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Handspring Visor Platinum
Member Name: dunos
Handspring Visor Platinum
Date: 07/02/01, updated on 07/02/01 (167 review reads)
Advantages: Spring Board port, latest version of Palm OS, Faster than other Handsprings
Disadvantages: Clunkey design of case, easy to scratch screen
A Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) is perhaps one of the most useful bits of electronic kit that anyone could ever own and you could do a lot worse than the Handspring Visor Platinum.
As well as doing all the usual stuff that you can do with any Palm OS based PDA it also has a few unique features. Firstly the hot sync cradle connects to your computer via a USB cable. This allows much faster transfers than the slow serial link that comes with the Palm computers. However for some reason on the Platinum handspring have set the default speed to 56kbps, although this can be adjusted to take advantage of the full bandwidth available over USB. For those people who don't have a computer with a USB port, Handspring also offer an optional serial link.
The second main advantage of having a Handspring over a Palm is that the Handspring has a Springboard port that allows you to plug in a range of add-in modules such as a digital camera or a Blue Tooth transceiver. This gives the Handspring a much better defined upgrade path.
One of the problems with the Handspring range is that the Operating System is not flash upgradeable so you will never be able to fully upgrade to the latest palm OS when it becomes available. As it happens the Platinum is already running the latest version :)
The Platinum is reportedly 50% faster than the Deluxe model and if you put them side by side application launching and scrolling is much faster and smoother on the Platinum.
You interact with the Platinum using a kind of shorthand called Graffiti that you write onto the screen using a stylus. You pick up the symbols fairly fast and you can always revert to an onscreen keyboard. However the area on the screen where you write the Graffiti can become scratched quite easily so it is a good idea to buy some screen protectors which stick onto the screen and you replace them every month or so. If you don't want to buy them then you can make your own by cutti
ng a bit of OHP transparency to a little larger than the size of the screen and slotting it under the plastic edges of the case.
Battery life is reasonable and they have lasted me on average 3 to 4 weeks per set.
Although the silver coloured case is not as stylish as say the Palm Vx it is functional and still looks rather cool. Weight of the machine is not a problem and you hardly notice it in your pocket.
Alarm sounds can be quiet and it is easy to miss an alarm if you are in a noisy place.
Overall I would recommend this product to anyone who needs to organise their life.
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