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101. ViewSonic ViewPad 1000 Tablet
list($129.99)
102. Handspring Visor Deluxe (Ice)
103. Hewlett Packard Jornada 568 Pocket
list($199.99)
104. Handspring Visor Platinum (Silver)
list($549.99)
105. Compaq iPAQ 3635 Pocket PC Bundle
106. Handspring Visor Edge (Metallic
$349.99 list($299.99)
107. Sony CLIE PEGA-CC5 GPS Car Cradle
$19.24 list($24.99)
108. Sharp YO-P20H Personal Organizer
$260.00
109. ViewSonic V37 Pocket PC (V37-1)
110. Handspring Visor Neo (Blue)
$64.08
111. Delkin Devices CANON NP-E3 RECHARGABLE
$321.00 list($349.99)
112. HP iPAQ Pocket PC hx2110 (FA296A)
113. CLIE PEG-N610C/V Purple Handheld
Too low to display $31.50 list($99.99)
114. Royal 10MB PDA 160X200 Backlit
115. Sony CLIE PEG-NR70V Handheld
Too low to display list($129.99)
116. Abacus by Fossil Wrist Net Smart
$329.99
117. HP iPAQ 1935 Pocket PC
$199.00 list($199.99)
118. PalmOne i705 Wireless Handheld
119. PalmOne PalmPilot Professional
list($399.99)
120. Toshiba e310 Pocket PC

101. ViewSonic ViewPad 1000 Tablet PC
list price: $899.99
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Asin: B00006RVR6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Viewsonic
Sales Rank: 63121
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Product Description

The ViewPad 1000 is a network-ready PC in a tablet form factor featuring built-in WAN, LAN and WiFi™ wireless connectivity. ... Read more

Features

  • 10.4-inch high resolution SVGA touch screen for easy navigation
  • Pivot software lets you view the screen in landscape or portrait mode
  • All the power of a desktop computer in a Tablet PC
  • Built-in WAN, LAN, and WiFi wireless networking capabilities
  • Built-in camera lets you take, send and receive pictures

102. Handspring Visor Deluxe (Ice)
list price: $129.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004TDMY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Handspring
Sales Rank: 8019
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • No AC adapter included
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Features

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

Reviews (389)

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

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

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

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

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

I replaced it for the sony clie pega tj25 handheld.

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

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

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

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


103. Hewlett Packard Jornada 568 Pocket PC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pros:

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

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

Reviews (49)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


104. Handspring Visor Platinum (Silver)
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B00004Y7TC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Handspring
Sales Rank: 12493
Average Customer Review: 3.94 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

One of Handspring's two new Visors running with the faster 33 MHzMotorola Dragonball VZ processor, the Visor Platinum offers a competitive optionto the Palm V series. Although it doesn't sport a color display like its newsibling, the Visor Prism, the Platinum offers 16 shades of gray, outputtingsharper graphics in games and applications. It also features 8 MB of memory likethe Visor Deluxe, providing plenty of room for storing contacts, notes, and e-mails.

But the Visor Platinum's selling point is its new processor, which performsfaster than other Visors or Palm handhelds (Handspring claims up to a 50 percentincrease in speed). While we didn't put a radar gun to the Platinum, itcertainly felt speedier than the Visor Deluxe--tapping on an application openedit almost instantaneously.

Using a USB cradle, our desktop synchronizations sped along nicely, usuallycompleted in just a few seconds unless we were adding applications.Additionally, since the Platinum uses the Palm OS, most third-party programswritten for Palm handhelds will work for the Platinum.

One difference between the Visor Platinum and the Palm V series that Handspringmost likely won't boast about is its size. Where the sleek Palm V series sportsa depth of only 0.4 inches, the Platinum retains the standard Visor form factorof 0.7 inches.

But when you've got the expandability that the Handspring's Springboard moduleslot offers--allowing you to add a digital camera, a cell phone, a Tiger Woodsgolf game, or an MP3 player--you don't need to quibble over slimness. Also, likeother Visors, the Platinum features a built-in microphone (though you'll need toadd a module, such as a voice recorder or the phone module, to use it).

If you're already a Palm or Handspring user, there may not be enough about thePlatinum to sway you to pick up this new product. But if you're looking for thecutting edge of handheld speed, the Platinum is ready and raring to go. --J.Curtis

Pros:

  • Fastest Palm OS processor around
  • 8 MB memory
  • Expandable using Springboard modules
Cons:
  • Thicker than Palm Vx
  • Microphone, but no voice recorder built in
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Features

  • 50 percent faster than Handspring Visor Deluxe
  • 8 MB RAM stores thousands of addresses, appointments, to-do items, and more
  • Features address book, to-do list, memo pad, date book, advanced calculator, and world clock
  • Fully compatible with thousands of Palm OS applications
  • What's in the box: Visor Platinum, Graphite HotSync cradle, 8 MB RAM, AAA batteries, Graphite snap cover, Leather case

Reviews (77)

5-0 out of 5 stars cheap, powerful, attractive - the perfect handheld?
I think this is a great product. I've been using it for several weeks and haven't had any trouble. Using the included cradle, I've hotsynced with my iMac and iBook with absolutely no errors. The USB hotsync is tremendously faster than the Palm serial connection. Unbelievable. The device is pretty light and the buttons are very easy to use.

The Visor desktop software is fairly robust for the common user and may replace your current calendar/schedule app. Mac Office 2001 also supports hotsyncing w/ Entourage.

Springboard module is a great idea. I've currently got the eyemodule and it works effortlessly. True "plug-n-play".

Unless you really need/want color and don't mind the extra cash to get it, I'd heartily recommend the Platinum to anyone looking for a handheld.

3-0 out of 5 stars More of the same, faster, bad plastic shell.
As an upgrade to the Visor Deluxe it is obviously the same thing but faster. Noticeably faster than any other Palm device out there, but not really amazing. You will probably only see a big difference in computationally-intensive applications, or those with large databases, like Kanji Hanabi. The speed is the best thing about this product.

The worst thing about this product is the platinum case. Instead of the translucent plastic of the Deluxe model it is a painted gray plastic, and when that paint wears off (and it will) this thing is going to look like a cheap toy that's ready for the trash. The battery compartment cover doesn't fit properly - it rattles. I expect more in a... device.

The clip-on cover is still a problem. Whereas the Palm III series cover flips back on a hinge, leaving a hand free for the stylus, the Handspring cover comes off. You can turn the unit over and clip it on the back, or put it down somewhere, but you have to do something with it before you can write. A clumsy design.

The big thing with Visor is of course Springboard modules. I can forgive the cover for the ability to plug in GPS, Modem, MP3, software, extra memory or even a digital camera or a phone. Palm has nothing to rival this, and now a year after launch some really useful Springboards are appearing, although some are ridiculously priced -... for a 64M MP3 module!

Apart from that... the device is very light (I was surprised to open the shipping container and find it inside, it felt far too light to contain a Visor) and includes batteries, cradle, software CD, brief guide and a few product pamphlets. The feel of the screen is not as smooth or pleasant as that of my Palm IIIe but I expect it will get better with use.

The included software installed and performed a hotsync on my Windows 2000 USB/Office 2000 system without a single problem. USB hotsync is FAST.

Unfortunately Handspring politely declined to help when I asked if I could get a set of translucent plastic for my Platinum. It would be best to see one of these before buying, or be prepared to return it if unhappy. It REALLY feels cheap and nasty.

This will be an excellent travelling email/authoring package with the Targus folding keyboard, RhinoSkin Ti slider case and CardAccess Thinmodem - unless I decide Ihate this plastic so much that I return it for a Visor Deluxe instead.

1-0 out of 5 stars Great product...until you try to have it repaired
My Handspring was a trusted resource for the first 9 1/2 months I had it. Last week, it suddenly stopped working. I went to Handspring's site and filled out the return form only to be told it was out of warranty, which wasn't true; I have 2.5 months left on my warranty. I called Customer Service and was told of my options: Call Tech Support with my claim, which charges a flat fee of $20; have it repaired "out of warranty," for $100; or, as Handspring's website suggests,
"Sometimes the cost of repairing an older device is almost as much as purchasing a new one. We welcome you to explore your options: maybe it makes more sense to simply buy a new device of the same type, or even treat yourself to the latest & greatest..."

Thanks, Handspring, I've explored my options--and I'm switching to Sony.

4-0 out of 5 stars The platinum is GOLD
I bought this after much hesitation that I would "never need a PDA." Well, with the included software, sync-cradle and it's onboard memory, I couldn't live without it. From addresses to 3rd party software, it's my constant companion.
By sync-ing it with my work PC, I have all my emails, spreadsheets,[microsoft and word]documents in one convenient place.
I am also sold on AvantGo, a online site that downloads at sync all the things you ask it to: weather, sports, financials, etc.
Batteries are a [reasonabley priced] but it must know that because it uses them fairly frequently- but not like my GPS. It warns you, but listen to the warning- if you wait too long, your data's gone....until the next sync.
Very efficient on memory but you can always buy more-never had to.
Recommend if you want a black and white, no-frills, fast and convenient PDA that you can customize until the cows come home.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, wonderful device except for...
...occasionally bits of memory mysteriously disappears. For example, of my daily mileage tabs for the past six months, November's mileage records have inexplicably vanished, though this month's (December 02) mileage records are intact. This happened to me a while back with September's mileage records, but they inexplicably reappeared a few weeks later! I'm hoping the same will happen to the missing November records...

This is my first PDA, so have no idea if this is just a fact of life with all PDAs or what.

Other than that this PDA is more than enough for my needs, no need to blow $300-500 for some fancy schmancy full-color 400 MHz (same as an old Pentium II desktop!) HP or Sony running Pocket Windows, which is actually not as easy to use as Palm OS. ... Read more


105. Compaq iPAQ 3635 Pocket PC Bundle (with Compact Flash Jacket)
list price: $549.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000058E2B
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 8846
Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

There's no doubt that the Compaq iPAQ 3600 series occupy that rare class of gadgets that's noticeable for being eye-catching and fashionable as well as functional. Even if you don't regularly shuttle between nations in a private company jet, using the sleek metal device may make you feel like a high-powered executive (or at the very least, make other people think you are).

The most striking feature of the iPAQ is its bright, crisp color screen. We were a little surprised to discover that it only displays 4,096 colors (compared to color offerings from Palm and Handspring, for example, which display up to 65,536 colors). While the color quality is fine for everyday use, photos can appear somewhat grainy or posterized.

Other hardware notables include a headphone jack for listening to digital music (or even just the built-in alert sounds, which are the best we've heard on any device), an infrared port for beaming data to other similarly equipped Pocket PCs, and a voice recorder for capturing your ideas while in traffic. The unit is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that performed acceptably for a color display. A connection port at the bottom accommodates extension packs that can read CompactFlash media, PC Cards, and other peripherals (or just brightly colored jackets for expressing your fashion sense).

In terms of storage and software, the iPAQ is a modern workhorse. It has 32 MB of RAM for storing large media files like MP3s and movie or animation clips, plus 16 MB of ROM that houses the included applications. These include the Microsoft Windows CE 3.0 operating system, Pocket PC versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet Explorer, Money, Windows Media Player, and Reader as well as applicationslike a calendar, contact list, task list, and notes.

The iPAQ accepts data using a handwriting recognition system that was surprisingly tolerant of our scribbled notes--we encountered problems mainly with two-stroke letters like t, i, and k. An onscreen keyboard comes in handy in these situations, or you can use the "inking" feature to write directly on the screen, followed by a Recognize command that translates the writing into letters. Although inking seemed to lag slightly behind the stylus as we wrote, it picked up 80 to 95 percent of the letters.

This isn't to say that the iPAQ is perfect, however. Many aspects of Windows CE 3.0 drove us crazy, like the irrational choice to put the program menus at the bottom of the screen and present them so they don't appear to be menus at all. Another quirk is the iPAQ's Navigator, a large four-direction button below the screen that can be used to scroll through selections. Looking at the QStart screen (an icon view of most of the programs), you can highlight different icons using the Navigator. However, counterintuitively, you have to push up and down on the Navigator to highlight objects to the left and right, respectively. Pushing the center of the Navigator acts like the Enter key on a computer keyboard, taking you to the selected program or file.

The iPAQ interfaces with Windows-based PCs (sorry, Macintosh users) using Microsoft's ActiveSync 3.1 software (which also includes a full version of Outlook 2000). The synchronization process is pretty efficient, and lets you browse the contents of the iPAQ from your desktop. However, it took three PCs running three flavors of Windows and three ActiveSync installs before we were able to get the computer to recognize the iPAQ.

It's worth noting that the glitches we ran into were more interface annoyances that are probably easy to adapt to (though we'd rather have software engineers bend to users' needs). The iPAQ 3600 series is the closest device we've seen that (mostly) intelligently packs the capabilities of a full-size PC into a handheld. --Nelson Finn

Pros:

  • Good color screen
  • Easy transfer of Word and Excel files between PC and handheld
  • Good handwriting recognition
  • Expansion jackets provide for more memory and peripherals

Cons:

  • Awkward Windows CE interface
  • ActiveSync synchronization software can be flaky
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Features

  • Pocket PC bundled with CompactFlash Expansion Jacket, enabling you to add memory and functionality such as a modem or wireless LAN Card
  • Also comes with Conduit Peacemaker Professional Software for beaming information to and from a wide range of PDAs and ZioGolf2 3-D golf game
  • 240 x 320 TFT LCD screen displays more than 4,000 colors
  • 32 MB RAM and 16 MB ROM
  • What's in the box: iPAQ 3635, CompactFlash expansion sleeve, 950 mAh Lithium Polymer battery, Two styli, Vinyl slipcase, AC adapter, User manual

Reviews (128)

5-0 out of 5 stars [cost efficient] power (not for CA) - I love my iPaq!
The 3135, monochrome, 16 MB version of the Compaq iPaq (all of the other reviews here seem to be for the 3600 color, 32 MB versions) is still, all in all, a pretty impressive machine.

The 3135 still has the iPaq 206 MHz StrongARM CPU, it comes with the CF flash memory sleeve, for memory/storage/communications upgrades, very fast USB connection for updates (my previous PDA was a Palm III, with serial cable link - daily sync would take 5 min on average; with USB/iPaq, daily sync rarely takes more than 20 seconds), and with Compaq support, can even upgrade its operating system to Linux (Compaq support...). The 16 MB is very limiting, though, so if you get this, plan to also buy CF memory...along with it. The advantages of the 3135 are speed, power, and price. You get a 206 MHz handheld system for [a higher price], compare that to the fastest Palm platform handheld, the Palm OS/Handspring Visor Platinum, [for less] for an 8 MB, 33 MHz unit.

The Microsoft Pocket PC OS (really CE v3) comes with MS Media Player (for MP3s - better get at least 64 MB of flash memory, though, to take advantage of that!), pocket versions of MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook - maps VERY well to existing Outlook calendar functions, MS Internet Explorer (with AvantGo for offline web browsing), MS Money, MS eBook Reader, and MS Access. The conduits to convert from 'pocket' versions of files to desktop are built in and pretty transparent to the user. All you have to do to take information with you is to drag your existing files to a Pocket PC 'My Documents' folder which the install program creates on your PC desktop, and ActiveSync does the rest (by the way, if you install Linux, all you have to do is to FTP files into your handheld - same thing).

The killer app for this (for me, anyway) is the MS Reader utility. eBooks are relatively small, and with my iPaq, I can carry a veritable library with me in a device the size of a pager. The monochrome screen of the 3135 is much more readable than its color (and ...more expensive) counterpart - or is this just cognative dissonance on my part? Many free books are available on the internet, from the public domain works available at...sites...I believe that even Amazon.com has an "eBooks & eDocuments" section.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great PDA for the Price!
I was an avid Handspring Visor user (got one when they first came out 2 years ago), and never thought I would switch to windows platform. But when I saw the great price for the Ipaq 3135 I figured I would give it a try, and have never regretted the switch.
the Pros:
1) You can upgrade memory with cf cards (much cheaper than handspring, and can hold LOTS of files)
2) You can also play mp3 music (also great with lots of storage in cf cards)
3) Use of MS word and excel ( I like it better than the Documents to go program. Seems to convert easier)
4) easy wireless web with my Kyocera phone (just one cable and the included MS Explorer and you're ready to go)
The Cons:
1) Screen clarity is not great (but no worse than my old visor)
2) Not as many programs available (yet)
3) yes, it's bigger with the cf sleeve (so get a decent case that holds both, and you'll be fine)
Bottom line...get it while it lasts (unless you can spring for the new color models!)

3-0 out of 5 stars hard to read the screen
This is a good value, but the screen is very difficult to read in less than perfect lighting conditions. Under bright flourescent lights in the office, it is fine. The rest of the time, though, I have a heck of a time with it. The internal memory also isn't really big enough to store MP3s. I decided to go back to paper and pen.

4-0 out of 5 stars Why I still like this PDA, continued
I found out the way to copy photos from my CompactFlash card onto the iPAQ. It's not hard but more complex than necessary. I also found out how to send the iPAQ in to have its screen replaced. A hassle. Its screen and/or stylus should work together so they don't produce scratches in the first place.

4-0 out of 5 stars Why I still like this PDA
I bought this model in 2001 and still use it every day. It is reliable and has lots of software built in. I've added List Pro and Pocket Quicken. The only problems I've had are that the screen has gotten badly scratched, and I can't get the Compact Flash Jacket to read my digital photos. ... Read more


106. Handspring Visor Edge (Metallic Blue)

Asin: B00005APZK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Handspring
Sales Rank: 12094
Average Customer Review: 3.63 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Handspring Visor Edge proves what Palm V owners have known for some time: bulk is bad. Although we used to be overjoyed at the prospect of using any handheld organizer that was smaller than an attaché case, the Visor Edge has completely spoiled us on the superiority of slimness.

At 0.44 inches thick and weighing only 4.8 ounces, the Edge feels more like a futuristic data pad (which it should) than a deck of cards containing electrical circuitry. It's far more comfortable to slide into a purse or shirt pocket, and its anodized aluminum case is likely to withstand more bumps and jostles than earlier plastic cases. Further, its superior aluminum cover is the best available screen protector we've seen that ships with a PDA. Its hinge is spring loaded so that it snaps into place at a145-degree angle. You can push it back farther, to about a 260-degree angle, but unfortunately you can't rest it flat against the back of the Visor. Our only other minor complaint is that it takes a bit of practice to quickly release the cover's tab from the bottom of the device.

Another joy is the weighted metal stylus that comes with the Visor Edge. Earlier styluses were plastic afterthoughts that cheapened the experience of using a Visor. This one is the exact opposite: the barrel is slightly swollen where you rest your fingers, giving the stylus more heft that translates into a better feel for writing. The stylus attaches onto the outside of the Edge's edge by clipping a retractable post into a small groove at the top; the writing tip sits snugly in a holder at the bottom. Releasing the stylus is a matter of pushing a rocker switch to disengage the latch at the top--a motion that will take some practice. But although the stylus is clipped to the side of the Edge, it's remarkably sturdy and never came close to falling out during our testing.

Of course, slimness isn't the Edge's only advantage, even if it's the most notable. The Visor Edge packs in features common to Handspring's line of handhelds: it comes with 8 MB of memory, runs the Palm OS (version 3.5.2H, which unfortunately can't be upgraded due to the type of memory it uses), has a crisp gray scale screen, and includes Handspring-only software like Date Book+, City Time, and an advanced Calculator application. The Edge runs on an internal battery that's quickly recharged when you put it into the included docking cradle (which is a minimalist piece of art by itself).

A new software addition is Fast Lookup, a slick feat of engineering within the Address Book application. Press the Visor's scroll-up button to enter Fast Lookup mode, then use the other application buttons to tap out the name you're looking for. For example, the Date Book button represents letters A-L of a person's last name, while the Address Book button counts for letters M-Z. After a few presses, the name you want appears in the contact list. It's also worth noting that the Edge can perform a HotSync operation out of the box via infrared to your computer (earlier Visors couldn't).

The most noteworthy Visor feature is the Springboard expansion slot, which on the Edge turns out to be both an advantage and a detractor. To achieve the Edge's thin profile, the Springboard slot is no longer a part of the handheld itself. To add Springboard functionality, you must connect a rather bulky adapter onto the back of the Visor Edge, then slide Springboard modules into the adapter. On the plus side, you can use any Springboard module you like just as you would with any other Visor; the downside is that it ruins the thinness factor of the Edge.

However, if you think you'll use Springboard modules only occasionally and want the advantages of a slim and lightweight handheld organizer, you'll want to head for the Edge. --Jeff Carlson

Pros:

  • Thin and light
  • Best screen protection on any handheld
  • New Fast Lookup feature in Address Book
  • Rechargeable battery

Cons:

  • Springboard adapter ruins thinness advantage
  • Sometimes hard to release stylus and cover
  • Operating system not upgradable
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Features

  • Ultrathin, light handheld with cutting-edge design
  • 8 MB RAM stores thousands of addresses, appointments, to-do items, and more
  • Features address book, to-do list, memo pad, date book, advanced calculator, and world clock
  • Supports optional expansion modules for MP3 player, pager, modem, GPS, video games, and more
  • What's in the box: Visor Edge, USB HotSync cradle, 8 MB RAM, rechargeable lithium ion batteries, metal flip cover, metal stylus, AC power adapter, Springboard expansion slot, Palm Desktop software for Windows and Mac

Reviews (94)

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice to look at, but has problems...
I bought my Visor Edge from the Handspring website and all was well until about 3 weeks of use. Like the other reviewers, my Edge completely crashed and would not do anything, even after a "hard reset". The on-off button wouldn't even work! When I called customer service, they told me that these types of 'crashes' sometimes happen. I owned a Palm for two years before 'upgrading' to this Handspring and nothing like this has ever happened. I am a physician who uses my PDA daily for storing reference material and patient data. Needless to say I'm quite disappointed that I have to suffer an inconvenience and wait for 7 business days for a new one to arrive in the mail. In general, it's a nice, sleek PDA but without a whole lot that's new or different from others in its class (the silent alarm's about it, and I'd never use it since you can't see the light blinking very well with the metal lid closed). Until Handspring is willing to address this issue that maybe there is a defect in their new product, I would suggest waiting a month for the Palm M500/505.

5-0 out of 5 stars Almost 3 years latter...
Practical, portable, durable, expandable, and it looks good.

Practical - The Visor Edge ("VE") uses Palm software. Unlike Windows CE and the like, its quick and easy to jot down biz information and to retrieve it.

Portable - Check out the specs. This is the thinnest and lightest PDA around.

Durable - Metal case with metal flip cover. My VE has been in backpacks, back pockets, and in cargo pants for almost 3 years and it's still going strong.

Expandable - A plethora of useful and fun applications are developed for the Palm platform.

It looks good - My VE is brushed silver: sleek with a futuristic feel.

When someone manages to fit a color PDA into a VE shell, I'll consider upgrading.

5-0 out of 5 stars Elegant and reliable
I've had the Visor Edge (in metallic blue) for almost two years and have had no problems with it at all. This is my first PDA, and I've been tempted to move to a model with color and additional memory. The unreliability of so many Palm products has discouraged me.
I use my Palm for storing addresses and for the calendar. I also use it for recording client notes from my sessions.
The battery life is excellent, and hot-synching and charging from the cradle couldn't be simpler.
This is a thin unit that easily fits into backpack or purse.
Backlighting is very helpful in dim-light situations.
If you find one of these new or refurbished (which mine was), and if you don't need a lot of bells and whistles in your PDA, I couldn't recommend this more highly.

5-0 out of 5 stars After 2 years, I still love it.
I've dropped it countless times. I run all sorts of software on it. And I've never had any problems whatsoever; this thing just keeps on working perfectly. Despite its dated bios and b&w screen, this remains the most elegant, usable pda I've ever seen. And I love the way it looks and feels.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works Great...for over TWO Years
I brought my Visor metal over two years ago after I dropped, and killed, a Palm handheld. The Visor had been refurbished prior to my purchase of it. It has worked great since then. It has been dropped (numerous times) and hacked with specialty software, without any problems.
I use the Mobil-Mate launcher, it's called HandScape, which I think is better then the default Handspring launcher.
The only problem I have with it is that it the screen is in black and white. I may have to upgrade to a color model, hmm.... ... Read more


107. Sony CLIE PEGA-CC5 GPS Car Cradle for NX80V, NX73V, TG50 PDAs
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B0000AZK18
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 20506
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Features

  • A car cradle for Sony NX80V, NX73V, and TG50 Clie handhelds
  • Includes a built-in GPS receiver for in-car navigation
  • FM transmitter for listening to MP3 files stored on a Clie on your car stereo
  • Listen to your e-mail and schedule while driving
  • Remote Control Unit

108. Sharp YO-P20H Personal Organizer
list price: $24.99
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Asin: B00009MVFL
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sharp
Sales Rank: 1159
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 1MB Memory
  • Synchronize with Microsoft Outlook
  • Diet and Pedometer Functions
  • 12 x 3 Display with Backlight
  • Enhanced English/Spanish Translator and spell checker

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great little organizer!
After years & years of carrying a planner (I'm pretty much a completely obsessive-compulsive person when it comes to organization - at least that's what I've been told), I finally decided to break down and try an electronic organizer. It just seemed like it would be so much easier to grab and go instead of my big planner (which I love by the way.) I knew I couldn't afford a Palm or any similar PDA so I decided to do some research. Realistically, I figured I wouldn't need to do 1/2 of the stuff some of the more expensive PDA's were offering - I really just needed the basics - telephone/address, to do, memo, and a calendar - which was everything my paper planner had.

If you're this type of a person, this organizer is probably for you! Another review suggested checking out Radio Shack, and I'm glad I did. There happened to be 2 more left on clearance for $17.97 (I also got a basic leather case there on clearance for $9.99). It's only been 1 day, and I'm so glad I bought this model. What a great value for the price!

My only complaint is exactly what another reviewer said - you can only put the address on one line. Once you get used to that, it's pretty much a breeze to figure out. I've only looked at the manual (which is pretty comprehensive) briefly because a lot of the functions and buttons are pretty self-explanatory. All-in-all, I'm so happy with my purchase!

5-0 out of 5 stars FYI...
You can also purchase this organizer at RadioShack for $19.99.. and also save money by not paying shipping & handling

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!
This is so great. i got it for Christmas. It is educational because of it's english to spanish translator and calculator. It's fun because it has 2 games. It is easy to use. You can store all of your friend's and family's adresses,phone #s and e-mail adresses. and store peoples's web sites. You can also write memo's and to-do's. it is so cool because not only do you have a clock, but you have a world clock which shows times in New york, Paris, Rome ect. as long as you put in the correct time with the 3 letter abbreviation that is closest to where you live. Overall this product is AWESOME! i recommend it to anyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great PDA
I recently bought a Y0-P20 PDA. It is great! It has time, alarm, schedule, translator and many more modes. If you are looking for a decent, yet inexpensive handheld, this is it.

5-0 out of 5 stars This product is great!
This product has all the features you would need and for a very cheap price. I highly reccomend this product! ... Read more


109. ViewSonic V37 Pocket PC (V37-1)

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Asin: B0000CDJO1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ViewSonic
Sales Rank: 19376
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • A thin, light powerful pocket PC
  • 400MHz Intel Xscale processor
  • Read and respond to e-mail while on the go
  • Includes the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework tools
  • Ultra-thin design weighing about four ounces

Reviews (6)

3-0 out of 5 stars Can't Upgrade Operating System
There are data syncing issues with this model and other strange behaviors. Unfortunately Viewsonic is no longer offering an upgrade to Pocket PC 2003 which should fix some of these issues. Here is the response from their technical support: "The PPC 2003 upgrade CD for the Pocket PC V37 is no longer in production.". I personally would not purchase anything that can't be upgraded! Buyer beware! The screen resolution is not that great either.

5-0 out of 5 stars Viewsonic PPC After one year
I've owned two IPAQs, and several PALMs. This is the best little gadget I ever had. The screen is so bright that even battery-saving settings are clear. Battery life is good, almost 4 hours continuous. Having a Flash Memory and an SD card I record music, books and games. You can listen to headphones and read a book at the same time for hours!

4-0 out of 5 stars Viewsonic - battery not that bad, very good PDA vs iPaqs
Regarding the previous review concerning battery anomalies - they can be fixed. However, all PDA's have problems with dumping memory when the battery runs out. You will learn how long your PDA lasts given your personal use, and how often you must overnight-charge it (or use a travel charger).

I've had many Pocket PC's - this is the fastest, lightest, easiest to use that I have tried. Much better than many of the iPaqs.

More info at the Yahoo group:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ViewSonic/

1-0 out of 5 stars Great machine, bad quality control
I got the Viewsonic V37 as part of the Visual Studio .NET giveaway. Things seemed to be fine for the first couple of weeks, except the power display, which would never show less than 100% battery, even when run down to 0.

The next symptom was the machine would not turn off until it burned out the battery or had a hard reset. As this was not acceptable, I wrote to Viewsonic on their web. As I was writing, the machine did a death roll and the only sign there was any life was the indicator light blinking on and off.

It took a few days to dig up the PRN number to get to send it back. Since the return address was bouncing my mail, I had to start the process over again.

Friday, I got the PocketPC back with a note that the system board was replaced. I noticed the power display still did not work, so I figured it was either a common Viewsonic problem, or I had another lemon.

Today, the following Wednesday, the machine only displays a picture of the Viewsonic birds. Soft reset, birds. Hard reset, birds with a "wait for 30 seconds" message and then just birds.

I have a hard time recommending a device that has such poor quality control. I am going to give them one more chance. As it costs quite a few bucks to ship and insure, I am not going to do it more than one more time.

Just for comparison:
I have an older PocketPC that has been through hell. I set it on top of the car one day and drove off. I remember when it flew off the back. I picked it up with a slight mark to remind me of my carelessness. Still works perfectly to this day. Contrast this to the Viewsonic which has given me a couple of weeks TOTAL of enjoyment and more than a month of no service (including time spent at the service facility).

4-0 out of 5 stars Very very nice PDA...Traditional Microsoft...
When I got my new ViewSonic Pocket PC V37, I was so excited. The PDA has features like address books, tasks, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Solitare. The Notes sections allows you to write by yourself, freely with just a touch with the stylus or a touch of the PDA with a finger. The V37 also allows you to have MP3 files on the PDA, thanks to Windows Media Player.

Pros
-Allows you to have MP3 music on the PDA
-Solitare in case you get bored
-Microsoft Word incase you get tired of using Notes
-Microsoft Excel: Perfect for little spreadsheets
-You can record notes

Cons
-Recording is very static, confusing
-Cradle fits in good, if you know how to put it in
-Solitare gets boring; more games should be including
-Case makes the PDA smell like Raid (maybe I'm just not used to leather)

I hope you found my review very useful. I have several PDA's in my household, and of each Pocket PC I've this one is the best. The navigation console is very easy, by the way. ... Read more


110. Handspring Visor Neo (Blue)

Asin: B00005OCWX
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Handspring
Sales Rank: 15590
Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Get the memory, versatility, and speed of a much more expensive handheld with the affordable Handspring Visor Neo. This striking, blue handheld comes with 8 MB of memory, allowing you plenty of space to store thousands of names, addresses, appointments, memos, to-do items, expense items, and e-mails. Plus, the Visor Neo runs with a fast 33 MHz Motorola Dragonball VZ processor--the same as in the Visor Edge.

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

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

With the Visor Neo's speedy USB connection, synchronizing data with your desktop has never been easier. Just place your Visor Neo into the included USB cradle and exchange data with the touch of a button. The Visor Neo's infrared port lets you beam data to other handhelds, and it also has a built-in microphone for use with digital voice recorder modules.

The Handspring Visor Neo comes with a USB HotSync cradle, stylus, snap cover, desktop synchronization software for Windows and Mac, software link for synchronizing with Microsoft Outlook (Windows only), two AAA batteries, and a one-year warranty. E-mail support is included for Microsoft Outlook, Lotus cc:Mail, and Qualcomm Eudora. ... Read more

Features

  • Affordable handheld with 8 MB RAM stores thousands of addresses, appointments, to-do items, and more
  • Built-in address book, to-do list, memo pad, date book, advanced calculator, and world clock
  • Use expansion slot to turn the Visor Neo into an MP3 player, modem, GPS receiver, and more with optional Springboard modules
  • Runs Palm operating system works with thousands of Palm OS applications; compatible with Windows 98, Me, and 2000 and Mac System 8.5 or later
  • What's in the box: Visor Neo, USB HotSync cradle, Stylus, 8 MB RAM, Two AAA batteries, Snap cover, Desktop synchronization software for Windows and Mac

Reviews (41)

4-0 out of 5 stars great value and quality, but may not be right for everyone
I've had the original Visor for about 1.65 years (nice, black plastic that feels like that of a TV remote, 2MB of RAM, Palm OS 3.1, 4 shades of grayscale, 50% slower processor than the Neo) and the Visor Neo purple (I don't care if it says blue on the box, everytime I look at it, I see purple/indigo) for about 5 months now. I primarily made the upgrade to a Neo over the original mostly due to the extra RAM and faster processor. The new version of the OS and continuing Springboard compatibility were additional plusses. Finally, It was priced cheaper than what my Visor had cost, had free shipping, and came with a free promotional nylon carry-case (the one with the big zipper, 1 big pocket for your handheld, 2 mini-pockets for any Springboard modules, and a little room left over to squeeze something else, like a set of headphones).
Here's my detailed breakdown of the Neo:

Palm OS: If you've ever played around with a Palm OS before, then you gotta admire its simplicity. There's Very little micro managing, relatively low problems, and has thousands of applications available. This platform is also used by 75% - 90% of the handheld community, so unless they're sticking with their cell phones, you'll be able to freely-exchange software, contact info, and variety of other things. Unless you're hardcore on viewing video, listening to mp3s, or other heavy multi-media tasks, PalmOS should suit you fine.

Exterior: has that "cheap, greasy plastic" feel in where fingerprints and body oils smudge very easily on it. Would-have been nice if there was an alternative to this, but I've gotten used to this. Having a snap cover as opposed to a flip cover means that you'll need 2 hands to open/close it, but I've gotten used to this too. They're 3 different colors, mine being opaque/translucent, lighter-colored ones being more transparent/translucent. If your cover is also clean, you'll be able to see your screen without removing the cover, which can be convenient due to what I've mentioned previously.

HotSync/Palm Desktop: Easy setup, easy to use. Backs up your handheld, lets you enter data onto PC and sync it over to your handheld, as well as new software. It'd be nice if it displayed important notices more clearly, such as same files being duplicated because of different information from HotSyncing. Currently, you need to go through the logs to pinpoint this. All in all very well done (with a backup module to provide fail-safe if something should go wrong)

Screen: Grayscale does look ugly next to a color screen and/or higher resolution screen, but you do get your "returns" with a less expensive and less power draining PDA. For me, it would've been nice to view pictures, maps, and games in color, but the grayscale gets the job done quite adequately. Pressure detection on the screen produced minimal concerns, as several times I would miss when I try to click on very small targets, although it may have been like that because I miscallibrated the detection accuracy.

Battery life: the 2 AAA alkalines last me about 2 weeks when I do an hour of gaming or other heavy use a day, while over 3.5 weeks with more mild usage of daily lookups and small notetaking. If this is a concern for you, nickel cadium batteries should save you money. Even though Handspring doesn't recommend this, it's moreso a battery guage monitoring issue than performance/damage-wise.

Reliability: As of with my Neo, I never had any fatal problems. Certain times I had to soft reset because of missing files for some applications caused errors that prompted me to do so, but I never had any information losses, freezes, or crashes. With my original Visor however, loading tons of games or something caused it to "downward spiral". This is where day-by-day, the performance and operation gets noticeably worse (like Win 98 from when you first use it fresh from a reformatted hard drive to4 years later when you need to reboot the damn thing 2-12x a day). Soft-resetting my old Visor temporarily solved this problem for a few days at a time, but ultimately a hard reset (purging all of your data) was required to, yet again, Temporarily remedy this problem. Tech support (NOT a toll-free number BTW) was kind enough to promptly send me a replacement (but first sending me an actual return box to put the defective handheld in. Procedures.... humph).

Springboard: Of the 2 Handspring handhelds I own, both aren't tremendously innovative compared to what the competition has to offer, but are nice values, so I'd generally recommend them to anybody. However, if you aren't going to bother dealing with them modules, I'd recommend you consider the Palm series or even a PocketPC, just to keep your options open. If you Are primarily interested in Visors for their Springboard modules, then poke around online and other places to find out more information, specifically, what modules you would use, availability, and prices. Thankfully, modules no longer cost "an arm and a leg" like they did years ago, but certain combinations of purchases can still deplete your wallet quickly. Many models of the latter 2 also have some sort of expandable data storage/backup and can even mimic the functionality that Springboard technology offers for Visors (e.g. certain Palms have wireless email/web capabilities and PocketPCs have a built in mp3 player). As for myself, I currently own 4 different kinds of modules: 8MB backup module (peace of mind for in case my PC AND my Visor BOTH fail), 16MB Hagiwara flash memory (expandable storage for databases, Ebooks, and games), a 2MB flash memory + "silent" vibrating alarm (for the limited amount of memory and also being cheap), and the SoundsGood mp3 player I managed to find on Amazon Marketplace (I plan on getting a REAL mp3 player soon, but this novelty item does come in handy for when I don't lug the player around).

5-0 out of 5 stars Great PDA for the price
I bought this PDA after researching similar models, namely the Palm m105 and the Sony CLIE. The display on the Visor Neo is bigger and sharper than the Palm's and it takes little effort to push the buttons. As far as expandibity goes, no handheld comes close to matching the myriad of different expansion modules available for the Visor. In addition to being hipper looking than other PDAs, it's very lightweight and fits easily in my jeans pocket.

The other factor affecting my decision to purchase the Visor Neo model was that it runs on AAA batteries. They don't tell you this when you buy your handheld, but most handhelds that use rechargable lithium ion batteries need to sent back to the manufacturer after about 2 years to have the battery replaced. This little service can cost $$$, almost what you'd paid for the PDA itself! I use Rayovac rechargable alkalines in my Visor Neo which I can reuse up to 50 times. It can easily go over a month without needing to replace the batteries. Even if you use regular disposable batteries, it's still cheaper in the long run.

Only downside I can think of is that the backlight isn't very useful unless you're working in total darkness and the OS isn't upgradable. Also, the screen can scratch easily so make sure you cover it with a thin piece of clear vinyl (available at fabric stores). Overall, this is a fabulous unit for the price and I'd recommend it anyone looking for a reasonably priced PDA.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for Beginners but watch out....
I have had my Neo for about 6 months now and use it several times an hour as I am a therapist trying to keep up with appointments and phone numbers all day in and out of the office. This thing had become like my right hand until last week when the batteries went dead. As before, I fetched some new batteries, put them in the back, closed the compartment, but...no power. Tried several other sets of batteries, still no power. My heart sank, considering all my appointments for the day (not to mention the month and previous few months) were in there and I had no idea what I was supposed to be doing that afternoon. After several attempts, the Neo powered back on but guess what? ALL MY INFORMATION WAS ERASED. Thankfully, I had hotsynched about 2 weeks before this event but not often enough to retrieve any information for the last two weeks or the following month. I have spent a solid week recompiling my appointments and phone numbers but, even so, all the phone numbers have my fax number in parenthesis before the actual number. I don't understand that, but whatever, it was easy to erase all that. Lesson learned here: if you purchase one of these, hotsynch daily and be careful of technical glitches in the programming. Myself, I am returning this and shopping for a color PDA NOT made by Handspring.

5-0 out of 5 stars rock solid handheld
I have owned my handspring visor neo for more than a year and a half now. The machine is extremely reliable. It has never crashed on me, despite falling on the floor multiple times. The machine has never had any problems hot synching with the internet or any problems beaming with other handhelds. I use it daily as a medicine intern and rely heavily on epocrates and 5 minute clinical consult programs. The software is outstanding--very detailed and easy to use and continually updated and improving. Finally, the machine is reasonably priced when compared with other devices of similar utility. I have friends who paid more and received defective devices, and I feel lucky to have bought this one.

true story addendum: I recently got sick in the hospital and while vomiting, dropped my handheld into the toilet bowl. For three days it wouldn't turn on. Then, miraculously, it turned on. I managed to hot-synch all the data from my PC back onto the handheld without any problems. Amazing!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best buy for a beginner
Basicly, what I want from a PDA include organization functions, being compatible with the majority of softwares available and the potential to expend the memory. With a resonable price, handspring Visor Neo gives me all! With plenty of Palm OS freeware, easy and quick synchronization, my PDA just become more and more valuable! And boy, they have the best customer support team in the world! ... Read more


111. Delkin Devices CANON NP-E3 RECHARGABLE BATTERY ( DD/NPE3 )

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Asin: B0002D6QFS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Delkin Devices
Sales Rank: 24397
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112. HP iPAQ Pocket PC hx2110 (FA296A)
list price: $349.99
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Asin: B0006ZM4V2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 48441
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Full-Featured And High-Performance Pocket PC The versatile HP iPAQ hx2100 Pocket PC allows you to maximize personal productivity through the use of Email, Calendar, and Contacts. It comes equipped with Bluetooth® wireless technology to allow you cable-free connections to other devices with Bluetooth technology such as printers or phones. All the models in the hx2000 series include enhanced security protection with HP ProtectTools software secured by CREDANT Technologies. ... Read more

Features

  • New automated backups through iPAQ Backup application
  • Pocket version of Microsoft software - Outlook, Word, Excel and Internet Explorer
  • Intel PXA270 Processor 312 MHz and 128 MB total memory which includes 20MB iPAQ File Store to allow you to store personal data more securely and helps protect it from device power loss
  • Integrated Bluetooth allows cable-free connections to other Bluetooth enabled devices
  • Integrated Compact Flash Type II (CF) and Secure Digital (SD) slots for greater storage and expansion capabilities

Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible, DO NOT BUY
Fortunately, I received this as a gift, as I would be extremely mad if I had wasted $350 on this. After having it for under 5 days, the screen mysteriously cracked without it being touched in any way!

I've read numerous other reports of this happening. The screens on these will crack just sitting on the docking cradle. HP says that it's "accedential damage" and that it's impossible for it to be a defect. You can send it in for an evaluation, if they deem it to be "accidental damage", they will chard $215 to fix the screen. If you choose not to have them fix it, they will charge you $80 just to ship the broken thing back unrepaired.

About me, I'm a full-time employee at a very large software company associated with this device. I'm quite familiar with these devices, both how they work and how they should be treated. I am convinced that a significant portion of these devices are shipping with defective screens that they won't replace. Don't take your chances with HP, buy a different PocketPC. ... Read more


113. CLIE PEG-N610C/V Purple Handheld

Asin: B00005T38Z
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 16523
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Stylish color PDA
  • 8MB, Palm OS software
  • gMovie player, Jog Dial
  • Expansion slot
  • What's in the box: Clie Handheld, USB HotSync Cradle, Detachable AC Adapter, Stylus, Installation CD-ROM, Applications Manual, Graffiti Sticker, Protective Cover, Top Cover Piece

Reviews (15)

4-0 out of 5 stars A worthy upgrade
When I saw a demo unit of this beauty sold for only $250 at CompUSA, I could not help me to get one to upgrade my aging Palm IIIx. Overall, it is a worthy ugrade. Here are what I like and not:

What I like:
1) best screen I've ever seen, bright and Hi-Res, it is great to shot off your photos;
2) Jog-dial is easy for one hand operation;
3) long battery life;
4) very stylish;
5) Memory stick - what! Did say Memory stick is good? Yeah, you bet. Comparing with CF, it is small. Size does matters. I guess it is why Palm uses SD or MMC, but they are more expensive than MS. Again, MS is not Sony-only any more. I use Lexar and I see SanDisk out there too;
6) 8MB is enough if you know how to use MS with MsMount, and you will never short of storage. I recommend not-so-big 32MB since this one can not be used as a MP3 player.

What I don't like:
1) clip-on cover sucks, fall off too often, why Sony can not give us one come with Sony T-series?
2) lack of better font support to take full advantage of the great hi-res screen;
3) lack of lock mechanism for MemoryStick, I often accidently knock it out, although no harm to Palm OS at all.
4) a bit heavier than what I like, a form factor like T615 will be perfect (T615 is expensive and its buttons are too bad). In fact size and price are my main objections to Pocket PC devices.
5) lack of accessaries, I lost my stylus, Guess what? I can not find a replacement form local stores. Since Sony is relatively a newcomer comparing with Palm and HandSpring, it surely will be better over time;
6) don't bother with palm Desktop software come with Sony, it is slow and has problems with Avantgo, and can not sync with Netscape Mail. Download version 4.0.1 from palm instead.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great replacement for my Palm.
I have owned a Palm Vx for about a year, until it broke in an accident. Looking for an alternative, the first thing I looked was the Palm m505. Let me tell you, it was BORING! It was the same thing as the Palm Vx, except with colors, and the colors were not lively at all!

I'm happy with the Sony Clie, as it is vividly colorful, and it's even cheaper than a m505, so it's well worth it. Another plus is the use of expansion cards (Sony's Memory Sticks). This allows easy transportation of data, and since they're available for up to 128 MB, this allows great storage capacities!

You should check out its cousin, the 710c, which also has built in multimedia, I heard. If it weren't for the fact that I already had a MD player AND a MP3 player, I think I would have heavily considered it.

Overall, this is a serious competitior to the Palm series, and I love it!

3-0 out of 5 stars Clie N610C. A repair after 14 months costs too much
I bought the unit in January 2002. By design or bad luck, the unit froze. I bought it from [a department store] and they offered no extended warranty.

I called Sony two days ago. They have the most impressive and accurate voice messaging system I have ever heard. After a lengthy, but clever, screening, I managed to hear human voices. Very kind, obviously reading scripts from screens. I could not distinguish the electronic voice system from actual real people. They were following a coreographed procedure. Did you reset? Yes. Did you recharge? Yes. After repeating about 3 times, I was told to ship the unit for repair. The cost [is] mind boggling... After only 14 months since new. This is the end of the script of Sony Clie Service.

I just want to warn the potential buyers. Sony charges the PDA consumer hidden costs tha annoy and make an otherwise a loyal owner very disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent PDA
When my Palm 3XE was on its death bed I began searching for a PDA. I ended up replacing it with the Sony N610C.

The Good:

Excellent display-High resolution; I appreciate this more than I thought I would. Go for color-its worth it.

Long battery life.

Jog dial-really nice.

Cover is fine-I have had no problems with this.

Asthetics-very nice looking PDA.

Price-you can get a great deal on one now that the 615 is out.

The Bad:

Its heavy.

Sony provided brochures not very helpful - although I had a good experience with Sony customer service. They had my info from my old palm into my CLIE in 15 minutes.

Overall this is an excellent PDA. As long as the weight doesn't bother you I would highly recommend this PDA.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product
The bought the Sony Clie after having problems with the Compaq iPAQ. The Sony has worked great. So far the 8 megs of memory have been plenty, even though I have added a number of programs. Syncing up with the computer works well and it is very easy to move programs from computer to the Clie. I have not have any problems with the docking station, it seems much more stable than the one for the iPAQ. The battery life is excellent, easily going over one day. The display is the high point, both in bright and dim light the display is very easy to read. It is amazing that it can be so bright and yet still have good battery life. The jog dial on the side is also a very useful feature for scrolling through large lists or documents. I highly recommend the Sony Clie 610 for those looking both for functionality and fun. ... Read more


114. Royal 10MB PDA 160X200 Backlit Display
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B0000YBASM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Royal Consumer Bus. Products
Sales Rank: 20201
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Features

  • 10MB of Memory
  • 160X200 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

115. Sony CLIE PEG-NR70V Handheld

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What's in the box

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

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

Reviews (49)

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

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

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

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

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


116. Abacus by Fossil Wrist Net Smart Watch for MSN Direct (AU4002)
list price: $129.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0003QIXDW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Fossil
Sales Rank: 6540
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 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
  • 28 different watch faces to choose from

Reviews (39)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


117. HP iPAQ 1935 Pocket PC

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

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

Reviews (40)

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

HP iPAQ H1935

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

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

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

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

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

Recommendation: Get one.

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

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

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

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

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

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


118. PalmOne i705 Wireless Handheld
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B00005V63T
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 5393
Average Customer Review: 3.45 out of 5 stars
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Get a complete communication, organization, and productivity package with the Palm i705 handheld. Send and automatically receive your business and personal e-mail with end-to-end security via the wireless connection (Palm.Net service required). Easily view, edit, and create Word- and Excel-compatible files, and view and share PowerPoint files. And keep your busy life in check with Palm's classic, intuitive organization applications.

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

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

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

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

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

What's in the box

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

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

Reviews (29)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


119. PalmOne PalmPilot Professional Organizer

Asin: B00000DM9S
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 6521
Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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3Com changed the world of computing when it released the PalmPilot, a powerful, useful 1 MB computer you could put in your pocket. The PalmPilot Professional is an up-to-date version of the original, with a backlit display, trim design (4.7 inches x 3.2 inches x 0.7 inches), and the ability to link quickly with a desktop PC or Mac. In addition to six keys that allow the user to navigate among the appointment, calendar, and contact information, the PalmPilot Professional includes a stylus for touch-screen operations and on-screen writing, for which you have to learn a slightly modified script for top performance. The Professional also includes a synchronizing cradle for exchanging e-mail, appointments, and contact information with your PC (Internet magazine gave PalmPilot top honors for its synchronization); all the software you need to manage tasks, track expenses on the road, and organize and compose e-mail (a modem and software are available to transmit messages); batteries; an adapter; and a leather slip-case. The PalmPilot Professional has garnered a number of awards, including an MVP and 5-star rating from PC Computing; Editors' Pick from Home Office and Small Business Computing; Best of 1996 from PC Magazine; Best of Byte from Byte magazine; and a stellar rating from Windows Sources. --Patrick O'Kelley ... Read more

Features

  • Complete suite of PIM applications
  • HotSync technology for PC synchronization
  • 1MB Memory
  • Stores addresses, appointments, memos, email
  • What's in the box: PalmPilot, Stylus, HotSync cradle, Palm Desktop software, Leather slip-case, 2 AAA batteries, DB-25 adapter, Manual, Getting Started guide

Reviews (14)

5-0 out of 5 stars Palm computers manage a variety of useful tasks
The 3Com PalmPilots manage a huge variety of business and personal tasks. Using a simple graphic interface incorporating handwriting recognition, the PalmPilot Professional comes ready to work with a calendar/datebook (with alarms and the ability to handle repeating tasks), address book, to-do list, notepad and calculator. Included software and a linking cradle allow you to swap information with a desktop computer.

The Palm platform is fertile ground for small software developers: fully featured, inexpensive applications for the Palm are available for virtually any need: financial and scientific calculators, database and small spreadsheet programs, document readers and, naturally, games.

In addition, a number of excellent commercial software packages offer Palm links to their Windows-based products, including the popular contact management program Act! and DeLorme's enormously useful map products. With the addition of a compatible GPS unit and cable, the Palm computer running downloaded DeLorme directions can guide you on a trip, giving advance notice of the next turn you'll need to make and displaying speed, elapsed mileage and other parameters.

Add-on devices include modems, an alphanumeric paging receiver, even a compass.

The Palm computers operate on two AAA batteries which, depending on your work habits and use of the backlit screen, will last for a month or so.

Much more than an executive 'toy', the PalmPilot computers offer excellent function in a small, well designed package. A gift that is sure to be appreciated by the businessperson or computer fanatic on your holiday shopping list.

5-0 out of 5 stars This product will change your life
The PalmPilot Professional will change your life. You will finally be able to rid yourself of the daily planners that you have grown to love over the years. From now on you'll have instant digital access to phone numbers, appointments, todo lists, and you'll even be able to check your email, or just play one of the thousands of games available on the internet for free download.

You can enter information three different ways: * with the stylus * typing on the on-screen keyboard * entering the info in the desktop software and hot-syncing

If you want to share your thoughts with others you can even buy the $100 upgrade card to bring infrared capabilities to your handheld! The possibilities are endless. You'll never regret the purchase. Take it from a user who's had one for over a year and a half!

The recipient of this gift will love you forever!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Original
This Palm Pilot Organizer is the original and the best!!!! You Might think i'm crazy you might think i'm not but it is da bomb!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Love the PalmPilot
I can do just about anything on my PalmPilot. I like it a lot better than the Franklin Day Planner. Not only that, it's portable so I can write as I go.

5-0 out of 5 stars palm 5 availability?
wj=hen will you have the palm 5 ... Read more


120. Toshiba e310 Pocket PC
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B0000658CD
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 6237
Average Customer Review: 4.03 out of 5 stars
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Packaged in an attractive, sleek design, the Toshiba e310 Pocket PC features a familiar user interface and tools powered by Microsoft Windows Pocket PC 2002. It weighs just under 5 ounces and is less than a half-inch thick. Equipped with a 206 MHz Intel StrongARM processor, the Toshiba e310 features a 32 MB SDRAM memory and 32 MB of flash ROM (for future upgrading). It's powered by a built-in lithium rechargeable battery, which recharges via the included USB cradle.

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

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

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

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

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

Features

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

Reviews (98)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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