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This is an interesting product as it is right at the low end of electronic personal organizers but is very well made. Most people are now using their mobile phones for organizing themselves as mobiles have come on a long way in the last few years. I was bought a Palm Z22 by my boss so that I could keep myself organized and get everything done as it needed to be done.
For the first few months, I was eager to use it. A few years ago I had a Handspring Visor and thought it was the coolest tool. Brushed metal casing, large screen, responsive and easy to use. Well, it's been a number of years since that product and I would have expected the cheapest of the new models to be pretty good. Well, it has less features than the handspring that I used to have. The screen is a little higher quality, the colours are bright and the unit is extremely responsive. But it doesn't really do very much more than be a calendar and note taker. There is very little room for expansion. You can download extra applications, but a lot of applications require a more high powered unit to work properly. The screen resolution (160x160) is just appalling and you certainly shouldn't bother to use to to store and show your picture collection. I stopped using it because I just became increasing dissatisfied with the user experience.
In many ways, the unit is excellent. It does its calendar and note taking job very well, with either an on screen keyboard or handwriting recognition used to input text. Both work just fine, but the handwriting recognition is based on special characters that you have to learn. The battery life is superb, presumably because the unit is rather simple. It is cheap, well built and relatively sleek (if a little too plastic).
I'd recommend it for anyone who wants an electronic personal organizer without the extra features that would probably go unused in a more expensive unit. So, the older generation might appreciate this. It's certainly very well built, the contrast is pretty good and it feels good in your hands. The price is relatively good, ranging from 50 to 100 pounds depending on where you look. Some people over here in the states hate the product shortly after buying it and it ends up on craigslist selling for $10-$25. A total bargain at that price if you can find it.
This was bought for my wife as she is a fanatic organiser and has had similar machines in the past,but to be honest it is now virtually obsolete.
With a very small touchscreen it is difficult to use,it is suppose to have handwriting recogntion software but this took ages to get just up and running,and then it did not even recognise all the letters written.
It is actually a very nice piece of kit,well made and nice looking that does fit nicely into the hand,it has a built in stylus holder which is easily accesible.
It has all the usual creature comforts of a PDA offering phonebooks/address books various listing tools.
But to no avail as these have been virtually ramraided by the good old mobile phone,put this next to even a half decent mobile phone and it looks pre-historic and need too be resigned to e-bay!! someone might want it!!!
This is a pretty old device by todays standards, but worth mentioning that it could well have a place in your home, or at least your kids pocket. My two wanted mobile phones when they were as young as five years old. They had seen Daddy using his, listening to music, clicking buttons, you know how it is. The hard decision for parents is at what age does your child need a mobile phone. To re-phrase that, at what age is it safe to give them a mobile phone?
Giving one too early could be dangerous... they could use up all the credit too quickly, or even worse, be knocked on the head by some bully who wants the phone.
The Palm Z22 is very cheap now. For around the £20 to £30 mark you can pick up this little device. It has a nicely lit colour touch screen. You can install little applications on it, view photos, store contact details, even play music and little games. In my opinion it is a nice introduction to organisational skills for your youngster. They can enter calendar reminders, important phone numbers etc. It also allows them to feel important and to develop technology skills. And, if they need to call you, they can look up your phone number and give it to the adult supervising them, for example whilst at an after-school club or party.
All this functionality and fun for £20... can't be bad.
Having used a filofax for years, I wanted something smaller, lighter and more modern that would save all the bits of notes I wanted as well as remind me of dates, meetings and anniversaries.
There seemd to be some very cheap basic organisers around and then a BIG jump to all singing all dancing palm size computer PDAs with a corresponding price - and then there was the Z22 - so I decided to give it a go.
I love it - I did have a panic when I had had it for about a week, it was fully charged and it just went blank and nothing I could do would get it working but I found the trouble shooting guide and it has a reset button in the back - one press of this with the stylus and everything reloaded - it had lost nothing Phew!!!
Being relatively cheap, it does have its limitations but it does everything I want it to.
Synchronising with outlook on my desktop is easy, so when at my desk I can type what I need on a full size keyboard. Having said that, entering information direct is not difficult, you have the option of handwriting straight to the palm or can bring up an on-screen keyboard on which you can tap in your information.
I can store all my dates as needed and repeat them as needed. No more concerns about something being every 2nd or 4 week just programme it in as a repeat, as necessary. Along with that I can store not just the time and date of a meeting but any notes that I need to go with it.
I can also store as many details as I want about seemingly any number of contacts, not restricted to just one number. I was also able to synchronise from my mobile phone to my computer and then to the Z22 which saved a great deal of time.
These are the two main things I use it for. There is other software but frankly it is very Americanised and though I loaded some on I have not really found a use for it. I am thinking of catalogueing my favourite wines and my 'books wanted' lists but haven't got round to that - maybe one day.
One niggle I have with it is that you cannot edit the quick links to make a list of the applications you use regularly, you have to use the 'all' list which is self explanatory or one of their other catergories and can't have a list with just my own favourites on - or if you can I haven't found out how.
All in all not for you if you really need a pocket sized computer but it is certainly more than a diary and I feel I have made the right choice for me.
edited to give more information about features
I cannot comment fairly on all the features as I don't use all of them but the main things I use it for are calender and contacts.
Using it as a calender/diary is easy. You can view one day, one week or one month at a time, with varying amounts of detail. All appointments cn be catergorised into an editable list so yu can immediately see from the colour coding if it is personal or business - or you could set up different colours for different people if you needed to track other peoples appointments etc. Calender dates can be stored for one off or repeatable appointments or tasks. For example daily weekly, every fourth week etc.
It is much better for birthdays and annivarsaries than an ordinary diary as once a date is recorded it is there every year and you can set it to remind you a day, a week or whatever notice you need in advance.
Appointments can be noted including length of time they are going to last, venue etc.
The second thing I use frequently is the task list. any task you need to do can be added, given a priority rating from one to five, a date it should be done by or on and again a catergory such as private or business. Every item can be set to have an alarm or not and an alarm time set.
There is also an option to save memos but the task list seems to meet my needs better. And a note pad which will save handwriting - or I guess a basic diagram should you need to save such a thing.
The third thing I use frequently is the contacts list where along with name, number address etc you can add notes or any details you may need to remember such as birthdays etc.
I have also played the free 'Crazy Daisy' game that came with it but the new ones sudoku instead.
There is an 'E'reader, which has a few short stories on and for which you can, for a price, download whole books. I don't like the thought of trying to read a huge amount from the small screen but can see circumstances where it would be a boon as real books are heavy to carry around.
There is a calculator, which I have used occasionally - I don't have much need for one in my normal life but if I did it sure beats carrying a separate one.
There is an expenses section but this doesn't seem so easy to use and I haven't bothered with it.
There is also a mobile database, which I think may be useful but have not used as yet. This is where I will, one day, store lists of books I have or want to read, my favourite wines, restaurants things like that but, at the moment I can't find how to transfer these from my pc and this is too small a screen to easily set things up on. Though it is a good size screen for its overall size.
Finally - I said it can be synchronised with Outlook on the PC. Everything that is stored on the Palm can be backed up to the PC, though I am unable to find all of it on my PC in a format that I can edit on the PC which would be useful. The exeption being Outlook. This is a PC application that is linked to emails and can not only store your own diary but others in a network.
The palm connects to the PCT with a USB cradle and any changes that have been made, either on the PC or the palm are automatically transferred to the other. So if your office makes appointments for you or you need to let your office know what appointments you have made or you just want to be able to acess your appointments from your PC as well as your Palm - this is invaluable.
I bought the product for £59.00 from Amazon and though they have increased their price (£73.79)it is available from around £51.00 elsewhere.