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It's been a long time since I had this "little toy" from Palm, and besides its high price, I never thought it was a mistake to buy it.
For me it was a very usefull gadget, mainly at work. I recognize that when I bought this Palm it was a whim, but I gave it a lot of usage.
The apllication that I used more was the Agenda. Every time I had a meeting I wrote it down in my Palm with an alarm and I never forgot anything. I used to use a paper agenda but I always forgot to see it, so It was'n usefull to me. From this time with the Palm alarms this didn't happen.
Other apllications that came with the Palm and were very usefull to me, are Notepad, Expenses aplications and so on.
I also installed some other programs in order to work with Excel sheets, word documents, that were very usefull so I could carry office documents easily to my house. Besides they were not so powerfull that the applications that we have now, they were very usefull to me.
And, since everything in life is not work, I also installed some games that made me spend very good times in transport to work.
The only thing that I missed form my Palm V was that its screen was not in colors, but since when I bought it there were not color handhelds it didn't bother me very much.
Now it is a relic, but in its moment, it was a kind of revolution in this handheld world, and in spite of its price I took enough advantage of it until someone gave to me a new Palm m515 qith color, much memory, etc. that made me to "rejoice" this Palm.
And now I will leave here some technical information of it:
Screen: black and white with bottom light
Conectivity: Infrared, serial port, modem (optional)
Applications included: Agenda, Notepad, Check list, etc.
Size: 11.25 cm x 7.75 cm
Weight: 115 gr
Sorry for the meassurements, but I m from Spain.
I have had my Palm V for about 4 months now and it just continues to be of more and more use I use mine for e-mail storage, diary appointments, addresses and contact info mainly. The main problem I have had in the past is that during the course of my work I recieve a huge volume of e-mail and requests for meetings etc. I was continually doubling up on meetings and forgetting to reply to e-mails. Now with my Palm V it is all stored in one handy place and because it is so small and light I can carry it with me everywhere. I no longerforget anything or miss appointments. It enables you to synchronise e-mail and calanders with your PC via the cable link and software provided. The installation and set up is quick and easy and caused me no problems at all. To update your palm with the new appointments and e-mails is just one press of the synchronise button and in about 30 seconds its all done (depending on how much there is to download/upload. Because it also uploads to my PC everyone alse is aware of when I am busy or avialable which has greatly reduced the number of conflicting meetings I was getting. For taking quick notes the 'Graffiti' function is ideal once you have become familiar with pen strokes required for each of the letters and punctuation symbols. For greater ease of use and to enable you to take notes in a meeting or anywhere else for that matter, you can purchase a keyboard. Again just install the software the next time you 'sync' with your PC and its ready to use. A vast range of additional upgrades and software is available and some free downloads as well from the Palm web site. I paid about £230 pounds for mine and at the time felt I maust have had some sort of brain wave to spend such a lot on what appears to be such a trivial item, but once I had fully utilised it, the benifits have been worth the cost. I don't go anywhere without it now. My
only gripe is that now I have the keyboard I would like a word processing package that I could then upload to my PC for those occasions when on long haul flights or train journeys when I could some work but the laptop is a bit too big and conspicuous. Once connected to a mobile phone it can also send e-mail direct, although I haven't yet tried out this feature. Overall I would reccommend anyone that has a busy lifestyle to get one or something similar as it has been a great help to me in organising my time.
OK, so the Palm V isn't exactly the hottest new thing on the planet. I've had mine for about eighteen months, and it's still going strong. It's all there - address book, date book, to do list, notepad, calculator. If that isn't enough, hook it up to a PC and you can also download a variety of programs (and there's some good shareware out there) to do anything from play chess (there are plenty of games) to provide recipe ideas. You can send e-mail that you wrote earlier, as well as read the contents of your inbox. And of course, you can keep all the basic application data in step with Outlook (or just about whatever you use). It's not all been sweetness and light though - the handwriting recognition is not perfect although quite adequate; I've also had a couple of problems with broken buttons, but warranty replacement has been fairly swift considering (about a week). However, the real reason that I thought it worth writing an opinion on an ageing electronics product is that I think it is still up to the job. If you want a stack more memory, or colour, fine, have a look at the Vx or IIIc. But if you don't have an electronic organiser and you're not sure about investing a large amount, don't let a bargain pass you by just because of its age. Mine cost £300 but I wouldn't be surprised if you could pick one up for under £100. Keep your eyes peeled.
Once upon a time a long time ago, I worked for 3Com, when they bought US Robotics who owned Palm who made a thing which kept names and addresses and a diary and you could write directly into it. SO I got one for free - A Palm Pilot to be precise. Then I got a Palm III then I got a PalmV, and that's what I've got today. I've been using a Palm device since 1997 when pulling it out on the plane (the Palm that is) caused your neighbours to shuffle uncomfortably in their seats, and squint sideways at what you were up to. Those days are long gone now and PDA's are taken for granted and the old Palm seems, against all the odds, to be staying ahead of the pack despite having the wrong Operating System and holding out against colour until recently. But why I like it and why I still use it is because it's a piece of cake to use, the handwriting works, it's easy to keep names and addresses and make diary entries. It's almost magical how it synchronises with Outlook and now I can do my e-mail and download web pages using AvantGo. I stopped downloading software for it a long time ago, so I have no games or extraneous apps at all - I need all the memory I can get. It has become a part of me like a Laptop never can, or a time manager never should. Best of all the Palm looks good in it's cute little full metal jacket. Where the iPaq looks garish and the Jornada bulky. The Sony looks like Clive Sinclair designed but there's something wrong and I know what it is... It should be in colour...shouldn't it? I do hanker after a colour one but the IIIc was a backward step. The m505 looks good because it looks like a Palm V. But do I really need colour? I really need the extra memory on the Vx before I need colour. No really I'm happy in cruddy old black and white. All I can say is..get one..and if you don't like it someone somewhere will give you your money back.
I don't personally own a 3com Palm 5 organizer but I do have a lot of freinds that own these and I use these alot. With its little pen and touch screen these palm 5 organizers can be invaluable at times when they are needed, like when you need to write small memos, play games, play music or sounds. I've had great fun downloading music from the internet and playing it back in great sound on these little things, or downloading movie clips which can be played back at a later date. Also they can be useful to connect to the internet through infra red and your mobile phone. (good for information purposes or to win the pub quiz!) Although the internet isn't the fatest on these. I would also recommend that more memory is purchased for these as they don't come with much. (32Mb) I would conclude that the palm 5 organizers are not much more than a toy but can be very useful when used in businesses. Great fun!
My friend is a bit of a technology freak and he leant me some of his 'toys', one of which was the palm V modem. So sorry i dont know the price of it he would not tell me how much he spent on it... If i find out ill post it as a comment. The modem is compatible with any standard phone line. You can also make wireless connections via your digital GSM phone. It supports 36.6 Kbps data transfer rate, v. 42 bis data compression, v.42 LAPM error correction. With the 2 AAA batteries, you can expect an average connection time of 5-6 hours. The batteries may last up to 10 weeks, depending on your usage patterns. The package includes a 10' phone cord and uses standard RJ11 connector. Another thing I didn’t like was that the modem felt cheap. Made almost entirely out of plastic, I was afraid that I were to drop it, it would crack. Also (sigh) the colour of the modem didn’t really complement the sleek beauty and colour of the palm V. So, I quickly filled up my ISP’s info in the network section of Preferences in the palm and tapped "connect". So it worked!!! Yes! I didn’t see any option to turn off the palm modem’s volume but it wasn’t that loud enough to irritate me. What astounded me the most was the weight of the modem. It was very light (so was the manual!). But what I find troubling is the size of the modem. It’s quite big.
As an ex Psion user the PALM came as a gift from the gods. It is truelly pocket sized and never needs new batteries. The look up screen is fast and clear with a range of nifty functions. As a personal organiser it has to be the best on the market place. When you get one, I would strongly recommend downloading software from the palm web site, which will prevent you turning the thing on in your pocket by mistake. Also if you can get the latest operating software 3.5, as it helps in diary view alot. Again downloadable from the palm web site. For those wanting to link in with a PIM such as goldmine, be carefull, it works but only to a fashion. linking in with Outlook is the best option.
The really nice thing about my little Palm V is the fact that there's so many websites producing stuff for it. I've been using Palms since the original Pilot, and have my own favourite programs that I use: Keyring, a neat username/password encryption tool, so I don't forget my dooyoo password... Diddlebug, a scribbly note thing (a bit like OS 3.5 gives you), a few games, and AvantGo, which clips certain pages from the internet and shoves them on your machine so that you can read them on the tube in to work. Now that I have an IR mobile phone, I've discovered that this adds whole new functionality - now, I look up a number in the Palm, beam it over to the phone's memory via IR, and I never need to transcribe the numbers again (and get them wrong!). The real killer was last night in the pub, when my website went down. It took two minutes to dial-up, run a script on the webserver, and fix the problem. A priceless, sexy, natty gadget - even if you forget everything it comes built-in with... :)
I got this to enable me to write emails while on the train or tube... Friends were forgetting I existed cos I never replied to their emails due to my busy job but with this, all that has changed. I sync the emails I receive at night, write replies on the tube in the morning and they are sent when I sync with the PC in the evening. As well as writing emails, this lovely little thing lets you play games, so I never have a boring journey now (although my newspaper reading has gone to pot...) The address book is quite comprehensive and the search feature means that if you miss a call, you can dial 1471, enter the number in your palm and it'll tell you who the call was from. The only problem I have had is when one of the buttons broke. I've sent it off for repair (it's still under warranty) and as yet (2 weeks later) there is no response. It does make a difference - I've come to rely on it quite a lot. Hopefully I'll get it back soon, and I'll be able to update this review with a hoppy smiley paragraph about how great the service people were but in the meantime, WATCH THIS SPACE
When I was given a Palm V as a present, my immediate reaction was 'what on earth do I want one of those for'! I started to play around with it and realised that perhaps it could be useful. It has now been over a year since I got it and I wouldn't part with it for anything... it's the old cliche of 'don't know what I did without it'. It completely organises my life... I use it for a diary, address book, keeping track of expenses at work and home, playing games (there are so many to chose from), writing reminders, shopping lists... the list goes on. One of my favourite features is that I can send phone numbers from my mobile phone to it and vice versa using the infra-red ports (its called beaming!) and also 'beam' fellow palm users games etc as well. I have seen the Palm III series which are more chunky and have to be fed regular batteries fairly often, whereas the Palm V is thin, light and has a rechargable battery which charges whenever its in its cradle. I highly recommend this to anyone!
It's single greatest attribute is the cradle. The fact that it updates with MS Outlook, recharges it's batteries and I always know where to find it (on the way out of the house) make this little device a genuine treasure. The handwriting recognition is competent, the screen is clear, the size is comfortable and the features are useful. My only complaints are fairly minor. From time to time, when in a tight pocket or bag it sits and clicks at you if it was left on, or an alarm went off. The sound is fairly useless, other than for beeping and it won't accept dates prior to 1970. Most of my friends are a little older than that so putting their dates of birth in is quite tricky. Generally 8/10. I have one and like it.
The palm is a lovely PDA, and there is tons of software on the Internet. It is a bit fragile though, and easily dents. The leather cover looks a bit cheap to start with, but you get used to it. The standard OS is great, but I got Silver Screen, which lets you drag and drop apps. In terms of sotware available, this platform is unrivlled - th only thing it is missing is a decent word processor. It is small and light, though, but it far surpasses the psion I had before it - the only downside is a lack of RAM. It seems plenty, but if you start downloading apps of the internet, it soom runs out...
I very rarely use my Palm V anymore. Yes, it's fast, looks cool and is nice and small - but I can't really justify having one. I like being able to infra red 'beam' data between other Palm users, and its small enough to carry around with you all the time. On the downside: The 2mb memory is too small - install a few apps and games and you haven't got enough room for all your contacts. Due to our corporate Notes mail system I can't access mail remotely, and more importantly you can't get any attachments. (The newer PocketPc environments allow you to use attachments and share data with Microsoft applications.) The Palm is OK if you want a simple Diary/Address Book. Why not buy a Filofax instead??? (Although you may not look as cool).
I really do not know how I coped before my Palm V. It weighs less than six ounces and fits comfortably into a shirt, jacket or trouser pocket. I don't use mine for anything fancy. I use the diary, the address book and memo pad pretty much as I did in my much larger and significantly heavier Franklin Planner. I can update these functions on the go, or if I prefer I can type stuff into my PC and 'Hot Sync' the information back and forth between the two devices. It is like having a tiny laptop. You can enter text and numbers using a weird keyboard pointing system, or the much easier 'grafitti' handwriting recognition area. This takes a couple of hours to get used to, but once you are in the swing of it, it's easy. The unit is cool, there is no denying it! You can 'beam' details across to anyone else who has a unit, no wiring required. You can use it in conjunction with a mobile 'phone to pick up your e-mails, but I don't bother. I do however, download e-mails from my PC to the Palm so I can read them when I'm waiting around, or when I need to refer to information on the move. Battery life is fine, particularly as the unit recharges in a neat 'cradle' on your desk next to your PC. You can use someone elses cradle to charge up, but be careful not to download your information. The downfall for me is the screen which does appear fragile. I would not expect the unit to survive too many droppings. You can however order all manner of covers and cases. I just got a wallet that holds my cards and cash as well as the Palm. I love my Palm, and recommend you take a look at one, but remember, there will be something much better along soon.
My god: when I first got my pilot1000 I thought it was wonderful- now I have my palmV I cannot even leave the room without taking it with me. It rules my life- its my watch, diary, notebook, gameboy and mother all in 1! Basically you can get any software you want for it anytime from huge archives such as www.palmgear.com -there are even gameboy emulators. You can read your email or surf the web on the go - with the right mobile phone- over the ir port. The litium-ion batteries mean that you don't have to buy new batteries all the time and the graffiti text input is brlliant - a must have.
One look at the Palm V organizer, and youll know its something special. Its sleek design and anodized aluminum case appeal to your sense of style.
Weighing just 4 ounces, the ultra-thin Palm V device stores thousands of names, addresses, phone numbers, to-dos, and expenses, plus hundreds of e-mail messages. The advanced LCD screen is razor sharp. And, you can recharge the lithium-ion batteries in the HotSync cradle in just 10 minutes for up to a months operation. (Leave your spare batteries at home!) As with all Palm connected organizers, you can synchronize data between your PC and the Palm V organizer at the touch of a button. No more loosely organized addresses and cumbersome paper notes. The Palm V organizer lets you organize in style.