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  • value-priced Palm advice?

    Having started a thread on 'what PPC', I feel obliged to revisit the concept: Given that the Palm IIIx I broke was actually perfectly well suited to most of my GTD tasks (except that the OS was too old to support Chapura for calendar synchronization with Outlook), I am wondering if all you Palm fans could give an opinion: What is/are the best low-end Palm models?

    I am assuming that the cheapest Zires are a bit too limited - the small screen puts me off.

  • #2
    Low end Palms

    The Tungsten E looks like it would fit your needs well. Note that PalmOne is supposedly announcing new products on April 28.

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    • #3
      Palm Zire 71

      Just bought a Palm Zire 71 at Best Buy for about $200 after rebate. Thats a good deal. I'm surprised how well the camera works and I've found no glitches with the MP3 player.

      The display is nice and I find OS to be the best as far as PDA's go. It syncs perfectly with Outlook via Pocket Mirror and comes with Adobe Acrobat for Palm and Palm Reader.

      I wouldnt buy the little cheap Zire though.

      The prices will fall as more trend toward smart phones. I know they only had one Zire 71 left at my local Best Buy.

      Good luck

      Mark in Texas

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      • #4
        Consider a Zire 71

        The Zire 71 is the least expensive Palm using the standard Palm cradle. It can be had for just over $200 right now, but look for price drops soon. It is widely rumored that Palm will announce a successor (Zire 72 is the most mentioned model designation) near the end of June. In many ways the Tungsten E is nicer at about the same price point, but it does not use the standard Palm cradle, which is a pain. I bought a Zire 71 for my wife and she likes it. It has a built-in camera, by the way.

        Mike

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        • #5
          Still missing the basic Palm PDA with metal case.

          Since Palm V I am still missing the basic Palm PDA with metal case. I do not need movies, wireless Internet or camera. I want:
          - basic PIM functions;
          - high resolution color screen for readability;
          - PC synchronization;
          - simple (thin and light, no slider please) mechanical design.
          Is it too difficult for Palm engineers?
          TesTeq

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          • #6
            Palm Values

            Tungsten E is a Great value. Has all common fuctional basics. I love the docs to go & versamail. If you're not concerned w/Bluetooth or demand a cradle system it sells for ~$200.

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            • #7
              M500

              This is a model that is a little more than a year old - and somehow there was some extra inventory that everyone discovered around the Holidays.

              The price has dropped from it's original $400 to $100. It has a respectable 8 MB of RAM, uses the "Universal Connector" Cradle, and comes with such niceties as Documents to Go.
              It has a black & white screen - but I think for the price and durability it is an outstanding value

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              • #8
                Re: Still missing the basic Palm PDA with metal case.

                Originally posted by TesTeq
                Since Palm V I am still missing the basic Palm PDA with metal case. I do not need movies, wireless Internet or camera. I want:
                - basic PIM functions;
                - high resolution color screen for readability;
                - PC synchronization;
                - simple (thin and light, no slider please) mechanical design.
                Is it too difficult for Palm engineers?
                TesTeq
                Sounds like you just described the Tungsten E--but without a metal case. Why do you want a metal case? I've many, many PDAs with and without and haven't noticed any benefit in terms of durability--only looks.

                C

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                • #9
                  Re: Consider a Zire 71

                  Originally posted by mcogilvie
                  The Zire 71 is the least expensive Palm using the standard Palm cradle. It can be had for just over $200 right now, but look for price drops soon. It is widely rumored that Palm will announce a successor (Zire 72 is the most mentioned model designation) near the end of June. In many ways the Tungsten E is nicer at about the same price point, but it does not use the standard Palm cradle, which is a pain. I bought a Zire 71 for my wife and she likes it. It has a built-in camera, by the way.

                  Mike
                  You don't need to wait until June. The Zire 72 should be released next week.

                  C

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                  • #10
                    Re: Still missing the basic Palm PDA with metal case.

                    Originally posted by Cikub
                    Originally posted by TesTeq
                    Since Palm V I am still missing the basic Palm PDA with metal case. I do not need movies, wireless Internet or camera. I want:
                    - basic PIM functions;
                    - high resolution color screen for readability;
                    - PC synchronization;
                    - simple (thin and light, no slider please) mechanical design.
                    Is it too difficult for Palm engineers?
                    TesTeq
                    Sounds like you just described the Tungsten E--but without a metal case. Why do you want a metal case? I've many, many PDAs with and without and haven't noticed any benefit in terms of durability--only looks.

                    C
                    The Tungsten E is everything you just described and actually WITH a metal case.

                    -m

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                    • #11
                      Re: Still missing the basic Palm PDA with metal case.

                      Originally posted by Anonymous
                      The Tungsten E is everything you just described and actually WITH a metal case.

                      -m
                      It looks like metal, but that's just metallic paint. It's really plastic, though it looks quite nice (until it gets scratched up).

                      C

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                      • #12
                        Re: Still missing the basic Palm PDA with metal case.

                        Originally posted by Cikub
                        Originally posted by Anonymous
                        The Tungsten E is everything you just described and actually WITH a metal case.

                        -m
                        It looks like metal, but that's just metallic paint. It's really plastic, though it looks quite nice (until it gets scratched up).

                        C
                        Hmmm... [Looks quizzically at my Tungsten E. Tap. Tap. ]

                        I stand corrected. Not sure if I should be or . I just bought it because my old Handspring died, I needed something rather quickly and it was within my budget range at the time. Been pretty satisfied so far, though not having a cradle is a negative. I'm waiting for the next generation of Treos.

                        -m

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                        • #13
                          Tungsten E is OK

                          I agree with you that Tungsten E is the closest match to my expectations.
                          Palm V metal case was stylish, unique and simply I loved it.
                          The best upgrade of Tungsten E - for me - would be a device with small and thin metal case, without dedicated Graffiti area (shorter), and with Palm Universal Connector.
                          TesTeq

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                          • #14
                            Re: Metal Case....

                            ...did anyone see my post about the recent DEEP discounts on the m500's?

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                            • #15
                              Vx and M500

                              Of course another option might be a second-user Vx or M500 from eBay or Amazon.

                              Gives the slim, metal ... etc all the criteria at a fraction of the price.

                              Old tech rocks!!!!!

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