2000, I decided upon the palm pilot. The polished see through look of the limited edition IIIe allured me. It was fully integrateable into the PC desktop, and could store 2mb of data - enough at the time. The main features are a TODO list, memo, diary address book. standard. The main reason to buy it was to have an accessible diary. But now ive realised its so much easier to pull a pen out and flick through some pages to scribble in some notes. The address book is useless as most phones support this nowadays anyway. I remember an advert about pointing the damn thing to a nice looking victims palm pilot and swapping numbers via IR at a train station. SO i sent a message once whilst in a library, and nothing happened except a puzzled face. It did have its novelty points. Works as a good pocket chess computer (thats all I use it for now), and you can store books on it converted from the PC, but its no fun reading on such a tiny screen, and that includes the diary. It works good as a todo list, you can cross off and change stuff, and this is better than paper. Useful in tescos as well... I barely use this machine now. Its supposed to keep everything compact and handy, but at the end of the day, its more hassle recharging batteries and syncing it to the PC than its worth. Once I left it out in the sun, and lost all my work. A little hint. If you have an IBM laptop, you can configure the infrared to back up the palm pilot via infra-red.. bit quicker. Batteries last about a month. A few hours if you use them and a few minutes if you use the backlight. SUMMARY: This is a very versatile object to have but you wont be relying on it for essential things.
How many different types of PDA's are there out there - yes lots! Well what do you want to buy one for - as a trendy diary, show-off item,mp3 player,pocket calculator.....the list goes on and on and on. Oh, and how much money do you have spare? I basically wanted an electronic diary - something that I didn't have to replace - that I could plan into next year without having to wait for the next years to be printed, something that was quick to use. This Palm is all that - and more. Basic functions are obviously diary, address book, memo pad and to-do list. To be honest these are the main things I use - and they work well. As you may or may not know there are hundreds, probably thousands of free programs to download from sites such as www.download.com which can be used on your palm handheld. Some of these offer functionality (different style address books/diaries), some entertainment (lots of addcitive games), and miscellaneous others. I've played around with the games, downloaded drawing programs and they're generally all good - but the question that keeps coming back is What do I use it for? I use it primarily as a diary and an address book. Of course if you want your PDA to play you tunes (mp3's) or display your digital photos then your going to have to shell out some more hard-earned cash - if not this is the toy, I mean accessory, for you. One interesting failing. Working nights as I do confuses the Palm - according to tech support there is no way of documenting a time that crosses 12 midnight - suggestions would be welcome. If it's still available (I know Palm have updated models recently), and particularly if you find it reduced somewhere - buy it!
I needed an organiser that allowed me store my addresses,a to do list that was easy to use and value for money. The palm is a pen based system and once you have mastered the graffiti style of writing you are able to navigate the system easily. The sole problem with pen based systems and particulary with the graffiti style is mastering certain letters or just remembering them. Features IR port: cool for beaming my Nokia phone number list to my palm which is then backed up to my PC, and if I change phone I can rebeam the list to the new phone. cool with software that allows me to control TV's, and videos etc. WAP browsing via IR port to IR port on mobile using the nokia modem allows me to view WAP pages anywhere, anytime. Blue Back light screen: great for drawing using doodle pad in a dark pub with words I fancy you in illumious blue. Serial synch with pc: The only back ups I do! neat software: What would a computer be without software. One cool app I found allows me to encrypt and store my usernames and passwords in one place for all my web sites etc via 1 controlling password as I struggle in the modern day world of passwords for just turning the lights on. And finally of course the cool see through cover. The only drawback to the palm IIIe is the need for the disposable batteries which last around 2 months depending on use. However when you weigh this against the cost of an extra £150 for the rechargeable model this doesnt become such a consideration.
The palm IIIe is the answer to all pda problems. This machine is amazing, sure it only has 2MB of memory but average Palm programs only take up about 20KB and you arent going to write a novel and save it on your PDA! This palm is built to last, its durable, the screen is an unimaginable improvement to the previous Palm pda since it has a cover and doesnt scratch as easily and the battery consumption is brilliant. it also comes with infrared so that you can "beam" programs to other people, also if you can find the right program you can use it as a remote comtrol for any household appliance. It comes with Palm OS 3 which is faster, more battery efficiant and enables you to get fast and modern programs for your palm. you can get many different applications for the palm os, for instance you can get a program that enables you to have more than on alarm a day without you having to reset them or you can get maps and reference material, If you are using aol you can even send emails via your palm pda! there are also many games you can get for the palm os that will keep you or your children busy when they're bored. This palm also has a backlight and has very good visability. This Pda is very good value for money and is definately a bargain! if you find someone who got it as an unwanted gift or if you find one in good condition for a low price, BUY IT!
Once again, Apple has set the trend - this time with its see-through plastic computers - and suddenly everyone wants to do the same. If you've got an iMac, a G3 Pro or even a shiny new G4 then this is the PDA that'll look best on your desktop. Pity its HotSync cradle is still black, though. It's designed to look good with the new Macs but it works uncommonly well with PCs, too (actually, the Mac Pack connection kit is a £15 option). The supplied Personal Information Manager (PIM) software is good, but if you're using a PC, you can carry on with Outlook and get the Palm IIIe to sync with that. Mac users may as well swap over to the supplied Palm Desktop software, which is an update of Claris Organiser 2 (3Com bought the rights). The IIIe is small enough to carry in your pocket, it's easy to get data off it, it's only marginally more difficult to get data on it and it syncs with your desktop PIM. Data entry, in fact, is the only downer. You can tap the on-screen keyboard with the tiny stylus, or you can use 3Com's proprietary sort-of-handwriting-recognition system, Graffiti. It doesn't have the memory, the upgradability, the expandability or the rechargeable batteries of other Palm models, but it's still a diary, address book, to-do list and e-mail outlet, and you can download other applications (including some great games) from www.palm.com. And it looks so cute. Mine's on order already.
I really, really wanted a Palm, but couldn't afford an expensive model, so I bought te IIIe. It is no longer the cheapest model around, since Palm released a new budget model recently, but that does not mean that it has no place in the market. It is a 2Mb, non upgradable model with a see - through case and a monochrome screen. It comes with the usual apps - calculator, memo, todo, mail, addresses, etc. There is also still enough space left for you to put extras in. I bought the plus pack for the palm, and all the apps in that worked fine. There are also plenty of other things available for download, and so far I have found that 2mb holds everything I use perfectly well. The IIIe takes regular AAA batteries, rather than recharging using the hot - sync, as some of the more expensive Palms do. This could prove expensive if you drain the batteries frequently by using the backlight, but I find that a set of batteries lasts me about a month, so it isn't too bad. The users manual that comes with it is very good, and there are quickstart tips on the Palm itself. If you want a Palm, but don't want to pay a bomb, then get this. If you want to pose with the latest and greatest, it won't be good enough for you, but I'm happy - my Palm has survived falls, and being out camping with me in the cold and wet. It's a nice little thing, and I like it! =====UPDATE===== I haven't changed the rating that I've given Plam, although this may change in two weeks time. I'm updating my opinion now though, to keep you posted on events. I bought some new batteries for my Palm from Boots. They were in code, and I fitted them straight away. This was on an afternoon. The next morning I discovered they had leaked. Oh no! I thought, and cleaned out the compartment. Not trusting the other pair of batteries from that pack, I chucked them and went out to WHSmiths to buy some m
ore. I fitted these immediately and discovered that I'd lost all my data. This is understandable considering the backup battery is meant to last only a few minutes, not several hours. OK, I thought - I've still got the computer backup. I put the Palm away and had a look around some shops. Seeing something I wanted to make a note of, I pulled out my Palm and discovered it was still on. At first I thought it was my fault - that I'd forgotten to turn it off as I was too busy sulking about my lost data. Then I noticed that I couldn't use the buttons on the front - I had to use my stylus to do everything, even bringing up the notes application and scrolling. I soon realised that none of the buttons worked - not even the power one. I'm not sure if the battery leaked into the case causing the buttons to fail, or if it was a failed set of buttons that caused the first leak (perhaps having the Palm permanently on caused the battery to fail?) Either way, it was of no use to me now. I'd had the thing for ten months, so it was still under guarrentee. I took it back to Bainbridges, where I bought it, and they called Palm for me. I was told to post the Palm out by special delivery (at a cost of £3.80) and they would send out a re-furbished unit within 13 days of reciept (subject to change, as usual!). So, I posted it out today, with a guarrenteed arrival time of 12 noon tomorrow (25/04/01) and I'll be updating this opinion in two weeks time telling you wether or not my Palm has arrived. At the moment I'm impressed with their service - things break down, and I'm pleased that they are willing to fix them when they do. I have heard a lot of horror stories about Palm, though, so I'm still a little nervous that my refurbished unit will arrive complete with a bill or something! Still, I'll let you know what happens. <
;br> =====UPDATE==== I sent my Palm off for repair on the 24th April. It arrived at the repair centre on the 25th. I got a delivery of a refurbished Palm 15 minutes ago! It's the 26th today. So much for a thirteen day turn around! I hadn't even had time to check my email and see the recieved and dispatched notices they sent me. My refurbished Palm IIIe arrived ready set up, complete with BATTERIES and a BETTER STYLUS than the one that my original Palm had! I'm amazed at that, since the guy on the phone told me that all I would get back would be a bare unit, so I should remove my batteries and stylus. My new unit is under warranty for either 'the rest of the remaining warranty year, or 180 days, whichever is the greater. I only had about two months left on my original warranty, so that's a nice extension! I'm really impressed with Palm now, and I wish dooyoo had some way I could up my rating, but I've already given them 5 stars... I'm sorry for doubting you Palm people, your customer service is great!
Before purchasing the Palm 111e and reading a number of online reviews I noticed the main discussion was regarding the (allegedly) measly 2mb of memory. What are people talking about? Of course, it depends on how many extra programs/e-books/etc you're going to load onto it, but for your general address/diary/e-mail functions 2mb is easily enough. I've had my Palm for about 7 months now and are still using less than 20% of the memory. The big question now is do you go for the 111e or for the new m100 model? Not a lot of difference as far as I can tell, except that the latter is a bit more curvy! In my opinion the Palm 111e has all the memory and functionality that most people need in a PDA.....Take my word for it.
I brought my palm as a universal remote control and it has been the best thing i have brought for a long time. I downloaded omniremote and it is so configable from your pc, You can create screen the way that you want them, button where you want them. On top of this i also use it as a phone and address book. The palm has a 2meg memory and i find that ample. Also comes with a cradle which links to your serial port allowing you to hot sync to your pc. The only thing i dont like about it is the back light, it is not bright enough.
I purchased this little handheld computer for my son as a reward for helping me with my business in his summer holiday's. We went to the shops and bought it for £129.99. In my opinion, it was money well spent. Now, he never forgets to do his homework, he can check his e-mail, even view webpages using a free service called 'Avantgo' which allows you view saved webpages on your handheld or WAP enabled mobile phone. You can do a whole load of things on your Palmtop computer. There is even a programme which turns your Palm into a remote control or why not play a 3-D racing game.....anything is possible and who knows what Palm will come up with next. The Palm IIIe is the cheapest Palm available and if you are thinking of purchasing a handheld this one is highly recommended.
I have had my Palm IIIe for a few months now, although it gets through batteries (partly because I am playing a wolfenstein clone all the time). It is fantastically usefull. Linking up to my PC I can get my diary for work, SMS events through my mobile to people. Some of the grey scales can go a bit flickery, but adjusting the contrast soon fixes that. The backlight is powerfull, I even use it to find the keyhole in my car at night ! If you want an introduction to PDA's, the Palm IIIe is the best place to start.
I have had the iiie for 12 months now and found it invaluable. The only drawbacks that you need to be aware of are that the operating system cannot be updated like other palms, which palm fail to mention this in any of the literature. If you do not intend to download lots of stuff into your palm then the 2 megs of memory is plenty, but if you use a programme like avantgo and download lots of info from the web then you will find the memory soon disappears. The battery life is excellent my previous set lasted 75 days, and you will have hours of fun looking at the hundreds of palm sites that offer free and shareware programs. Overall once you start to use the palm you will find it hard to live without and with the remaining few I have seen in the shops being sold for less than £100 it is a real bargain.
This is one gadget, that I don't leave home without. It's like my lifeline. I store all my friends and contacts numbers In It. I can put a list of things to do It, like appointments etc. It doesn't have that much memory only 2mb, to be exact, so you might run out of space, If you want to store a lot of things. You can download software from the web, to use in conjuction with your Palm, so It's not that bad. For the money though this is excellent. Don't leave home without it.
You dont need to use and carry the big and bulky paper organiser anymore. Now with this Palm IIIe you can have the power to do all that you can do with the paper organiser plus it has a calculator as well as you can type and send your emails. However, to send an email, you will need a mobile phone with a built in modem for example, Nokia 7110 or the Nokia 8210. Otherwise you will need a plug in modem for your handphone. Apart from that, you can synchronise and back up everything with the PC. Using this high tech device is simple with the manual really useful. Furthermore, the price for this unit is affordable. The other thing which really interests me is the transparent look on the case. You can actually see all the electronics inside which makes it really cool and sophisticated. Get one and you will immediately find out that it really helps in organising your busy life!
I have just purchased the Palm 3e and have found it such an easy thing to use, with the additional programs that can be added on it has everything on it i would ever want. The battery life of this product is super, i have been using neerly all the time for nearly a week and the 2 AAA batteries are still full of life! The ease at which you can write into the palm is second to none, and find it very easy to keepup when writting notes into it. compairing it to the PSion, it is not as good but for nearly a quarter of the price, it is a great machine by comparison.
If it wasn't for the fact that my Fiancee reminds me to get up in the morning and make a difference to the world I'd have to solely rely on this little beauty to do it for me. And that wouldn't be a bad thing, because it's more than capable of handling the job. The Palm IIIe is superb at what it does. Which is organise. This is NOT a replacement for your desktop, your laptop or your fiancee... it's an organizer. If you try to write emails on it you'll end up frustrated, irritated and the most angry red faced person on the train. You enter things into it using hand-writing. And for those of you who don't know this yet, that can be a rather slow and laborious task. It CAN be quick too though, in the correct hands.... which mine aren't. The data capacity of this device isn't really an issue. Though only supplied with 2MB of storage space this is offset by the free cradle to link it up to your PC and an excellent, if basic, suite for further use there. Battery life is a bummer if you use the backlit feature lots, otherwise this is duracell bunny friendly. The IR port is cool to chat with other Palms out there and the extra software which can use this as a universla remote is groovy as well... pity it doesn't come with it though. Shareware is dropping out the sky like rain for this thing as well so you won't really have to ru out and buy commercial software for every task you have. If you want a PDA get this, its nice and cheap... if you want a laptop save your pennies and get a laptop.