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$349.99 list($599.99)
81. Casio Cassiopeia E-200 Pocket
82. Sony CLIE PEG-NR70 Handheld
$230.00 list($199.99)
83. PalmOne m500 Handheld
$79.93 list($199.99)
84. PalmOne Vx Handheld
$459.59 list($549.99)
85. Sony CLIE PEG-UX40/U Handheld
$217.95 list($299.99)
86. ViewSonic V36 Pocket PC
87. TAPWAVE Tapwave Zodiac 1
88. Sony CLIE PEG-T615C/S Handheld
89. Dell Axim X5 300 MHz Pocket PC
90. PalmOne m125 Handheld
Too low to display list($129.99)
91. Abacus by Fossil Wrist Net Smart
$499.99 list($459.99)
92. Sony Clie PEG-NX73VHandheld
93. Sony Clie PEG-NX60 (Silver) Handheld
94. Sony PEG-N760C Clie Handheld
95. Toshiba e355 Pocket PC with Windows
$23.74 $20.99 list($39.99)
96. Sharp OZ-290H Wizard Organizer
97. PalmOne m100 Handheld
98. Hewlett Packard Jornada 548 Color
$500.00 list($999.99)
99. Sharp Mobilon TriPad PV-6000 Handheld
$71.24 list($149.99)
100. Royal 32MB PDA 200X200 Backlit

81. Casio Cassiopeia E-200 Pocket PC
list price: $599.99
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Asin: B00005V61T
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Casio
Sales Rank: 15644
Average Customer Review: 3.79 out of 5 stars
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  • 64 MB of RAM
  • Two expansion slots: one for CompactFlash and one for Secure Digital/MMC cards
  • Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 Software
  • 3.5-inch TFT active matrix display with over 64,000 colors
  • What's in the box: Cassiopeia E-200, Stylus, USB Cradle, AC Adapter, Li-ion rechargeable replaceable battery, CR-2032 backup battery, Pocket PC User's Guide, Hardware Guide

Reviews (87)

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

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

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

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

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


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

82. Sony CLIE PEG-NR70 Handheld

Asin: B00006484G
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 16913
Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
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Powerful multimedia and productivity wrapped in an attractive body, the Palm-powered Sony Clié PEG-NR70 offers great organizational tools, an MP3 audio player, and a built-in keyboard. You also get exclusive Sony features like the Memory Stick media expansion slot and Remote Commander software.

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

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

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

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

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

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

What's in the box

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

Reviews (32)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

83. PalmOne m500 Handheld
list price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005AWBJ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 4563
Average Customer Review: 3.52 out of 5 stars
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The lightweight, stylish Palm m500 handheld is expandable, customizable,and Internet capable. The Palm m500 has an expansion card slot for additionalmemory storage (up to 64 MB) and add-ons such as a dictionary/thesaurus, games,and more. The Palm m500 comes with all the classic personal informationmanagement tools you expect: Date Book, Address Book, To Do List, Memo Pad,Mail, and Clock. It has 8 MB of built-in memory, enough to store thousands ofaddresses, years of appointments, hundreds of to-do items, and more than 50applications.

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

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

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

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

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

What's in the box

  • Palm m500
  • Stylus
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • USB HotSync cradle
  • Palm Desktop software for Windows and Macintosh and Palm Mobile Connectivity software
  • Getting Started guide
  • Handbook
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  • Built-in 8 MB memory stores thousands of contacts, appointments, to-do items, and notes
  • New, advanced monochrome LCD screen makes it easier to see in dim light and in bright sunlight
  • New Secure Digital Card/MultiMediaCard expansion slot for additional memory and functionality such as a dictionary/thesaurus, games, and more
  • Native USB cradle allows faster HotSync operations
  • Windows and Macintosh compatible--includes desktop software for both platforms

Reviews (95)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

84. PalmOne Vx Handheld
list price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000031KIM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 1392
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan Review

At only 4.7 by 3.2 inches square and 0.4 inches thick, the Palm Vxhandheld is truly pocket sized; however, this model sports a hefty 8 MB of RAM.The Palm Vx handheld also sports a sleek exterior that looks supercool--anintangible value to be sure, but one that's hard to argue with.

The Palm Vx handheld offers the same improvements to its screen that were madeto the Palm IIIx. These updates since the Palm III handheld include a farsharper screen and contrast-variable backlighting, which makes the Palm Vxhandheld much easier to use in low-light conditions. Rechargeable lithium-ionbatteries, which charge while the unit sits in its HotSync cradle, make batterylife a nonissue.

You can synchronize Palm handhelds with your computer so that you can carry allyour appointments, notes, contacts, and e-mail with you. The simple one-touchinterface makes sense to new and seasoned computer users alike. For owners thatprefer Microsoft Outlook to keep tabs on folks for business and pleasure, resteasy. With the simple installation procedure, and Outlook support out of thebox, you can transfer the data you have in Outlook, or start fresh with the PalmDesktop software. In addition, there are thousands of applications for the Palmoperating system available on the Internet that make your Palm handheld work aseverything from a universal remote to a digital book and restaurant guide.

We had no trouble setting up the device, synching with our PC-based Netscape e-mail,using the Graffiti character-recognition software, or working with theaddress book, date book, memo writer, to-do list, and all the other applicationsthat put the Palm OS on the map. All in all, this is a great upgrade to analready strong product. If this is your first Palm, it's a great way to start.


  • Palm OS interface is simple to use
  • Easy to install and set up
  • Uses rechargeable batteries
  • Sleek, solid design can take some punishment
  • Not expandable (has a closed case)
  • Case cover opens too easily
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  • 8 MB RAM
  • HotSync cradle included
  • 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

Reviews (190)

4-0 out of 5 stars The standard that set the standards for handheld PDA's
The Palm Vx is really a standard-setter. Small footprint, great connectivity to the PC and to mail programs like Outlook. Many, many applications written for it, some shareware, some you can purchase. Easy synchronization via the cradle interface, which is also the recharging unit.

Here are the pros:

Small, lightweight, fits in a shirt pocket. Standard OS that is widely used. LOOOOOOOONG battery life. Plenty of memory for most text-based application. (8MB) Plenty of peripherals like a sexy little keyboard, a combo ballpoint pen-stylus, travel adapter kits, car battery charger, IR exchange which works quite well.

Cons: It's fragile. Even in the brushed steel folding case I bought, the screen broke when it slipped from my hand. It's Palm OS, which means it doesn't have the advantages of the Pocket PC (former Windows CE) OS to run PowerPoint, (there is a new program for the Pocket PC that lets you view and hear PowerPoint.) It doesn't have color display. The screen font could be clearer (there are better ones on other PDA's) The telephone and wireless stuff isn't in it (that's either the Palm VII with built-in wireless or other brands.) No MP3 player, no voice recorder. And the battery pack is not removable, although it lasts plenty long.

Should you buy it? If you want an organizer and email reader, this is excellent. It's what I use every day. The long battery life is a real boon to the traveler. It packs a lot for the money. The optional accessories are priced too high, but this is a complaint against the industry in general. You buy the basic unit, but to add some useful doo-dads, you can rack a significant percentage of the purchase price in no time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Palm Vx - Still one of the best.
Next to the current power hungry CE Win based devices the Palm Vx is a gem! The Vx is the sleek Porsche compared to the gas guzzling muscle cars. They may make a lot of noise and have better radios, but they loose it in the curves. There's always room for improvement so here's my overview.

Pros: Small footprint / Lightweight / Clean lines. Stable OS system. A multitude of thousands of killer applications written to Palm OS. Robust synchronization software w/ desktop applications. E-mail and online web ports are a snap (+ modem + MultiMail Pro etc.). Fast enough CPU for the job. Low power consumption. Rechargeable built in battery pack. Many other (Palm units) out there to exchange info w/ (re: IR). Stable peripherals modem/ battpac/ keyboard/ etc. Great Palm culture / Non-company help sites / information.

Cons: Screen legibility could be better yet. No expansion (slot) w/out giving up serial connection and making the unit larger then its name sake. Poor speaker. Poor power on button placement - can click on in transit w/out very firm- or, hard- case. Support - both Telephone- and E- could be more substantial.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but keep a paperclip in hand.
The palm works well and is simple to use and download things. But, this palm crashes alot!

4-0 out of 5 stars old, but it's still a great PDA!
while I haven't actually had the palm Vx, I have the IBM Workpad c3, which is the same thing painted black with the IBM logo on it.

I think it's great, and for it's price, it's easily affordable to everybody. it's got 8 MB of memory, which is more than the old zire and the same as the new one. the only things I don't like about it is that there are no expansion slots or earphone jacks.
another thing that sucks is that after a while of being in my pocket(about 1.5 years) the buttons get loose. that might be because of all the subhunt playing, but I'm not sure. the two outside buttons got loose and the datebook one gets wedged into the case a lot. otherwise, I love it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Out of date, but still a goodie!
Even though it is an old model I can still find much use for it. There are tons of programs you can find on the web to use with it. If you look hard enough you can find thousands of freeware programs to quickly install on your palm. Since this model is somewhat out of date most programs and accessories designed for it are much cheaper then when they first came out. Buying used accessories from Amazon or Ebay can really help you out in making the most out of your Palm V. Keyboards and modems that cost 100's of dollars now cost 4 bucks. Imagine that! In final I am overjoyed with my Palm V! ... Read more

85. Sony CLIE PEG-UX40/U Handheld
list price: $549.99
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Asin: B0000AQH4Y
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 4992
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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  • A new concept in handhelds: an extremely portable personal entertainment communicator
  • 6 onces, including stylus
  • Integrated Bluetooth interface
  • High-resolution TFT Color Display (480 x 320 dots, 65,536 colors)
  • What's in the box: CLIE handheld, Charger Cradle, USB HotSync Cable, Retractable Stylus, AC Adapter, Hand Strap, Installation CD-ROM, Instruction manuals

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best PDA I've Owned
I've owned way too many PDAs, and have come to several conclusions:

1 Palm OS excells,
2. HP iPaqs are a disaster,and
3. SONY exceeded my expectations.

Unless you need Wi-Fi, it's not worth it.

This is by far the most feature filled unit that is on the market. It's size and features will address just about any need you may have.

Keyboard is comfortable, and bundled software is great to show off the features. You'll be hard pressed to get over the novelty of this wonderful machine. You won't be sorry.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best PDA out there (not including UX50)
I have had several PDAs, and this is by far the best. I got it mainly for the built-in keyboard and high-res screen, but it is the total package. I sold my Dell Axim which was quite good to get the UX40 and I don't miss it at all.

- Super compact
- Loaded with features
- Bluetooth built-in
- Great screen
- Keyboard is very convenient
- Multimedia
- Fast
- Super cool and well made

- Battery life not great, but OK
- Kind of pricey
- Camera good only for low res pics

- Landscape screen only (not a big deal to me)

Buy it - you know you want it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy it if you have the money!
Size, WiFi and Bluetooth, video playback, design. This unit is amazing. It arrived monday (one week early) and exceeded expectations. It is smaller than I expected. Set-up was simple...within minutes of taking it out of the box I was surfing the web via Bluetooth. The screen looks great, though a bit too small. Web browsing is very cool, but you dont want to spend alot of time online as the screen is very small. Email app works great. MP3 player is stereo which is awesome. You can listen to MP3's while browsing the web and transfering MP3s to a memory stick is a breeze. I transfered over 50 MP3s in a few minutes to a 256MB Pro stick. The design is great, looks very sexy as is very small. Smaller than most PDA's on the market. The onboard camera is descent, but should have been better. In movie mode it records 15fps not 30fps. The video player though, plays back awesome 30fps MP4 video....looks GREAT!!! This is one of the UX40's best features.

3-0 out of 5 stars Love at first glance, but then...
I love it the first time I saw it, using the excelent services of I have it in my hands in couple of days.
I changed from a nice Hp 1945 Pocket PC to Sony UX-40, but I'm not sure if was a wise idea:

1. The screen is too small to have a comfortable sight
2. Keyboard is nice in size but I don't like the feeling of the keys.
3. It's not cheap, and the software provided is very limited, if you want to use the other software provided, you have to pay.
4. Quality of photos is low

5. You have to carry the cradle if you want to charge it in your car with the proper adapter.

Very nice looking device but maybe is oriented to a younger market (but the price is not oriented to it)

I will give it a couple of weeks, if not convinced, maybe my wife can give me back the Ipaq 1945 ... Read more

86. ViewSonic V36 Pocket PC
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B0000DK3GD
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ViewSonic
Sales Rank: 5327
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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  • Powerful 300MHz Intel XScale processor
  • Incorporated digital camera
  • Transfer your e-mail and important office documents from your PC easily and quickly
  • Play MP3 files or even read a book with Microsoft Reader for e-books
  • 3.5 inches Color LCD

Reviews (24)

4-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars
with a retail price of about $300. and a $100 rebate how could you go wrong?! i have had a pda for as long as i can remember and they just keep getting better. i went from having the original palm pilot to a handspring visor to a jornada 525 pocket pc and now this. in comparison to my old jornada, the v36 is faster, thinner, lighter and has more built-in memory. other features i like are the removeable battery pack (so you can carry a spare) and the stylus has a removeable twist off end piece to reveal a pointed end for those inevitable resets, so no more searching for a paper clip or pen to reset. the camera feature is nice but with today's camera technology in cell phones it could be better. some cell phone camera's have a small flash which would help the viewsonic alot and a better resolution would be nice too (1.0 megapixel would do). once in awhile i used my jornada as an mp3 player and it sucked the battery life out of the pda, maybe a good 2-3 hours before the battery need recharging. the viewsonic battery life does fair better at about 3-4 hours at full power. which bring me to another nice feature, the viewsonic has a "tunable" power setting (full, medium or low). unfortunately, i havent tested battery life at the time of this review at the low setting.
another complaint i have is that i can not use all my compact flash accessories (modem, wireless and expansion memory) from my jornada on the viewsonic (uses mmc/sd type cards), but i can live with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Deal, Great PDA
I went to [a local store]and saw the ViewSonic V36 and the iPaq side by side. I was planning on the iPaq, but the ViewSonic was $100 cheaper, and had the digital camera. With the same specs, except minus integrated WiFi and plus camera, it evened out. It performs well, has a long lasting battery, and is increadibly slim. It also charges quickly. It may not have as crisp a display as the iPaq, but it does its job. Besides, I can't really tell the difference. The camera does appear to be more of an after-thought though. It needs just the right amount of light. In a partially dark room, the whole thing goes black. In a light room, it goes bright white. Even if the camera was excluded, it would still be a better deal then most PDA's. No problems yet. I would give it 4.5, but I need to choose between 4 and 5, so I give it 5.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best PocketPC for the price
Best PocketPC for the price!
I researched a LOT of PocketPC's before I buy VeiwSonic V36 and I love it!
MP3s, Videos, Voice, Photos, MS Compatibility,
Definately the best PocketPC for the price! No problems so far - I am very pleased - I recommend this model to all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Nice PDA
I agree that there are a lot of PDAs out there with hunkier features like WiFi (HP ipaq) or with integrated cell phones (Tungsten), but I think this PDA has the best bang for the buck! The digital camera is of a surprisingly good quality, though I think that the screen quality is better in the HP ipaq. I found the operating system to be very stable. I recently bought a SanDisk SD memory card for the PDA and that works well with it too. I also recommend the ViewSonic Customer Service highly. I had a defective item at first, which they replaced immediately without any hassle. I would definitely recommend the PDA!

2-0 out of 5 stars cheap looking, questionable quality
Bought it on but there was a bad pixel on the screen. Exchanged for another one, still many problems:
1. About 4 out of 5 attempts to synchronize with desktop computer failed;
2. The record button doesn't work;
3. Sometimes cannot turn off or turn on the unit;
4. One leg of the battery cover was broken after a few uses.

The design is horrible; Product looks very cheap; the built-in camera takes mediocre pictures. However, the screen is bright and vivid, which seems to the only thing impressed me. ... Read more

87. TAPWAVE Tapwave Zodiac 1

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Asin: B0002DOXK8
Catlog: Video Games
Sales Rank: 7907
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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  • High-resolution 3.8 inch screen offers amazing, crisp graphics for games, digital photos, even videos
  • Powerful new ATI processor for graphics acceleration and Bluetooth functions
  • True analog controller with full complement of ergonomically-placed triggers and buttons
  • 32MB 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 (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars MP3s, games, GPS, web surfing, you name it
As a long time PDA user (Palm OS and Pocket PCs) I was always looking for the latest, greatest new piece of tech. The Zodiac's specs and price impressed me so much that I started my own news and community site for it.

I bought the Zodiac 1 back when they first came out (end of November, 2003). It's compatible with most any Palm OS application and there's tons of freeware and inexpensive shareware apps to be found. While Tapwave is hyping this as a gaming console, it's really a do-everything device. Pair it with a Bluetooth cell phone and you can surf the internet or check your email. Pair it with a Bluetooth GPS and you can use it to navigate you around town or across the country. It has a Yamaha sound chip which gives you MP3 playback superior to an iPod and you can even play music in the background while you play games or do other things.

The library of cutting edge games is a little small right now, but it's growing. And, like I said, there's TONS more that you can do with this thing besides just gaming. But if you do want it for gaming, consider's got a 3.8" diagonal 480x320 pixel screen, an analog controller, several action and shoulder buttons, and support for multiplayer gaming over Bluetooth. And Tapwave isn't being greedy with some proprietary nonsense either. You can use regular old SD memory cards to expand your storage space for MP3s, videos, applications, and games. Yes, you can download games over the internet and store tons of them on one single SD memory card rather than carry around dozens of cartridges.

If you want to take advantage of some of the advanced features, sites like Tapland will help you along. Plus, there's lots of useful game, productivity app, and accessory reviews there.

If you want more built-in storage, you can pay an extra $100 for the Zodiac 2, but my personal recommendation is to get a Zodiac 1 and use the extra money to buy a really huge SD memory card. ... Read more

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

Asin: B00005Y3V6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 10738
Average Customer Review: 3.91 out of 5 stars
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Having already dipped its toe in the ocean that is the PDA market with the Clié PEG-SN760C and the PEG-S300 models, Sony has now jumped in with a second-generation color model--the PEG-T615C. Featuring the same 33 MHz DragonBall processor, high-resolution 320 x 320 color screen, and jog wheel functionality, it also boasts 16 MB of internal RAM, the latest version of the Palm OS (v. 4.1), and a superslim aluminum body.

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

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

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

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

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


  • Bright, high-resolution color screen
  • 16 MB of memory that's expandable with Memory Sticks
  • Superslim
  • Fun Sony add-on programs
  • New rocker switch replacing scroll buttons not as functional
  • Flip screen protector detaches too easily
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  • Slim design--only .50 inches thick--with 16 MB of RAM and 4 MB of flash ROM
  • Bright, high-resolution TFT color display
  • Jog Dial navigator allows you to access phone numbers, notes, and more while keeping your other hand free
  • Synchronize with your PC using included HotSync cradle; compatible with Windows PCs
  • Expandable viaoptional Memory Stick cards

Reviews (78)

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

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

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

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

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

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

I recommend this product.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

89. Dell Axim X5 300 MHz Pocket PC

Asin: B00007GPHR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Dell
Sales Rank: 10610
Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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The Dell Axim X5 is the ultimate handheld device, delivering style and outstanding features at an affordable price. It's powered by the Intel XScale processor at 300 MHz to help you keep up with the tasks of everyday life, and is equipped with 32 MB SDRAM and 32 MB Intel StrataFlash ROM.

The Axim X5 is equipped with Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 Premium and pre-installed with familiar applications like Pocket Word and Pocket Excel, along with a calendar, contacts database, voice recorder, and a number of other built-in features.

With an integrated Type II CompactFlash card slot and a Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard slot, the expansion capabilities seem endless. And with its removable, rechargeable battery, the Axim X5 is never tied to its cradle--simply leave a spare battery charging in the cradle, and swap your battery when it's low.

The Dell Axim X5 features a backlit, 3.5-inch, 16-bit, touch-sensitive, transflective TFT color LCD display capable of displaying 65,536 colors at 240 x 320 resolution.

The Axim X5's audio capabilities include 16-bit stereo, full duplex record and playback, and an integrated microphone and speaker. The Axim also features a headphone jack.

The Axim X5 comes with a rechargeable, removable 1440 mAh lithium-ion battery. A rechargeable, removable 3400 mAh lithium-ion battery is optional.

What's in the box

  • Axim X5
  • Stylus
  • Sync cradle
  • AC Adapter
  • 1440 mAh Lithium-Ion Removable, Rechargeable battery
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  • 300 MHz InteláXScale Processor, 32 MB RAM, and 32 MB ROM
  • Brilliant 3.5" high-resolution transflective 65,000 color display
  • Integrated CompactFlash Type II and Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard slots to add storage or wireless communication cards
  • Built-in microphone, speaker, and stereo headphone connector
  • What's in the box: Axim X5, Stylus, Sync cradle, AC Adapter, 1440 mAh Lithium-Ion Removable Rechargeable battery

Reviews (22)

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect For Anybody
This is the first PDA that I've bought, but when this gets old I'll definately buy another Dell if they continue to make them. The pre-installed Pocket PC 2002 is perfect for writing Word documents and Excel spreadsheets, or just viewing them. There are 3 different methods to input letters including a handwriting transcriber that you can personalize to fit the way you write. It took me about 2 minutes to set up my computer so that I could share files between the two of them. You can view all types of pictures on your Axim with the awesome colored screen. The operating system's name says it all, this is definately a Pocket PC because of all of the things you can do with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best PDA for the best price!
I purchased my 300 MHz Axim X5 from Dell in mid December and it arrived about 2 weeks later. This is my very first pocket PC, although I did have a Palm V about 2 years ago. This thing just amazes me. The screen is nice and bright... the style is very comfortable to hold (rubber sides).

My choices for pocket PCs were the Toshiba e740, the HP IPAQ 1910, and the Dell Axim X5 - mainly because they were all under $... after rebates. The 300 MHz Axim is by far the cheapest and the best value since it has dual expansion slots (SD and CF). I am currently using a Netgear CF Wireless adaper card to surf the internet anywhere in my home.

Bottom line... the Axim is the best PDA for the best price. I love mine!

1-0 out of 5 stars Axim X5 is the worst that could happen with you
I ll be short. I am really tired of explaining in details what i HATE about Axim X5, and how I regret that I was on a cheap side and bought this monster. I noticed that some of the happy Dell customers are happy for the first couple of months. Wait till your warranty expires!!! This axim x5 is good only for 6-7 months then its good for hammering nails. I am sure that nobody is happy about an idea of buying a new Pda from Dell every 8-10 months, except for Michael Dell.
So quality is bad, and I am really surprised as they do pretty good laptops and desk tops.
Customer service: God!! Send some mercy!!! Listen, I speak with an accent, I live in New York, I got used to dozens of accents. But I refuse to understand this ridiculous mumbling, robot's phrases,like "Or Mister Smith, I understand your frustration". Yeah right... But what kills me the most is the fact thaty they LIE to you. "Did you sent my axim 5 back???" "Yes we did!!" 3 weeks later no results!!!

I am tired of dell,

1-0 out of 5 stars Dell doesn't care about you or your data.
I bought one of the Dell Handhelds and found that the SD slot did not work after buying three cards to try. I ended up calling Dell Support to help troubleshoot my problem and they told me to perform a "hard boot". They failed to tell me that this would wipe all my data on the device and I lost two days worth of information on it. When I found that this was the case and the representative didn't mention that it would wipe it all, I was very frustrated. Worst of all, it didn't fix the problem. When I asked to speak to a supervisor, I was informed that they didn't have one because "they've all gone home". As a result, it's been sent back and I'm very happy with my iPaq--and its support. Buy a Compaq, they know that data is important and my calls to support don't get treated as a casualty of doing business.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pretty amazing for its price!
Hey, if you're reading this review, you are thinking whether to buy this or not. If I were you, I would buy it. This is because this little handheld is pretty amazing (with some attachments).

Well, first thing first. This is my first Pocket PC. I bought DELL because my computer is DELL and it's pretty good. With the optional SD and CF card (if you're going to get one of these, i recommend to buy a large SD card. This is because if you buy a CF card, your CF slot is full, forcing you not to put in additional attachments such as GPS, camera, ect.), you can add music, MOVIES, books, maps, and virtually anything digital memory. Without the optional SD and CF card, you can still add these, but the Dell Axim does not really have the memory. If you happen to buy the GPS from Pharos (recommended by DELL), you cannot fit the headphones because its right next to the CF slot.

This DELL Axim is pretty slim, and pretty fast. It also features BLUETOOTH technology for wireless stuff. It has a CF slot and a SD slot. Also has a "Hard Reset" which is basically like "reformatting" except it takes less then a minute. You can watch movies, listen to songs, never get lost (GPS), take photos, and virtually anything with the optional attachments.
*CF and SD Slot
*Hard Reset
*Play movies/music
*Never get lost (GPS) OPTIONAL
*You can do virtually anything (digital) with the optional attachments

A cradle for fifty dollars? I don't think so. The customer support can be better, if you know what I'm talking about. I tried to call them for something simple, asking for the foldable keyboard, and they put me on hold for 30 minutes! Small memory (32 MB).
*Cradle for fifty dollars?!
*Customer Support sucks
*Small Default Memory (32 MB)

If this is your first handheld to buy, buy it. It is the best you can ever get in the price range. But before you go off and buy it, read the recommendation below.

256mb Lexar SD Card
128mb SanDisk CF Card
Screen Protector
Pharos GPS
Pharos GPS Car Kit
VEO Camera

All the above products are optional. But I do recommend you get the first 3. Go get this product. It's well worth the money! ... Read more

90. PalmOne m125 Handheld

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Asin: B00005O70S
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 1107
Average Customer Review: 3.36 out of 5 stars
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The Palm m125 is similar to the Palm m100 and m105 in its shape and classic, powerful Palm organizer functions. But it also offers several features that elevate it above the other two models--a memory card expansion slot, bonus software, and compatibility with peripherals for i705 and m500 series models.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • Expansion card slot for SD and MMC memory cards
  • Lots of bonus software, including Documents To Go and Mobile Internet Kit software
  • USB universal connector ready for lots of peripherals
  • Not as thin as the Palm m500 series
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  • 8 MB memory--stores thousands of addresses, phone numbers, appointments, and to-do items
  • New Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard expansion slot for additional memory and functionality such as a dictionary/thesaurus, games, and more
  • Link to Microsoft Outlook for synchronizing data and downloading e-mail (Windows only); compatible with Windows and Mac
  • Comes with add-on software, including MultiMail SE (for e-mail), AOL for Palm, DataViz Documents to Go, Palm Reader (for e-books), AvantGo (for Web content after synchronization or with Internet connection)
  • What's in the box: m125, USB HotSync cradle, a stylus, a protective flip-cover, and two AAA alkaline batteries

Reviews (86)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck!

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

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

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

Usability 4.5 Stars
Long life 1 Star
Overall 3 Stars

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

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

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

91. Abacus by Fossil Wrist Net Smart Watch for MSN Direct (AU4003)
list price: $129.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0003QER6O
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Fossil
Sales Rank: 6439
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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  • New out-of-the-box channels from MSN Direct
  • Leather and polyurethane (rubber) strap with integrated antennae
  • Cable-free charging solution included (no plugs on the watch)
  • Automatically changes time as you cross time zones
  • Chronograph with up to 99 lap times

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 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 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

92. Sony Clie PEG-NX73VHandheld
list price: $459.99
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Asin: B00009TT2W
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 5253
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Sony’s Clié range has included flip-and-swivel PDAs for some time, but NX73V is the sleekest yet. With its magnesium slate black case, Sony has managed to bring together a huge range of features, in a PDA that while on the large side, is still quite pocketable.

Running Palm OS 5, on an Intel PXA263 processor running at 200MHz, the NX73V has 16MB or RAM and a 300K pixel camera that supports up to 640 x 480 resolution. However, it is the screen that is the biggest attention-grabber as its capable of 320 pixels of width and 480 of length if you shrink the Graffiti area.Viewing diary dates, or reading files using the supplied Picsel Viewer, which can cope with document types including HTML, PDF and Microsoft Word, is a positive experience because the display format is closer to the ‘portrait’ orientation of standard paper, and therefore somehow feels better than more usual squarer Palm PDA screens.

There is plenty of other software provided by Sony, pre-installed so you don’t need to take up any of the RAM to use it. The range runs from an MP3 and ATRAC3 player to an infra red remote control, world alarm clock, handwriting recognition software, digital video and stills viewers, email and SMS applications, and software for taking still and moving images with the built-in camera. There is no flash, but you can make settings for indoor and outdoor shots which should help you get the most out of your images.

There are both Compact Flash and Memory Stick card slots, and as is usual with this range from Sony, there is a tiny thumb-tappable keyboard which, if your fingers are small enough, you can use pretty effectively.

This is an expensive, top of the range Clié, which has plenty of multimedia capability but could also be used to good effect at work.--Sandra Vogel ... Read more


  • High-powered handheld running Palm OS 5 and packed with multimedia features
  • Built-in CMOS camera offering 640 x 480 resolution
  • Video recording and playback capability
  • Built-in voice recorder with adjustable recording sensitivity
  • What's in the box: CLIÉ Handheld, USB HotSync Cradle, AC adapter, Stereo headphones and remote controller, AC plug adapter, Hand strap, Retractable Stylus, Installation CD-ROM, Instructions Manual, Graffiti Card

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excelent option for palm lovers
I came from using TRGpro & Handera 330. Difficult to find a new PalmOS machine with the high usability of extinguished models.
I bought this unit recently, and love it. The screen is sharp (screen protector is a must before any use) and colourful. The dual card option (memory stick & CF) is scarse in PalmOS PDAs. I am a pediatrician an use both 1GB CF & 512MB MSPro cards. If you need to store a lot of data for reference or database needs, then NX-73V or NX-80V is for you. The difference: 5MB more (real) RAM and 1.3MP camera for NX80V. But NX73V is comparable in use and has a beautiful black case.
JackFlash is a must to take use of 15MB aditional FlashROM memory available inside the NX73V, so you take many files off RAM (to cards or FlashROM) to make space available.
Hope Palm & others will offer dual card capability in the future for PalmOS, but it would be unlikely.

5-0 out of 5 stars I like it!
I gotta say, I bought this thing thinking that I would probably just use it to store numbers and play MP3's. I've owned the old Palm Pilot Original, the Palm V, and now this Clie. I must say that the Clie simply blows everything else out of the water. It's like a mini computer! I can view pictures, PDF's, XLS, DOC with the bundled software. The screen resolution is really awesome.

I've found myself taking it wherever I'm going (which is the point of a PDA!!!). This never happened before with my older PDA's because they were simply calendars and phonebooks... I enjoy having the camera on me at random times. Taking a little picture of my favorite dish at a restaurant or capturing a great picture of my dog at the park. Those are times you always wished you had brought your digicam but never had it on you!

The DECUMA input sucks... you need to write really neatly and separate e a c h l e t t e r so that it knows what you're talking about. I much prefer Graffiti 2. Graffiti 2 is soooo much cooler than Graffiti 1 that I have been using previously. BUT best of all, this thing has a QWERTY keyboard. I cannot stress how much nicer it is to use the QWERTY. I haven't used the stylus much at all. Most of my inputs are now a process of using my fingertip and then using the keyboard. It REALLY is much faster.

I also enjoy the fact that the thing doesn't have to boot up to get to the digicam or the voice recorder. One click of either button and the unit automatically snaps to the application you are requesting. I am enjoying taking oral notes with the voice record feature when I'm on the go and don't have time to type.

Overall, I'd suggest that you also check out the NX80 due to the better camera. I think I'll buy an NX80 eventually, but right now, for the price, the 73V does exactly what I need without costing TOO much.

4-0 out of 5 stars Glad I Upgraded
Previous happy owner of a Clie NR60 but had to upgrade when I dropped it and broke the screen. The NX73 has everything I liked about my previous machine and in addition is Faster, has better screen resolution, and the Upgraded Palm OS. The Decuma handwriting recognition is great. The more I use it the more I like the ablity to take notes in my writing. The camara is lame and not a reason to buy this machine. The option for using CF cards is great plus in flexibility and cost. If you like to type your notes into your PDA, then this machine is not for you. The touch of the keyboard gives barely enough feedback. The Tungsten C has much better keyboard feel if you feel this is important. Bottom Line, if you like the big screen of the CLIE clamshell models (which to me makes a big difference), this is definitely the machine to buy.

4-0 out of 5 stars NX73v is a slight upgrade from the previous nx series
The only thing that made me upgrade to this nx73v from my nx60 was the Decuma handwriting input. It is by far the best input software and I have been a graffiti user for 5 years. I thought I was fast on graffiti, but with decuma, I can write more naturally and much more quickly. Sony does it again. ... Read more

93. Sony Clie PEG-NX60 (Silver) Handheld

Asin: B00006RSIZ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 7361
Average Customer Review: 4.89 out of 5 stars
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The Palm-powered PEG-NX60 Clié handheld provides everything you need to stay entertained and organized. It features Palm OS 5.0 and an ARM-compliant 200 MHz CPU for enhanced overall performance and exceptional multimedia experience.

The PEG-NX60 is equipped with a wireless communication slot for adding an optional wireless local area network (802.11b) card, so you can browse the Web, check e-mails, and synchronize data without being bound by wires. (Wireless LAN access point sold separately and Internet service provider is required.)

This Clié also incorporates a voice recorder feature for recording and playback of voice memos. A 128 MB Memory Stick holds approximately 535 minutes of voice recording in LP mode. You can also store your favorite MP3 tracks on Memory Stick media and enjoy music on your Clié handheld. An audio remote controller and headphones are included.

Note: Some third-party software and devices may currently not be compatible with or may have limited functionality with this model. Please confirm with third-party vendors or manufacturers for compatibility. Memory Stick media is necessary for storing audio and video content (Memory Stick media sold separately). The PEG-NX60 is compatible with Magic Gate Memory Sticks (sold separately). This handheld is compatible with Sony's wireless LAN card (PEGA-WL100) only (sold separately).

What's in the box

  • Clie handheld
  • USB cradle (for HotSync operation)
  • Stylus
  • AC Adapter
  • Stereo headphones
  • Remote controller
  • Plug adapter
  • Plug adapter attachment
  • Hand strap
  • Installation CD-ROM
  • Read This First
  • Add-on Application Guide
  • End User License Agreement
  • Graffiti sticker
  • Limited Warranty Statement
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  • MPEG-1 and MPEG-4 video playback
  • 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: Clie handheld, USB cradle (for HotSync operation), Stylus, AC Adapter, Stereo headphones, Remote controller, Plug adapter, Plug adapter attachment, Hand strap, Installation CD-ROM, Application Guide

Reviews (18)

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent PDA
If you know you want a Palm-based PDA, then this is the one. It's got a 200Mhz processor which makes it fast enough.
Also has a voice recorder which can be fun as well as useful (It's easier to record your own voice when driving than it is to type something into your pda)
With the memory stick media, you can play MP3s. You can fit anywhere from 20-40 songs (2-4 albums) on a 128MB memory stick.
Also cool is the attached keyboard.
Newer models in the Sony Clie NX line have attached digital cameras, although I didn't think that was necessary, since I already have a digital camera.
Overall, this is a highly recomended PDA!

5-0 out of 5 stars A truly fabulous PDA
This is the first PDA I've ever owned, although I've been eyeing them for years, waiting for just the "right" one to come on the market. This is it. I could not be happier with it.

I opted for the PEG-NX60 over the NX70 because I have a great digital camera and didn't need one in the Clie. Since my camera is a Sony, it is very easy for me to swap memory sticks between the two devices. I've got tons of photos and videos saved on a 64 meg memory stick that I use predominantly for the Clie, and with the included image/video conversion program, I still have a comfortable amount of free space on the memory stick.

I found the Palm OS 5 to be quite intuitive, and even Graffiti was not a problem for me, although I was certain at the beginning that I would be using the hardware keyboard most of the time. Now, I use it infrequently, but I am still glad I bought this clamshell design Clie because of the additional protection it provides to the screen. I have been using this since December and have not felt the need to buy a protective case for the device. It rides in my purse and the well-built metal shell, plus clamshell design, feels very secure to me.

The included apps, especially Documents to Go, are terrific. I've set up the Clie to sync several Word and Excel documents between my home and work PCs, and it works like a dream. I always have the most current copy of those documents with me.

All in all, it's a good work tool, and a great play tool as well. I love having the ability to keep current work docs with me at all times, plus having a digital photo album as well. There's more to tell, but I think each user will tell his or her own story.

It's a winner, and I'm once again thrilled with a Sony product!

4-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding PDA
I bought this device for use at work. I work as an emergency medicine physician so I was looking for something that would be "almost" pocket size or just easy to carry around in scrubs.
Good points about this unit. It is very light compared to later models. Great color screen, very durable, sony brand quality. No camera. A good point because the unit is lighter, you are not paying extra money for poor, poor quality pictures, and you can purchase a pocket size digital camera for good prices now if you really *NEED* to take pictures.

Overall, Great unit, great price. Worthwhile investment.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great PDA specially for entertainment purposes
This is a great PDA. I was thinking of the Tungsten-T, but decided for the Clie because of its extended screen and multimedia capabilities. Programs like Documents To Go, media player, and web browser use the extended screen. Comes with a lot more programs. The screen tilts and moves over the keyboard for easier screen-only use. Tilt screen also allows to position the PDA on a desk and more the screen for better viewing. Memory expansion is a plus, specially to play MP3s, but the memory sticks are expensive. You can buy the compact flash driver (forgot the company name, $20) and use regular compact flash memory. I use the wireless LAN card so it is better for me to use the memory stick. Netfront 3 is great IF YOU DOWNLOAD THE UPDATE from the Sony web site. It eliminates/reduces the annoying "page too large" message. Netfront is by far the best browser I have seen on PDAs, and I can browse virtually any web site. Make sure you download all the updates. The keyboard is not that useful for typing documents, but it is great for small things.
ADVANTAGES: larger screen, lots of buttons, lots of extra goodies like the media player controller, nice screen, and NICE LOOKING PDA. Tilt screen feature is the best.
DISADVANTAGES: long format is not the best for business only purposes. MS is expensive.
CAMERA? Why? Buy a real digital camera. I can't see how useful it will be to have a digital camera in a phone or PDA unless you have a special use for it (like inventory, etc).

5-0 out of 5 stars Great PDA, specially for entertainment
I love this PDA. I had a Handspring Visor which was great, but it was time to upgrade to color and the latest OS. I decided for this PDA as it has the bigger screen that is used fully for writting documents and other things. Palm OS5 supports the bigger screen, so you will be seeing more programs for it. I use the MP3 player a lot. You can use Memory Stick Pro (256MB and higher) memory with a patch, and there is someone making a driver to use compact flash memory. You will not regret buying this PDA. My decisions: Windows? Hell no! I see too many people using the reset button too often, and that is to be expected from MS. Palm? Very stable and lots of apps. Never ever had a problem with it. Larger Clie versus smaller PDAs like the Tungsten T? I wanted also a PDA for browsing the internet via wireless lan (any Palm OS5 PDA can do it) but I like the larger screen for browsing. The other extras are nice too. For me, smaller PDAs are better for business use only. ... Read more

94. Sony PEG-N760C Clie Handheld
list price: $399.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005U243
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 15408
Average Customer Review: 4.03 out of 5 stars
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Sony's Clié N760C combines the best of a Palm OS handheld computer and an MP3 player. Bulkier than your average audio player, it still manages to be sleek enough that you'd consider taking it out just for music-listening purposes. And you'll have all your typical Palm applications at the tip of your stylus, including your address book, to-do list, and e-mail.

Rather than CompactFlash or SmartMedia, the Clié N760C uses Sony's own Memory Stick cards for expanding memory. While more expensive than other forms of media, they can be used in a variety of Sony devices, from MP3 players to digital cameras. If you're a Sony aficionado and already have other Sony peripherals, it won't be a tough transition to the Clié. Unfortunately, while the costs of SmartMedia and CompactFlash cards have dropped recently, proprietary Sony Memory Sticks have stayed much higher.

Although the N760C ships with only a total 16 MB memory (8 MB internal memory and 8 MB via a Memory Stick), it can be upgraded as high as you're willing to spend for additional sticks. The N760C treats the inserted Memory Stick as a removable drive, making it an easy way to transfer data from your PC and other peripherals, such as digital cameras or camcorders. The interface on the base of the N760C, used to connect to the AC adapter or the USB docking station, can also be used to connect a Clié modem.

The thin gray and silver unit weighs less than six ounces and fits snugly in the palm of your hand. The nifty Jog Dial scroll wheel sits right under your thumb, letting you switch between applications, move from one audio track to another, and even fast-forward or reverse during video playback. A removable leather face cover protects the N760C while it's in a pocket and flips up out of the way easily.

Sony includes an extensive software bundle with the N760C, from games like Acid Solitaire and Race Fever to interactive maps in Rand McNally's StreetFinder Express and Amy Reiley's Pocket Gourmet and Pocket Vineyard, with tips on tipping and sipping.

The 16-bit color, high-resolution screen works well for gaming as well as watching small video clips (again, you'll need to beef up the Memory Stick to take advantage of the media player). The audio software on the Clié can play MP3 files, and the attachable in-line remote control (which features a shirt clip and also doubles as a stylus) handles playback functions and volume control. The headphones can plug into the Clié or pass through the remote control.

The lithium-ion rechargeable battery juices up in less than four hours initially and will last up to 15 days for normal use (although if you're playing a lot of audio files it will drain much faster).

You'll need to spend at least another $75 to $120 to get a large-enough Memory Stick to make it worthwhile as a full MP3 player. But even with that additional cost, the Clié N760C offers enough functionality and entertainment value to make it worth consideration. --J. Curtis


  • Bright, 16-bit color display
  • Built-in MP3 audio player
  • Headphones and remote control
  • Compatible with thousands of Palm OS programs
  • Memory Sticks not cheap
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  • High-resolution reflective color display includes front lights for excellent visibility indoors and outdoors
  • Built-in MP3 audio player; includes stylish headphones and remote control
  • 16 MB total memory: 8 MB internal memory, plus 8 MB Memory Stick
  • Jog Dial navigator allows you to access phone numbers, notes, and more while keeping your other hand free
  • What's in the box: Clie Handheld, Headphones, Audio Remote Controller, USB HotSync Cradle, Detachable AC Adapter, Memory Stick (8MB), Stylus, Installation CD-ROM, Application Guide, Graffiti Sticker, Protective Cover

Reviews (35)

4-0 out of 5 stars Hardware is great; software and support is typical Sony
+ The basics of PalmOS is all there with some nifty Sony add-on programs that show images, video, and of course the MP3 audio files. There's a software interface that essentially allows your memory stick to act as your extended memory drive. The easy movement of files from cpu to Clie is either through an install app or simply drag-drop once your computer sees your Clie as an external drive.

+ The foremost knock-dead product quality is the crisp and clear and bright screen. You need to see it to believe it. I dump portfolio images to display to clients, friends, and show off. The upper casing is metal (aluminum probably), the lower a painted plastic. The Sony side scroll-dial has a new companion - a separate back button below it that acts beautifully on AvantGo; learned browser manipulation actually is capitalized on mobile products!

+ The MP3 audio player (included) is two pieces - the remote control and then a plug in headphones. The remote has a nib that allows Clie input without fumbling for a stylus. Personally the earphones are a real pain though. The two wires are almost completely separated creating a wire management mess; the slip around ear lobe design is just too annoying with tension and constant pressure placed on a part of the body that shouldn't be used as a latching zone. Dump them for something more ergo.

(-) This all leads to the negative issues. Sony support for their software is ridiculous. It says XP compatible - but it is NOT. It installs incomplete with no 'Intellisync' limiting me to using the Sony calendar and no sync to Outlook. After 5-6 attempts at complete uninstall and install - there's no more sync capabilities whatsoever; rendering my XP machine non-communicado with Clie. No response from Sony other than the automation. However, the software works flawlessly on my other 2, Win2000OS cpus.

(+/-) I also purchased the unit for the accessories. I'm excited about the camera, regardless of the resolution. The modem seems silly with the accessibility and mobility of today's computers; and I'm waiting on a stupid microphone to be designed and manufactured...will anybody listen to the consumer? The negative here is that I'm still waiting on my camera unit. A lost opportunity is the lack of decent cases. I've got fours cases - the original has a flip top that is minimal screen protection. The 2 leather ones make you stick a Velcro on the unit - yuck, no way! So, I'm using the old Clie wrap-around nylon padded case because it keeps the unit safe and snug.

Overall, 4 solid stars for the great product and the ability to expand. The software issue still remains Sony's downfall; the lack of accessories is temporal; but the constant failure to provide adequate and appropriately designed cases to help you holster your treasure will is a constant afterthought for many hardware companies. Unfortunately, this sad software issue has sealed the deal as my last Sony computer/PDA purchase ever - the hardware design is advanced but the software is not.

4-0 out of 5 stars Best PDA I've ever owned!
I've owned Palms (and even Pocket PCs) almost as long as they've been around. I was very excited when I first saw a Palm in color...the Palm IIIc. Paid the price and got it home only to be disappointed with the look of the screen with the big pixels and the poor visibility outside. Tried an HP jornada for some time and loved the color, hated the OS. So went back to a plain Palm. Finally the Sony came out. Beautiful color AND high res! This was what I wanted!! And I've not been disappointed. Let's look at the pros of this device:

1. Excellent color screen indoors and out
2. Good MP3 player
3. Memory stick expansion so you can load tons of programs, songs, and now video too
4. Nice looking device
5. Good stylus
6. Excellent battery life
7. Decent buttons
8. Nice software bundle

1. Memory stick is proprietary and expensive (but Lexar sticks are fairly cheap)
2. Sony support not real great
3. Newer models available

Why should you choose this model over some newer ones? Well, you might be able to get a better price on it, and the battery life is unmatched by newer ones. If I were buying a new Palm. I probably would get a newer one. But I have yet to see a model that truly has convinced me to switch.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sony Clie PEG-N760C
Sony's Clie PEG-N760C is (or was) a winner. It is well made, easy to use, an met all my expectations. The MP3 player is outstanding in musical quality. Sony made a big mistake in dropping this item from their product line. The camera works well, but suffers some from low image quality. This is probably a software issue - hopefully Sony will rewrite the camera software.

4-0 out of 5 stars Minor problems... Great overall
The Sony Clie N760C is a great PDA with fantastic resolution and is great for playing MP3s. However, if you really want to use this as an MP3 audio player you must buy a 128 MB memory stick (an 8 MB memory stick is included) or else you could only play a couple of MP3s. Also, I have found that video files play very choppy. I do not know if this is the program's fault or the PDA itself. The Clie's major problem is its digitizer and digitizer calibration. I have talked to countless other Clie N760C users and most of them (me as well) have had repeated digitizer misalignment problems and errors with the digitizer calibration program. Other than that, the Clie N760C is great. Its strong points are picture-viewing, games, organizational-purposes, and MP3 playing.

2-0 out of 5 stars don't let the battery run down...
or it will erase everything on it. and when you try to restore it from the memory stick backup, the datebook and phone numbers are restored but all the third party applications need to be reinstalled from scratch. in the 21st century with cheap static RAM (compact flash, smart media, memory stick!) this is inexcusable. oh, and another thing, you can't run an application from the memory stick. and the mp3 player doesn't read ID3 tags. overall this thin is a bunch of hype. i wish these handheld companies would take care of the basics before sticking on a digital camera or some other useless feature. still the palm platform is not as mature as my 10(!) year old Apple Newton... ... Read more

95. Toshiba e355 Pocket PC with Windows Mobile 2003
list price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009K7ET
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 5702
Average Customer Review: 3.73 out of 5 stars
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  • Value-priced handheld with all the benefits of the Microsoft Pocket PC 2003 operating system
  • Enhanced schedule/calendar capabilities and data backup synchronization
  • Sleek and light body, weighing a mere 5.1 ounces
  • A bright 3.5" transreflective display offering 64K colors and a 240 x 320 resolution
  • What's in the box: Toshiba Pocket PC e355, USB Cradle, 10W AC Adapter, 1-Stylus, Soft Slip Case, Quick Start Card and Warranty Card

Reviews (26)

5-0 out of 5 stars No regrets!
This was my first PDA purchase and after much soul searching I settled for the Windows Mobile PC platform. I am certain that I made the right choice despite the comments by those who believe that Windows Mobile has a long way to go aginst Palm OS.

The choice fell between Toshiba e355 and iPaq 1935 both selling for $ 199.00. I opted for Toshiba e355 since iPaq was offering a measly 90 day warranty! Granted iPaq 1935 is perhaps more compact and smaller than Toshiba e355 but the performance of Toshiba rocks and I have no regrets. Both my PDA and Windows Mobile 2003 have worked flawlessly and has been very stable till now!

I do not know why everyone is complaining of absence of CF card slot when price differential between CF card and SD card has narrowed considerably. I got a SanDisk 256 Mb SD card for 59.00 after rebates only slightly more expensive compared to comparable CF Cards!

What can I say about Toshiba e355? Performance is impeccable. Very stable and so far reliable. I have added a few software, FlexWallet and ACDSee Mobile and both work flawlessly! I have transferred my address book from Outlook and few other data including several photo images from my desktop using Active Sync and everything is working well.

The only complaint I have is about the non removable battery. However I am fairly certain that in about three years time, I will be upgrading this PDA and I am not overly concerned about the battery replacement issue!

I have no hesitation in recommending Toshiba e355 to those who are looking for a base level PDA but do not intend to carry it in their shirt pockets (iPaq 1935 is more appropriate!)

Have fun using Toshiba e355!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Buy
I recently purchased this PPc. It was the first one I had purchased and found it very easy to use. I used it mostly for taking notes, and keep an organized schedule after I purchased the Targus Universal Keyboard, which works very well with the e355. I was impressed with the battery life on medium settings which gave about 3-4 hours of battery life.

Hopefully this review will give a student a little insight into this "student" view of this.

4-0 out of 5 stars A pda to have
I am a high school teacher. I wanted something to take notes on and to remind me when homework was due. I searched far and wide reading review after review. I got alot more than that with the e355. I have been using it for about 3.5 months now.
I'll just list the Pros and Cons becasue i could go on all day!

1. Great speed.
2. Works right out of the box.
3. Excellent battery life (3.5 to 4hrs continuous running)
4. Crisp display. (especially for video playback)
5. Smooth buttons that feel pretty nice on your fingers.
6. Good price for the quality you get
7. The speakers on this player play audio in the best way i have heard for a small speaker unit. You would not believe that a pda could do so well with sound. It plays my mp3s, wma, anything and don't forget the videos.
8. It has a SD card slot so you can expand the memory at any time. the SD card slot has a dummy card that protects it from being damaged by dust or other particles.
9. Quick charge time. Good size storage built in, 64mb.
10. Windows Mobile 2003 is much much much more stable than its predeccessor.
11. It's much much much thinner than many other pda's i have reviewed.
12. It's much more resiliant to 'falls to the floor' than the Dell or Ipaqs for example. I'm a teacher. I can guarantee you...running around the class will lead to a fall on the ground. It has a metallic covering. (no shaking inside!)

1. Sometimes if you use up close to 90% of the memory, it stalls.
2. The 'record audio' button is placed near the top so sometimes taking it out you may mistakedly begin recording. (this can be disabled though so it is not really a con)
3. It does not include the ability to 'go wireless' for internet. You can still access the internet though but you need to be connected to your computer. I did not need wireless internet just yet. When it does become ubiquitous...maybe then i'll go for something else.
4. The battery is not removeable. By the time this actually becomes a problem I'll be getting a new pda..about 2 to 3 years from now.

THis is an excellent PDA is you do not need wireless internet access right away.
I would recommend it with all authority people out there.

5-0 out of 5 stars good pocket pc
I dont know whats going on with because I bought this pocket pc a month ago here for 165 dollars and now it costs more than two hundred. Anyways its a great pocket pc with 32 mb storage capacity, runs all the latest games fine ( or My only complaint is that I have no clue whats going on with the battery on this thing. If i charge it and leave it alone for one week the battery drops to zero.

1-0 out of 5 stars Faulty At Best
(1) It stops working if you live in a cold climate such as Vermont or Minnesoda.
(2) Sometimes it stops working for no reason.
(3) I've owned mine for less than a year and used it very gently; the screen no longer responds to teh stylus
(4) I bought it at an anon. major electronics/computer store in Manhatten. I've tried to take it back under warentee four times without any sucess, and the clerks tell me it's just "acting finicky" and to "wait it out" ... Read more

96. Sharp OZ-290H Wizard Organizer with Outlook Sy
list price: $39.99
our price: $23.74
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Asin: B00009PLI6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sharp
Sales Rank: 344
Average Customer Review: 3.12 out of 5 stars
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  • Sychronize with Mircosoft Outlook
  • Diet and Pedometer Functions
  • 14 x 5 Display with Backlight
  • Enchanced English/Spanish Transulator and spell checker

Reviews (16)

5-0 out of 5 stars Totally Pleased
I bought this organizer on my first day of work, I was thinking of investing in a rather expensive PDA and then I saw this.

-Looks cool -- like other PDA's
-Has all the functions that I need, calenders, memos, to do lists and reminders to meetings etc.
-And yes if you learn to use the organizer properly, you can indeed enter MORE than 1 entry to your lists per day (this is to refute some one's comments on this organizer before me.)
-I like the calculator feature.
-The stylus works really well.
- The 3 alarms are really cool, way better than my cell phone. One rings everyday at the same time, another rings when you want it to, and the third rings as a reminder for appointments.
-It is so much cheaper (and has all the features I wanted) than what I thought I wud end up spending on expensive PDA's esp since I wasn't looking for Wi-Fi or MP3s in them!
-You have the option of turning off the display of the synchronization program when you boot the PC. (someone else mentioned that this troubled him/her.)

- The 9 pin serial port sucks in this world of USBs and I am thinking of getting a Serial port to USB converter to make things work.

Overall, I definitely recommend this product to all those who could do with an organizer (without the Wi-Fis and all) but are not really happy with the price of PDAs in the market.

2-0 out of 5 stars Make sure you know your needs before buying
This product performs as expected for the money, I guess, but it has some limitations that don't fulfill my needs.

-The screen is hard to read in any light.

-Takes too many steps to input data.

-There is no way to input weekly/monthly repeating items on the calendar without putting them in one by one.

-I wanted to keep track of a shopping list but was limited to 96 characters in the memo feature.

-I have Outlook Express and presume that it will not be compatible.

-The cover flips open nicely but would prefer one that locks shut.

I was hoping to use this as a phone book/calendar/note pad that I take with me everywhere but will probably be back to my old wall calendar, post-it notes, and paper phone list in a month or so. I just bought this unit yesterday and am still learning about it so with time I may find other features to overcome my misgivings.
Wish I had done better research before I bought this and then I would have bought one that better suits my needs.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Bad For Starters
This palm pilots good for people who are just starting to use pda's. If you want somthing simple to put your schejule or phone numbers in, this is good for you. It could have more features though and it sorta hard to see what's on the screen. But otherwise its a good pda to start out with.

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of Money!
Very unreliable! I had three of them. All died within a month from the date of purchase, so I had them replaced twice and finally lost my money. It is cheap, but steel does not worth it's price!

2-0 out of 5 stars Sharp's OZ-290 personal organizer
The Sharp OZ-290 has a sleek appearance and isn't too difficult to find and use all of it's functions even without the manual but the excitement ends there.

With a 2 X 2.5 inch screen containing 5 lines of user data and 5 lines reserved for data input and function selection, the user needs good eyes and a steady hand to make data input; especially the ten fixed symbol options at screen bottom. I suppose data input is going to be tedious on any personal organizer that doesn't have an extensive keypad.

The OZ-290 allows backlight adjustment and has a real button to illuminate the LCD. You can set the time allowed for this lighting from 10 to 30 seconds to conserve the life of the twin nitride batteries supplied with the unit. Contrast ranges from 1-8. I only found the highest setting to be useful and still struggled to see clearly at times in directional lighting from windows.

Things like the date format and memory testing / usage are also part of the Menu configuration as well as the PC/LINK and key tone on/off toggles.

Getting back to screen and symbol sizes, even with my magnifier enabling me to see the symbols adequately, I still poked the wrong onscreen selection frequently or failed to hit anything at all. Of particular difficulty was the bottom line with ten narrow selections. That's when the thought of a real paper pad rather than this virtual device might be a more logical solution to memory aid. The omission of the anemic (2) games option and the redundant enter button would give a wider and easier to see and useful area for the remaining functions.

The left 15% of the data screen is wasted in my opinion with a blank space and then a solid block to show the user that s/he is viewing entered data. This adds to word wrap that for some reason seems to put one or two characters on a line all bit itself making for a messy display. I think this is probably characteristic with these devices though. Still, I wish I had that 15% available for real data.

There is some provision to edit the field data names but for the most part you are obligated to at least pass over some n/a fields of data input. It is a little reminiscent of a US government 1040 tax form wasting the preparer's time with generic lines of questions which do not relate.

The software that comes on a CD and RS-232 9 pin serial port connector cable are both outdated accessories. The OZ-290/ZQ-290II Desktop Utilities software assumes the user has MS Outlook (not Outlook Express) and is all but useless without it. What you are left with is the ability to back up and restore the six individual data features, one-at-a-time! Owners may be left with the question of why not have the ability to backup / restore all of the stored data at once.

What's worse is after the PC software is installed and self-starts when you boot your PC's operating system, you are presented with the communication port selection query again. Something that should be remembered and tested without prompting. The really annoying thing though is the box that reminds me that Outlook could not be found -- each and every time.

At about $30 the OZ-290 isn't a big waste of money and some may even find it a reasonable investment but cheaper less known brands have similar features and interface with your PC. My advice is to either go real cheap or search for a better unit with up-to-date software and perhaps a USB connection. ... Read more

97. PalmOne m100 Handheld
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B00004VWM3
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 4038
Average Customer Review: 4.01 out of 5 stars
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If you're new to the world of handheld organizers, the Palm m100 may just be the right fit for you. Under the hood, the Palm m100 features much of the same great software and options we've come to expect from Palm, such as scheduling and contact applications and an infrared port to beam information to other Palm users. But Palm has added some new features to both the engine (which runs Palm OS 3.5) and the chassis.

The first thing you notice is the new sleek, curvy design, which helps make it fit more snugly and comfortably in your hand. At just 4.4 ounces, the m100 is far lighter than the Palm III series but features essentially the same dimensions (4.66 by 3.12 by 0.72 inches). You can personalize your m100 by snapping off the faceplate and replacing it with different-colored accessory faceplates. The Palm m100 also includes a removable, double-hinged flip cover, which, with the flick of the wrist, opens like an original Star Trek communicator (though an over-exuberant flick will send it flying off its hinges). You can also display the date and time through a little window when the cover is closed, by pressing the scroll button.

The screen is sharp and has contrast-variable backlighting, though at 2 by 2 inches, it's slightly smaller than other Palm devices. Pressing the buttons at the bottom of the m100 automatically open the Calendar, Address Book, and To Do List applications. The fourth button maps to the new Note Pad application, which allows you to write notes directly on the screen in your own handwriting (though the original Memo Pad application remains on the system).

The 2 MB of RAM may seem puny in comparison to other Palm models (such as the 8 MB Palm IIIxe), and it is not expandable. However, you can still store an amount of data that would normally clog a paper organizer (up to 6,000 addresses and 1,500 to-dos and memos, according to Palm).

A great plus for users on the go is the new HotSync serial cable (instead of a bulky cradle), which is used to communicate with your PC and synchronize your Palm m100 data with data stored in the included Palm Desktop software application. Note that while the Palm m100 ships with software for both PC and Macintosh systems, Mac users will have to order a free serial adapter from Palm (shipping charges are not included).

While the Palm m100 isn't for everyone, it is a fun and functional replacement for your paper-based organizer and a great introduction to the Palm family.--Agen Schmitz


  • Fits comfortably in hand
  • 1-touch access to time and date
  • New Note Pad application
  • Synchronization using serial HotSync cable rather than cradle


  • Smaller screen
  • Memory not upgradable
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  • 2 MB memory stores hundreds of addresses, phone numbers, appointments, and to-do items
  • Exchange and back up data with your PC or Macintosh using 1-touch synchronization
  • Synchronize with Palm Desktop software; also includes link to Microsoft Outlook
  • Includes one-touch clock and Note Pad application for writing "sticky notes" on screen
  • Add optional keyboard, backup module, or Kodak PalmPix digital camera; customizable with optional snap-on faceplates

Reviews (199)

3-0 out of 5 stars Cheap, in both senses of the word
As long as you don't plan to use your PDA much, this is the right one to buy because you won't be out much money. In general, though, this PDA frequently reminds you that it is the bottom of the line. The writing area gets easily scratched to the point where it impairs handwriting recognition. The flimsy flip cover has nothing to keep it in place except gravity, so if you're holding the unit in your hand the cover will be swiveling around all over the place. The cover also breaks off frequently - and it's obviously designed to, because of the way it snaps together. Many times when I wanted to quickly pull out the m100 to take some notes, I found that the cover had broken off in my bag, so I'd be set back by having to snap it back together first.

The buttons are difficult to press, and pressing the "down" button sometimes causes the whole unit to lift up off the table from the leverage, and then of course come crashing back down on the already-weak case.

On the upside, it runs the same software as the Palm III series, so you won't be at a disadvantage there. Furthermore, 2 megs of memory is more than enough for casual use. So as long as you know you want the bottom of the line, you might as well get it, and then spend a bit more money on a protective case for it so that it doesn't fall apart after a month.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun, simple, and functional
I just got my Palm m100 from Amazon yesterday, and within minutes I had it up and running, was entering text in Graffiti, and performed my first Hot Sync. The Palm 3.5 OS strikes a perfect balance between simplicity and functionality. Unlike the PocketPC platform, Palms don't try to do too much, and that's what helps them excel.

The m100 is light, rugged, attractive, and comfortable to hold. The screen is smaller than other Palms, but quite sharp. I'm looking forward to getting one of the colored faceplates. My only complaints: the flip cover doesn't snap into place, and it requires a USB adapter to connect to my G3 PowerMac. C'mon Palm--in this day and age, USB should be the standard connector.

Other than these small complaints, the m100 is a great value. Buy it if you've been toying with the idea of getting a Palm but don't want to spend too much and don't want something that looks clunky (like a Visor). You'll be surprised how much you can do with it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Just Ok
I have this pda. I got it for my birthday but i seem to never use it. When I always go to the store I see the ones there I wish i got a nicer one.
Why I rated it only 3 stars is because it doesn't have any of the cool options that the other ones have not even bluethooth which I have on my computer so I can't use it. It does you basic task for me a ,kid. I wouldn't recomend buying one with a camera , I have a 4.1 megapixle Kodak easy share camera (READ MY REVIEW). I've heard that the ones with the cameras shot horribly bad resloution and will not take nice picture so with my i would take a reguler camera , digital. But I use Micrsoft word so much i need it on the go but when i cant travle a long way with my Sony labtop i need somthing that i can type in. This one does'nt even hav Microsoft word.
But the thing I hate, is when i have to put new batteries i CAN NOT GO Out of the thing where you put your stylest you have to keep on hitting it where it says to go for HOURS----------------------------------------.
It's a thing for just writting down notes and planning a sceheduel.(...)DON"T BUY THIS ONE IF YOUR A GADGET GEEK LIKE ME IT JUST DOES REGUler STUFF>

1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the battery changing hassle
Even for the cheap price, this is not worth the hassle. The batteries die quickly without any warning, thus losing any information loaded into it before getting a chance to hot sync with your PC. There are many other used products on the market a lot better than this one. Save your money and future headaches!

5-0 out of 5 stars Durable little Puppy
I won the m100 from Palm back in 2001. It's served me well. I've dropped it, banged it, and a few things in between and it still works. I've only had to replace the flip cover. I've spent probably $24 on batteries over the past 3 years for the device. I've gotten the full use out of a free product. For the person new to palm who doesn't need all the bells and whistles this is the one for you! ... Read more

98. Hewlett Packard Jornada 548 Color Pocket PC

Asin: B00004TDL2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 12808
Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
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Windows PDAs have long fought an uphill battle. Users have flocked to the highlyfunctional Palm Connected Organizers and tended to ignore the more powerful,more expensive, and bigger Windows PDAs. The release of the new HP Jornada 548,the first among the new Pocket PC devices to hit the market, may finally turnthis around. The Jornada is still a bit bigger, about 5 ounces heavier, and moreexpensive than the Palm Vx. But it is sleek, robust, highly functional, and thecolor screen is beautifully sharp. The "wow" factor is definitelythere.

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • Handsome, compact design
  • Superb color screen
  • Ships with 32 MB RAM
  • Large application suite
  • Easy setup and intuitive interface
  • No support for synchronization of non-Microsoft e-mail and schedulingapplications
  • 5 ounces heavier than Palm V
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  • Sharp 12-bit color LCD screen, 4,096 colors
  • Includes MP3 player for listening to digital music, audiobooks, and news
  • Check e-mail and surf the Web
  • Manage your schedule with Pocket Outlook and your finances with Pocket Money
  • What's in the box: Jornada 548, Stylus, AC adapter, Jornada CD-ROM, HP documentation pack, Microsoft ActiveSync CD-ROM, USB cradle

Reviews (145)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Heather

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

99. Sharp Mobilon TriPad PV-6000 Handheld PC
list price: $999.99
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Asin: B00000J1AG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sharp
Sales Rank: 26378
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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  • Large touch-type keyboard
  • Bright VGA touch screen with stylus
  • 16 MB of RAM
  • Modem
  • What's in the box: Mobilon PV-6000, Serial cable, CD-ROM software, AC adapter, Main battery pack, Travel Dock, Operation manual

Reviews (9)

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

This is probably the best purchase I have ever made. This thing is everything I ever expected and more!! It's easy to use as well - even my wife can operate it!

I have to say, everyone out there who is thinking of buying this, stop thinking. I bought it and I am extremely happy with it the moment I powered this thing on. YOU ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY CANNOT GO WRONG WITH THIS PURCHASE! I GUARANTEE IT!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Fun but limiting
The best thing about this is the design, but the arms connecting the screen and keyboard look odd when the unit is closed. The screen is fairly dim, and must be used in a dark/moderately lit room. The viewing angle of the screen is horrible; the only position you can see the whole screen without an inversion/blackout effect is at an angle where any overhead lighting glares all over the place. The CPU speed isn't particularly slow, but the graphics ([re]drawing the screen) goes on at an awful crawl - i.e. it's no good for graphical things. Now I must sound entirely bitter and biased against this machine, but I'm not, I carry it in my bag all the time and use it when I can. I even use it as an electronic book, its best use so far.

3-0 out of 5 stars It's a true love/hate relationship
Let me state first off that I love(d) this machine! It is light-weight, easy to use and interfaces superbly with your desktop or notebook.
That said, I feel that I need to warn you that in 1 year, I have had to return my machine 4 times for the same repair. It freezes, won't shut off, then after a hard reset, won't turn back on. Sharp has replaced the battery, the main chip and the inverter, now is going to charge me [alot] to fix the machine! I was considering buying a new one, until I talked to my Dad who also bought one at my recomendation and found out that his is doing the same thing. Obviously, I didn't get a rare lemon.
Take a chance if you must, but I am steering clear of this wonderful little computer until they fix some major problems!

5-0 out of 5 stars Convenient, compatible and cool!
I have had my Mobilon for a year now and I still love it. As a professional journalist and technical writer, this little PC has made me more productive and efficient. Rather than using a notepad and pen, I bring along my Mobilon and essentially take dictation from interviewees. With applications like Pocket Word, Excel and PowerPoint, it snycs beautifully and easily with my desktop for more technical applications and the 12 hour battery life is fabulous! It also syncs with Outlook so I have all my contacts and my schedule with me. The touch screen technology and built-in handwriting recognition software mean I don't have to find a surface for a mouse and I can take notes or draw figures with the stylus. The monitor resolution is very clear, though hard to read in bright sunshine, so don't take it poolside. Color and grahics are very good, though you are limited when it comes to your choice of fonts--not a critical item for me.

I have small hands, so I think the keyboard is big enough for me, though some people have commented that typing on it is awkward. I disagree.

Of course, you can download or buy lots of great software from Bubblet (TM) to finance and utilites, so the sky's the limit for how you decide to use this impressive little machine.

If you are looking for a laptop that doesn't weigh seven pounds but is powerful enough for Word documents, spreadsheets and more, the Sharp Mobilon is for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Do I love it or hate it ?
I bought my Tripad last year and at the time it was my sole computer for PIM, Internet word processing. Unfortunately a good concept in design is let down by so-so software and slow proceesing. 70Mhz was slow even for its time what with the Jornada 820 at 190Mhz. Most applications tend to hang if too many are opened simultaneously and Sharp's machine does not contain most of the goodies that are standard with the vadem clio. Lastly the machine weighs a ton and the only person who could use this machine on the fly would be jesse ventura or hulk hogan. On the other hand it has a tremendous wow factor, ipaq notwithstanding. both a pcmcia and a cf slot and although you cannot install the microdrive it has enough room for memory expansion. a StrongARM processor with 206 Mhz, 64 MB RAM, Windows CE 3.0 and lose a pound of weight and you can be the king of the world. as is it is only a mediocre performer. ... Read more

100. Royal 32MB PDA 200X200 Backlit Display
list price: $149.99
our price: $71.24
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000YBASW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Royal Consumer Information Products
Sales Rank: 4346
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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  • 32MB of Memory
  • 200X200 Backlit Display
  • Handwriting Recognition/ Full Touch Screen Imput
  • Downloadable 50,000 Word English Spellchecker
  • Royal PC Desktop PIM Software or Synchronizes with Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great PDA for Price!
The Linea32 synchronizes easily with both my desktop and laptop PC's using the software included with the product. Its much easier typing info into a PC, and then downloading to the PDA than entering on the PDA alone. Also, includes cover to protect the screen.

The writing recognition is a little tricky, but very helpful once you get the hang of it. ... Read more

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