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I used various Handspring and Clié machines over the years and was eventually broken down by them because of their complexity - they are now trying to mimic a laptop in a tiny case - their instability - my Clié crashed about as much as my PC - and their dreadful battery life. Having to have two battery chargers, one at home and one at work, was ridiculous.
So I sold everything and went for the Zire. I realised I didn't actually use most of what those fancy handhelds offered, and the Zire supports what I actually do (read e-books, use the memo, date and address books, play chess, keep track of my current accounts) and no more. The battery life is tremendous - I'd say two weeks, which is a big improvement on four hours - and having an internal battery rather than being obliged to use AAA dry cells is great. And, if I lose or break my Zire, I can buy another one without too much pain.
I feel that, in many ways, the Zire recreates what handhelds were about before designers forgot that and they became ridiculously bloated.
Four stars, rather than five, because the lack of a backlight is a mistake although the screen has good contrast in natural or artificial light. The 16MHz chip is a bit slow, as scrolling through long e-books demonstrates, but the huge battery life makes up for it.
Replace bulky paper planners, to do lists and sticky notes with a convenient Palm Zire handheld. Well known for being easy to learn and use, Palm handhelds are the most popular handheld computers on the market. The Zire handheld has everything you need to keep your life - and your budget - in balance.
Stay organized with less effort. Use the Zire handheld to keep events, appointments, names and phone numbers all in one place so you'll always know where to find them. And it's small and light, so you can take your information with you wherever you go.
When you want to update an address or add an event to your calendar, simply enter the information on your computer and transfer it to your handheld. Or, write directly on the handheld screen using Graffiti 2 software.
With paper, once you lose it, it's gone. But with a Zire handheld, you can keep a backup copy of your data on your computer using HotSync technology. With a single tap, you update your records and exchange information between your computer and your handheld.