I love my 3x. Ihave had it for almost 2 years now and without it I do not think I would be getting my degree (if I pass). It has kept me brilliantly organised and the freeware on the net is generally preety good. One recommendation I'd make is to upgrade the DateBK to Pimlico softwares' DateBK 4C... if not to save the Gorillas in the rainforest than 'cos its gonna be one of the best investment's you'll make. The charm of the 3X is its ease of use... you don't have to be a computer whizz or know very much to begin using it... you have got to be able to write and read though. Its reasonably priced... and does the job... so if you want a great organiser and are not into keeping up with the Jones' than this little babby is highly recommended
I upgraded from a PalmPilot Profesional last year, to the Palm IIIx. The advantages have been huge. The first thing you notice is that the screen is very sharp, much sharper than that of the old Pilot series and the old Palm III. The reason I chose a Palm over any other PDA was the enormous amount of software available for it. Websites such as www.palmgear.com offer software from simple text editors to multimedia applications. The Palm IIIx supports 16 shades of gray, so can display photos and movie clips sharp and clearly. A big advantage over many other Palm products is that the Palm IIIx has Flash RAM. This Flash RAM can be used to store more programs, and best of all, when the battries run out, they are not deleted. Flash RAM can give you around 750k more space, bringing the Palm IIIx's total amount up to four and three quater megabytes. The only large problem I have found with the Palm IIIx is the speaker. As with all the other Palm products, the speaker is terrible, it can hardley handle a beep! I don't understand why Palm hasn't done anything about is, their flagship model is still using the same speaker that the very first Palm used.
A couple of years ago, PDA's such as the palm III were only available to those with a lot of spare cash or who had more money than sense. However, in recent times, the image of the PDA belonging in the hands of the high paid businessman has vanished. The Palm III has become one of my most dependent utilities alongside the mobile phone, which helps me greatly to organise my life, as well as providing myself with a handy entertainment tool when im out. The Palm organiser comes complete with a handy set of built in applications, such as phone book, scheduler, note pad and task list, which are fantastic tools for organising your life. They can be edited using the palm "Graffiti" software (included) which recognises penstrokes on bottom part of the screen, or via a keyboard facility which appears at the poke of a pen. It is also easy to use and very user friendly with its touch screen interface, and quick to update and edit using windows with its sychronisation feature. As well as the wide range of software, games and applications, the palm operating system is now capable of containing selected information (channels) from the internet, through a completely free service available from www.avantgo.com. This service is a fantastic way to keep up to date with the latest news through "ITN", the latest film and movie information, through "Film Unlimited" (provided by the guardian) which also allows you to enter your postcode ot recieve local cinema information, as well as pocket sized maps from "Map Blast" and fun from "joke a day". All this information is updated every time you "sychronise" your device, without any further input from yourself. Palm applications are widely available and take seconds to download from the internet. They can then be just as easily installed with a double click, which will prepare them for installation on the next syc
hronisation. Overall, I would strongly reccomend the Palm IIIe or any other palm device, they are not only a great way to help organise your life and keep up to date, but they are also a great way to have fun and entertain yourself on the train!
Yes, it's very handy and it's a good gadget but really it is just a gadget. It doesn't organise your life, sorry but if your unorganised your unorganised and this is not going to organise you, you will still miss your bus, forget to water your neighbours plants etc. Ok it has some nice to have features, beeping to remind you of meetings x number of minutes in advance giving you time to get there, being able to download extra applications off of the internet, yes you can turn it into a mirror, an underground map and an alarm clock. It's also revived those old time favourite games, packman and battle ship (infra-red is particularly good) but there is a reason these are old games, they're old technology. Also it may be able to turn your tv over but believe me, so it should, as for the amount of batteries this thing goes through your tv remote, walkman, childrens toys stand no chance of ever having working batteries again. This thing will not change your life forever and you can live happily without it, give it a couple of months and you'll be bored of trying to remember to carry it everywhere with you incase it beeps to remind you of something, or incase todays the day you finally meet someone else with one and can finally test out the beam business card feature. Don't get me wrong there are good points about it, it doesn't crash in the middle of typing something, you don't have to remember to save, if you turn it off, it turns back on exactly where you left it, in the middle of a game, in the middle of a sentence even. It's very user friendly even for the most technically challenged among us theres not much you can do wrong with it. And yes it does recognise your handwriting, well once you've adapted your hand writing to what's known as Palm graffiti, and you may notice people often stick scotch tape on the screen to make it easier to "graffiti" (but this makes your n
ew cool gadget look a bit naf!)
When my old sharp "organiser" died with a knackered dot matrix screen a year and a bit ago I decided to replace it with one of those nice handwriting recognition organisers that id seen around. A quick flick through the argos catalogue showed a couple at the £80 mark but alittle more research showed that these didnt take your handwriting at all, you just used the supplied stylus to tap the letter keys displayed on the screen. More research revealed the palm pilot range but also showed the jump in cost - i decided not to bother. Would you believe the very next day i spotted a collegue with one, 10 minutes later i was sold. The graffiti hand writing recognition is so easy to learn that i was writing in sentances inside 5 minutes. It came with all the apps i needed, and i placed an order that afternoon for the palm IIIx (only the palm V was avaliable at the time, more money, less memory). When the unit arrived i spent alittle time setting up the pc "hotsync" software to work with my microsoft outlook and had all my info back in my organiser (now this is a REAL organiser) within 30 minutes. As the months went by i slowly explored all the software avaliable for the palm (www.palmgear.com) and now have the thing nearly full of useful tools, apps, and games. I use it every day for things as simple as making appointments in my diary to getting phone number and read webpages that i have downloaded to my pilot every morning. Things have moved on now since i purchased my pilot and I think id opt for the palm Vx with 8mb and a slightly faster processor or possibly look at the IIIc with its colour screen. Ive played with wince and pocketpc devices and found them slow and un-responsive compaired to my palm - this is one of the best purchases i ever made.
The IIIx is absolutely amazing, replacing most of my brain and then some. I got it about 2/3rd's of the way through my A-Levels and found it most useful for pretty much everything - homework, notes in lessons, reminders, games, e-books... I use the AvantGo software that is available for it to keep up to date with news and stuff and I'm about to double its memory so it can carry even more stuff. I also use it with my Nokia 8210 to read/write/store all my text messages, meaning that I don't have to use the stupid numeric keypad that comes on the phone. When I went on holiday I use the two to keep up with my email, resulting in a 'chugga' phone bill but meaning that I could email people from the top of Vesuvious while they were stuck in cold, cloudy Britian... :)
I have a Palm III for almost 2 years now. It has been brilliant. I use it for my shopping list, birthdays, addresses, timesheets, bus/train timetables, playing games.... I have had a few problems with the unit, firts time in Aus, and the problem was rectified promptly by Palm support. However, with the problem I had in the UK, I had many problems getting through to the support line (was it the UK phones?). This just turned out to be a low battery. Overall, I couldn't be without it, but wish that I could upgrade it as simply as you could the earlier models. I would like more memory, rechargeable batteries and more time to find useful applications.
I've had a palm 3x for approx a year now, and must say I have found it an absolute godsend - I can honestly say I couldn't be without one now. The myriad of application available for free download from places such as www.tucows.com, mean the functionality of this clever little gadget never runs out. Constant swapping of batteries can be an issue, but since I invested in an alkaline battery recharger, and some AAA 1.5V alkaline rechargeable batteries, this has become less of an issue. Overall, I would heartily recommend this PDA, there seems to be nothing it cannot do - it can even turn my TV over for me!!!
The 3COM Palm IIIx has been a total life saver throughout my A-levels. I'm able to keep all my addresses, my diary, accounts, shopping lists, essays, homework and note book all in one shirt pocket sized piece of equipment. No more bits of paper, wallet full of business cards and lists on the back of envelopes for me. I've been able to download programmes off the internet for a wide variety of activities. These include an "I O U" programme, a shopping list programme and a couple of card games when lessons get boring. Its ideal for writing or at least starting essays at school. No more messing with the computer network, I simply type using the onscreen keyboard or use the special graffiti strokes anywhere at school. Once home I can download all the files to my desktop computer. Its really useful for researching on the internet. Once I've found the information, I can copy it to my palm top and study it either at school or on the bus. I can then start to develop the information into essays with cut and paste technique. It saves time and money on printing. I have a friend at school with the IIIe palm pilot. We have been able to swap files, such as addresses and homework across the table via infra-red beams. It is also possible to swap programmes that we may have found on the internet and even play two player games or chat on them. Its easy to use and finding additional programmes for it is relatively easy. It is different from the IIIe in that it has 4MB of space with the possibility to upgrade to 8MB. It has a clip on cover to add protection and you can buy wallets to carry them in off the website http://www.palm.com If your fed up with your filafax, get one on these.
I recieved a palm 3x as a gift 8 months ago and at first didn't even know what it was, however it took me only minutes to feel completely in control of it. It is that easy to use that even my pensioner parents soon got the hang of it. I mainly use the calender in conjunction with an I-mac, and as a result never miss birthdays appointments, deadlines etc etc. Down loading applications from the net also prooved very easy, only problem is choosing from thousands of items available. Even though there have been several upgrades sincethe 3x, I am in no rush to upgrade yet, and it still feels like cutting edge gadgetry.