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[Jun. 28th, 2005|10:52 pm]
Dear PalmOne:

You make a nearly-excellent product. In fact, I have only two words for you that would make your product truly excellent.


"No user serviceable parts inside, including the battery" screams "this is a disposable device. In fact, it must be, because batteries wear out.

Yes, a Zire 31 is a nice, cheap little organizer, and it's sweet and I'd love to own one. But I'm not going to spend even a lousy $129 on a device that I know I have to replace (or risk destroying, when I replace the battery on my own). I will shortly be the proud owner of a used M125. It's got a third of the processor speed, and half of the memory, and a grayscale screen.

But I can replace the batteries.

If I could replace the batteries, I'd have been tempted by the Zire 72, and the Tungsten E2, both about 200 bucks, and dreaming of the $500 lifedrive.

I'm just sayin'...


John (You remember, that long haired weirdo, who still likes his HandSpring Visor (which, note, has replaceable batteries)? You don't remember? I don't blame you.)

PS: HP IPaq. Replaceable batteries. Again, just sayin'.

[User Picture]From: eleri
2005-06-29 03:36 pm (UTC)
Blade still uses his Visor regularly. I wish they'd gotten more popular then they did. Springboards are nifty.
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2005-06-30 03:23 pm (UTC)
Nod. Actually, popularity isn't the issue. The issue is that Palms are too good at what they do. Blade and I can still find value in a machine that's over three years old... why is he going to buy a new one? There isn't anything compelling, unless/until his needs change.

(My needs changed only insofar as I want something I can store my writing on without fear of it getting lost if my Visor gets stepped on. I can't guarantee I'll find a new visor that I can place my springboard module in, so I need something with an MMC/SD slot. If I had $400, I'd get an Alphasmart Dana (Hey, Palm? Notice the replaceable... okay, I'll shut up. :-) )

What Palm needs is a good development package, so tons of people can start programming for them, so a killer app can surface.

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From: (Anonymous)
2005-07-04 08:55 pm (UTC)
Careful with the M125 -- it tends to lose data when the battery runs out. There's actually a class-action suit in progress.

I wound up tossing my M125 after a serious data loss, and buying, yes, a Zire. I find that the rechargeable batteries are no big deal; I keep the power cord in the smae place I keep the recharger for my cell phone, next to the front door.

(Oh, and BTW -- hi there. The system isn't letting me log in, but it's me, bdsmpublisher.)

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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2005-07-04 09:14 pm (UTC)
Howdy, back at you! (I hope you see this, since it won't get auto-sent)

Do you mean stuff that's stored on the external memory card as well? I thought that was non-volatile, and thus, safe. If it *is* the external memory, then, yeah, the M125 is a bad idea, other than for the immediate short term.

What I most want is the ability to edit a Word document in limited space (especially on airplanes). I might have my dream come true; I have a NEC Windows CE organizer on order that comes with a full sized keyboard. If it fails me horribly, my next step is probably the Alphasmart Dana (which is essentially an M125 with three times the screen width, embedded in a keyboard to make a mini-laptop running PalmOS). But, for $60, the m125 is a good gamble for me at the moment.
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[User Picture]From: essaying
2005-07-05 02:55 pm (UTC)
Dunno -- I've never had an external memory card. If you do a search on "Palm," "M125" and "Lawsuit" you can probably see the details.
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2005-07-10 09:47 pm (UTC)
I was able to check it out. The problem is that there's supposed to be a capacitor that lasts 60 seconds (or maybe even longer) to hold the power to the volatile memory, while you swap batteries out.

Well, on some of them, the capacitor was shoddy, and sometimes held no charge at all. Swap out the batteries, and voila! you have a soft-reset. Not a big problem if you're close to your computer, and can hotsyc before and after, but a big deal if you're on the road and the batteries die.

The memory card doesn't lose memory, so for me, it's still ideal.

What's less than ideal is that mine apparently shipped *friday*, some ten days after I ordered it. Sigh. But I have my NEC 880 Windows CE device, with its almost-full-sized keyboard.
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