Product Type: Palm Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Member Name: ferd
Date: 13/02/01, updated on 13/02/01 (169 review reads)
Advantages: price, free software
Disadvantages: size, colour range
After spending several weeks researching the relative merits of PDA's in my price range of £100 - £300, I recently chose to purchase the Palm IIIc, and have not regretted it yet!
Firstly, I'll get the bad points out of the way:
1/ Bordering on the large and bulky side (compared to other Palm OS models), the IIIc weighs in at almost 7 oz, and measures about 5 x 3 inches.
2/ Although a colour model, it has many less colours than the Visor Prism, and Windows CE PDA's at the moment.
Now that's out of the way, I'd better say that although large and weighty, it is in fact perhaps the lightest colour PDA around just now (0.1 oz less than the Visor Prism). As for its colour capabilities, it can display 256 colours on screen from a palette of 4096 colours. This is much, much less than the other colour PDA's which can show 65,000 odd colours but really, how many colours are necessary for a handheld to be worthwhile?
Originally, I was all set to get a Visor Deluxe (black and white, and about £200), with all of its nifty body colours, and Springboard expansion slots. Then after research, I realised I could afford a Palm IIIc for only £40 more. I was still hankering for the Handspring, until I found out the prices of these Handspring modules! A MP3 module costs in the region of £150 and the Digi-camera plug in costs around £200!! Accuse me of being a stingy Scotsman if you like but I could buy seperate units that did the job better, for that much if not less!?! At this point I chose the IIIc.
Spec-wise, the Palm whips the rest of the Handspring range, apart from the Visor Prism as mentioned, but that is a £400 machine, and if you have the cash to spare go for it!
As for the Windows CE handhelds out there, they are also in the £400 area, and are fighting over that price range. The Palm on the other hand, is the big fish in its own price range. After a bit of shopping around, I picked up mine for £220.... a bargain! r>
Software-wise, its spoilt for choice, with a wealth of companies developing applications for the Palm OS. It also has 2MB of built in Flash ROM, something the Handsprings do NOT have. This basically allows for easy OS upgrades.
The colour abilities come into their own for some games as you can imagine, document reading (nice to have black text with white background) and also for image viewing if you should have any. I also managed to connect via infra red, to my Nokia 6210 with its inbuilt modem, to the internet! Some pages dont load and other pages are obviously cut down, but it is impressive to see (using the free avantgo viewer)!
On the whole, I'm very happy with it!