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I bought my Palm Vx 3 years ago now in the US, before they we available in the UK. Why listen to me? Well I used mine every day in those 3 years and a lot of that was hooked up to my mobile phone using it professionally. What I?m going to tell you: 1) Quick overview 2) What you can do with it with a little other bits and bobs 3) How you can get one cheap 1) Quick overview The Palm Vx is light and discrete. Has 8Mb of memory and loads of applications available on the web. It has a built in rechargeable battery that lasts for a few days between charges and charges while it is sitting in it?s docking station. From there you can synchronise it with your PC (e-mail, calendar, contacts??.). You input using a special form of handwriting recognition. It takes a little getting used to, but once you?re done it?s very quick. One of the best things about this was it?s size and weight. Small is the word. You don?t get bogged down with it. 2) What you can do with it with a little other bits and bobs The 1st thing to say is that my life was in that puppy!! You?ll be surprised how much will go in there and I never got to be more than 70% full. There are thousands of applications out there on the Internet you can use this thing with. Anything you can think of! But I mostly used mine for appointments (synchronised with Outlook on my work PC) and Internet connectivity on the move. You can hook-up to the Internet using a mobile with an IR port. From there I used it to get mail, surf the web and the biggest use was Yahoo Instant messenger. Great for boring meetings!! Even better if your phone is GPRS enabled. That way you only pay for the data. This meant that I could stay on IM all meeting and it not cost me a penny if on one wanted to talk to me. You can also turn them into a GPS receiver with street maps by buying a gizmo to fit on the back (see
later). 3) How you can get one cheap They are getting sold second hand now on auction sites. Try E-bay for instance. I just sold mine there (why ? because work is giving me a new ipaq ? heavy but it has Bluetooth). Expect to pay about £100 ? you may get one for as little as £80. You can also pick-up a few accessories, like the GPS receiver I was talking about.
The Palm Vx participates since six months in property, said I has gotten it from my company better. What immediately attracts attention on the first gaze participates fat low his/its small size and this in contrast to some others Handhelds the Palm Vx. Equipped with the Palm Os-Betriebssystem, a grey-step-screen as well as 8 Mb storages participates armed he/it well. In the delivery capacity with it, a Dockingstation participates to the data exchange with the PC, network-part, transfer-cables, short-admission, ProgrammCD as well as a detailed handbook. After squealing therefore immediately the appliance at the PC connected and installed. The Instalation simply goes from gives and it is also recognized immediately whether one has installed MS outlook and can be furnished data-synchronization for outlook. After the installation however the fright, that doesn't go Palm. No ad, simply nothing. I have could have done also nothing in the short-instruction found something I incorrectly. As a result, I have asked a colleague, who had installed his/its Palm first recently. This knew also advice. On the rear, a small Resetknopf participates installed. After I operated this, this appeared to me picture known already at the Palm all at once. I of course immediately executed the first data exchange as first and ah, instead of to take outlook as Mailprogramm, frightens it balanced the e-mail-data with the Netscape-Messenger. This didn't lie in my sense of course. I will have probably claim our user-service in order to solve this problem. Then, I have occupied myself something with the palm without reading the instruction manual. The complaint by means of the enclosed pen goes wisely very quickly surprising and the spelling of the letters had already comprehended I after 5 minutes. In the symbols, it is admittedly a problem something still, however that participates only one question of the time. The service participates buil
t my opinion rather logically and I will have often pull not the instruction manual to installment. Following application-programs participate installed on the Palm. - Task-administration - address-administration - calendar-functions - e-mail-program - Notices - calculators In order to name the most important. However now to the shadowsides of the Palm. The e-mail-program can open no appendixes unfortunately. A Word - and Excelviewer is missing here unequivocally. It would also be desirable that would be already integrated Word and Excel in the Rome. Since this doesn't participate the case, he/it loses points here opposite one HP Jornada 548 for example unequivocally. But therefor he is participates unbeaten because of the weight. No other handheld participates 130 grams so easy like the Palm Vx. And for the color-monitor approximately, I abstain very gladly because of the longer accumulator-term. My result: For all the ones, that in „only “the above applications requires the Palm Vx participates the first election surely. For the ones, that require Word and Excel, however not. Thanks for reading kami9
The second in a series of "bonsai ops": (hopefully) detailed ops in a whopping concise 250 words. Enjoy (and comment if you will). ***** Concept: A pocket electronic diary with much more -the Palm VX holds dates, appointments, contacts, accounts, email, to-do lists, games... the list is endless. Instead of a keyboard, writing is via the ultra-intuitive "graffiti" handwriting-recognition: write with a stylus, text appears on screen. Advantages: Hold all information you could possibly want in one gizmo. Before getting it, I eyed it skeptically, smelling "gimmick" all over the advertising. But boy was I wrong! It's worth every penny, and then some. It comes with a decent 8MB memory, more than enough for anything you'd possibly want to throw into it. But perhaps its greatest plus is that users can download programs over the internet into the Palm, thus making the cache of available software infinite. You want a decent spreadsheet? Download. Ditto for games, trivia, currency-converters, maps and travel guides. I've actually used a London travel guide in it, and found all kind of practical info on museum opening hours, restaurants, pubs, theatres. E-books we've all heard of ad nauseam. If you still want to persist in your evil ways and read one, then you'll be pleased to know the Palm can read all sorts of e-books... Don't worry, battery life won't let you down. Disadvantages: No colour (not that you'd actually need it!). Static causes the screen to get dusty quite often. And, at least on my Mac, hotsyncing with the computer is not 100% functional. That, however, pretty much sums up the disadvantages. Conclusion: Get a Palm! You won't regret it.
I have owned my Palm now for nearly 6 months and to be honest I don't think I would be able to live without it. I was lucky in the fact that I only paid £150 in buying it from a friend. I originally decided to buy when after having a play on one in a local WH Smith's store, and was hooked. I decided on a Palm mainly because they are the market leaders and because I had heard good things about all the Palm's the main points being the ease of use and the extra long battery life. I did investigate other models from Casio and HP, but after comparing all the data (price, battery life, features), I decided on the Palm. To be honest there are a lot better PDA's out there especially the ones from Casio and HP but they just can't compete with the Palm for ease of use or battery life. I decided on the Vx because it looks really cool, and I didn't need a colour screen, so it was more then enough for my needs. I did see my friends Compaq IPaq about 4 months after and I was blown away by it's features, not only was it running Microsoft Pocket PC (so it had all the familiar software there) but it could also store and play MP3's and even through it's external speaker it sounded very impressive, with hardly and distortion, but he did mention that it did need to be charged regularly. So looking back I am glad I bought my Palm Vx because it does everything I need, wasn't too expensive, but being a gadget freak, part of me would have rather bought one of the other higher spec models from Compaq/HP or Casio. Especially with the increase of phones with built in modems. But if you just want what is effectively an electronic filofax with some nice little extras then the Palm is a worthy PDA.
I have had 3 Palm Vxs since May 2000. This is what I have experienced so far: 1 On the first, the battery died within one hour consistently 2 After contacting Palm Europe tech support and experiencing some strife, it was replaced 3 On Palm no.2 the battery lasted much longer, but when the meter got to half empty it consistently crashed. It also intermittently refused to switch on, and when it did come on it had reset, losing all data 4 After ongoing rudeness and irritable attitudes from the phone support people, a 3rd was despatched. 5 No.3 then did exactly what no.2 did - it was as if they'd put the same device back in the bag 4 weeks later (I was Palm-less for a month) 6 There was never any explanation of what repairs had been done; just a cheap photocopied flysheet of how to re-start it 7 If I didn't have the right numbers to re-gurgitate to the phone support people, I got bad attitudes. eg "We can't help without an RMA number". Obviously an RMA number is important to them and you the customer are expected to have it too (along with a couple of other numbers) 8 I am always polite and helpful with phone support in any company and never have problems - not so with Palm Europe, they are the pits 9 In an act of final frustration, I called Palm at Reading for the name of their MD - they refused. I explained that I wasn't a headhunter and needed to write a letter to their MD - again, refusal. "Send your letter to customer services sir" (the very thing I am not going to do) 10 I also asked for the address of their USA head office (there are no addresses on any Palm website) and the corp CEO. No-one could find the address, and no-one knew the name of the CEO (presumably if they did they would refuse to pass the information) I am now preparing to swing the biggest possible punch. A letter is on its way to the CEO in the USA, and I am contacting Ann Robinson of BBC Watchdog.
To pay nearly £300 for all this trouble is frightening - when the Vx works it's quite useful, but it's not that good and the backup simply defies belief. If anyone is experiencing problems (I have a work colleagues who are), please contact me for the presentation to Watchdog; the world needs to know about this. I am no longer interested in getting Palm no.4, I just want my money back. Nick firstname.lastname@example.org
I am lucky enough to own both a Palm Vx, and a HP Jornada Pocket PC. If you like gimmicy gadgets, then the Pocket PC will be your thing, otherwise, stick with the Vx! With a whopping 8Mb of RAM, you aint' gonna run out of room on this baby for a long time (unless you fill it with games!) The Vx is an organiser, and this is what it does best. Once you have mastered the "strange" handwriting recognition system, you're away sorting your life out on the move before you know it. Out of the box, it comes with all of the features you'd ever need in an organiser, but also has the ability to be expanded no end. Connectivity to the PC is a breeze, and synchronises effortlesly with Outlook for mail and contact details. The battery life is also great too. The only downside is that the screen can be hard to read in daylight. For a gorgeous looking palmtop, look no further - this is the one for you!
Palm and other PDAs are great for mainly one thing. Organising. Most people get stuck at this stage, and end up using the excellent Palm Vx for addresses, telephone numbers and diary dates. For this the Palm Vx is superb, but I would question the need for a fairly expensive Vx to fulfill these roles. Vindigo and Avantgo software completely changes the Palm Vx and allows it to provide a fast database of web-pages, shops, bars and more. It properly uses the processing power of the Palm and expands its functionality hugely. Buy it, and download some software straight away!
Perhaps the main reason for choosing the Vx over other PDAs is the fact it really does fit into a pocket without producing embarassing bulges. I've used a Psion for many years and felt rather treacherous going over to rival American products, but I think the Palm fits my style of working the best. So, before rushing out, consider how you will use it. Most obviously, if you want to enter lots of text, reply to lots of emails and write documents, go for Psion. Whilst the Palm 'graffiti' writing is much easier than I thought it would be, it's no substitute for a keyboard. However, as an offline reviewer of email and for making short replies it does the job wonderfully. Aside from text entry, the Vx does just about everything I could want. What's more, because Palm is so HUGE in the states, the amount of software that is downloadable from the net is overwhelming. Everything from 'Universal' Remote Controls to Web Browsers. The best thing I have downloaded is AvantGo microbrowser software. Everytime I synch with my PC, lots of Web pages are automatically cached on the device. Some are specially modified for the Palm, e.g. the Guardian on-line, FT.com. For others, I download the low-graphics version, e.g. BBC news. It's like the web in my pocket - cinema times for my local flea-pit, what's on TV tonight, weather from Yahoo, The Onion (invaluable), my stock prices - How did I live without it??? For this reason, do not consider anything less than the 8Mb version.
I love gadgets, and I was lucky enough to win a Palm Vx from Workthing.com. At the time, it was absolutely brilliant because I had been accepted on the performing arts course at college, unfortunately I was unable to begin due to those 'circumstances'. I haven't turned it on or charged it, and in the process of selling it because I won't use it to it's full potential. The Palm Vx is one of the lightest and thinnest connected organisers on the market today with four times as much memory as the Palm V. It weighs only 4 ounces! The organiser has everything you need to run your busy professional life as well as keep your extra curricular activites in check at the same time, the saying comes to mind, 'Your life is in your hand'. You may of read some of the other opinions on the site and the prices vary, but the general opinions are the same, this little machine is absolutely brilliant, and if you run a busy schedule with lots of appointments (it can hold up to five years worth) and mega amounts of memo's (3000 to be exact), this is the machine for you. The storage capacity can hold: 10,000 adressess 5 years of appointments 3000 to-do items 3000 memos 400 email messages, plus there is plenty of room for add-on's.
I work as an IT Technician and was bought a Vx to try and organise the mess that was logged jobs and paper work. It was the best thing ever purchased! The hotsync to Outlook 2000 was very useful and allowed me to share a task list between desktop and palm pilot - the to do list and calander also organised me almost immediately! They purchased a database program for it which I keep an assett register on and the 8Mb memory is more than enough to handle the masses of entries I have in the thing. There are loads of utilities and (more importantly?) games available - this makes it an invaluable tool for me to own - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Once you have mastered Graffiti, which takes next to no time, then the Palm is an excellent tool to have at one's disposal. It has an advatage in terms of size over the Psion in that you can really put it in a shirt, jacket or trouser pocket. The software supplied which allows you to connect the cradle to you computer and synchronise your Palm with Outlook is excellent. Indeed for users of other software, it is possible to download from the web anything you require. The range of freeware and the easiness of installation via HotSync is outstanding. Whilst the IIIe is for everyone, the Vx is certainly more for the business man, which explains the IR link, allowing you to beam contacts, appointments and other things to other palm owners. With regular synchronisation, your data is also easily reloadable in the event of your Palm crashing, and the Palm Desktop software for Windows is very capable too. The reason for the Palm being so successful is the amount of software available for download, and the ease of installation, and this has clearly been in its favour unlike with WinCE machines. I would recommend this to anyone wanting a truly portable PDA/organizer, but at the same time still needs a powerful solution. Battery life is also very good, and the HotSync cradle doubles up as a charger, and travel plugs are supplied as standard. UPDATE 16.10.00 I turn out to have been an unlucky one who had one of the Palms with a DRAM fault - more details on the website. However since uploading the patch I have had no further problems, having lost everything due to my Palm crashing before. The problem only afflicts Vx's made between November 1999 and May 2000 and there is a diagnostic test that can be downloaded from the www.palm.com website to help users out. Despite of this I am still very happy with my palm, and have found its range of functions exceedingly satisfactory and wouldn't hesitate to reco
mmend it. Whilst the IIIc has acolour screen, this cuts down on battery life, and processor speed, and is not really essential for a PDA, so will still proclaim the Vx to be the king of Palm's castle.
recently my extremely useful palm III on which i depended to organise my entire professional and social life started to malfunction an go onto to fail to display anything except the reset screen after which the screen would disintegrate as if something were eating the display away. After a lot of though i went for the Palm Vx as: 1- you CAN actually put it in your pocket 2- it recharges itself and its such a pain to have to buy new batteries - the money you save on batteries will make up fo rthe price 3- it's definitely the most attractive pda avaialble 4- it is mac compatible ok so it may not be as expandable as a visorbut i'd rather buy an mp3 player or MD player than try to turn my PALM into some ridiculous do it all gadget which isn't REALLY designed to do. oh and try to buy it a t a tax free airport shop, even on an internal flight from stanstead you can do this and save about £60
I bought my Palm Vx 6 months ago, after deciding that then was the time to get rid of my ageing and dull-grey Palm III for something smaller and sexier with more memory. Since then I've purchased some shareware (most notably Action Names Datebook from Iambic, which is by far the greatest app I use on a day-to-day basis), and also a Rhinoskin moulded aluminium case which looks the business and protects the Palm, but doesn't add much to it's overall size - now I can carry my Palm safely in my back pocket! As for the actual unit, I experienced some screen scratching with my old Palm III in the Graffiti area after a little while, and I wanted to make sure this didn't happen again with the Palm Vx, so I now use an on-screen keyboard to enter information (which is another shareware application 'Keyboard Hack', as I don't like the standard Palm one). This is great and enables me to enter data quickly and easily. My advice to anybody wanting to use graffiti to enter information is to get some sort of screen protection from somebody like . Battery life on this unit is excellent, and lasts me weeks on a single charge, and as for PC syncing, I found out the hard way (well, it wasn't actually hard) that this really works. The idea is that you sync your Palm by placing it on the cradle and pressing the 'sync' button. Your data is then syncronised to your desktop application (Outlook in my case), and the data and apps on your palm are backed up. Once, on my Palm III, I lost all my data due to the batteries running out, but I needn't have panicked. I just placed the Palm back in the cradle, pressed the 'sync' button, and Hey Presto, all the data and apps are back within a few minutes. WOW, i was impressed! Basically then, I would recommend anybody who needs to use todo lists and a calendar to tell them what meetings etc they have and what they need to do each day, and remember people's b
irthdays and addresses etc to try one out. Anybody tempted by the cheaper Palm V (which has just 2mb memory, instead of the Vx's 8mb), let me just say that you WILL run out of space with some current applications edging on 500k in size. Pay the extra for the Vx - you'll be glad you did. 8mb is a good amount really, because you can't really write large documents or anything on a Palm (if you want to do that, by a Psion or laptop or something), it is probably plenty for most people - I have lots of applications that I never use, and I still have 3mb free. If I were forced to say one thing i'd like to see on the next generation unit, it would be a colour screen, but ONLY if the battery life and the size of the unit won't suffer (the Palm IIIc is too big and ugly, and the battery life sucks) As a self-confessed GadgetBoy, I would say that this is the one gadget I would keep if I were forced to get rid of all of my gadgets except one. Love it! PS There are some great games available too, such as DopeWars, Astroids, and Froggy :-)
I am a palm fan. This is my fourth now and it keeps going from strength to strength. There are some obvious shortfalls when comparing it to other platforms but what it does it does very well and what it does not yet do it will do soon. The basics: Out of the box it comes with everything you need to ditch your filofax and totally organise your life. It comes with Diary, Address Book, Todo List, Notepad, Expense and Mail applications. These are all invaluable. They are very well written applications and designed to work well on this platform. In addition there is the Avant Go Application which will allow users to download up to 2mb of web page channels to your palm. You are not constrained by the channels on offer on AvantGo.com either because you can create your own channels very easily. The other essential application is a document reader. There are a wealth of e-texts available on the web which can be read at your leisure on your palm. There is also a growing market for selling books in e-text format although publishers are still trying to charge too much for this service. There are thousands of freeware and shareware applications that you can download for your palm. They are small and quick to download and very easy to install and remove if you don't want them. There are games, business applications, maps, databases, information systems, utilities. The list is endless, one of the better sites is www.palmgear.com. Setup: Setting up the palm is very easy, out of the box there are very few components. The cradle acts as a both a means of connecting the Palm to the PC, and a charging source for the Palm. You must charge the Palm for a few hours when you first get it, much the same as any other re-chargeable device. While it is charging you can install the software from the CD, this is a very simple install and takes almost no time. Do not take your CD out of there though because there a
re all sorts of other goodies on there that you will want to install later. There are other bonus apps and Avant Go. You can choose if you would like to synchronise with Palm Desktop or with outlook, or it is possible to choose between a mixture of the two. At home I use the Palm Desktop, but at work I use a mixture of the two. Outlook keeps all of contacts for me, I do this so that it mixes well with my work contact lists. If you want to customise how your PC synchronises you will need to change the setting in the conduit manager, there will also be button on the toolbar in outlook that will take you there. Installing software: Setting up new software that you have downloaded is very straightforward, start up the install tool and find the program that you want to install and that’s it. The next time you hotsync the files will be installed on the Palm. On some later versions of the software the palm file types are automatically associated with the install tool, so double clicking on the required file will ready it for install. If your PC does not do this then double click on the required file and then associate that file type with the install tool yourself. A lot of the software is shareware or freeware, so you can have a vast suite of applications installed without having to shell out left right and centre to get a handful of applications. Those applications that do require payment are typically cheap, often having grown out of a cottage industry of home developers. None of the software either needs to be or is terribly complex, what is more usual is the applications are very focussed and feature rich in their specialist area. If you want to uninstall software then this can be done from the palm by deleting the application from with the application launcher. I would recommend that you regularly check through what applications that are installed and remove any of the old ones that you no longer want o
r use. This can free up a lot of space on your handled which can be used for something more useful, like more books or web pages. There are a couple of criticisms of the palm which I will try to answer: 1. Not Color - Well if the applications provide a enough rich functionality then who needs color. Compare the speed and performance of the core applications with something on a win CE machine and the color machine will fall quite short. 2. Now windows compatible - The palm does have windows software for the core applications and it very easy to set up and install. Data between the other applications will often be transferable to windows (often Access or Excel) by a conduit written by the manufacturer. There are other things in the pipeline that will enhance the palm even more shortly: An MP3 player, A digital camera, plus many more. This device really does get used throughout my whole life. I read my books in bed on it, I play games on the train with it. My children draw pictures on it. I read web pages on it. It is always in my pocket and ready to serve up the required information or take notes o during a meeting. I even nearly convinced the wife to use one, now that would be an achievement!
Having used the Psion series of PDA for about 5 years, I was hesitant to move onto a different platform. Even during the first week of use I was unsure if it was a wise buy. Now though, after around a months use, I can safety say it was a great buy. What Palm fail to promote adequately is that there is a *huge* back catalogue of software available for easy and cheap download from the Internet. Initially, it looks like the Palm rates poorly when stacked up against the included software on the Psion, however Spreadsheets and such like are only a download away. They may be at an extra cost over and above the base unit, but the standard is superb. All of the spreadsheets exchange data with MS Excel seamlessly for example. In my next Opinion I will rate the Spreadsheets on offer. Because the Palm has been around so long much of the software has become amazing value for money as the price has dropped over the years - that is the advantage of not being an early adopter as far as the base technology goes. The range is bewildering - and some of it is not only essential - but free too! I plan on detailing my favourite free downloads in another opinion. Quick tip for prospective buyers. Do not even consider the 2Mb model. The fact you are reading this shows you are net savvy, and being net savvy means you are going to find and want lots of great software on your Palm - and for that you *will* need more then 2Mb. Quick tip for new users. It doesn't matter how careful you are, and how clean you keep your screen - scratches are around the corner, protect that screen with one of the many screen care kits available for the Palm.