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the m100 is an extremely flexible and powerful pocket tool for organising information and even having fun though it is bottom of the range of Palms, it still has all the benefits of Palm software just like the others m100 has a black and white screen, others have colour m100 has 2mb of memory, others have more -- but 2mb really isn't much of a limitation -- i have had my m100 for a couple of years and it has never lacked memory other Palms may have a faster processor but the m100 is fast enough for most things (except the game of 'Go') the plastic flap over cover will break about 2 weeks after you buy it -- but its not much of a loss my m100 has had quite a rough life -- it just gets stuff in my pocket with keys and money -- the screen is a little scratched but still works fine the battery is a bit prone to falling out -- so i can lose all my data sometimes -- which is ok if i'm not far from my pc to restore it all Palm in general: what characterises the Palm is the attention to detail in the software and mechanism --- that has been made to making it so highly customisable and flexible so you can almost always use the programs a variety of different ways to suit your needs the software has been cleverly thought out to make it as useful as possible typical uses: * phone numbers, addresses etc. categorised by friends/business/or however you like * takings notes e.g. work notes, personal notes, film reviews, cinema listings etc. * calendar of events with alarm reminders * tv listings service - available online shows the weeks tv schedule very neatly on your Palm * backgammon - which i can beat only 50% of the time - and the 2 player option makes a good mobile board while travelling the m100 hooks up to your PC so you can backup all your data -- edit on the PC, fetch information from the internet and copy it down to the Palm
Palm has now released the first in its new wave of handhelds. In a unique package with an RRP of £129 (though I paid £78 for mine)it combines a number of features that were not standard equipment on their other models. Palm has done so in a smaller and more customisable package. The m100 weighs in at under 100g and is about 11.5cm by around 7.5cm. Trace those approximate dimensions out on a piece of paper and you?ll see how much smaller Palm has made this. I found this much more compatable with my shirt pocket than any of my other old palmtops. Similar to the interchangeable faceplates on my Nokia phone you can purchase one of 5 colour faceplates to replace the standard issue black. The available colors are silver, red, green and two shades of blue. They will set you back around £15 each. Personally, I think it looks best in it's native black, but you're free to choose. Unlike the similarly priced Palm IIIe, the m100 includes the Chapura PocketMirror software which links to MS Outlook. This is a relatively expensive software add-on for the Palm IIIe. Also included is the AvantGo software allowing you to take advantage of hundreds of news and entertainment channels every time you synch with the included Hot Synch cable. The cable is new for Palm, they previously issued a Hot Synch cradle, which is now an optional extra for around £30. Personally I find the cable handier for the sake of portability. Palm is also supporting the m100 with a full line of accessories. This is no second class Palm despite the low price. Available now or shortly will be a digital camera, an MP3 player, Palm Folding Keyboard, memory upgrades, backup modules, modems, etc. Also newly included is a NotePad application allowing you to write and store notes in your own handwriting. You can even set alarms to your notes. I added this separately to my Palm III and find it to be very handy. I?m glad Palm has made it standard on the m100. The unit is also significantly smaller than the Palm III but Palm 'cheated' a bit by reducing the size of the screen quite a bit. The good news is that they kept the same resolution, and because of this the screen is sharper and thus easier to read than any other Palm. Standard Palm equipment also includes the Address Book, Date Book, To Do List and YES ? even the IR beaming function. This allows you to beam your selected data to anyone with a similar device. A nice (and usually expensive) feature to be included on what amounts to Palm?s entry level model. The one drawback to the m100 is that Palm gave it only 2MB of memory. This is more than plenty though for almost anyone?s needs unless you plan to make heavy use of the AvantGo software. If that?s the case you could consider upgrading to 8MB with one of the third-parties offering this service. All in all this is a tremendous deal for the money and if this is your first handheld or you are upgrading from the Palm Pilot or Palm Professional, you won?t be disappointed. Just make sure you are comfortable with the screen size as compared with other models and you can?t go wrong.
I recently purchased this PDA for £49.99 from amazon.co.uk. For the price I didn't have many expectations but I was very pleasantly surprised by it overall. The box comes with the PDA,Manual,Serial Cable (to connect the PDA to the computer and sync data), CD-ROM, batteries and the stylus. Upon first holding the PDA it felt lightweight and the setup was also very straightforward. The Palm m100 comes with 2 MB memory and although I have read many people complain about this I was not too disheartened as for the price it far exceeded my expectations and I have not even come close to the 2 MB memory (I am currently using about 1 MB). It is very easy to download new applications off the Internet and sync them with the PDA. I mainly use the PDA for games and I especially enjoy the Monopoly game. The PDA also has built-in infra-red capabilities and a very useful one touch clock mechanism. The battery life is very good and it is approaching 4 weeks use for me now and the battery now needs replacing. This may be due to the countless times I have used the PDA in the dark with the excellent backlight on. The only one downside is the protective cover that falls off very easily. All in all I am very happy with my purchase and would recommend it to anyone who would like a budget PDA with excellent features and functionality and to those whom will not utilise too much memory. If you feel you will require more memory I would recommend looking at the m105 whcih looks similar to the m100 but comes with 8 MB memory rather than 2 MB.
The palm 100 is the basic model in the palm range.It has the basic features that you would expect on a pda such as graffiti and a text aplication. It has a serial port so it can be connected to your pc, which allows you to send files to and from the pda. The screen is in black and white,which allows you to use text based applications, but you will find it a mess if you want to display photo's or detailed pictures.The m100 has a standard 33mhz processor,although it could be improved with more ram as it only has 2 meg and there is no port to add extra ram on. Now to the software side of the m100.It comes with a cd from which you can upload additional program's.In addition to that there is a massive array of freeware and shareware and freeware programs available for download from most freeware sites.But, if you are planning on downloading extra programs for the m100,then be aware that there won't be much space for downloads once you have saved some files. Well,to round up the palm m100,I would say that it is a good basic pda,with standard features which is ideal for the beginner but the more advanced user might consider going for a model heigher up the range.
Organize your life. If the word "busy" doesn't begin to describe your life, the Palm™ m100 handheld can help you simplify things. This affordable handheld gives you all the room you need for addresses, phone numbers, appointments and to-dos. Plus, it gives you the flexibility to add business productivity tools, games and Internet access. Easy to use. Intuitive is the perfect word to describe how easy the m100 handheld is to use. You instinctively know how to get it up and running right out of the box. Totally customizable. Change the color of your handheld with an assortment of snap-on faceplates. Plus, add on any of the thousands of software applications available, from business productivity tools to games. Many are free
This is my fist palm pilot. I decided to buy my palm m100 after seeing my friend's palm m500. But There was no need to buy that expensive one. I checked the models. And the m100 was the most suitable one for me. Palm m100 is a very useful device. It has Date Book, Address Book, To Do List, Memo Pad, Infrared whic used to meam data, Note Pad, Color Face Plates, Clock At-A-Glance, AvantGo's Web Channel Manager, Link to Microsoft Outlook included, Storage Capacity, 2 MB of Memory. Best thing about it, you can import and export your data. For example, you can transfer all your data into your address book in your email account. You can transfer your documents from computer to your palm. Also owing to Palm Desktop, everything you have in your palm is also in your computer. You can never loose your data, since you always have back-up in your computer. Plus, you may add on any of the thousands of software applications available, from business productivity tools to games. Many of them are free or free for limited usage. www.palm.com. I have some music programs showing guitar tabs, birthday reminder, some games and so on. If you connect to internet , also you can see in a map of london city. You can beam your data to another mobile or palm pilot. It is so easy. If you can not find the thing you write in palm you can find it through "search". You don't need to write what you wanna on keyboard. You can write in your handwriting. You can also find a suitable case for your palm pilot. It costs like £ 20 but worth buying it. Palm m100 has no craddle. You need to use batteries. If you turn on the background light, it really consumes batteries so quicklky. Also, you can write on the screen as well. There are different type of alarms in your palm pilot. You can choose one. If you want it to remind you of something, if you want it may remind yo
u of it every day, week, month or year in the same time. Additionally, You can adjust and decide when you want it to remind you, 1 hour ago, 1 day ago , you choose... You may change e the color of your handheld with an assortment of snap-on faceplates. I am gonna write on, when I remember to write more. I hope my opinion gave you an idea. Thanks
What I liked: The built in applications such as calendar and address book are well designed, and genuinely help to organise your life. The sync option with Outlook is also valuable and well implemented. The range of applications that can be added to the unit is very impressive, there is something to suit most problems, there are many sites of the internet which offer freeware and sharware Palm apps, most will work on the m100. The Palm can easily be used to connect to a mobile phone (that has an infra-red port) to connect to the internet. It was easily set up by entering my ISP details, and worked first time. There are many internet applications available for e-mail, web browsing, telnet and even ICQ. What I didn't like: I knew that the amount of memory was small (2mb), but didn't think it would be an issue for me, but it became a problem quickly. The memory will quickly become full if you add a fair few applications, particularly applications for using the internet (such as the Mobile Internet Kit, available separately) I was disappointed by the screen, it can be hard to read in low light (although there is a backlight) and in bright sunlight. The main problem seems to be is that the screen is fairly deep-set into the case compared to the higher-end models. The backlight quickly saps the battery, so extended use in poor lighting is not recommended. The included HotSync cable is for use with a serial port, it is a shame that a USB cable was not included. Final Note: Unless you are going to use this for just the basic applications (You might think this now, but find you want to add new apps), I would recommend that you take a look at the m105, as it has 8mb of memory.
...but thats not meaning that this handheld is not good. I invested in a Palm M100 after I lost my Psion 3mx and decided to check out Palm OS as an alernative. There are many offerings on the PDA market with some very different prices. I stopped to think what I wanted out of a PDA. A calender to keep my appointments in, a database to record my contact details in, a to do list... I soon realised that the expensive top end PDA's had many features I would not need or use so after talking to a friend (who owned an M100) I plumped for the M100. First thing that strikes you when you get it out of the box is it does look a bit cheap, but then again this model is available for just over £100 so its not entirely a mis-directed observation. The second thing is and you would know this before buying it, is the lack of a keyboard. Yes, as with all Palm products data is entered via writing recognition on a panel at the bottom of the screen. Likewise applications are accessed using the stylus (a plastic pen that is used on the touch sensitive screen). On first using it, you are taken through a tutorial on how to write effectively so the system can recognise your scrawl and it does take a little bit of getting used to. Once you do, however, it is surprising how quickly it becomes second nature. A quicker way to enter the data is via your PC. The software and hardware that is so often missing is included in this package. Your M100 can be "Hot Sync'd" with either Outlook or the supplied Palm Desktop using the cable supplied (USB connection). This also acts as a backup if your batteries should run out and inadvertantly wipe the data from your Palm. As mentioned earlier, the contacts database, appointments and to-do list are as you would expect but there is also a Notepad that allows you to write traight onto the screen. This allows quick jotted notes to be taken and alarms can be assigne
d to them. Rather handy when you are out and about. One of the best features availble is the absolute trolley load of freeware and shareware software available to download from the net. Games, utilities and upgrades are all readily available and only stands to increase the usefulness of this little beauty. These applications once downloaded and unzipped are installed on the palm via the Hoy Sync operation. Battery life (2xAAA required and supplied) is very good. Average use should see a set last between 6-8 weeks. Add to this a backlit screen, a calculator, the ability to beam data to and from other Palm handhelds and convenient size and its a very good PDA. Downer is the front cover that is supplied. It does have a tendency to pop-off and while it doesn't clip shut up is not entirely secure. It comes down to what you want at the end of the day. The M100 is a very decently packaged and priced PDA (I bought mine new for £90 but average RRP is near the £110 mark) that can help organise your life. If you want colour screens and Microsoft Office application then look elsewhere...
Like most people who buy a PDA, I decided to shell out for the M100 to help me organise my busy schedule, and remember the things I have to do. Before getting the m100, I wrote my To Do list on pieces of paper, but for some reason I always lose them! The m100 is a great piece of kit. You can download extra software from the internet and with the right program, you can also transfer your emails onto the device. Useful for reading emails on the go. The m100 has only 2MB of memory. IMO, this is sufficient for most people. If you are a power user you might find 2MB quite restrictive. If so, the m105 or the Palm IIIxe may be the better choice. But, for the average user, the Palm m100 is great value for money. Just to show you how useful the m100 is, I have stopped using my alarm clock at home as the m100 does a better job!.... hmm, wonder whether it can replace my ....
My life is a mess and I need to be orgonised so I bought one of these little friends. I cannot rate this product highly enough. If you are thinking of buying one then don't think just buy it! The most impressive thing about this PDa is not the datebook, notes, phone book which are all excellent but it is the quality of programs written for it. From chess games to Bible Reading plans there are a wealth of add-ons. My favorite is Avant-go which enables you to download web pages from the internet(PC Needed) and view them offline. This is great for reading the newspapers and lots more. It acn even be used as a remote control with a programme called omniremote! The graffitti software which allows you to input letters and numbers is tricky at first but after a short time it si easy to work with. The battery life is also good and normal use would see two aaa batteries last 3 weeks. There is also software that is bumndlaed with the m100 which allows you to back up your diary etsc on your PC and vice versa. I'm wondering how I survived without this gadget for so long.
My initial reaction to the Palm M100 was "a Palm for under £150 - pull the other one". However as I have sold more of the palm range, and in fact bought a Palm myself I have found out that there is little wrong with the M100. It is bulkier than the super slim Palm Vx. But not so bulky that it wont fit into your pocket. The screen is slightly smaller, but it does have a hidden back light feature (keep your finger on the power button for a few seconds). It does have 2mb of memory rather then the Vx's 8mb, the extra memory will only benefit those who want to fully use the Avantgo software (the ability to read certain web pages on your Palm). What makes the M100 a great buy is the fact that it uses the user friendly palm operating system. Basically memory permitting this machine will do everything the more expensive Vx will do. Syncing to my PC was effortless. You are perhaps missing about half of the potential of the Palm by not owning a PC, perhaps the biggest draw back is the Full handbook is enclosed on the CD, not actually in print. After sales with Palm is great, a 0870 number and people who seem to know what they are talking about. A little tip most problems seem to be rectified by preforming a soft reset. (paperclip in hole in the back of the Palm - back up first) Alot of people who have bought the M100 of me are replacing an older III. This shows confidence in the Palm offering.
After many missed appointments and forgotten phone numbers, I decided to invest in some kind of personal organiser. I could have chosen a simple, cheap and cheerful, model for around £20. But these types of things are very restricted in what you can actual do. The beauty of things like Palmtops, is that they have their own operation system (OS), a bit like windows. This means that you can configure your organiser to your liking, downloading new software from the ‘net and deleting anything that you feel you just don’t need. After much research, I came upon the fact that the ‘Palm’ OS is the most renowned and has the most software support on the ‘net (there are literally 1 000’s of applications and games for you to download, most of them are free). I choose the Palm m100 as it was the cheapest in the range, but by no means the worst. You can pay up to £500 for your Palm, but do you really need 32MB of memory, a colour screen etc.? The answer is ‘no’. For Jonny average 2MB of memory should be fine (although a bit more wouldn’t go amiss), a monochrome screen is sufficient, address book, calendar, notepad, calculator, infra-red capabilities and countless software to download from the ‘net. All these you will find on the Palm m100 and that is all you will need to organise your life! The Palm m100 is £100’s cheaper than the rest of the Palm family, yet it pretty much does the same job. It seems pointless to pay more for something you do not need. My advice to you is this. If you are looking to buy your first handheld, then you should opt for the Palm m100 or the (slightly more expensive) Handspring Visor. Both are great for Palm virgins, but the Handspring (for the extra cost) has the ability to plug in ‘cartridges’ (similar to the Nintendo Game Boy) which can turn your handheld into an MP3 player, add flash memory and so on. I personally thought that I would not
need his feature, so I opted for the cheaper Palm m100. I would not recommend paying more for a more expensive Palm unless you are confident that you’ll need more than the Palm m100 has to offer. Which is unlikely for most people. If you are prepared to splash out on the features offered by the likes of Handspring, then go for it. But if you would rather only spend £100 or so on your handheld, go for the Palm m100, you won’t be disappointed.
Having never had a PDA I was immediately drawn to the budget Paalm m100. It seemed to offer a lot for the money so I thought it might be owrth a go. I then came across the Handspring Visor Deluxe and I wasn't so sure the Palm was such a good idea. My main problem with the Palm was the serial cable, as I have no serial port on my PC which would mean I would have to fork out an extra 30 pounds just for a USB adaptor. This meant that the Handspring looked more like a bargain, coming with USB and of course 4 times the memory. Anyway to cut a long story short I ended up with the Palm, and I couldn't be more happy with it! I have always thought of Palms as 'bumped up organisers' but I couldn't be more wrong, it truly feels like a handheld PC. Out of the box you get a small selection of organiser programs, such as a date book, scheduler, to do list notebook etc. I wasn't initially bothered about these programs as I bought the Palm for a gadget but I find myself relying on these programs, they really are very handy. It's great being able to wake up in the morning and at the touch of a button see what lectures and tutorials I have, as well as anything else I have to do. Another piece of handy software you get with the Palm is PhoneSMS. This program allows you to write SMS's on your Palm and then send them using the phone. I have a Nokia 7110 and although it has predictive text input, I find it handy being able to write the message when I'm somewhere that the phone needs to be switched off and then sending the message later. You can also back up your mesages from the SMS onto the Palm. You get the Palm Desktop software which you install onto your PC to hotsync the Palm with the PC. I thought I might have a bit of a problem installing this, to install it you need to have a free serial port, and I didn't have any. To install, the USB software, Palm desktop software needed to be installed. I went ahead and tried any
way and the installation worked fine, the software found an internal serial port and used that. I then installed the USB software and have had no problems hot syncing. The hotsyncing is very impressive (at least for a Palm amateur like me!) . All you have to is plug the cable into the bottom of the Palm and press the button and then the PC and Palm talk and do their stuff. This means that the Palm sends all your data to the PC to back it up, plus you can choose any programs that you want on the Palm to be automatically downloaded onto the Palm on the next hotsync. Just a quick note on the USB thing, I really thing it's time Palms came with USB as standard, serial technology is getting old now and most of the Palm competitiors are USB as standard. Onto actually using the software, how good is the graffiti system? Well I was a little wary of this as I couldn't see that it could that good. It's a clever little system and easy to learn although it takes a while to learn exactly how to write the letters so that the Palm doesn't input the wrong letter. I've pretty much got the hang of it, I find it very handy for quickly jotting down pieces of information. There is a notepad that allows you to simply draw onthe screen which my little brother liked but I'm quite happy with the graffiti system. There is an onscreen keyboard but it doesn't really react fast enough to be much use, although there are better ones that you can buy. Size wise, the Palm is indeed Palm sized, I really was surprised at how small and light it is. THe Handspring is nearly 30g heavier and it's bigger. Apparently the m100 has a smaller screnn, but with not having a Palm before I don't notice it at all. The build quality feels tough and durable, although a couple of parts don't fell so well built. The hard buttons are ok but my left button is a bit sticky although I only notice this when playing games. The Palm m100 does co
me with the ability to change covers although I'm not sure this is such a good idea, as it makes the front cover feel a little flimsy. All in all, it size is spot on and it feels good to hold in my hand. As for battery life, the batteries I put in the Palm are still there, the battery meter is only slightly under full and I have been using the Palm for almost a month now which is very impressive. I would quite like to see Palm release a rechargeable battery pack, it would be very handy. As many people have mentioned there is tons of software online for the Palm, although I didn't really aprreciate it until I actually had a look myself. It's worth doing so if you're considering a Palm, try some of these sites; www.palmgear.com www.downloads.com (Go to handhelds) www.handango.com www.tucows.com I was worried about the 2MB memory being very restrictive so I was pleasantly surprised to find it's not at all. If you plan to download programs that allow to write Wrod and excel documents on your Palm then the memory is too small as these sort of programs take up loads of space. If however, like me, you just want to put on the occasional handy program then the 2MB of memory is fine. Anyway, it's so easy to put programs on and delete them it's not a problem if I fill the memory. One gripe I have about the Palm is the instruction book, the actual paper one. It's very basic and only tells you how to get started using the Palm, you are expected to find everything out yourself on the manual that comes on CD which I didn't like very much, I figured how it all worked myself. I bought my Palm for 85pounds from letsbuyit.com, but I would warn anyone off, they took ages to deliver. Buy.com will give you30pounds off their price if you haven't bought from them before which brings it down to a similar price. Carphonewarehouse are offering the Palm for 129 pounds with the mobile intern
et kit which is quite a good deal. Personally I think this Palm is a bargain, I can't believe how much you get for your money. It may be the budget Palm but it does everything the 300pound one does, it simply has less memory, no rechargeable batteries and the m100 is thicker. The Palm is so versatile, you can use the IR port as a universal remote control, you can get games, e-mail, drawing programs etc. I think the m100 is well worth considering for anyone who is fancying this sort of thing, it's bargain price really means that Palms are no longer for the gadgeteers.