PalmOne m100 Handheld
If you're new to the world of handheld organizers, the Palm m100 may just be the right fit for you. Under the hood, the Palm m100 features much of the same great software and options we've come to expect from Palm, such as scheduling and contact applications and an infrared port to beam information to other Palm users. But Palm has added some new features to both the engine (which runs Palm OS 3.5) and the chassis.
Designed to replace your paper-based organizer, the Palm m100 is great for the first-time handheld computer user. Its sleek new design allows you to customize your Palm with an array of accessory face plates. With this handheld computer, you can keep track of and store all your appointments, addresses, and to-do items. It allows you to exchange and back up data with your desktop computer using one-touch synchronization. You can also take advantage of thousands of third-party applications, and download information from the Internet for offline browsing. The Palm m100 is equipped with an infrared beam to instantly exchange and store information, such as business card data, at the touch of a button. You can also jot down notes with it as fast as with pen and paper. It is easy to use and has a backlit display for easy readability. The Palm m100 comes with a HotSync cable. Note to Macintosh users: while the Palm m100 ships with software for both PC and Macintosh systems, Mac users will have to order a free serial adaptor from Palm (shipping charges not included).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
Call it living on the trailing edge but I really like this PDA. It does just waht I want with no monthly fees and no battery charges. Works on 2 triple A battieries for a very long time. Main items that it has are calendar, phone book, to do list, and calculator. It also includes a memo pad. Memos can be filed in folders. Phone numbers as well. I have had this product for a number of years. I am on my forth one. When one breaks and I find another one for cheap. If you don't need the internet this is a great choice. The only drawback is that when you change the batteries you lose everything in memory when it gets older. You need to back everything up to a computer, then change the battery, then reload all the memory. It will work about half way through the 21st century. Not y3k compliant. Pete make joke.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
A wonderful "starter" PDA
By Debbie Lee Wesselmann
The Palm m100 PDA has revolutionized the way I keep track of my appointments. I can't imagine life without it! Using a stylus, you can easily enter appointments, phone numbers, to-do lists, etc. by writing in the small screen. The handwriting recognition is less than perfect, but it has come a long way since PDA's were first introduced. Most letters of the alphabet are straightforward to write, but a few (such as K, Q, and T) require specialized, although easily remembered, strokes. Numbers are intuitive, but punctuation requires a little more study.
You won't find tons of features on this model, but I find that I rarely use everything it DOES offer. Its simple gray and black screen is easy to read in both bright and dim conditions. Have an appointment next year? A standing one every Tuesday? No problem. Navigating the calendar, from daily to monthly to yearly displays, is a breeze. I frequently use the alarm feature to remind me of obligations I'm likely to forget - it can be set to go off a minute or several hours beforehand. With a push of a button, you can go to your address book, to-do list, appointment calendar, and a Palm stroke tutorial. Icons on the screen itself take you to the overall menu, calculator, and search features.
You can synch the information entered on the Palm to your PC, so you'll have two updated copies of all your information. (The Mac requires a little more finagling than does a PC, but is compatible.)
I highly recommend this for people who have not yet tried a PDA. You won't be overwhelmed with bells and whistles, and yet you'll have more than enough features to suit your needs. Its reasonable price also makes it attractive for students and people hesitant to carry expensive items around with them.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
By Jonathan Feinberg
I owned the original PalmPilot (made when they bore the UsRobotics logo), and was very sad when Old Faithful took a dive onto a subway platform and ceased to be. I don't need wireless internet; I don't need 4 gigabytes of RAM; I don't need a Molybdenum case; I just need phone numbers. So, I bought the m100.
It behaves like a Palm device, and for that reason earns its stars. I love the Graffiti handwriting system--like most of my friends, I was able to learn it quickly--and I find the address book indispensible. But the m100 suffers from a few inexcusable design flaws.
First, and most damnable, they put the stylus in the back. It used to be in the right-rear corner. This may sound like nothing, but believe me, it's the difference between easy reach and frustrated fumbling. They also replaced a ridged stylus top (easy to grasp with the nails or even the flesh of the thumb) with a perfectly smooth and rounded ABS plastic tip, forcing you to hunt for the single notch.
The screen is *much* smaller than the one on my older model. Enough said.
Not only is the screen smaller, but the Graffiti writing area is significantly smaller. I'd say it's too small. Also, the numeric-recognition area has several times spit out a letter rather than the intended number, something that never, ever happened on my old model.
The power button is not distinctively colored, is cheaply constructed, and provides a very poor feel.
The supplied HotSync cable is nowhere near as elegant or easy to use as the old cradle. The plug is shaped so that the most natural way to grasp it to remove it from the m100 results in your inadvertantly pressing the HotSync button, causing an abortive HotSync while the cable is on its way out of the machine. I see you can buy a cradle...; I may do so.
I think Palm has begun to tread the same path followed by Apple, on which usability testing is scorned in favor of seemingly stylish design. Shame on them.