Product Type: Palm Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
Newest Review: ... for taking the odd note or entering a contact detail or appointment. I bought the Palm because I realised that there was a wide choice ... more
Compact & powerful
Member Name: Nick555
Date: 09/11/01, updated on 09/11/01 (270 review reads)
Advantages: Compact, Colour, Expandable
I've owned a pda for quite a few years, the past 5 years or so has been my trust Psion 3a. This broke a few months ago & I decide to cross over to the Palm OS despite that fact that I hated the diary system in the Palm.
The main thing about a pda must be size - if it wasn't we'd all buy a laptop! The M505 is great for size & can literally fit in your shirt pocket. It's a little heavy for a formal shirt pocket, but size wise it's perfect.
Writing with the touch pen is very easy. I was apprehensive of this, but I picked it up very quickly indeed. It's certainly slower than a keyboard (even a Psion) but is great for taking the odd note or entering a contact detail or appointment.
I bought the Palm because I realised that there was a wide choice of add-on software. There are 2 or 3 excellent diary replacements for very reasonable prices & I bought one of these straight away.
The sync between the desktop & the Palm is excellent. If you use Outlook, the sync is perfect & you can really use either the desktop or the pda as your input source.
The screen display has a backlight & this must be used in an office or it's too dim. Outside, the display is perfect & you can also see it in bright sunlight.
The battery is rechargable & lasts for about 3 days - but I always put it in it's cradle to sync every night, so it recharges every day.
There is some supplied software for reading web pages offline, wp & spreadsheet sync & a little email programme. The email syncs with Outlook well. Generally the sync works like a 3rd generation product & with the USB cradle, it's easy to attach assuming that you have Win98 or higher.
It is expensive, but it's small, expandable, has loads of software available & it's in colour.
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