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Sadly My Psion is on it's last legs, the hinges where the screen flips up are broken............it still works great just needs a new body, a bit like myself.
My wife bought me my Psion Series 3 years ago, and I have used it continuously since then. The basic unit is 16.5cm * 2.2cm *8.5cm, which is a bit bigger than the PDA's going around just now. At it's heart is an NEC V30 7.7Mhz processor. I know what your thinking 7.7Mhz very slow. Well by today's standards it probably is but you wouldn't think it while using this little baby. It can be run using a power supply or by 2 AA batteries which last a decent amount of time.
Many games and Programs are available for the Psion, and they come on an SSD ( Solid State Disk) which simply plugs into one of the 2 available slots.They are still readily available which in itself is a terstament to the popularity and longevity of the Psion series.
The Word Processor is excellent and has a built in spell checker. The keyboard is very tactile but fat fingers could be a slight disadvantage in the spelling stakes. You can write many lengthy documents comfortably. The Psion has 1Mb of memory which can cope with a large quantity of info such as Word processor files, database files, and spreadsheet files.
It also has a Spreadsheet, which has all the basic functions and a few more.You can have a good few hundred rows and similar columns which means your Spreadsheets can be quite comprhensive.
The built in database, can hold several hundred records. I've used my database to keep track of all the videos/DVD's we have hired. We rate them out of ten just in case we wish to watch one again. We check the database to see if it got a high rating.The setting up of a database is very easy.
It has a neat little voice recorder for recording memo's to self. You can record lots of notes but they can only be a certain length which is determined by the memory which is available at the time of recording.
The world time program is a flat world map with the capitals and their times highlighted. You can set your home town and place it on the map.You can also find out the longditude and latitude of places using the map. And using this principle you can add any town if you know its latitude and longditude.
The agenda program is probably one of the most useful. You can set reminders, recall birthdays and anniversaries, dentist's appointments and the like. You can set alarms to remind you of that important 2.30 race at Doncaster etc.
It has a built in calculator as well which is really good, with more than just the basic functions.
There are a few games that come along with the system, patience being one, this game is very addictive and we play it quite often.
Finally there is a nice little program called OPL. This basic language computer program which you can make do lots of neat stuff. There is a computer language guide to help you write your own programs. I wrote one which is supposed to calculate the result of a horse race. A pin and a newspaper might have been more effective than my meagre effort.
The manual which comes with the Psion is quite comprehensive with the exception of the opl section, for this another manual which is easily bought is far more helpful.
When it eventually packs up I'm really going to miss my Psion, I've searched the NET and you can still get them on EBAY for about £40-£50, so I might just invest in one. You can buy new cases but I have not been successful in that venture yet.
All in all the Psion is a brilliant piece of kit................the ORIGINAL LAPTOP in your pocket
So, here's a trip down memory lane. I saw this product listed and thought I would share a slightly historical perspective on this no longer available early player in the PDA market. I have a hand in bringing technology into schools and have to walk a fine line. On the one hand we don't want to buy untested cutting edge technology only to find we struggle to put it to good use in educating our young folk. On the other hand, new technology tends to be exciting and motivating in itself and conversely buying redundant clunky technology has a demotivating effect and is generally rejected. So, onto a review of technology that has been in school and gathering dust for about seven years now. First of all the 'why?'. In a survey of use we found that many laptops and indeed desktops in schools seven years ago were being used to enter and manipulate text. This seemed expensive as a tool and we looked at alternatives. One of those we trialled and reported on into national computer press was the Psion 3c. Now, compared to some of the other devices at the time this was relatively versatile. It could handle databases and spreadsheets as well as text and had the ability to function as a PDA using the diary function. There were at the time many positive points about the 3c. THE COST Then, it cost just under £200.00. This made excellent value for money when put alongside the cost of a PC. THE PORTABILITY This is a tiny device and compared to many other similar devices of the time reasonably robust. (These bounce when dropped - a Revo for example explodes into a million pieces when dropped.) Working on AA batteries made operation simple and the batteries went on and on. A massive jump from the power problems of laptops seven years ago. So, why are they broke - what has gone wrong. Well, 'broke' here refers to the usability as much as the physical aspect. Most of these will fire
up and work, a couple have died but they are the exception in a bunch of about thirty. The connectivity of these machines was poor at the time and is now worse. There is no infra-red which is the key for these small devices and no docking stations. The supplied 'com' lead now connects to a port that doesn't exist and I know adaptors can be found but read on as these have really had there short and unhappy day. They had one big pull over other similar machines which was the keyboard. Although small it was reasonable and had a nice feel compared to similarly priced products. The key downfall for useability with the 3c was and still is the screen. You see, it is not pen driven. Similar age machines that have pen driven screens and allow menus to be selected by touch have lasted well and do still get used. Without the touch screen this is like giving a PC with MS DOS and no Windows to the modern day man. A combination of buttons can bring up menus and the funtion key is heavily used in this respect. No pen, no touch screen, really significantly affected the useability. The software was great. I loved it and many others like me flocked to Psion and enjoyed the bundled office software. However, it soon became apparant that life could be easier. Those who were purchasing the Windows CE devices at the time were having a significantly better experience when moving files around. (Granted the machines were crashing more frequently but file transfer was seemless.) Psion needed users then to purchase additional software, PsiWin, to transfer files. This software wasn't cheap either at about £50.00 for each user. Later they had the foresight to bundle the software but to be honest it was too little too late by then. OVERALL This is a history lesson. You can't buy these machines now and you won't even see Psion operating as a company much in Europe. The machines could be picked up now for just a few pounds at
a boot fair but really, unless you collect these as memorabilia, don't bother. Psion still shifts hardware in fairly significant numbers in Asia and actually got awarded a contract to deliver Psion 7s (big brother more akin to a laptop than a PDA) to every child in Malaysia - one to one access but not with a PC - I do struggle to understand the logic of the decision makers there. Psion have made better machines and although the Revo corrected many of the faults of the 3c it was still very poor, as I mentioned, exploding on dropping. The Series 5, particulary the 5Mx was my Psion of choice and with infra-red data transfer and the PsiWin software bundled made for a good choice. If I could get hold of one cheaply now I would probably still run a Series 5 Psion. The 3c though, emotionally if not physically ... these are broke for me and have been for a long time. Thanks for taking the time and trouble to read this opinion and I look forward to reading your comments.
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
If you can get your hands on one of these babies... 1) look after it 2) enjoy using it They have amazing functionality - word processing, database, spreadsheet, clock, world time, voice recorder etc etc etc They do need a little care. As well as not dropping them, do NOT snap them shut! It's very tempting, but it damages the screen. Battery drain is a common problem and should be monitored. There are a number of options settings that allow you to help preserve batteries, such as changing the auto shut-off. The infra-red link and voice recorder are also very heavy on power usage. The Psion 3 series machine is easy enough to back up on "Solid State Disk" (basically, a special Psion floppy disk that slots in cartridge style) or to your PC. There was never THAT much software available for the Psion 3 series, I suppose because they didn't shift enough units to make it worthwhile. There is some freeware available though. Happy using!
I don't like this PDA - I had one before my palm, and my palm is far supirior. You can;t really fit it in your pocket, software is limited and looks naff. They are also expensive for what they are, and guzzle batteries (compared to a palm anyway) The flash ram costs a fortune, and the disk drives are pointless when they could make it thinner and connect via USB or something. In short - leave it alone and but a palm. It does it's job, but badly.
I got my Psion 3C a few years ago when they were the best Psion available in the UK, and I haven`t regretted it for a moment, even when newer models have come out. It is small, just small enough to fit into an average pocket in a jacket or coat, and certainly in any reasonable bag you might have for work. It is almost indestructible - don`t try this at home but mine has survived being driopped down the stairs, in the washing up bowl and even an attack by a psychotic parrot - and the case is still as good as new. The battery life is amazing - I get upset if I get less than 20 hours use out of it for a set of 2 cheap and nasty AA batteries - I`ve hit more than 40 hours with a decent set of batteries. The only problem with the batteries is if you get the Psi-Win connection cable and software then you need to bear in mind that the Psion powers the cable. This can reduce the battery life to 2 hours or less even with a good set of batteries, so use a mains adaptor. Apart from that tiny failing, I adore everything else about my Psion. I adore the fact that I can get free software off the internet and send it over in seconds, I adore the fact that I can sit in university playing games when I should be paying attention to my lecturer, I even adore the fact that it isn`t the most beautiful looking machine in the world. Don`t get me wrong - the design isn`t ugly, but it does loom a tiny bit dated. One thing you should bear in mind with buying a 3C, rather than one of the newser faster (and more expensive) models is that it can be a tiny bit on the slow side. It works well enough but if you are doing complicated data evaluation with the spreadsheet you might end up spending a lot of time sitting around waiting for it to finish. Also remember that it only has 2 megs of RAM, so you won`t be able to use it to carry huge files around with you. You can easily fit a book or two into it`s memory along with a few other extra aplications or ga
mes, but you won`t be able to use it to work on your 20meg data set from a university experiment. All in all this could be exactly what you want - it`s relatively cheap because it has been supersceded by newer models, but if it is good enough for what you need then you will never regret this buying decision.
What would I do without my little buddy. No filofax could hold that much info, and a laptop could not fit in my ind=side pocket. With a couple of extras this little beast is nearly as good as any laptop, though not as fast. I work in the field of education and plan deliver and evaluuate all my lessons on my Psion. It has the best PDA keyboard for the price and works for months on twoo aa batteries. If you have a little more money maybe go for the Series 5 but at the cost it is at now a series 3 is worth its weight in gold.
It had a tiny screen and almost no memory worth talking about (256Kb) but it was the first PDA I ever owned. I part payed for it with my parents who got it fr me for Xmas one year quite a while ago now. Don't know just how many times I sneeked peeks at it under the cover of a pine-tree. It really did chage with way I did things. I started to use it for homework at the time and used it to keep track of what I was doing where and when (Oh such a busy life!). Perhaps it was the fact that it was my first PDA or that it was truly spectacuar for it's time but this is one PDA I'm not going to forget in a hurry.
I have had two of these now and both have gone the same way. One day you just pick them up, turn them on, and with a long beep they die! Just go completely blank and refuse to even turn on. Yes, whilst they are 'alive' they are an excellent machine, easy to use with lots of features but I am now very wary of them having had two go the same way. On both occasions I phoned Psion's technical support line, which costs £1 per minute, only to be told that I would have to send it back to them for repairs. They won't even look a it unless you send them £20 with the Psion and there is a minimum charge for repair which is £65, which they claim covers 'most' repair jobs, however it could be more if it is a major problem. This is extortionate when you consider their price new. I am sorry to you Psion fans out there but I give them a big thumbs down.:-((
I bought a Psion Series 3c about 2 years ago for about £200, and was amazed at all of the functions available. It's not like any normal hand held organiser, it is so much more, with the ability to to hundereds of tasks. It contains all of the major and necessary functions of an ordinary computer. The only major drawbacks are, it does not have a colour screen and it is lacking decent games, to buy or download. Apart from this, I would recommend it to a friend.
Some useful sights for the Psion3c There are a number of useful sight to be found on the internet for the Psion 3c. http://3lib.ukonline.co.uk The site above provides a number of links to other sights which offer the "surfer" the opportunity to download a variety of freeware, shareware and software for sale. There are also various document resources available. http://www.pocketinfo.org/ The above site is an example of one of the links available from the first sight mentioned. It seems not to have been updated much since 1998 but there are a fair number of freeware downloads available there. These downloads are arranged in various categories such as business, leisure and science/engineering to make searching easier. Incidently these sites offer similar support to the Psion5