a few PDA's, mostly from Palm with the occasional Visor (I wind up killing most within a year). Let me first say, the TJ35 isn't perfect, but it comes pretty close. The operating system is fairly effortless, and the add-on third party software is intriguing. I'm still finding out how much it can do. So here are few thoughts:

    1) The design guys at Sony got it right. It is a flat out elegant and beautiful product.

    2) The MP3 function is quite good. I tend to be pretty picky about my music; I generally encode in WAV format. But the MP3 software will accept up to 320 kbps. I converted several files to 192 kbps, and I am very happy with the sound quality. Be warned though, you have to store all music files on a memory stick (cute, no?).

    3) The Li-ion battery is user replaceable.

    4) The included stylus is completely useless. If you do acquire the TJ35, do yourself a favor a buy one of those pens than can double as a stylus. Theirs is fit only for a (small) child.

    5) The unit charges and syncs through an adapter that connects to the bottom of the unit. It's not exactly elegant, but not a critical flaw either. A docking module would have been nice.

    In summary, the TJ35 is a very well designed PDA that performs its functions admirably. Outside of some minor quirks with respect to the stylus and connection set-up, I happily recommend it to anyone looking for a new PDA.

    1-0 out of 5 stars fragile product poor support from Sony
    I bought mine in Jan. 2004 at $300 Canadian.The protective cover on mine wouldn't stay on. Kept coming off in my pocket. 3 months later the Clie fell to the floor and sustained a small crack in the touch screen. End of Clie
    Cost of repair would of been $200 Canadian.
    I maintain if the protective cover stayed on as supposed to, it probably wouldn't have broken.
    Sony didn't support their product. End of Sony in my future.

    3-0 out of 5 stars OK pda
    (...)
    Sony seems to pump out Palm-based PDAs as if its factory is about to be taken away by some off-world daemon and its contents vapourised. Hardly a month goes by without a new device appearing; recently we've had the ultra high-end PEG UX50, this rather more sedate entry-level machine and a less well-specified variant on this review model, the PEG TJ25.

    Sony has come up with yet another new hardware design for the Clié PEG TJ35, the key feature of which is a roller positioned underneath the screen. This is the vertical movement interface, and to its left and right are tiny buttons which are used for movement across the horizontal plane.

    It is a bit fiddly, but it is all you get, as Sony has abandoned its jog-dial wheel this time around. Instead of having said wheel on the left edge of the casing there are hooks for a removable flip-over screen protector, which is surprisingly robust.

    The right edge of the casing has a dual-function 'Power and Hold' button. The 'Hold' feature is useful, as this PDA is supplied with Palm's own audio player. The 'Hold' function means that when listening to music with the Clié in a bag or pocket you aren't going to accidentally tap the screen and do goodness knows what to the data and files stored on the device.

    There is 32MB of RAM but only 23MB of that is available to the user for applications and software; the rest is set aside for some of the army of free applications Sony pre-installs to complement what comes as part of Palm OS 5.2.

    These include CLIE Launcher (a replacement for the usual Palm application launcher), CLIE Viewer (digital image viewer), CLIE Files (file manager), CLIE Memo (write notes to the screen), the Picsel Viewer (read documents in various format), and Decuma (for handwriting recognition). If you want more storage space - for example, for music files - you will need to invest in Memory Sticks, as this is Sony's memory format of choice.

    The processor is not one we have come across before, an i.MXL from Motorola. We found it coped with the demands we placed on it without breaking down. The battery did irritate us a little though. We ran a benchamarking tool at both its Full Power and its Normal Use settings. In the former case we got nearly two and a half hours from the battery, in the latter four hours ten minutes. Heavy audio-visual users might want to consider a machine with more stored 'oomph.'

    The Clié PEG TJ35 is both relatively small (110 x 75 x 12 mm) and light (140g) which means it is easy to carry around, and its 320 x 320 pixel screen delivers the goods nicely. You don't get a docking cradle - instead a cable does the job of synchronising and charging.

    Verdict: Sony's Clié PEG TJ35 is a likeable PDA if you are nimble-fingered enough to cope with the navigator wheel, and the large bundle of software Sony supplies make it an appealing choice for those looking for a versatile 'out of the box' experience. This is a busy price-point, though, so be aware that there may be other PDAs that meet your needs for the same amount of cash.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Pretty, Pretty pricey too
    This item is good to look at and the applications are great. It is pretty and pretty pricey too. The backlight is a constant problem with it and has to be sent back to the factory to be repaired. I have the Tungsten E and my wife has Sony Clie' PEG-TJ35. She is sorry that she got it and now wants a Tungsten. Well we all make mistakes, but is still a nice Handsheld. I think my Tungsten gives me more value for my money. The extra money you save you can afford to buy a 128 MB Card and listen to some cool tunes.

    4-0 out of 5 stars OK so far -- as long as the recall doesn't take too long
    I've had the TJ35 for almost a month, and it has been mostly outstanding (I used a Palm Vx before). Although I didn't have the backlight problem-- yet-- my unit is one of the ones on recall by Sony to have the flaw fixed, so it is about to be sent to Sony (using a prepaid fedex mailer they sent me when I signed in on the backlight problem website). The unit is very convenient. The size is right for a shirtpocket, Graffiti2 is easy once you know how -- it's OK to take 2 strokes to make t's and k's because you don't have to shift up to make capitals anymore. Decuma is not really that helpful-- the learning curve isn't worth the effort and I don't use it. The only problems I have noticed have been: (1) The Intellisync software that comes with it for syncing with Outlook refused to install properly, but I didn't mind that because I use Chapura's KeySuite instead (and it works fine); and (2) on rare occasions, HotSync doesn't work without rebooting my laptop. I use WinXP, but the laptop is normally connected to a port replicator and the Clie cradle is connected to a USB port on the port replicator. Sony's literature says this can be a problem with HotSync (i.e., that you should connect directly to the root USB port), but I had noticed no difficulty until the past couple of days. The display is easy to see (especially compared to the "old" Palm Vx). All in all, if the backlight problem is a thing of the past, and the HotSync issue doesn't recur much, it's a nice little unit. ... Read more


    78. PalmOne V Handheld
    list price: $249.99
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    Asin: B00000J4FS
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: PalmOne
    Sales Rank: 7743
    Average Customer Review: 4.15 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    One look at the Palm V handheld and you'll know it's something special.Its sleek design and anodized aluminum case appeal to your sense of style.Weighing just 4 ounces, its ultrathin exterior belies its organizational power.You'll have thousands--literally thousands--of names, addresses, phone numbers,appointments, to-dos, plus hundreds of e-mail messages at your fingertips. Theadvanced LCD screen is razor sharp. And you can recharge the lithium-ionbatteries in the HotSync cradle in minutes a day. A full charge lasts for up toa month. Simply put, the sleek new Palm V handheld lets you organize in style. ... Read more

    Features

    • 2 MB RAM
    • Easily transfer data from your handheld to your PC or Macintosh
    • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
    • Stores thousands of addresses, appointments, to-do items, memos, and more
    • What's in the box: Palm V handheld, Palm Desktop organizer software, Applications for Palm V handheld, Rechargeable battery (internal), DB-25 adapter, Protective leather cover, HotSync cradle

    Reviews (232)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Palm Pilot Series V - Slim, Sleek And Elegant...
    One Look At The Palm V Handheld And You'll Know It's Something Special...Its Sleek Design And Anodized Aluminum Case Appeal To Your Sense Of Style...Weighing Just 4 Ounces, This Handheld Gives You Room For Everything In Your Busy Life...The Advanced LCD Screen Is Razor Sharp And You Can Recharge The Lithium Ion Batteries In The HotSync Cradle In Minutes A Day - A Full Charge Lasts For Up To A Month...Date Book Application Access Up To 5 Years Of Appointments... Address Book Application Holds Thousands Of Addresses That Are At Your Fingertips...To Do List Application Keeps Thousand Of To-Do Items Close At Hand...Memo Pad Application Lets You Jot Down Notes, Compose E-Mail, And More...Download E-Mail From Your Desktop And Save It There...Expense Application Tracks All Your Expenses In One Convenient Place...Find Application Lets You Easily Find Names, Dates, And Places Fast...Palm Desktop Software Allows Use Of Your Palm Applications Right At Your Desktop...HotSync Cradle Synchronizes All Your Information With Your Desktop PC At The Touch Of A Button... Memory - 2 MB...Addresses - 6,000...Appointments - 5 Yrs...Memos - 1,500...E-mails - 200...Battery Type - Rechargable Lithium Ion...Battery Life (Based On Normal Use) - 2+ Weeks Add-Ons Via Derial Port...Integrated Wireless Internet Access...Display Backlit...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
    I spent about 2 months trying to decide whether an organizer could be worth this much money. I just bought my Palm V last week, and it's hard to imagine life without it now. The Palm V is simply the best purchase I've made in a long time. It's an incredibly small and sleek little machine. It fits right in your shirt pocket, even with the hard case I bought for it. It has all the standard things you'd expect from an organizer (address book, to do list, agenda, expense report). The Graffiti system (writing instead of typing) only takes a little while to get used to. The Palm Desktop software and cradle allows you to back everything up in a few seconds. No batteries are necessary, because you can recharge the Palm Vin the cradle. Hundreds of extra programs and games can be downloaded. If you're trying to decide which Palm to buy, I definitely recommend the V. The Vx is about the same, but it has more memory (which I don't think I'll need) and costs a lot more, the III series is great but not as sleek, and the VII has the built-in modem, which doesn't interest me much. Go for the Palm V. If you're trying to decide whether it's worth the money, the answer is a resounding YES!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Palm V
    The shipping and receiving of the Palm was adequate. However the back light didn't function. I e mailed the seller about the problem but never received a reply.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Tired Attorney
    I got a Palm V about 2 years ago. My hope was that I could trash my full-to-bursting filo fax with multiple addresses/business cards for my ever-moving family and friends and also take my work calendar and address book on the road thereby avoid the constant stress of not being able to get hold of my secretary to access diary appointments and contact details when away from my desk-top/lap-top.

    The touch -screen alignment of the first Palm V I received went out of whack almost immediately making it impossible to "tap" anything in the top half inch of the screen and extremely irritating. I tried a number of times to access the help-desk but who has an hour a day to stay on hold? By the time I finally got through it was about 10 months into my warranty. The chap I spoke to was very pleasant and advised that I return my Palm for a refurbished model. The return policy was easy and I was impressed by the "just put it back in the box it came in, have the courier service pick it up and we'll sort it all out" and hopefull of a successful result.

    The refurbished model I later got turned out to have exactly the same problem once I hot-synched it with my desk-top application (leading me to think it was the software and not the actual device). It was a few more weeks before I had time to brave the help-desk again. This time my one year warranty was up so I was told I could either pay $100 to get it fixed (and risk getting the same [bad] system back again) or buy a new one. I decided to put up with the one I had. Unfortunately the "refurbished" model turned out to be even [worse] than the first one as not only was the screen out of whack, this one randomly "fainted" when I took it off its cradle even when fully recharged, i.e., sometimes I would switch it on and five minutes later it would totally run out of steam and freeze up, sometimes I could take it away for a week-end and it was ok. As it always seemed to pass-out and leave me stranded on the business trips, I took to taking a hard-copy of my contact database with me as a back-up. I am now at the point where I print out my entire database and calendar when I am out of the office AND take my filofax to keep the business cards in.

    I am still committed to the idea of the Palm and jealous of my friends' functioning models but am wary of shelling out another [item price] for something ultimately less useful than an etcha-sketch.

    5-0 out of 5 stars PalmV Handheld
    I've owned one for two years; it made it possible for me not to travel with my notebook. It sync's to ACT!2000 with more than 1200 names in about 90 seconds. Be sure to download the newest software from Palm and from your contact manager for best results.
    The slim design allows you to carry this anywhere. It's never given me any problems. ... Read more


    79. Sony CLIE PEG-T665C/U Handheld

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    Asin: B000068MQU
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 10979
    Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Features

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

    Reviews (47)

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The only two negatives are:

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

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

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

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

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

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


    80. Compaq iPAQ 3955 Color Pocket PC
    list price: $499.99
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    Asin: B000069AT6
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
    Sales Rank: 8575
    Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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    The HP iPAQ H3955 Pocket PC comes with a 400 MHz Intel XScale processor, 64 MB RAM, 32 MB flash ROM, and a Secure Digital memory slot for additional memory.

    The H3955's display is a color transflective TFT LCD, 3.78-inch, low power, 16-bit color touch screen, capable of displaying more than 65,000 colors with 240 x 320 resolution and .24 mm dot pitch.

    The H3955 comes with a docking cradle (USB or serial with AC power and charging), a 400 mAh lithium-polymer rechargeable battery, a touch-sensitive display, a soft keyboard, character recognition, handwriting recognition, inking, and a voice recorder.

    Programs installed on the Pocket PC include: Microsoft Windows CE, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Voice Recorder, Notes, Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player (MP3), Calculator, Solitaire, Inbox (for e-mail), Microsoft Reader (eBooks), File Explorer, MSN Messenger, Terminal Services Client, VPN Client, Infrared Beaming, Clock, Align Screen, Memory, Volume Control iPAQ Task Manager, iPAQ File Store, iPAQ Backup, and iPAQ Image Viewer.

    Software included on an accompanying CD-ROM includes: Microsoft ActiveSync 3.5, Pocket Outlook 2002 (e-mail, calendar, contacts, and tasks), Microsoft Reader (eBooks), and Conduits Peacemaker Professional.

    What's in the box

    • iPaQ H3955
    • Docking cradle (USB or serial with AC power and charging)
    • 400 mAh lithium-polymer rechargeable battery
    • Touch-sensitive display
    • Soft keyboard
    • Character recognition
    • Handwriting recognition
    • Inking
    • Voice recorder
    • Software
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    Features

    • 3.78-inch, low-power, 16-bit color TFT LCD with white backlight, 240x320 resolution
    • 400 MHz Intel X-Scale processor, 64 MB SDRAM
    • Secure Digital Card expansion slot
    • Play MP3 music or audio programs from the Web, and record and play back voice or meeting notes
    • What's in the box: H3955, docking cradle, lithium-polymer rechargeable battery, touch-sensitive display, soft keyboard, character recognition, handwriting recognition, inking, voice recorder, software

    Reviews (40)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good product, always back up
    I have had this since it first came out and I have been very happy with it. I use my ipaq for everything now: contacts, schedule patients, music when I workout, email, games, and as an alarm clock. I have it in a wallet case, so it is also my wallet with my ids and credit card. It took awhile to get used to using this instead of pieces of paper and for anyone interested in investing in one should really consider this...it takes time and patience to learn how to use the ipaq in your everyday life. Being in the medical field it has become an invaluable resource for information I need to get my hands on quickly.
    For those who buy this, I give two recommendations:
    1) back up! You can lose much data through freeze ups. It is the nature of the technology and it is going to have some problems now and then.
    2) get an extended warranty program. If you use it alot, like I do, it will probably break within a year. After all it is a small machine with alot of technology and it is bouncing around with you all day long.

    Other than that, enjoy it! It is amazing that we can have all this technology in our hands! I can't wait till they come out with a car starter/door opener options. As I think it about it, it will be the next thing to patient charting. We will just speak into it and it will chart patient information. Maybe it will turn on our house lights, computer, oven, cars,etc. one day.... I look forward to that!

    5-0 out of 5 stars ITS A MUST!!!!
    This was one of the best PDAs that I ever had and I have had more than enough of them. Two Jornadas (54-568)and a Toshiba e740. The Jornadas were really good but they had become outdated. The Toshiba was a good idea with too many problems. Battery life was horrible. The buttons were made for a 4 year old. I recomend it to anyone who wants their PDA to be challenging because that is how I describe the Toshiba. The iPAQ was a message from heaven, figuratively speaking. Its one of the best PDAs that I have had. Battery life is awesome. It works specifically well with Plus! Sync & Go, a program to watch video content offline. It is a good PDA. The screen. Too much to say. WAY too much to say. Go to a demo and look at it yourself. Its beautifull. The bad parts: Case. Should be better. Slots: Needs a CF slot built in. Battery: replaceable like the 5455. The rest is good. The processor is OK. Look at other sites for more info. Pocketnow.com has a great review.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Attractive but abysmally frustrating
    Got this refurbished from Costco. Good screen etc. BUT, the power runs out every time you turn your back on it and there IS NO BACKUP (watch-type) battery. When the power runs out, you LOSE every program you ever installed, and the software walks you through an insultingly stupid nano-tutorial before you can use it again. Stupid design of the decade. Bought a stowaway keyboard for it and whenever the keyboard got near it, the Ipaq got flaky. Tonight the thing died again and I destroyed it (dead, it makes a better work of art than it ever did a PDA). Reason: I had to spend more time and effort reviving it than using it. A great concept with severely crappy reliability.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great and awesome HandHeld PC
    Words cannot even begin to describe this handheld pc. Well, I'm over exagerating a little. If you wanted to get a pocket pc, I suggest you get an Ipaq. It has the most amazing backlight and it's amazingly easy to use. There's hardly nothing that can't be done with it since it can be expanded with different kinds of expansion slots. Buy an Ipaq.

    My main reason for writing this review was to actually thank the merchant that provided me her great service. Since it was too late for me to rate her using rate seller, I'll just rate her service here. I give yong2_wen2 a 5. Although I recieved the incorrect item at first, I was able to return the Ipaq and get the correct model with all shipping paid. yong2_wen2 was very responsive to every email I sent providing me with great customer service.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    This is a great piece of equipment. i would recommend it for any working person with a full schedule. you can use it for anything! i've even used it for sound testing for churches and such. Buy this product! its worth the money! ... Read more


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