I bought my Handspring Visor in the summer of 2000, when they had been around for a year or so, and overall have found it to be a valuable asset. The unit looks a little dated now (Jan 2002), due to the frightening pace the computer market moves at. It is fairly weighty too, but not enough to make you notice it too much in the pocket of a jacket. It comes with a case which clips onto the front of the unit when not in use, and can then be clipped on the back of the Visor. This makes for a rather clumsy first impression, but can be overlooked. Indeed, I have purchased a leather case for my Visor, which has rendered the plastic case useless! The Visor runs on the Palm Operating System, PalmOS, which is very stable and efficient. Some programs you feel really should be included out-of-the-box, such as a drawing program, and perhaps a few games. Yet these are minor quibbles, as they can be dowloaded easily from shareware sites, such as www.vnunet.com , or www.zdnet.co.uk . There are some features included which Handspring have tweaked, such as a whole-week view in the Date Book, and for me this is one of the essential programs. Other programs which are useful are To-do list, and Address Book, which all integrate with each. For example, you can view your To-do list in the Date Book, and see which day they are due by; this is an extremely useful feature. The Visor also has excellent battery life, which is a must for a handheld device. Data entry is by the Graffiti writing technique; this is outstandingly simple to pick up, and in about half an hour anyone can be using the Visor competently. Except for my dad. The Visor is looking a little tired now, but this by no means diminishes its usability. It is a robust little unit that is still a bargain for the price, and I do not hesitate to recommend it. Thomas
I was in search of a tool to replace my DayTimer due to lack of space on my desk. My husband purchased the Handspring Visor for me for Christmas. I was hesitant to place all of my important appointments in a computer based product (we all know the rates of failure). I took the plunge and have not looked back. My husband found this product to offer the same features as some of the more expensive PDAs. I really like the Springboard module option. I can interchange and add options as often as I desire (or as often as I can afford $$$). In regards to support, I have only had a few minor questions and was actually able to get the accurate answer from their website. I love the option to HotSync to my PC so that I can type on my standard keyboard all day. I would be unable to use PDAs if I was required to type on the screen or grafitti write. I have recommended the Visor to several of my co-workers and we had to purchase different colors since so many of us have them now.
Well, I think that if you are seriously considering getting a handheld computer, and your pockets aren't bulging with £50 notes, then I recommend the Handspring Visor Graphite. With a Springboard Expansion slot to turn it into a digital camera or an MP3 player. A built-in microphone so you can use you visor as a dictaphone. The battery life is acceptable as it runs on two AA bateries and the range of accesories is undiscribable I would definatley recommend this gadget to anyone with £150 to spare and a taste for good gadgets!
I bought my Visor deLuxe a couple of weeks ago and although it has been a godsend in terms of me remembering appointments and shopping lists etc and never had a boring moment on public transport, one thing should be noted: It cannot be set up to syncronise with your work pc if you are on a protected network, using anything below Windows 98. The only way I found around this was for MIS to install a seperate account for me on the pc with administrator rights, but I have to log into my old account to do my work. Therefore, check your system requirements and specifications before choosing a Handspring over a 3com.
The HandSpring Visor comes in two flavours - Solo and Deluxe. The difference being, Solo comes with 2mb instead of 8mb, and comes without a docking cradle. You will find 2mb filling up quckly, so it is advisable to go for the more expensive 8mb, which can store thousands of addresses and suchlike. Also, the Solo is about £60 cheaper in most retail outlets. HandSpring have taken the Palm OS, and put it into a device that is fairly similar to the Palm III series of organiser, from 3Com. The case of the Visor, however, is different, with a useful grip on the sides, reducing risk of dropping (which happened to my Palm III). The Visor also comes in five colours, to suit any taste and has different designed buttons. There is one thing that makes the HandSpring stand out - the SpringBoard module at the back of the palmtop. This is a bay, for plugging in extra hardware, which is limited in supply at present, but in the future may include modems, MP3 players, games, backup devices (available now) and much, much more to come. This adds functionality to the Palm OS, thanks to HandSpring. This is so due to slight changes in the Palm OS. The Visor includes the standard applications, such as the to-do list and address book, but includes extra functions in these applications, making all of our lives easier! ;-) The input is by "Graffiti" handwriting recognition on the screen - there is a dedicated area for writing, although the whole screen is touch-sensitive. There are thousands of software titles available for the Palm OS - yes, the Visor can run ALL the programs for the Palm, many of which are free at http://www.palmgear.com for example. This turns the organiser into a powerful utility, with exansion possibilities. The Infra-Red port on the top of the Visor can be used to exchange data with other organisers, print to printers and even used to control your TV (with the right software!) The problem with the Visor is that
its OS cannot be upgraded, as Palms can - this means that future OS enhancements won't be available to Visor users. However, this palmtop is on the whole a very promising piece of equipment. There is one thing for sure - it will organise your life!
If you want a PDA for the sake of having it. This one really is the coolest in the bunch. Although without a proper keyboard using this for long pieces of work really will take you years. But as a bit of a fancy phone book with cool features buy this. It does cost more than the bog stand phone book but it is a lot cooler. You won't regret it this will make your friends gasp with amazement getting out this tiny little gem! You must get this if you want the coolest PDA around but not really for doing lots of work with as using the pen does get extremly annoying!
I ordered my Visor in November last year, and had a friend bring it over from America. I received my Visor Deluxe in early February (in my opinion, the other lesser modelsare not really worthwhile) I have found it to be excellent. Although I do not (yet) have any of the Springboard modules, more interesting ones such as mobile phone, MP3 players, GPS and backup units are appearing steadily on the Handspring website. Although not flash upgradeable like the Palm Pilots, the standard set of applications is superior to the standard Palm ones (Enhanced Datebook and Calculator) and the base OS is stable and perfectly usable. The main benefits are effectively the same as the Palm Pilots in that they are simple to use, synchronise data with Outlook faultlessly, are more portable than most other handhelds. Synchronisation is fast, even using the optional serial cradle (USB is supplied as standard, which is unusable for NT) Although it is a simple device, OS crashes are still encountered! These usually seem to be caused by bugs in downloaded shareware programs. These however are easily solved by resetting the device and synchronising with the PC. A Gameboy emulator is in development as is due for initial release imminently, so if you're tempted to try Pokemon and (as an adult) can't justify the cost of a Gameboy, or you have children, its yet another reason to buy one! Availability is currently via Dixons or PC World here in the UK at approximately 199GBP inc. VAT
well the slightly transparent covering didn't really give this a proffssional look. But I did feel cool messing with it on the bus. It had a lot of useful functions which i couldn't bore of. The screen was almost always clear and easy to read which was a disadvantage for other products in it's class. at first I foud it difficult to handle but soon I found the right positioning for my hands. It would have been better if it were slightly more streamlined for the human hand.
Although I don't have one of these myself and have to scrape by with a series V (ahhhh) I have had a go on a friend of mines and can report that they are indeed excellent. What they seem to have done is take a step back from the PDA market taken the best of what is there and then added bits to make it better. It has the syncronisation and the usability of the Palm Pilot yet the expandability and the heftier power of the Psion. Infact it is exactly its expandability that will make this product I think stand up and be counted in the PDA market. I use my Pilot for everything but I have only had it a few months and it is already out of date (the palm Vx is now out) the Visor however will be able to flex and expand with extra upgrades and add ons. With the upcomming use of Bluetooth technology (if you don't know what this is go to www.bluetooth.com) expandability is going to be what makes your PDA the latest thing or a flash in the pan. Definatly on my Christmas list.