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Small Wonder. Your planner, journal, sticky notes and calendar all in one place.
If you're still using a paper planner, maybe it's time to catch up with technology and upgrade to the affordable and easy-to-use Palm Z22 handheld. It enables you to keep your entire day-to-day schedule and contact information at hand and in your pocket--no more flipping through multiple pages, looking for scraps of paper or keeping track of to-do lists. And you won't have to enter the same thing twice--once on the computer and once in your planner, as you can easily make updates on your computer and synchronize data to the Palm Z22 in just a minute or two.
This handheld features a 32 MB of flash memory (20 MB accessible for file and software storage), Palm OS 5.4 (Garnet), a fast 200 MHz ARM-based processor, and an internal rechargeable battery (that can be charged via the included AC adapter or via the USB cable connected to your PC).
Weighing just over 3 ounces and about the same size as a deck of playing cards, the Palm Z22 is compact and stylish with a white front and translucent blue backing. Small enough to fit into any purse, backpack or back pocket, it boasts a bright, 160 x 160-pixel color touchscreen display, which provides easy readability of names, addresses, and appointments. You can even color-code appointments for improved organization, and view and carry pictures of friends and family wherever you go.
Operating System and Software
The installed Palm OS 5.4 uses the intuitive and easy-to-learn Graffiti 2 writing software to input data into the handheld (as well as an on-screen keyboard). Windows users can synchronize their calendar, contacts, tasks, and notes with Microsoft Outlook. The Palm OS features the following organizer applications:
The Palm Z22 is compatible with PCs running Windows Windows 2000 (SP4) and XP (Outlook synchronization requires MS Outlook 2000, 2002, or 2003; sold separately), and with Macs running Mac OS 10.2.8 to 10.4.
What's in the Box
Palm Z22 handheld, USB sync cable, power adapter, 3-step setup poster, Graffiti 2 sticker, Software Install CD-ROM with Palm Desktop, Tutorial, Getting Started Guide, User Guide, and bonus software.
From the Manufacturer
Small Wonder. Your planner, journal, sticky notes and calendar all in one place.
Most helpful customer reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful.
Screen Display poor on the eyes
By H. Friedman
I decided to go with the Z22 after reading these reviews and to replace my monocromatic Palm V. I wanted something that was within $100, able to handle all the lists, tasks and ical content but in color. The Z22 seemed to fit that bill and the specs seemed pretty impressive compared to my current Palm V. However, I was very dissapointed with both the screen size and display resolution. Don't get me wrong, the color is an improvement and certainly aids in color coded organization but the major problem is the way this device displays it's pixels information. I work in the Computer Animation field, so I know a whole lot about how LCD and CRT displays work. This product's display is poorly manufactured. There are pixel scanline issues (for a lack of a better description) with this model that make your eyes tired at the onset. If you look at the default photo #2, you will immediately see what I am talking about. There are these rows of moving pixels that are very bad for your eyesight ( and could cause headaches). You will not notice it on the menu bars until you adjust the contrast settings.I called support and after finally convincing them to pick up the darn pda and look for themselves, they admitted to seeing the same moving pixels. They said to return it as a defect but how can it be a defect if they see it themselves? Anyhow, I love Palm but if you are going to use this product on a daily basis, then I would highly recommend going with a better model until they improve this model. One star for a major blunder in their display technology and add a star because everything else works properly and because I like Palm.
UPDATE: I have since purchased the Palm Tungsten E2 Handheld. This is FAR superior than the Z22 and although it's almost twice the price, you won't be dissapointed. You buy cheap, you get cheap. Your Z22 won't last while the E2 will.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful.
Love My Palm Z22
I was given a Palm Z22 this past Christmas and have used it heavily since then. Although you can't surf the internet with it, I wasn't needing a mini-hand-held computer. I needed something to organize all of my addresses, phone #'s, etc...plus schedule all my tasks, meetings, lists, etc... It does all these plus it has tons more useful functions. It has plenty of memory for what I need and holds a lot of data. I teach Classical Guitar and I schedule all of my student lessons on it. It also will remind in advance of something important coming up. I love the game "Scrabble" and have downloaded that onto it. My Palm Z22 is really a great tool and I sort of nut up when I think I have misplaced it! It's pretty easy to use so I recently bought my husband one too. I only had one problem with it - once it wouldn't turn on but a simple press of it's tiny reset button fixed that and no data was lost. I'm left-handed so using the instant write function is awkward for me but I can still see how righties would like it. I mean it when I say I have used it a lot - it gets a terrific daily workout from me and it still shows no signs of malfunctions. I never bought a case for it but it's pretty tough already being encased in molded plastic. I put the plastic film on the screen and it's never needed replacing yet. I highly recommend buying one if you don't need to use it like a computer. You can download programs and games onto it from the Palm store of which there is a humongous selection. Also, it's battery has a long life between recharges and it recharges really fast. I can go for days without recharging despite playing 15+ games of scrabble at one time. It's front is mainly screen with a simple toggle button below which is very streamlined and easy to use. It comes with a program to load onto your PC so syncing it everyday to back up new data is quite easy and fast.
It is now March 7, 2008 and I am STILL USING my Z22! It has really held up well. I have used it hard nearly every day. I carry it almost daily in my purse, and I still will play scrabble late into the evening after the world has settled down. I plan to keep using it until the day it finally quits on me - whenever that will be!
UPDATE AGAIN: October 31, 2008
I just noticed that the Palm Z22 is costing $369.99??? NO WAY!!! DO NOT BUY THIS FOR THAT MUCH MONEY!!! I think I paid around $99.00 when I bought my husband's. That price (369.99) has to be a mistake.....
UPDATE: May 6, 2009
It just keeps on going! I still use it heavily and the only thing that is askew with it is that it's internal battery now needs replacing which will cost about $30.00 I think. It still hold a charge for a little while but I usually just keep it connected to the power cord. I've done the reset thing in hopes of resetting the battery charge level indicator but the battery has finally shot it's wad.
UPDATE: 12.7.14 - I've been using my husband's Z22 ever since my Z22's battery died. It is still functioning great after all these years!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5 Stars for Device, -1 for Palm Support
As a person who was more comfortable with a paper calendar than a digital one, I LOVE this device. It is easy to use, the battery life is great and the size is small enough to not be a burden, while big enough to read the display.
That said, I have found the support from Palm to be lacking. Aside from the live chat support who, while they couldn't solve the issue I had with syncing (more to come), were very helpful. Phone support, on the other hand, was rude and one service person intentionally disconnected me.
If you have Windows Vista or intend to sync to Outlook 2007, plan on purchasing third-party software. Why a third party can figure out how to do what Palm can't is beyond me. But the software and updates provided by Palm aren't sufficient to allow users to sync with their Outlook calendars.
Love the device, but I don't know that I will go with Palm again.