i wouldn't buy pison ever again after what i have experienced with their service an product. i had send the organizer in for repair. then a payment company (bibit payment service) got 169 euros for the repair from me. after a week i called psion up and they said they didn't receive the organicer. so i called the postal service, they send me the delivery note that they had delivered it to psion. i send psion de delivery note from postal office and they still told me that they didn't receive anythig. i called the every day for 3 months i was almost giving up when 4 months later i received a notice that they will be sending the organizer in the next week. now i got the organizer 4 month later from the date i had send it in. do you believe that they didn't say sorry about what happened. never buy psion again after that experience. THEY all HAVE A SERIOUS SCREEN PROBLEM I'd rather buy one from an other company
My walk into a world of PDA's, Handhelds and Palms came via an urge to op on the go. I was fed up with, when spending time away from home, and invariably my desk and beloved PC, writing out ideas, or ops in long hand, and then having the arduous task when returning to the comforting hum and the warm glow from the monitor to type the buggers out. Talk about get on my nerves!! However, the urge became too strong to resist last year around October time. And .... I bought one. I just had to y'see. Now, I don't have a punishing schedule to uphold. There are no daily rounds of meetings upon meetings. I don't have a data base of hundreds of contacts to keep. And, although as much I would love to be online and in constant touch with the world via the web every minute of my working day .... I don't need to be. And so, with a price limit set to £150.00 [could have been more, but lets face it, all I really wanted it was for the 'opping on the go' urge. And as much as I don't think it will happen, the steel like grip that Dooyoo has around my neck could in fact be loosened at any minute!] and the need for a QWERTY keyboard I went forward and into an endless round of web surfing, shop visiting, and Dooyoo op calling. For what seemed like days, weeks even, but in actual fact only turned out to be hours [well, a day really, but when I want something .... I want it yesterday!!] I stumbled across an op amid these hallowed pages and instantly all my prayers were answered. [See MichelleScott's op in All Other Handhelds] It was cheap. It was incredibly cheerful. And I went out to the late night opening Comet down the road and it was mine. Alas, my relationship with the Oregon Scientific Osaris, however sweet was cut short. Twice. And mid November saw with an even stronger urge [I'd had a taste y'see] and still no Handheld. To cut a long story short [Oi .... I h
eard those mumblings of 'I wish you would'] when you see an offer on Amazon being, well offered, like a gift from the gods, you take it. You do not wait to pass go. You create smoke from entering your details so quickly. You press submit. And then you wait. Forty ... Eight ... Long ... Hours!! £99.99 + P & P [reduced from £169.00] and 3 weeks later [Nah, not really, but I told you, when I want something ... I want it yesterday!] it arrived. An 8MB Psion Revo. A brand that I'd only ever glanced upon knowing of its reputation and the prices that the reputation commanded. A brand I'd never thought as my own unless a lottery win came my way and I could justify spending £200 on something that was only bought for laziness. Weighing in at about 200 grams, it's light. Well, light for a PDA anyway. Some of those things are bricks!! And it's small. 175x79x17mm if you want the figures. Its opening system is quite unique. It draws back into its own hinge! And although it looks small from the outside, once this beaut of a machine opens its case, the screen and keyboard are big. Most certainly bigger than you would have imagined the small outer casing, covering anyway. Which, by the way, is a dark blue. The cover that is. Navy with the hinge in silver. And a badge with the make and name in the centre. The screen is touch sensitive. It's bright, clear and can be made lighter or darker to your requirements with the touch of a button. You can calibrate your screen settings in order to get a more accurate 'touch' if the factory settings are slightly off for you. The keyboard is a joy to use. Ok, admittedly, a lot smaller than what I'm used to but after a couple of minutes, literally, of frantic typing, it was as if I'd been using this size of board all of my typing days. Instead of the sticky rubbery keys that these small pocket organisers tend to have, the Revo uses hard plastic [the same as the keys
that you probably have your fingers poised against right now?]. There's no need to jab at the keys either. They are sensitive to the touch of your finger and there is rarely a missed letter through the Revo's lack of 'not catching' the key stroke. I'm small boned [unless size 3 feet are considered big??] and so my hands are not the largest, I'm not saying that a 6ft 20 stone monster of a man wouldn't experience any problems with his 'pinkies' using the keyboard. Most, if not all commands can be issued by either the touch screen [via a stylus situated in a slot on the back of the machine, neatly out of view and safe]. So the actual touching of keys could be kept to a bare minimum once all of your various data has been entered. Described and sold as 'the switched-on organiser' the Revo comes with a whole range of applications that you will need, or want for a busy business or social life. Agenda ~ Commonly more known as a diary! This can be synced with most PC schedulers and organisers. I use Outlook Express and it works a treat. There are different views [day, week, busy, to-do list and anniversary] and different settings to be customised. It's easy to use, and I defy anybody not to get on with this program. Contacts ~ Why don't they just call it an Address Book? This is pretty much self explanatory don't you think? Again, as with the Agenda function, you can change the viewing of your contacts book, sort them into alphabetical order and all manner of other weird and wonderful things that the user might want. Email ~ I'll admit this function is one that I have only been using for a short time. No WAP phone until a month ago y'see. And still no Psion 56k infra red travel modem. Not that I'll need the modem when I've got the phone. However, with clear and precise instruction from my ISP's help files [Freeserve] the setting up, and the receivin
g of mail was a doddle. I mean, there were no tantrums, or throwing of things because I did something wrong. There were no phone calls to call operators with me begging and pleading cos I'd 'ballsed the whole thing up'. It was easy peasy. The in-box is pretty much standard and anybody used to using e-mail will have no problem with getting used to this smaller but equally as good program. Again, this application can be set up to your requirements. It can be synced with your PC mail program. And you do not have to stick with just the one Internet connection. Or the one e-mail account. I use a SamsungA300 and so far [touch wood] all connections have been made, and take about 90 seconds to download a couple of mails. Jotter ~ Notepad. Scribble pad. Bit of old paper used to 'jot' down notes. Call it what you will. It's useful. Customised to the users requirements it can be a handy little program that will live up to its expectations as a 'notebook'. I keep lists of books in mine and frequently find the information I want in the middle of Ottakars with no trouble at all. Might look a 'muppet' in the middle of Saturday lunchtime readers but if it saves me buying a book I've got, or getting home and having bought the wrong one. I don't care. Phone ~ To be honest, I can't see the point of this. I mean, you probably have all the telephone numbers in your contacts list anyway. And if you want to sync the Revo to dial the phone for you, the chances are you have to pick up the phone in order to activate the infra red anyway. As I said .... Where's the point? But only because I don't use it, doesn't mean that it's not worth using does it? Maybe I haven't discovered it's full potential yet? Although, I guess if you do have a contacts base that is continually changing, or growing, the syncing will make it a lot quicker. Web ~ With this application, you can install
an optional web browser from the CD [that came with the Revo] and surf the web on the move. I've tried to set this is up. I can't. Either it's easy to do and I'm stoopid. Or it's hard and I'm not as stoopid as I thought? Unfortunately for me, the extensive help files remain unhelpful with this situation. I guess that in order for me to go online on the go, I'll have to go online and seek out some advice from the many various message boards that helps out with Revo related problems! Word ~ Now, this is what I bought it for! A fully featured word processor. Ok, so there aren't as many functions and buttons that comes with a standard word processor as on your PC, but it pretty much takes care of all of your basic needs. It didn't come with a spell check but after a quick glance round many of the sites offering free software for the Revo, downloading one is not a problem. Or it can be found on the CD ROM that comes with the Revo. There is also a spreadsheet facility that can used with desktop applications such as Lotus or Excel. There isn't a day go by that I do not use this application. If the Revo now went wrong and all I was left with was this program. I'd still be happy! Apart from the aforementioned programs that can be found on your main screen, the Revo also comes with another couple of useful little programs. The inevitable calculator. The world time telling clock. That will also tell you how far the place is and what time the sun is due to rise and set. And a highly addictive little game called Cascade. Pretty much along the same lines of Bust A Move this game has the ability to make you lose hours of the day. Pesky little blighter! As aforementioned, there are several sites offering free software to download onto your Revo. If you haven't already, I'd make use of these sites. [Addy's to follow at the end] The Revo doesn't come with a Sketch program.
Not a problem. Download one. The Revo doesn't come with a Spell Check. Not a problem. Download one. Both free. Both easy to download. Right, so that's the fun stuff over. Let's talk specs. Batteries. Synchronisation. All other information that without knowing, the Revo is a plastic box with keys once the power has died on you!. The batteries are built in. And depending on usage will depend on when and how long you put the Revo on recharge. You have two options. A fast recharge that will charge to a level of about 85% and take about an hour. The battery light will be red. The other option is the trickle charge. As the name suggests it takes a longer time to pep up the power. However, it will take a longer time for the battery to run down too. And the battery light will be green. When the battery is fully charged, depending on what programs you use, and how you have your Revo set up, you can expect about 12 hours of use before you have to charge it again. About an hour or so if you have used fast charge. According to the on-line manual it's best to give the Revo short and frequent battery tops up in order to preserve your battery life. This I try to do. Anything to prolong the battery right! You don't have to wait for the battery to be pretty empty before recharging again. The Revo comes with a docking station that also serves as the charger. Once it's in its cradle [which can only be accessed if the Revo is open] you can recharge at the same time as synchronising your Revo with your PC. The synchronising is done via a program called PsiWin. With this, if your Revo is connected and linked you can access all your files via your PC making back up and converting so easy. All relevant software that you will need to have handy regarding your Revo and its applications comes on a CD in the box. There are all so several help files that can be accessed via Adobe Acrobat. There is another
'help' option on the Revo, and can pretty much answer all of your questions. Unless they are the same as mine!! It does come with a small manual. Although, to be fair, and as stated on the front, it's more of a 'quick start guide'. It doesn't really help in any in depth way. The Revo can be bought in two options. An 8MB machine, or the Revo Plus which has 16MB. Neither having upgradable memories. As I said, I have the 8MB and still with a downloaded Spell Check, a Sketch application, and a Mah-jong program, as well as several files and a 10k Agenda file I still have 5.4Mb free. I've used 1655k which is apparently 22%. I'm not good at maths. The Revo tells you this if you ask. I've used 31% of memory. 2576k with 5616k free. At any time I can also see how my battery is holding up. Either via the small battery icon on the right hand corner of the screen or via the information tab that will inform me of all the information that I have just informed you with! Most of Psion's machines run on the EPOC operating system. Whether or not this is one of the best I don't know? I've never used any other. However, I'm pleased with this. It could be mistaken for Windows. It's easy to use and pretty much uses all the key combinations that I'm used to already. The processor is an ARM 710T running at a speed of 36.864MHz. With a ROM size of 8M. And a RAM size of 8M. The screen is 115x38mm with a resolution of 480x160. It has 16 grey levels and a pointer resolution of 527x208. The keyboard type is LAP 53S and the power supply is MLM 650. [Don't ask me what all those numbers mean? I'll admit. I don't know!] My Revo goes every where with me. I bought it is own little hard case [PalmTec ~ Dixons [high street] £17.99 rather than online at PalmTec for £24.99 + P & P!!] that takes all it's bumps and bangs. The knocks and scrapes that would otherwise be doing untold d
amage to the extension of my right hand!. Since my bargain I have spotted the Revo 8MB several other places retailing at just under a hundred squids. I even saw one being advertised in a BTCellnet shop window for £70 a couple of weeks back! It seems that Amazon led the way for the prices to fall on this machine! I have had this machine around 7 months now. And I'm happy. I have only one gripe. And that's the lack of a back light. I got used to this with the Osaris. However, as much as I miss the back light I guess you could say that this machine actually works and the fact that the Osaris rarely did more than makes up for the lack of a light! As I said, I'm happy. I have my QWERTY keyboard. And I even had it for under my price limit. I can now op on the go. My urge has been fulfilled. Check these sites out for a range of free and nifty little program needs for your Revo www.psionplace.com www.symbcity.com www.revoworld.com XnView ... A program that can change every day common files to the ones needed to work on the Revo. Using this you can design your own wallpaper. I have a pic of my nephew on my Revo which was made possible through this program. idodoyou totally recommends this machine if you too wanna op on the go too.
I was happily wondering through Comet the other day (always something of a minefield for me as far as my wife is concerned) and happened to pass the manager’s specials desk. This magical desk contains items which are deemed discountable, usually due to them being end of line stock or simply returned or damaged goods. My eyes fell upon one item in particular on this day, a white box with the word Psion printed on it and a picture of a sexy streamlined little organiser. It didn’t so much scream out to me as grab me by the throat and strangle me until I gave in to its tempting offer of organisation and functionality. Psion has always been a name I’ve trusted for quality since the days of those first organisers which, to me, always resembled the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy from the TV series. Their ability to create something that not only worked as a lovely organiser and diary, but had so many functions that you could use it for hours without getting bored. Needless to say, I grabbed the box and did my best puppy dog impression (which always works on my wife until the bills come a month later) then skipped out happily with my new toy, which I hoped would revolutionise my life. After a quick read through the initial instructions I realised that I’d have to recharge it for about 6 hours before being able to play. This gave me no excuse to leave the manual and get straight to the machine, so I duly opened the thick tome that came in the box and read all of it. Well, the English section anyway. 6 hours passed by quickly, helped by beer and Saturday evening TV (Thanks Casualty) and it was soon time to open the lid on my lovely new machine. Dimensions and looks --------------------------- When closed the unit is about right for a large inside pocket. IT’s about 15.5cm long by 8cm wide and only about 0.5cm thick. If you are going to carry the little beast around then you should also i
nvest in one of the many wallets available in Comet, Currys or on the net. When you finally open the case, you are presented with a full QWERTY keyboard, such a cute one too. It really is a joy to use compared to a Visor’s separate keyboard or other clumsy contraptions provided on other handhelds. Above the keyboard is the screen. Would I go as far as describing it as sexy, you know, I just might! Lots of tiny icons are dotted around the outside, giving you options for Contacts, Agenda, Email, Phone, Time, Calculator, Jotter and Extras (and we will get on to the great Extras feature a little later). The machine also comes with a docking station, which plugs into a PC’s serial port and acts as both a recharging unit and a link to backup and download data between the computer and the Revo. The Revo sits open on this station and a little red light shows when the unit is recharging. Screen -------- When on, the screen provides a sharp monochrome display. Unfortunately, it’s not backlit so all you bedtime users will have to keep that lamp on (I mean, who uses an organiser in the dark anyway?). A stylus is provided in a neat little slot at the back of the machine and can be used to point at the screen in an accusing manner until an option is clicked on. If you are used to using a mouse, it may seem a little strange at first, but you’ll soon wish you could use the same feature on your PC before long. Menus at the top will be a familiar sight to Mac users, but work in the same way as most Microsoft packages too, with File and other options presenting easy to use drop down boxes. Programs ------------ Clicking on an option or icon on the screen itself will instantly take you to a program. Word is virtually like a cut down version of Microsoft Word, Sheet too is like Excel and anyone familiar with these products will be instantly drawn to their Psion counterparts. The Contact function allow
s for address and phone number storage and instant retrieval. It also has a nice little name search function. The agenda is wonderful, looking for all the world like a paper based organiser, right down to the ring binder effect! It will show a whole week per page and simply clicking on the corner of the page will turn it over. It also lets you jump straight to a date for easy reference. World time is great if you need to know about time zones in different countries. Just press somewhere on the rough area and it will give you the time and place, great for geography lessons too (I admit that I didn’t know Chita was in Russia before I got this little Revo). The Calculator is just what you’d expect, as is the handy jotter for simple note-taking when in a hurry. Email and Phone dialling is amazingly included in this package and you can use the infra-red function to connect to many mobile phones to use a simple version of the internet on the move, or buy a portable modem as another solution. I haven’t tested these two functions out yet, but rest assured I will endeavour to try! Extras ------- As well as the functions listed above, there is a little section called Extras. This is where Word and Sheet are contained, but more than that, it’s also a fully customisable section which you will find invaluable given a PC net connection. All over the net (in places like ZDNET and many others) you can find shareware and freeware which you can download to your Revo. Games, arcade and card based, New spreadsheets, Arabian scripts, Language Translators and many more fantastic items can be picked up for free and used on the Revo within minutes. The downloads are sent via the docking station and the software automatically handles this once told where to find the downloaded program. Pretty soon you will have a fully customised machine, changing everything from the background to adding a startup sound. I
have a Spanish to English translator which I find invaluable and I’m looking a various shareware routefinder programs I’ve seen as well. Of course, you can always buy more professional (and therefore more expensive) products in many electrical shops and from Psion’s website. They have a lovely version of the European Autoroute and even games such as Vrally for the pretty little thing. It’s so flexible that you can even get a programming language to make your own software. Shortfalls. ---------- I know what you’re thinking; ‘it can’t be THAT good, there must be something wrong with the machine, or the reviewer…’. Well, it does have several shortfalls, true. The battery is pretty much fixed in place and can only be replaced by Psion themselves, fine until they decide not to support it anymore. It should (so they say) last around 3 years with everyday use. As mentioned before, there is no backlight either on the screen, so be warned if you’re a miner or anyone else who works in dark places (FBI, perhaps?). Also, there are no removable memory or flash cards like the Revo’s older brothers in the Psion collection, but even the small 8 Megabytes should be enough for anyone, considering you can add and remove programs easily using the PC. Does it get my whites whiter? ---------------------------------- In conclusion (damn, I sound like a student chemistry paper now) the machine is a wonderful little helper for anyone wishing to organise their life. It can do all the usual and much, much more including being used as a portable web browser. I paid £99 for mine at the time (about 6 months ago) because the box was slightly damaged, but expect to pay about that much for it new now. You may even find it cheaper on the internet, so look around. I love my little Revo and would recommend it to anyone. Just be careful when you first find the Cascade game include
d with the machine, it’s addictive!
This is my first PDA and I don’t think I’m going to be able to live without one now. I used to have a Filofax (yes, I was one of those) but whole thing got fatter and fatter and fatter. In the address book some of the pages just had one or two names on, with the rest crossed out and replaced on following pages. Keeping it up to date was a full-time job ... so it got out of date. What I like about the Revo is that it’s so easy to use, largely intuitive. If you know how to use Word and Excel you should be able to use it easily. And not have to navigate through a sea of crossings out to find someone’s latest telephone number. It’s a good size, too. Fits in a coat pocket or the jeans without any trouble. It’s got lots of functions. One that is particularly useful for someone like me (who is a procrastinator with a short-term memory problems) is the alarm function. You can easily set a reminder to do something and it beeps at you (in a variety of tones - you choose) to remind you. If you don’t do it the thing keeps beeping until you do, and switch the alarm off. great. You can also keep a wealth of information which is much more difficult to organise in a Filofax - names of associates’ spouses ... children ... pets ... likes ... dislikes ... etc. and this is all shown with their address in the address book function. Files can be transferred between your PC and the Revo (though not without problems) so, as I work as a writer and editor, I often put some text I have been working on into the Revo so that I can work on it in a plane, traffic jam, waiting room, whatever. Very useful, though the keyboard is a bit small. I’ve put an 80-page Word document into it and not nearly filled up the memory. My major gripe is the lack of backlight. That is a serious omission and can make the screen very difficult to read under certain circumstances. Also, I someti
mes have difficulty in transferring files. About 50% of the time, when it is in its docking station and my PC shows that a connection has been made, I can’t manage any transfers. It also has an annoying habit, when you have closed down the word processor or spreadsheet entirely, of trying to automatically open the last file you used when you re-open these programs. Why can’t it just re-open to a blank screen? I have yet to experience the battery problems that others talk of, but my Revo is only about three months old. They are NiMH batteries (according to the handbook) so in theory there shouldn’t be any memory effect, but I used to have a laptop with the same type of battery and they went dead after a while. Can the batteries of the Revo be changed? Why didn’t they make it with replaceable batteries? As I understand it, Psion are going to stop making PDA's in the next year or so. This means that the price of them is likely to come down. I bought mine in an electronics shop that was closing down for half price (250 Swiss Francs, which is about £100). All in all a very useful machine and one that I would recommend. If the batteries could be relied upon and it had a backlight it would be great. But if you can get it at a reduced price (even considering batteries and no backlight) it's amazing value.
In a competitive market the Revo stands out because it does many different things well. The Revo has some limitations. However, its various features distinguish it from the pack. Keyboard: I had decided to purchase a Handspring Visor. It is a very capable handheld which is easy to use and functional. At a local CompUsa I practiced graffiti and found it slow. I was drawn to a Psion Revo. I practiced with the keyboard. Although it certainly is not equal to a standard keyboard it worked well. The Revo keyboard is as good or better than the after-market keyboards available for the Palm and Handspring. You also do not need to carry the extra keyboard. Edge to Revo. Screen: The Revo's screen is larger than the screen on the Palm or Visor. It is not backlit (and of course not color) but it is larger and easier to read. Many other reviewers are discouraged by the absence of a backlight but so far I have not had a need for a backlight. Edge to Revo. Functions: When it comes right down to it, I purchased the Revo because of its existing programs. If you intend to (buy) and load lots of after-market programs on your PDA buy a Handspring, Palm or Windows CE machine. The Revo offers some useful programs on various Symbian (its operating system's) websites, but there are far fewer programs than produced for Palm OS. But look at what you do get: The Revo has the usual, Agenda, Contacts and a To Do list. It also has a very useful word processor. In fact, you can drag and drop Word documents with your PC. I have placed letters produced with Word on the Revo and have edited them while waiting at the DMV. Later, with my PC I drag them back into Word and print. There is also a spreadsheet program which works well with Excel. For some the word processor and spreadsheet capability (with the compact keyboard) makes the Revo the handheld to buy. In most cases, edge to Revo. Syncing: When I compared the Handspring with the Revo I was most concerne
d about syncing. If the Revo did not sync well I would have returned it. I use Microsoft Outlook at work on a Windows NT platform. On Outlook I enter calendar dates, use tasks extensively and contacts too. I absolutely had to have accurate and thorough syncing. As far as I can tell, the Revo syncing is flawless. In fact, sometimes I find myself picking up my Revo to add or check a date or to do. I have not used the e-mail feature due to the volume of e-mail I get. My systems administrator told another colleague using a Handspring to avoid the e-mail function as well. I expect both the Handspring and Revo to handle e-mail equally well. Edge to Revo. Expandability: The Handspring is getting a lot of attention because of the Springboard. The expansion modules may one day make the Handspring the PDA to have. I bet most people really do not need or want the modules available today (except for the extra flash memory.) You cannot expand the Revo. It has 8 mb which seems to fill fast. Moreover, the battery pack in the Revo, which has a lifespan of about two to three years, must be replaced by Psion. Edge to Handspring. Think carefully, as I did, about what you really expect to get from your handheld. MAC use: I have an iMac at home. At work I use a PC. The Revo is not yet Mac friendly. A serial adapter is needed. If I had to sync with a Mac I would not buy a Revo. Features: The Revo uses an easy to navigate file and folder format. There is a full feature calculator, jotter and database. You can connect with a cellular phone which has a similar infrared connector. I have not tried this. Apparently, if the cellular phone has a modem you can access the internet through your regular ISP. Summary: Handhelds are easy to use. If you use an organizer, such as Outlook at work, a handheld will make your life easier. The Revo stands out because of the keyboard and useful programs. There are things the Revo does very well compared to equally priced P
alms. The Revo cost £250. In that price range it is an exceptionally versatile tool. You may be able to get more at a higher price, but for a meat and potatoes handheld, this product functions very well. A Revo Plus will be on the market shortly. It will offer 16 mb. The list price is £400.
I have had a Revo for over a year now and use it constantly. I have downloaded or bought several extra bits of software (route planner; PGP; a language learning programme and a German/English dictionary). The Revo is not as good as its successors will be; but it is better than anything - which truly fits into a pocket - that has come before it. It is truly 'state of the art'. Well, actually the Revo plus is that. And that it what anyone should buy now because it has that extra memory, which I would love to have so that I could keep more maps on the machine. Also there ia web browser included with the Revo plus, which is highly recommended in all of the reviews I have read. I agree entirely with the list of shortcomings for the Revo I have seen written several time: you cannot expand it (i.e. no slots for a memory card etc.); there is no backlight; and the keyboard is inferior to the Series's. However, I assume that this will come with subsequent devices and for the moment it is just too much of a challenge to fit them into the package. Bear in mind that it is really small. I find that it really fits into a suit pocket of a narmal suit without mucking it up. And at a pinch the same is true for a summmer suit. There are a few other quibbles I could make about the software (synchronisation is still a bit quirky) but they all come under the 'forgivable' heading because this device is such a leap forward. I have been using PDA's for nearly ten years and I do nbot regret buying this. As I will not regret buying the successor when it comes out..
As will be clear from all other reviewers this product is technically great. It is stable, the software is fantastic even the bundled game is addictive (even the wife and kids loved that). BUT BUT BUT the battery and its charging is SAD SAD SAD!!! My Revo stated behaving temprementally 1 day after my PSION warrantee expired! It kept losing data, with increasing frequency (completely unacceptable if this product rules your life as it did mine). Luckily I had an additional year warrantee which sorted it. But I firmly believe that this product does not charge its battery "intelligently" and therefore the quoted battery life (3yrs I think)is in no way met, especially, if you like me, dock your revo ever day or two to do backups and synchronise your desktop diary (and thus susceptible to the "memory effect" on the battery reducing its life). And its not just me. I have probably persuaded 5 or so people to buy revos (2 at work, 2 cousins 1 mate and my brother) say six then... and at least two people have had the same problem. So final words of wisdom are 1. get a long guarntee 2. backup regularly 3. do not charge inbetween full charges - let the battery get used till you recharge thus reducing the memory effect 4. be prepared to loose access to your data while your revo goes off for repair. 5. consider buying a 5mx (even though its bulkier (or even a Pocket PC see my review on the Cassiopeia EM500 Great product shame about the build quality
I'd be lost without my little Revo. My address book and diary are now safely stored on my Revo, so no more post-it notes and tatty pocket diaries for me. This pocket computer is great for keeping my life in order, taking notes on the move, and playing games. I find it most useful for keeping my bank accounts up to date, using a piece of software called BankPlus that my boyfriend, who also uses a Psion, found on the Internet. This helps me to keep an eye on my bank and credit card balances. The machine can also be used for email and surfing the web, but I haven't got that far yet!
I've had my Revo since Christmas, but I thought I'd wait a few months before writing my first review on it........... .....only I can't wait that long! The machine is simply brilliant! I must confess to having a longing for some fairly useless gadgets in my time, but I think I've actually got something that combines my love of all things flash with an actual purpose. A couple of years ago I had a used Psion 3a and I loved it to bits, but after dropping it one too many times the poor thing gave up and the screen broke. At the time I was working for a company that used Outlook all the time, and as a result I managed to blag a Casio windows CE machine for a couple of years. That job has now gone and with it I have left the Casio (or brick) behind. Anyway enough background - now the facts ! 1. Size - The Revo is a really, really compact device and I am still amazed at the hinge mechanism. The whole unit can be slipped into a suit jacket pocket easily and you hardly know it's there 2. Contacts - It seems like such a simple piece of software, but it is soooo powerful. My girlfriend has a Palm M100 and a colleague has a Pocket PC (nee Windows CE) machine, and neither of them can touch the flexibility of the psion database. Don't like the layout of the input fields ? Change em. Want to store 4 home phone numbers - go ahead. Want to embed a word document with contact details, past conversations etc - no problem. Even better is the ability to rename field?s altogether - although what this does to the sync. process I'm not sure. Compared to the "set in stone" nature of Windows CE this is a revelation 3. Agenda - To be honest, having used a Psion before, I knew this would be really, really good - but I am still stunned. Forget what most gadget freaks tell you, until I bought my Revo I have never used an electronic diary that offered "significant" benefits over a manu
al one. I have now been proved wrong. I now get a warning 7 days before each birthday / anniversary and this gives me enough time to get a card and pressie and then look suitably smug! CE only allowed you to plan 2 days in advance - and the Royal Mail isn't that fast! You can embed word or sheet docs in each appointment (how about a word doc listing likes and dislikes, what you got them last year etc. etc.) There is a busy view to see your week at a glance. However the best bit is so simple that I don't know how anyone else hasn?t thought of it. It's the ability to look at a week of your diary as a page. Users of Lotus Organiser will recognise it right down the "ringbinder catches" that could have come straight off a paper filofax. (See http://www.psion.com/revoplus/organisation.asp to see what I am talking about). There are hundreds and hundreds of other pluses to this program - but it all boils down to one thing - flexibility. It is designed to be used, and as such almost everything is customisable. A comparison with my CE machine would be useful for you dear readers, but to be honest the comparison would be so unfair that I'll save Bill G's blushes and let you draw your own conclusion from the statement. Outlook 2000 can't do half the things Psion Agenda can what chance do you reckon Pocket Outlook has ?? 4. Other software - I'm getting carried away now - so here?s a brief (!) description of the other software that it comes bundled with Word - Good wee word processor - only 4 fonts though Sheet - Again, good effort Time - Set your home city and it gives you dialling codes, time difference, sun up / down times and how many pubs there are within 5 mins of the airport (ok that?s a lie) Phone - Got an infrared phone - you can copy and paste numbers between contacts and your Sim card - inspired ! Calc - Scientific and normal Jotter - Database driven
, so it?s easy to jot (sic) things down and then find them Data - the same database engine as contacts - only the fields are blank. Use it for train times, crissie pressie lists, user names and passwords etc. etc. Email - Should be able to send using a compatible mobile or via your PC mail when you sync. -can't vouch for it yet 5. Rechargeable batteries - They last for over a week of extended use and you can charge them up via the docking station 6. Synchronisation - I've heard all manner of scary stories about synchronising with outlook 2000 - but I haven't had any problem at all - although I only really use Outlook as a backup (BTW You can set the psion to back itself up every time it docks) 7. Looks - Ok, ok I'm vain, but I work for a web design co. we are surrounded by gadgets and everyone, but everyone is fascinated by the Revo and it has been known to bring meetings to a standstill (although so has a box of biscuits!) 8. Freeware / Shareware - At the moment I have Pacman, Chess, Reversi, a map of London, Asteroids and a tank game on my psion and I still have 40% memory left??.and they were all free ! So there you have it??.if you've made it this far ? hats off to you! A revo costs about £220 for an 8MB like mine or £300 ish for a 16MB with a WAP browser and the Opera web browser (although you can download both for nowt). I could go on at length (!) about the email and wap / web browsers, but to be honest it's the other applications that make the machine - the web stuff is just the icing on the cake - simply brilliant. --------- update -------- Check out http://www.geek.com/hwswrev/pda/revo/fullrevo2.htm for a balanced US review between Revo and a Palm
The Psion Revo Plus combines your everyday PDA applications with mobile connectivity to the internet. I have never been able to train myself to keep a paper diary with me and enter in all my work and personal appointments, but once I had my Revo Plus up and running it could not of come any easier. This latest PDA from Psion is a treat to look at and unlike some of it’s competitor products gives the user easy access to all applications – often with one tap of the stylus and has a very easy to use QWERTY keyboard. Connection to your PC is achieved via a serial connection and a docking station (which also doubles as a charger). Control and management of your data files is handled by the PsiWin software which sync’s your data between the Psion and your PC at the press of a button. Unlike the lower end product – the Psion Plus offers an impressive 16MB memory and access to your e mail and favourite web sites via the popular Opera software. To make the connection to the net, I use my Nokia 7110 and the Psion’s built in IR port. Speed can be increased by purchasing the Psion Travel Modem. In a world where mobility and internet connectivity is everything the Revo Plus is the PDA to have!
Ever since these small palmtop computers came out I wanted one (being a bit of a gadget & computer lover). However, I didn't really need an organiser and the price was always too high to justify. Then I started to do a home study course, however, a sizeable chunk of my weekend time was spent commuting from Kent to Bath Spa. I needed a way to keep up with writing up my studies without carrying a mountain of lever arch files etc. A palmtop was the obvious solution... One look at the Psion revo & I was sold, sure it wasn't as flashy as it's older sibling the Series5, but it was more compact and suited my needs exactly. Being able to synchronise my MSWord files with my Revo was a godsend, I could now keep fully upto date with my studies whilst on the move! Then of course there was all the "extras" that come with a Revo. If you have a suitable mobile phone you can keep up to date with your emails whilst you are away. Backup your phone's phonebook to your Revo, copy stored SMS messages to your Revo to free up you phone's SIM. Then throw in a game, a web browser, email app, calander\organiser, plus the whole mini-office suite of a word processor, spreadsheet & database and you have a tiny (but incredibly functional) mobile office. Despite the machines small build it is incredibly easy to use; a very responsive (& accurate) touchscreen makes navigation around the OS & applications a doddle, and the small but fully featured keyboard is actually a lot easier to use than it may look.
At one glance, this device looks to stylish and high tech. It is the best personal organiser handheld device that I ever come across. Not only the looks is excellent but it is also slim and light. Forget about the hassle of carrying heavy notebooks everywhere. It comes with a wide variety of application softwares that will ease your daily work of keeping agendas, contacts, emailing, word processor in case you need to type a letter, and also spreadsheet to manage your accounts. Furthermore, it can be linked to a PC for backup and also for file and data exchange and synchronisation of information. It also comes with a built in rechargeable batteries that will last up to two weeks. Another excellent product to be considered in your life apart from the boring notebooks!
Do you need an organiser? You know, appointments, addresses, that kind of stuff? Of course you do, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this. What you really need is an organiser with spreadsheet, database, calculator, home finance, email, internet, route planning, dictionary, etc etc. You'll want it in a small, light package that has built-in rechargable batteries. No doubt you'll also want it to interface with (and convert files from) your PC for backup and other purposes. Think about it, you need a PDA just like the Psion Revo, in fact you should go and get one now. Myself and my other half have had one each since they appeared last year and we can't live without them. The software is reliable and stable. The machine is easy to use and maintains its charge with long hours of usage. The 3rd party software really brings this machine into another league too. Try Palmtop Money if you're into organised finances. Don't worry about the 8Mb of memory running out, I have all kinds of applications, games and data stored on mine and have still not used more than 47%. If you want to use it for route planning then it may be worth considering its bigger brother, the Series 5mx as it's extra memory will allow larger maps to be stored. The keyboard is easy and accurate and the screen is clear and detailed, what more could you ask for? Touch sensitive screen with pen? It's got that too. A small warning though: if you're planning to swap files between your PC and the Revo, don't expect the conversion to always be perfect, especially with complex files such as Word 97 with tables.
I really, really love my Revo. I'm one of those sad people who has to have gadgets but also wants to be different, so no Palm for me! Instead I endured an Apple Newton (ridiculous), then a Philips Nino (cute, but ate batteries), before settling down with my Revo. I love its looks and they way the clamshell opens and closes. I like the fact that it has a keyboard (even if it's not an ergonomic masterpiece its still better than handwriting recognition!), I like the fact that I can get my e-mail with it (through my mobile), I like the fact that it reads Word and Excel and I love the fact that its rechargable batteries last a loooong time. Its also small and light. Gripes? No backlight, and its memory isn't expandable.
I have had my Psion Revo for approx. 4 months now, it was purchased to replace my existing Psion 3a which I had used for the previous 2 years. The initial benefits I liked were the rechargeable built-in batteries, the docking station for connecting to my PC and carrying out the recharging process, the fact that it was lighter and smaller than it's predecessor and the improved display. The Revo is extremely versatile and can be used simply as a basic electronic diary/time manager, or it can be used to access the internet and send/read e-mails. It has the capability of synchronising with your PC, which allows you to update a contact manager on your PC such as Lotus Organizer with the data on your Psion Agenda. It will also allow you to download your unread emails from your PC to your Revo so you can read them on the move. If you have an Irda compliant mobile phone you can also use the data stored in your Revo to dial out. It has all of the usual Psion features such as the World Clock, Jotter, Calculator, Spell checker,Spreadsheet and Word Processor functions included. I principally use it as my diary, managing all of my appointments and To Do Lists, it also reminds with the alarm functions of any up and coming birthdays,anniversaries or appointments with the family that you just DON'T miss. I have recommended the Revo to several colleagues, most of whom have subsequently purchased their own machine, I've had no complaints to date, and none of them has reverted to a paper based diary.