This is an impressive piece of kit from the boys and girls at Psion. Whereas their previous offerings were little more than an advanced personal organsisers with some added features this really is an excellent piece of hardware. The Major difference between this and its predecessor the series 6 is the new colour screen which can be access through touch alone. This is an excellent feature and one which has probably been added to enhance the new web surfing abilities which this device also offers. There is some excellent built in net connection software to handle this new demand in the form of an excellent mail reader which seems to have had few if any features removed. The web browser is perhaps a little lightweight in the form of Opera 3.62 but that is easily forgiven considering the scale worked on here. There is a built in spreadsheet program,word processor and spell checker although this agan is very low on features and only offers three fonts - none of which are personal favorites of mine but I guess I will cope. On top are the programs ou would expect to find in the form of an Agenda program and contact list, calculator, database etc. which make its range of uses highly applaudable. There is also the typical Psion keyboard which is far superior to that of its competitors being more like a normal PC keyboard and a battery life which should last a good 12 hours-ish. So is it worth the money? Well what you get here is a scaled down notebook computer but with much of the same functionality. It will probably set you back around $1000 at the moment but expect these prices to fall within a year. If you really need internet and email access on the go then buy it...otherwise don't. Simple as that.
So what is the Psion Series 7 like to live with. In many ways it is an excellent all rounder. The desktop is simple to use and any one who has just a short time on their hands will get used to it. You develop a new kind of technique. You start to type holding the stylus in one hand dabbing at the screen as you intermitently type. The keyboard is excellent. The form factor is just right and a reasonable speed is quite possible.The word processor has a wide range of features, although I would have liked to have seen a better implementation of on screen fonts (only 3 are possible - Times, Sans Serif and Courier -all though others are downloadable, they do not display). There is a built in spell checker and it is a breeze to incorporate an embeded sheet or drawing. All this happens quickly without any significant draw on memory or file sizes. Drawings, sheets and memos can also be embeded in the excellent Agenda facility. The Agenda has all the usual views, Day, Week, Busy and Annual although strangely a monthly view is missing. Alarms can be set for all types of entries - you can even customise the alarm with the built in recorder function.An excellent spreadsheet is included with a huge range of functions, but don't expect the bells and whistles of Excel. The drawing program is fun, and even has clipart as standard.It is expected that many people will be using the Psion to conect to the Internet to send and recieve mail. The built in mail reader is excellent and does not appear to be missing any features. The standard Web browser on the other hand is a little light. There is light on the horizon here. The latest build of the Psion will come with Opera 3.62 for Epoc. This is available as a free download for existing users. Opera is significantly better, faster and and a better representation of the pages also results.Other facilities include a jotter, a database a calculator and a world time function. Lastly, the Series 7 has
a Contacts program for all those names and addresses.All this and you can write your own programs too. Infra red for printing and exchanging documents, this becomes an almost a perfect mobile PIM. Freeware and shareware software has always been a part of the Epoc scene and there is quite a lot to be had from some very well organised sites
This latest series of Psion 7 comes with a colour touch sensitive screen. Though the screen is small, but it will be useful to browse the Net with a colour screen. It has the capability of a small PC, with email and browsing capability. Although the disadvantage being having a small full size keyboard to type all your stuffs, the battery can lasts twice as long as any standard notebooks. This PDA also comes with several softwares such as word processor, spreadsheet, agenda and contact database and they are compatible with modern softwares giant like Microsoft, Lotus, Wordperfect and Corel. It can easily be connected to a PC and datas can be downloaded or vice versa. It comes with a 16MB memory for storage and there are a full range of accessories to add onto this small but powerful PDA. I would definitely get one when I got the money to do so!
Handhelds have come an awfully long way since being glorified calculators. This really is the dogs danglies! For the technically minded it boasts: Processor: StrongARM SA1100 133 MHz Memory RAM: 16 MB DRAM; upgrade via a proprietary plug-in 16 MB DIMM card, ROM: OS Mask ROM module CF type II card slot Type I/II PC Card slot 7.7" STN color backlit LCD touch-screen display Lithium-Ion battery pack yielding approximately 8.5 hours of operation (2.5 hours to recharge) Honda connector for RS232 and mobile phone connection IrDA interface (115 kbits/sec) EPOC32 ER5 operating system Notification LED Slot to hold the stylus inside the unit Microphone What this lot adds up to is a mobile comminications centre that the first trip to the moon would have died for. If you need a package to hit the road with then this is your baby - not cheap, but hey in this area you really do get what you pay for.