Key Features: 65,536-colour, 240x320 TFT colour screen. 32MB of RAM. 131MHz NEC microprocessor. Built-in voice recorder. Type II CompactFlash card slot. WinCE operating system. Up to eight hours battery life. Lots of software. You'll like the Cassiopeia E-105, but perhaps not for the right reasons. You'll like it because it's dinky - smaller than a paperback novel, as weighty as three calculators sellotaped together. You'll also be pretty impressed by its 65,536-colour, touch-sensitive screen. And you'll be amazed at the Windows CE software running a mini contacts database, task list, calendar and e-mail program. Neat, pocket-sized and futuristic, the Cassiopeia E-105 is 30 per cent Filofax, 70 per cent Star Trek gadgetry. And it's another huge step forward in our search for the ultimate PDA. An enhanced version of the phenomenally successful Cassiopeia E-100, the E-105 is less a digital assistant and more a self-styled multimedia player. Boasting some of the most advanced technology, the new Cassiopeia is built around a large, 240x320 TFT colour LCD screen. Packing 32Mb of RAM where the E-100 had only 16Mb, the E-105 is powered by the latest version of Microsoft's WinCE. Other notable features include the ability to link the Cassiopeia to your PC (via cable or infra-red link), an integrated monaural microphone and speaker, Type II CompactFlash slot, headphone socket, plus a Lithium-ion battery lasting up to eight hours. But even all this isn't what really makes the E-105 a joy to have. The new Casio Menu makes PDA life easier, allowing frequent applications to be assigned to on-screen 'quick launch' buttons (much like Windows short cuts). Application navigation is made ludicrously simple with three fast-access buttons and the joypad-style direction pad, while the lack of a built-in modem keeps the price down, but ultimately restricts the E-105's multimedia usefulness. And there's a generous software
bundle in the package, including a mini golf game, a Mobile Video Player (to unspool video clips and movie trailers), an Image Viewer (supporting JPEG, BMP and Casio's CAM digital camera format), plus a Mobile Audio Player (which allows owners to download MP3 files and encode them for playback). Part Walkman, part VCR, part personal organiser, the E-105 dares you to criticise its power-hungry colour screen and lack of a micro-keyboard (information can be entered by handwriting recognition software, or by tapping an on-screen keyboard). Yes, it still makes sense to maximise battery life by getting a monochrome PDA. And if you're dealing with large amounts of data input, you can't beat Psion's EPOC-powered 5MX. But with a fast processor, a clear display and 32Mb of RAM, it's difficult to go back to black and white. The E-105 provides everything you could ask of a colour PDA. Bar the memory boost, there's very little to distinguish it from its main rivals, the Philips Nino and Compaq Aero. This is as good as cyber-Filofaxing gets. Verdict: Another smart, stylish way to play Solitaire on the train.
I purchased an 8Mb Psion 5 when they we're first released. After having enjoyed using the superb 3a machine, I was expecting something special. Suffice to say, I was some what disappionted. Various problems marred my enjoyment of the product. So, I eventually moved to a Cassiopeia by Casio. The unit is capble of all the functions that the Psion 5 could do, and then some. I have to admitt that I did miss the superb keyboard from the Psion 5 (but I'm used to the Casio now). Imagine having a unit that allows me to:- Orgainse my day Send emails Surf the net Play games Listen to music Make voice notes Act a TV/Video/DVD remote (really!!) Watch movies Calcualtor Emulate various computers Even link to a network and log onto a NT server I can use it in the dark Built in rechargable battery Basically, you name, this machine can do it. There are times when the machines does slow down though (often cured by closing some applications). All in all, this is a really useful and fun device to own. Not prefect, but still very good. Carl Newby.
My new toy is great! At last a pocket pc which is a real pc and has full conection to my main pc. I have only had this for a couple of days now but I have found it easy to use and very, very versatile. Some of the main features are that it is a MP3 player, internet enabled (yes I know it has AOL preinstalled but that happens to suit me), lots of games availability and the big plus that is synchronises with Microsoft Outlook. With 32mb ram and a rechargeable battery it can do a lot of things. It also uses handwriting recognition software so that I can write notes to myself which it can read. My normal scribbled pen and paper notes are ususally illegible. The only draw back so far is that like a Palm it does not have a keyboard and I find it tedious typing with a stylus. Lightweight, compact, fully functional, colour and conectivity - this is a good solid machine.
I think the only good thing about this palmtop is that it runs on windows. The screen is not very clear at all. It takes about a minute to sort its life out! This palmtop simple doesn’t compare to any kind of p sion, even the p sion 3! If you have high expectations for any Cassiopeia, then do not buy this palmtop unless you like throwing away money for fun! It is quite small though! The psion 5 (or higher) is the one to go for.