Product Type: Palm Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Member Name: alistairgd
Date: 10/08/00, updated on 10/08/00 (498 review reads)
Advantages: Ultra Cool
Disadvantages: Colour Displays are around the corner, and not much more to pay
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.