I have been a diehard Handspring user since they were 1st available. Terrible but true, it is my portable brain and I am lost without it. Imagine my horror when, 3 days before a big meeting, the Visor fell off the desk, onto the floor and the LCD cracked. (Fair disclosure, it wasn't in its case, I had just synched it and sat it on top of some paperwork). I called Handspring and was told to hot synch it again and for $80 I could have the screen replaced. Ouch, lots to pay for a moment of carelessness, but what else to do? I later found out that if a screen is cracked on a Palm its toast, so I was very happy that the screen could be replaced. I called to get the return authorization # on Sunday. Imagine my surprise when Fed Ex shows up on Tues with a box which I assumed contained the RAN and packing and it contains a *NEW* Visor Deluxe. I just have to send the old one back. Incredibly fast, efficient and wonderful service. Not only does Handspring have a great product, their service has ensured I stay a loyal customer.
About nine months ago I decided I needed a PDA. Well I had two options: A palm or a visor... I wasn't going to consider the other makes from HP, Compaq, Sony etc because they were just too power hungry. I decided to buy the Handsprung Visor over the Palm because it had an expansion slot (The expansion modules never seemed to take off, so that wont be a serious consideration today) and all the advantages of the palm for just about £20 more. Well, since I bought it it has been pretty useful. I have all my addresses, appointments, expenses, and other useful notes and memos on this PDA. Now I never forget birthdays of friends or family!! The accompanying PC software was pretty easy to install and I even can type emails on the train and they are sent automatically when I connect the PDA to my computer. Of cause I back it up every other day to my office computer and so even in the case of misplacement, you still have most of your data. Getting insurance in case of misplacement costs less than £10 and so peace of mind can be guaranteed. I'll say its been a great investment, but I sometimes find it a bit too bulky. The newer models are much slimmer than the one I have.
I’ve been an owner of some form of hand-held computer for almost a year and a half now. I started with a Palm IIIe, which was a simple, 2Mb model with a monochrome screen. I used it almost constantly and quickly came to rely on it as a calendar, calculator, notepad, clock, entertainment tool, etc. When the Palm developed a fault, I got it repaired under warranty. When it was stood on and smashed, I was devastated. As soon as I could afford to, I replaced it. I wrestled with myself for a while as to what the replacement would be, then, foolishly, turned my back on the Palm platform and went for a Journada running Windows CE. I had the Journada only a short time before I lost it at a Dooyoo meet. The Journada was good in many ways, but also had it’s faults. I’ll probably review it soon, but I’m so happy with this Visor that I wanted to write this op first. For a whole month I was without a hand-held. I'd only just shelled out £200 on a hand-held so replacing it wasn’t an option, or so I thought. I got some good news in the form of a promotion and a weekends worth of overtime though, so, to celebrate I got myself an extra Christmas \ congratulations present - a Visor Deluxe. I went for the Visor for a number of reasons. Firstly, it runs Palm OS version 3.1. Having used both Windows CE and Palm OS in the past, I think I prefer Palms offering - it may not integrate with the desktop PC quite as well (Palm OS comes with Pocket Word, Excel, etc.) but it’s certainly a lot more stable. I also don’t exactly miss the ability to have a FTP server, ICQ, etc on my hand-held - I use it as a hand-held, not a replacement for a portable. Palm OS is fast, stable, reliable and intuitive. Windows CE, while close to Windows, has a few foibles that take a while to get used to, and in my opinion can be plain irritating. Since the Visor Deluxe is a Palm OS based hand-held,
it uses Palms Graffiti writing system. This is much better than the Journadas handwriting recognition, and is very easy to pick up. Since I already knew it, I was back using this very quickly. The Visor Deluxe has a monochrome screen. For me, this is a bonus as it’s easier to see in certain lighting conditions and at certain angles than a colour one is. It’s also much less of a drain on the batteries. Granted games aren’t quiet as much fun and it isn’t as good for graphics, but that’s not what I wanted from a hand-held. This brings me to the third point - batteries. The Visor Deluxe is a lot like my old Palm IIIe - it uses standard AAA Batteries. I prefer this to a proprietary battery and charger, since it means I don’t have to worry about the battery dying on me or loosing the charger - AAA Batteries will be around for a long time, new chargers for devices even a few years old are hard to come by. Some may see the batteries as a false economy, but the batteries last a long time even under high usage, so I think it's worth having to shell out for new batteries every now and then. You synchronize the data from the hand-held to your PC using a cradle which plugs in to the USB port. My past experiences have all been with the serial port and I’ll say now that there is a huge difference in speed. USB is much, much better. The cradle is VERY well designed so that when you put the unit in, there is very little chance of it falling out - you can actually pick the unit up, and the cradle will stay attached. Considering the mess that is my desk, that stability is valuable for fear-free synch-ing. You get Palm Desktop with this, which is much more user friendly, comprehensive and reliable than ActiveSync. The Synch works almost every time for starters, and setting it up to communicate with software like Outlook or Outlook Express is easy. The unit itself comes with a hard p
lastic cover and a leather slipcase. In comparison, the Palm IIIe had only the cover, and the Journada just a slipcase. Having both is a huge bonus as far as protecting the thing in your bag is concerned. The stylus slides into the back of the unit, as is standard on Palm-type designs. What is really nice about it, however, is that the two ends unscrew to reveal a needle that is used for re-setting the unit, and a screwdriver. The units come in graphite and frosty blue. I chose the graphite one (plain old black) for the ‘serious’ look. They have 8Mb RAM which, for Palm OS, should be more than enough. I have a whole load of applications and games installed and still have 6Mb RAM remaining. You get the usual applications with the Visor Deluxe - Calculator, ToDo, Mail, Expense, DateBook, etc. You also get DateBook + and a souped up version of Calculator on top. Speed-wise the Visor is not too bad - there isn’t a lag when tapping things, and searching doesn’t take too long. There are faster hand-helds out there, but the speed on this one isn’t really a problem. The unit comes with a microphone and an IR port. I don't really use either of these, although there is a program out there that will turn your hand-held into a remote control for your TV/VCR. The problem with that is the IR port is on the side, rather than the top of the unit (to make room for the Springboard expansion slot.). This is a bit awkward and counterintuitive - you have to either stand sideways on or twist the unit to point it at something. The unit feels quite light and flimsy, but that is deceptive - it can withstand a small amount of abuse at least. As much as I love dooyoo, I haven’t tested it by dropping it from a great height onto concrete YET, but if that ever happens I will update the review. I have dropped it from a lower height and sent it skittering across a metal floor with
no adverse affects though. It is slightly larger than a Palm III, but not annoyingly so. I can’t comment on the quality of Handsprings technical support. Their web site is a little vague for my liking, but it does have plenty of downloads, including documentation and patches. Their documentation is pretty good, although Palms is better. The unit came with a two year guarantee. I have no prior experience with Handspring, so have no idea how good the service will be if I take up this guarantee. I hope I never have to find out. All Visors come with a Springboard expansion slot - the claim is that you can put in digital camera modules, MP3 players, memory cards, game packs, etc. The problem is finding modules in the UK. There are some stockists, but it isn’t something you can walk into a local Dixons and buy. The proprietary slot means it’s hard to find memory expansions too, although 8Mb should be more than enough for most people anyway. Unless you have a specific need for a colour screen or Windows CE, then I’d highly recommend the Handspring Visor Deluxe - it’s only £129 and does everything that a hand-held is normally expected to do. Other hand-helds have more advanced features, but usually these are around the £250 - £500 price range. This model has the same features as a £200 Palm, but for a much lower price. What else can I say? This is a great hand-held, there are a couple of niggles, but this is the best compromise between price, features and reliability I’ve ever seen.
I have been a Palm III owner for 2 years until I finally damaged it beyond repair. Being entirely dependent on my PDA I quickly rushed out and bought a replacement. Based on some good feedback I decided to purchase a Handspring Visor Deluxe. It had more memory than may Palm III (8mb versus 2MB) and was slightly better value for money than the 8mb Palm devices. Plus the device comes in a number of colours ? yes I?m that fickle! Aside from the extra memory and the more modern design, the handspring can accept what are called ?Springboard? modules. This means you can slot in accessories such as digital cameras, MP3 players, GSM modems, games, or even more memory ? fantastic. Nevertheless I?m pretty sure you can get similar accessories for the Palm models. The device seems a little larger than the usual Palm and the case, while stylish, does seen a little cheap. While initially happy with my purchase, the nightmare started when I tried to synchronise the new device with my laptop. First of all I had to download a new USB driver, then I had to download the more up to date Hotsync driver, and then the PDA crashed completely. 3 days later ?yup 3 days, I finally got the PDA to synchronise properly. I still have some occasional problems with the devise but the damage is done now. I think some of the problems may have been related to having my Palm III software already installed on my PC but even so, this should have been considered by Handspring, Every so often when I try to synchronise the Visor using the USB cradle nothing happens. I have to soft reset the Visor to be able to sync the two computers. The other major issue is that it doesn;t appear to be possible to upgrade the operating system without upgrading the PDA. On a plam it is simply a case of installing the software but with the Handspring this doesn't work. Maybe this is part of the liscensing deal with Palm. So? anybody want to buy a blue s
econd hand Visor Deluxe.
Although getting on a bit now, the Visor Deluxe still stands out as being a great PDA. It is small enough to carry around in a pocket, stylish enough to be seen using and comes with the added bonus of using the Palm OS. I have a number of uses. I store names and addresses, I write e-mails (more later..) and most recently, connect up to Avantgo and download all the days news to read on the train on the way to work...beats fiddling about with papers! On the downside, I think that the battery life could be better, annoyingly, it uses batteries even when turned off! Another annoyance is trying to connect to my mobile phone (Nokia 6210) using the IR-DA. You need to buy software to do it and even then I couldn't get it to connect up and send mails etc. I now just type the mail and then send it from my PC when I sync. Hot syncing using the cradle is simple though and the Springboard expansion slots are a great idea. There is loads of shareware out there for the Palm OS. I recently used Omni-remote, programmed as a remote control for my TV and video - good fun, but eats batteries!! Handspring's online support has been less than impressive. To sum up though, it is a great PDA, and at current prices, it is a steal.
Which PDA to buy? An agonising choice. Also not, I’m sorry to say, a choice I’m going to be able to help you with very much. Like most people, I’ve just got one PDA, and until I dig up the pot of gold I wouldn’t expect to buy any more for quite a while. However, I can tell you a bit about the one I do have, as I did choose this one over all others. Why? Now, that subject I can be more forthcoming about. Read on to discover my reasons. I’ll also reveal the big reason not to buy one. I won’t however, be giving you all the technical specs and features, you can read several other excellent opinions on this subject for that. You may have noticed it's got the most ridiculous name. I mean, if you told your elderly relatives that you’d just bought a Handspring Visor Deluxe, you might well expect them to laugh nervously, and start edging away from you. It sounds very much like some 1950’s health appliance, or a bondage session (whatever that is). What, these days, is really called ‘Deluxe’ with a straight face any more? It’s rather appealing, if you ask me. There is a non-deluxe version which is slightly cheaper and with considerably less memory; but I can’t really see why anyone would want one unless they really are on the tightest budget – in which case they shouldn’t be wasting it on a PDA. Now, a few words about the Palm OS, which no doubt would apply to all Palm compatible devices. The Visor is a fully Palm-compatible device, so you are not getting some cheapo version of the Palm OS, but the real thing in full. Anything that works on a Palm, will work on this. I was new to all this handheld stuff, and I discovered pretty soon that Palm OS is to portable devices what Windows is to PCs. This means that there are simply stacks of third-party software packages, including mountains of shareware and freeware, all waiting to be downloaded. What’s more, if anyt
hing (like a text file or image) is formatted for a PDA, you can bet it will work on a Palm. There are some other operating systems, notable the entertainingly-named WinCE, but right now Palm OS is the big one. It is as easy as anything to use if you are familiar with the concept of icons and buttons, and it is no exaggeration to say that my 4-year old son can navigate around it reasonably well. Text entry is unusual at first, but you soon get the hang of it, and there is an on-screen keyboard option if you really need it. It also has a rather nostalgic feel. The black-and-white low-res screen, the scrolling text and the lack of images seem to transport me back to a simpler time, when we used to gather around and warm our hands on a friend’s ZX81 during lunchtimes. If that rings a bell for you, take further heart from the fact that the entire operating system is 34kb in size, and many of the programs are 10kb or smaller. Happy days. If you are younger than 30 this probably won’t mean much to you, so do move along. So, why put your Palm OS in a Handspring rather than anything else? Firstly, and this is the big one, it is cheap. You get good value from these products, as the functionality is exactly the same as is found in larger and more expensive items. It does look a bit lightweight, and maybe gives the impression of being a bit flimsy, but so far I havn’t even managed to scratch it, and in hardware terms everything has worked first time, every time. It looks OK too. Other PDAs do look a bit boring and black, whereas these ones do not. Mine looks more like a Gameboy. I like that. The other great feature, and the one that sold it to me, is the ability to synchronise with MS Outlook. If you use an Outlook diary and are ever obliged to leave your desk you cannot be without a Visor. It is simply the best available way to carry your Outlook desktop around with you, and that is what it amounts to. Other programmes (e.g. Lotus, GroupWis
e and others) apparently do the same with a Visor but I havn’t tried them. Now other PDAs can do this, I know, but this one has style. A simple and visually sympathetic cradle plugs into your USB port, and you just put the Visor in, press one button, and the job is done. The software to do this is no problem at all to install. Any fool can do it, and, friends, I know. Now we come to the downside. Why leave this thing on the shelf? One good reason which nearly foxed me is that to use a USB port you need Windows 98. In fact, even if you have some clever drivers to use USB with other Windows versions the Handspring software will definitely only work on Windows 98 and above. So if you don’t have Win98, plan to install it before using this machine, and cost your purchase accordingly. If you have to buy a new OS you might find another PDA works out cheaper after all. This machine is easy and fun to use, and works well. It really helps me in my work, and can be quite entertaining along with it. Assuming you do have Win98, and you use MS Outlook, then I have to say that you cannot do better for your money than this.
Key Features: 8Mb memory, Springboard, five colours, USB docking cradle for PC or Mac, Palm OS 3.1, Monochrome reverse-lit screen, 2xAAA batteries giving two weeks typical use The Palm OS makes it's way into another pair of hands Transformers fascinated me as a kid. You started out with a little toy car, then with a few canny twists and turns, it suddenly took on the appearance of an alien dispenser of death and destruction. And with a whole group of Transformers, you could slot them all together to create multi-car/robot pile-ups. I no longer need such childish things, though, mainly because these days I've got the grown-up version: the Handspring Visor. It's actually a PDA yet, like a Transformer, it's also a Web device, an MP3 player, a digital camera and a gaming device. The Visor, which has been available in the US for months and is now available over here, is the first device in the UK to license the Palm operating system. What this means is that some clever bugger took the Palm OS, stuffed it into another machine and then made it do loads of other cool stuff. This is why the Visor looks so similar to a Palm III - except it comes in a choice of five colours, including translucent blue, yellow and grey. Because it uses the Palm OS, the Visor has all the usual Personal Information Management (PIM) software of the Palm, and will run most software designed for that platform, such as Palm Desktop. The address book has been jigged around a little and is called Address Book+, but apart from that, the look and feel is identical. You also use the stylus and touchscreen in the same way as before. What makes the Visor different is the expansion slot on the back of the machine, which resembles the slot on the back of a Game Boy. Just slip in an expansion module, sold separately, and the Visor is transformed into something completely different. The downside is that there are only two relatively unexciting modules available toda
y - a memory cartridge and a golf game. On the bright side, treats for the coming months include a GPS receiver, modem, heart rate monitor, camera and MP3 player. The beauty of the expansion slot is that while it makes the Palm every bit as feature-packed as a Pocket PC device like the Casio E-105, there's no need to install software - simply stick the cartridge in, and you're up and running. You don't even need to turn the machine off to change programs as it's completely plug 'n' play, which also reduces the demands on memory, meaning that as a result the Visor won't crash like a Pocket PC device. The Visor connects to the PC or Mac in exactly the same way as the Palm using a transparent docking cradle (where you can see the little wires and everything) and because the connection is USB, it's whippet fast and dead simple to use. The amazing thing is that the Visor is only £150, and can be found for less on the Web. At that price there has to be a catch, right? Well, yes, to a degree. There are some little niggles with the design, for a start. The plastic casing is more likely to impress kids in the playground than your mates. There's no getting away from the fact that plastic - even translucent, coloured plastic - looks tacky, which is why the Palm V was a roaring success in spite of its hefty price tag. Second, the Visor comes with a translucent screen protector which clips onto the front of the machine and hugs the edges. The only problem here is that you can't place the Visor in its docking cradle without removing the casing, and then what are you supposed to do apart from lose it? A leather case is supplied, but it doesn't make it especially easy to whip your Visor out when needs be. There are also some small software compatibility problems. For example, the genius software that lets you control your telly and stereo using the PDA doesn't work with the Visor, and the infra-red doesn't work w
ith mobile phones unless they have an internal modem. However, these are all piffling problems considering that the Visor is a new product, and patches for the incompatible parts are widely available on the Net. It's also a damn sight cheaper than the Palm V and offers identical basic software, and it's the PDA that achieves the impossible by beating Palm at its own game. Verdict: At £150 the Handspring is a more affordable and expandable PDA alternative to the Palm
I've come across a lot of Handhelds and PDA's in my time, but I have to say, this is one of the best value-for-money handheld computers that I have ever seen. It is worth every single penny, with the Springboard Expansion Slot, the built-in microphone and 8MB of memory. This is quite simply, one of the best PDA's in the world. And at only £199.99, it really is worth the money. Palm's competitors, M100 and the M105 match no contest for Handspring Deluxe Delight. Whilst the big companies, such as, Casio and Compaq are now using colour screens, which are cool, but they add another £150 to the price, and this is out of most people's price-range. The visor comes with Palm OS operating system 3.1H3 and this works fast and effeciantley. It comes equiped with and Address Book, An advanced Calculator, A world clock, Date book+, And all of the other standard Palm applications. The proccessor is 16MHz which is definatley fast enough. Overall, I would recommend this PDA to anyone who wants a PDA and £200 to spare!
You may think that you don't need a PDA, but the truth is that you do. And you don't need just any old piece of tat - you need a Handspring Visor Deluxe. I bought mine a few months ago (December 2000), and I don't regret it. It's such a versatile little thing, and it looks so cool - I chose the frosted orange one. Of course, business users can opt for a standard graphite casing if they wish. It feels nice and light, and the stylus is comfortable to hold. The ends even screw off to uncover a reset pin and a minature screwdriver, which is a nice touch. The screen is the standard 160x160 pixels that all Palm-based devices use, and it has a backlight (but it drains batteries faster that a very fast thing indeed). The built-in software is great, and you have all of the things that you need to get organised. Taking the leap and 'going paperless' is great; you no longer have to fiddle around with scraps of paper and notebooks. Text entry is fast, and you'll soon get used to the Graffiti style of text input. There is plenty of software available for download (thousands of programs, in fact), and you can find practically all of it at www.palmgear.com. You can get everything from databese viewers to tricorder simulations. Another great reason to buy one of the babies is the fact that you can read e-books on it; www.memoware.com is the ultimate resource for this. No palm-based PDA would be complete without the excellent AvantGo software, available from www.avantgo.com - you can synchronise the best web content from around the world with your PDA, and the available channels range from news headlines to crime fiction. New channels are being added all the time, so things never get boring. There are many other excellent features, such as the USB cradle (it's fast!) and the bundled leather case. It even synchronsises your e-mail for you, so you can read e-mails and write them on the move, and find them in
your outbox when you next synchronise. There is only one minor down side with this device; the snap-on case. It's a bit annoying, and a flip case would have been a better bet. Still, this is the best PDA you're likely to get with a sensible price tag (£199). In short, buy this if you need it, buy it if you don't. It's great.
The new Handspring Visor Deluxe provides an alternative option for a market that runs on the Palm OS. This takes the strengths of the Palm OS and adds a stylish case, USB HotSync cradle, improved applications, and an innovative expansion method in the form of the springboard slot. The Visor Deluxe model comes in five colours: ice, green, blue, orange, and graphite. The first four colours are translucent and the last is basically black. Graphite includes a matching black HotSync cradle, while the others come with an ice-coloured cradle. When I opened the box, I noticed that the Visor had an ice-coloured cover over the screen. The Visor's cover flips off from the top and snaps on the back of the device during use. Making it difficult to hold the Visor with the cover on the back. I have now left this in the box and use the leather case that is also provided. Although this makes the Visor slightly bulky in the pocket it does provide good all round protection. A number of more stylish options are available as alternatives. Minus the cases the Visor sits comfortably in the hand. Somewhat worrying was the lack of instructions being not the most technologically advanced person in the world. No problems, within minutes I was navigating my way round the Visor with ease using the stylus, that not only fits snugly into the rear of the case, but screws apart to reveal a tiny screwdriver and a pin to use should you ever need to utilise the reset button, a very nice touch. The onscreen keyboards are easy to operate and the graffiti writing can be learnt in a matter of seconds. The front of the Visor has the power switch, four application buttons and the up/down scroll buttons. The power switch has a small indentation so that you can use the tip of the stylus to activate it. Holding the power button down while the unit is on turns on/off the backlight. The four application buttons are flat, round, silver plastic buttons. They also h
ave dimples in the middle so that you can use the stylus to activate them. The buttons have great tactile feedback. You can really tell when you have activated them by the audible click they produce. The up/down scroll buttons are separate buttons are half moon shaped and also have really good tactile feedback. All the buttons except the up/down scroll buttons are recessed so that they can't accidentally be activated. The left side of the unit has an Infra Red port that can be used to sync, and transfer data / files. The Visor can send and receive data from other IR enabled devices and the transfer is very easy to use. I haven’t yet checked out the expansion slots that fit into the rear of the Visor although I am definitely going to purchase the back up module that allows a full back up and restore at the touch of a button. A must as at some point I am sure I will manage to wipe all the data!!! Well I never did get round to checking the back up module I managed to utilise the Hot Sync function instead and much better option! Hot Sync allows you to transfer data via USB or serial connection to your PC (please note that only a USB lead is provided it is necessary to buy a serial connector). This transfer can be undertaken to the Palm software that is provided on the installation disk or to your Microsoft Outlook, an option on the installation disk. This Hot Sync function also allows the transfer of e-mails created in the handspring to Microsoft Outlook. Expecting the usual struggle when configuring two different pieces of hardware I was pleasantly surprised when the application installed in about 30 seconds exactly as shown in the 6 step process provided. Pressing the Hot Sync button on the front of the cradle started the synchronisation of my Handspring databases and my Outlook Express. 30 seconds later and this function was completed. My Outlook contact list being a mirror of my Handspring (a word of warn
ing the handspring address book allows addresses to be filed under 3 categories Personal, Business, and Quick list. If you synchronise with Outlook this option disappears as Outlook can only handle one address book.), My Outlook Calendar the same, My to do list perfect. No more worries about flat batteries and lost data! The batteries also fit into the rear of the Visor. Two AAA batteries give up to two months heavy usage, just under a months usage at the moment shows about an eighth of the battery power used so far. Is the Visor Deluxe a good PDA choice YES YES YES! It is a very well made unit, has a terrific display, 1000's of shareware programs are already available for it, it has a whopping 8meg of RAM, the Springboard expansion slot turns it into any number of things from a digital camera to an MP3 player, the Hot Sync function is so simple to use even I can do it ! and is relatively inexpensive compared to some of the other products on the market. Go out today and buy one. Update Well I have just changed the batteries after constant use since I bought it very pleased with that, but a word of warning...DO NOT REMOVE BOTH BATTERIES AT ONCE...you have about 30 seconds before everything is wiped, change one at a time in order to keep power to the unit at all times. Oh and make sure you have backed up all your information using hotsync or the back up module for extra peace of mind!
What's that blue thing you're holding? is the response of most people when they see you scribling away on a little blue piece of perspex. When you tell that that you're putting an appointment into your diary, or sending an sms message, or surfing the internet, or playing a game, or checking you're e-mail... they might just laugh and call the men in white coats to take you away to a little padded cell. Although the Handspring Visor Delux has perhaps caught a rather bad case of apple-mac-itis with it's translucent cases in a viarity of colurs (or flavours as i like to call them) once you buy one, whether you're 15 or 40 years old you'll find it so useful that you won't be able to do without it! This is by far the beat gadget on the market at the moment. One of the particularly nice things is that it integrares with Outlook on you're PC so that whenever you syncronise it, all of the data is backed up. Very soon, modules such as GPS and MP3 players will be in the shops in britain which will means that the opportunities to upgrade are fantastic. Forget about laptops and those dreadfull Pocket PC things that crash all that time! Buy a handspring today - you're life will never be the same again Handsprings are the way forward.
I've bought the new handspring visor deluxe and it worth every penny. It has everything the 3com has and then some. The interface is easy to understand, the enhanced calendar option is very useful, and it is actually lighter than the Palm. This one is for everyone, from the board member to the gadget freak. The only downside is that it is a tiny bit thicker than the Palm and not as sexy, but all in all I wouldn't settle for anything less.
I was recommended to purchase a Handspring Visor Deluxe by a friend in the electronics industry, and have not looked back since. I use mine to keep my life in order, from the office to the playing field, everything gets entered. Getting connected is a absolute doddle, with the USB connected cradle plugging straight in to the back of my Windows 98 PC (I had to get a second cradle for the office for £25, but £100 cheaper than a 3-Com unit gives you a bit of spare cash...), and the CD gave a wonderful display of autorun technlogy. As for the software, it comes with the standard diary, contacts book, notepad, calculator, etc, but there must be 50 million sites on the internet offering freeware, shareware and full software products to run under the standard Palm OS. I have got too many games installed to even consider working during the day, even with a copy of SimCity to waste away the hours. Admittedly the grey-scale screen is a shame, although you don't really need colour in a diary, and a few functions that could have been included in the diary are missing (such as easy anniversary entry, alarms on a daily basis, etc), but these gaps can all be filled by downloading some free or cheap software as mentioned earlier. If you are in the market for a PDA then check out the WinCE devices, check out 3-Com, then buy a Visor Deluxe. And you will need the 8Mb memory, trust me. And they even announced an MP3 player and mobile phone plugins today. Nice. And I am not even going to go in to how easy it is to download e-mails on teh move using my Nokia 7110 mobile 'phone...
This gadget beats any other I have bought. At £170 in Duty Free in Dixons at any Airport (the cheapest place I found in the UK), it has been worth every penny. My first PDA since one of the first Amstrad handwriting recognition system, I love its operating system, writing is easy once you have learnt how to write in its Graffiti style. One other add-on that has proved its weight in gold is the Targus Stowaway Keyboard (the envy of my friends) at about £75 from Expansys. This means you can write emails/documents on a keyboard that folds out from the size of another PDA to full keyboard size. The other thing is that if you drop/lose it, apart from the cost, it doesn't matter because you'll have backed everything up on your home/work computer (this really does take seconds) The plethora of freeware available on the internet is awesome. Does anyone know of any Excel spreadsheet downloads for the Palm?
You can instead opt for this brand of handheld device if you are thinking of getting a Palm III models. This superb personal organiser can be used as a music player, a wireless modem and even a pager through the Springboard expansion slot. Which means it can become a small portable handheld computer. It is based on the Palm OS meaning it is exactly like the Palm III, even the design look is similar. I almost mistaken it for the famous Palm, before I saw the logo. It comes with a standard 8MB memonr and can be connected to a MAC or PC via USB. In my opinion, this handheld device is quite fantastic and can rival the Palm.